Just weeks after we got some nasty news about the bacteria lurking on makeup testers, Claire’s is recalling 17 of their products.
The recall is the result of some impressive research by one Rhode Island mom who was curious about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kits. Kristie Warner sent a sample of her daughter’s makeup bought at Claire’s to an independent lab, and was stunned by the results.
The product tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a variety of the toxic mineral which is known to cause health conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma and a kind of lung scarring called asbestosis.
“I physically sank,” Warner said about getting the results back. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”
Surprisingly, results like these aren’t unheard of either. A few months ago makeup from Justice tested positive for asbestos, before third-party testing debunked those results.
But Warner says she’s confident that the Scientific Analytical Institute, which tested both her products and the ones from Justice, has the results right this time.
The lab compared 17 samples from nine different states, each of which tested positive for asbestos.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nasty surprises hiding in your makeup.