‘Look before you lipstick’, warns consumer watchdog DECO

Consumer watchdog DECO has analysed 20 brands of ‘hydrating lip balm’ sold at hypermarkets and pharmacies and concluded that 14 of them contain petroleum derivatives and are “potentially damaging” to people’s health.

The association recommends a boycott of Maybelline, Labello, Uriage, Avène, Vasenol, Carmex, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Neutrogena, Continente’s own brand, Aptonia, Johnsons and Eurecin, in favour of Lidl’s Cien Care Baton Hidratante – voted ‘the best’ in the study.

The trick is to read the lipstick’s labels.

‘No-no’ ingredients include microcrystalline wax, hydrogenated microcrystalline wax, ceresin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, ozokerite, paraffin, liquid paraffin, petrolatum, polybutene, polyethylene, polyisobutene and synthetic wax – all of them potentially carcinogenic, says DECO.

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IMAGE: DECO’s photo shows the ‘good lip balms’ at the front and the less good options stacked behind