1 Applied Science Department, University of Technology - Iraq

2 Applied Science Department, University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq.

3 Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Baghdad.


Lead and Chromium ion samples of five commercial samples
of each of twenty brands of lipstick sold at locally markets in Iraq were
determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Samples of
digested Lipstick were used, acid digestion method using acids HCl:
HNO3 in ratio 1:3 were used before analysis. Average for analyzed
samples were Pb, 0.10-4.85 ppm; Cr, 0.18-5.2 ppm. Samples No.9 and
No.4 showed the least concentrations of Pb and Cr respectively. These
values are not expected to be toxic to humans. However, exposure over
long periods might cause accumulation of the elements in the body and
even at low concentration; some metals could initiate allergic reactions.


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