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Lip gloss in the “Ökotest” – half scores “inadequate

Eight out of 16 tested lip gloss products received the grade “insufficient” from the magazine “Ökotest”, the reason: critical ingredients. What exactly was criticized and which products the testers recommend – Tikbow with all the info.

Lip gloss provides shine and color to the lips. It is available with and without flavor, in every conceivable shade and with a wide variety of formulations. However, some ingredients in lip gloss, including titanium dioxide, mineral components or plastic compounds, have now been criticized by the testers of the magazine "Ökotest".

Natural cosmetic lip gloss üconvinced in "Ökotest"

Half of the products tested received the grade "ungenügend". Sixteen red, opaque lip gloss products were tested in the laboratory, including seven certified natural cosmetics. The result: Eight products, all from conventional brands, received the grade "ungenügend". Fünf further gloss received a "satisfactory". Three products, all natural cosmetics and the only ones without titanium dioxide, scored "very good": The "Jelly Pudding Lipgloss 40 Addicted to red" from the brand Alverde, the "Natural Lipgloss Kiss Me" from Benecos and the "Lip Gloss 04 Goji" from Dr. Hauschka.

"Ökotest" finds titanium dioxide in lip glosses

Particular attention was paid to the white pigment titanium dioxide in the ingredients. If the lip gloss contained this substance, the rating was reduced by two points. The reason: according to the latest assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), titanium dioxide is no longer considered safe as a food additive, and a mutagenic effect cannot be ruled out. The EU Commission plans to ban the controversial additive in foods from 2022. Although absorption through the skin has not been proven, lipsticks and lip glosses are quickly licked off and thus enter the digestive tract.

But other problem substances were also found in the beauty products, including two azo dyes that pose a health risk and kerosenes that can accumulate in organs. One conventional product was contaminated with potentially carcinogenic mineral oil components (MOAH). It came in last place in the evaluation.

With material from dpa


  • European Food Safety Authority
  • "Ökotest"-test report