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Asbestos Fibers Have Been Found in Claire’s Makeup, the FDA Warns

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In March 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers about certain Claire’s brand makeup products, which were independently tested and confirmed to contain asbestos fibers. While Claire’s has since removed nine products from its shelves, the company has not issued a recall to consumers regarding the contaminated products.

This lack of recall is partially due to the fact that the FDA has little power over the regulation of recalling beauty products. The FDA can’t mandate that companies recall or remove from shelves products that have been shown to be hazardous to consumers’ health. Instead, the FDA relies on companies to self-report issues with products or ingredients.

This lack of oversight and regulation is a contributing factor to the current Clair’s conundrum. Though the FDA first became aware of the asbestos contamination in 2017, it took another nearly two years to confirm via independent lab testing, and Claire’s disputes the test results. The carcinogenic substance was also found in a makeup sample from the brand Justice, which has complied with both recalling and removing the product from shelves (Justice has also recalled an additional seven makeup products).

Above are the products that tested positive for asbestos. Photo courtesy of the FDA.

The FDA is now encouraging consumers to stop using the Claire’s products listed below because of the possible harm asbestos can cause to the human body. Asbestos fibers can lodge into internal body parts if inhaled or swallowed, which can possibly lead to cancerous tumors. Asbestos has also been linked to ovarian cancer through beauty product exposure, and mesothelioma through workplace exposure.

This is particularly important because Claire’s target audience is young children to teens. With the rise in popularity of makeup for younger kids, Claire’s affordable products have become more popular, and accessible.

The following products tested positive for asbestos fibers:

  • Eye Shadows—Batch No/Lot No: 08/17
  • Compact Powder—Batch No/Lot No: 07/15
  • Contour Palette—Batch No/Lot No: 04/17

Want to know more about the contamination? Check out the FDA’s warning here. Interested in safer beauty products? Read our five tips to switch to clean beauty, and ingredients you should avoid in your personal care products.

About The Author

Deni Yacoobian

Deni Yacoobian

Deni is an energetic senior at Boston University. In addition to her course load, she is WELL Insiders' editorial assistant. She is passionate about wellness education, organic living and sustainability. Her introduction to wellness started growing up in Los Angeles and working at a juice bar selling CBD. Since then, she has strived to live an all-encompassing wellness lifestyle as a college student.

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