Last year, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report stating that 10 of 10 face paints tested contained lead (a powerful neurotoxin) and other heavy metals. These findings fuel mounting concerns over the safety of numerous chemical fragrances, artificial colors, preservatives and other ingredients in body products (for children and adults).
But kids wear face paint, they don’t eat it, right?
Wrong. What’s applied to the skin is absorbed into the body. Think of body products (face paint, included) as “skin food”.
So what’s a parent to do?
Make you own, as we did today with New Day Northwest’s host, Margaret Larson. It’s super easy (and FUN!) and can be made with ingredients you likely already own and trust.
(Not sure if you do trust the products you own – like diaper rash cream, or lotion, the “base” ingredient in our face paint recipe? Be sure to check out www.CosmeticDataBase.com).
Not the DIY type?
Non-toxic nail polish:
Safe Face Paints (pre-made):
All-natural food coloring:
Non-toxic diaper rash cream:
Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.