Publisher: Chemical Society of Nigeria

Cadmium, Lead and Mercury Levels In Lipsticks Marketed In Aba and Umuahia In Nigeria

S. A. Odoemelam, K. Ibezim
KEYWORDS: Lipsticks, Heavy metals, Cosmetics, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury.

ABSTRACT:

Thirteen brands of lipsticks procured from markets and retail shops in Aba and Umuahia in Nigeria were randomly selected and analyzed for cadmium, lead and mercury by atomic absorption spectrometry. Mean concentrations of 141.04 μg/g (range 10.5 – 201.4 μg/g), 73.95 μg/g (14.2 – 369.9 μg/g) and 33.3 μg/g (2.1 – 91.2 μg/g) were obtained for cadmium, lead and mercury. Our result shows that the lipsticks investigated contained high levels of cadmium, lead and mercury. Continuous application of these lipsticks may lead to Cd, Pb and Hg intoxications among users.


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