And people do swallow lipstick, one reason that it's so often reapplied. For starters, don't let young children play with lipstick. “Treat it like something dangerous, because if they eat it we are taking about a comparatively large level of metals going into a small body,” she said.
Then, is lipstick bad for you?
Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous even at small doses. Not all lipsticks contain lead, but a number of studies in recent years show that the metal is more prevalent than previously thought. And lead isn't the only toxic metal you may be applying to your lips.
Can lipstick give you cancer?
Lipstick does not cause cancer. This myth came about from a hoax email claiming that the lead in lipsticks causes cancer, and newspaper articles suggesting that butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) causes breast cancer. These claims are not true.
What does lipstick contain?
Lipsticks may be made from several waxes such as beeswax, ozokerite and candelilla wax. Because of its high melting point, carnauba wax is a key ingredient in terms of strengthening the lipstick. Various oils and fats are used in lipsticks, such as olive oil, mineral oil, cocoa butter, lanolin, and petrolatum.