Muhammed Nafe,a Ali , Hamsa Tariq Adbl-Razzaq
Department of Biology, College of science, University of Baghdad
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This study was done to compare among 80 new and used cosmetic brands for determination of heavy metals concentration (Cadmium, Chrome) in (face foundation, powder and blushers). Twenty of new brands were bought from available cosmetics in Baghdad city markets while the other twenty used brands from the same product were collected from different ages of Iraqi women and had been stored for a long time. This study proved that the not all cosmetic products were analyzed containing heavy metals, 93.75% from analyzed products contained heavy metals while 6.25% had no detection limit. 92.5% of samples containing Cadmium ranged between (0.001- 0.036) ppm in new blushers and (ND-1.259) ppm in used blushers, (0.465- 0.01) and (ND- 0.024) ppm in new and used face powder respectively while 95% of samples containing Chrome which ranged between (0.222-28), (ND- 24) ppm in new and used blushers, (5.667- 0.625), (0.033- 0.297) ppm in new and used face powders. The study results showed that all brands analyzed under the acceptable limits for heavy metals in cosmetics (20 ppm) according to speciation of Iraqi Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control no.1654 in 1991 except four brands recorded above the acceptable limit. In spite of the label reading, existence of production and expiry date or not, even when the woman is buying global brands, the study showed that the used samples of blushers and face powders had been better from new brands although the long storage period.
Key words: cosmetics, heavy metals, toxicity.