I found cadmium (Cd, a carcinogen) in Origins makeup (from 2017), using an XRF instrument.

I found cadmium (Cd) in “Origins” makeup (from 2017), using an XRF instrument.

Click here to learn more about XRF testing.

When I tested this makeup [Origins “Pinch Your Cheeks” Powder Blush] I was quite surprised to find that it tested positive for cadmium at levels that I would consider more than “trace” for a cosmetic product — which is especially concerning, considering it is a product that someone might apply to their skin on a daily basis.

  • Cadmium is a known carcinogen and does not belong in ANY bodily-applied products [cosmetics; soaps, shampoos; creams, lotions, etc.]
  • Cadmium is also often found in consumer goods (like dishes and cookware) that have a red or pink tint.
  • For those of us who are a bit older, we might remember the colors “cadmium red” and “cadmium yellow” from our art sets as young children.

Please click here to read more about the concern for cadmium in general.

I tested this exact product multiple times to confirm the levels. Here are two of the readings I got:

A 40-seconds reading:

  • Cadmium (Cd): 27 +/- 11 ppm

A two-minute (120-seconds) reading:

  • Cadmium (Cd): 19 +/- 8 ppm

Generally, the longer the XRF reading the more accurate the levels. In this case the longer reading basically confirmed the levels noted in the shorter reading, as they were in the same general range. [I took multiple other readings, and got cadmium levels in the same range as the two noted above.]

This is really a prime example of why I stopped using makeup altogether about 6 years ago (in early 2012, after I found out my favorite Burts Bees lipstick tested positive for lead!)

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

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Tamara Rubin

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