Archive | #CadmiumConcerns

Origins Makeup with Cadmium Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

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 […]

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XRF Test Results For Cardew Design Made in China (Designed In England) Wizard of Oz Commemorative Mug Set

Below are the XRF readings for this commemorative Wizard of Oz mug set. This set is from Cardew Design North America Inc and was made in 2011 (after the CPSC regulation limiting the amount of lead in items made for use by and marketed to children!) While the company might argue that this is not […]

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Beaded Wolf Necklace Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin

#Leaded: 1990s Glass Seed Bead Wolf Necklace

1990s Glass Seed Bead Wolf Necklace. Seed beads like this commonly test positive for lead and cadmium and sometimes even mercury and arsenic. I personally avoid pieces like this in my home, but I must admit they are very beautiful! While it is very difficult to separate out the different beads on a piece like […]

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Parrot Pin Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: 1978 Ceramic Parrot Hair Clip (Cadmium too!), from Florida

This little ceramic parrot hair clip tested positive for both high levels of lead and cadmium (high compared to current standards for allowable levels of toxicants in items intended for children.) While the owner told me she got this in 1978 in Florida, I also want to say that I am 48 years old and […]

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Crayola Crayons 2017 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Are my kids’ crayons toxic? Which brand of crayons is safe?

#AskTamara: Question: Are my kids’ crayons toxic? Which brand of crayons is safe? Answer: Yes, it is very possible that one or more crayons in your child’s crayon box contain some detectable level of heavy metals when tested with an XRF instrument. In fact – while I have not tested all brands (I have only tested […]

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#LeadFree: Sur La Table Silicone Spoon With Stainless Handle

This Sur La Table mixing spoon / baking utensil has a stainless steel handle and black silicone spoon end. All components were negative for lead, mercury and arsenic when tested with an XRF instrument. The black silicone of the spoon was positive for a very low level of cadmium (10 +/- 6 parts per million). […]

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evacup

#LeadFree: Green Silicone Eva Cup

Eva Cup: Tested negative for lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg), but consistent with most of the silicone products I have tested it was positive for trace cadmium (Cd). I did two tests: One came in at 12 +/- 6 ppm Cd The second test came in at 18 +/- 7 ppm Cd Tested […]

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#LeadFree: Luna Cup, Purple

As with all of the menstrual cups I have tested so far (from four different brands: Lena, Luna, Diva and Eva) this brand-new (was ordered and sent to me directly) purple silicone menstrual cup from Luna was positive for trace cadmium when tested with an XRF instrument. See all of my menstrual cup posts by […]

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Diva Cup

#LeadFree: Diva Brand Menstrual Cup

Diva Cup: Tested negative for lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg), but consistent with most of the silicone products I have tested it was positive for trace cadmium (Cd) at 17 +/- 4 ppm. Tested with an XRF instrument. Considered safe by all regulatory standards that I am aware of. Tested multiple times to confirm results (all […]

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Pink Lena Cup

#LeadFree: Pink Lena Cup

Tested with an XRF instrument: Tested positive for 22 ppm Cadmium +/-7 ppm.  Was non-detect (negative) for lead, mercury and arsenic. Lena’s response to this post on Facebook. #MenstrualCupGate2018 – From my original (updated) Facebook post: To my knowledge items like this are not regulated for the presence of toxicants (like cadmium), as found when […]

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