Update: California's Attorney General says lipstick is safe
California's Attorney General has just dismissed the lead in lipstick scare. His analysis is based on the Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for lead laid down by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The average lipstick user would have to be exposed to 0.5 micrograms a day. Since, on average, only about 100 milligrams is used per day there is no plausible cause for concern.