Dressing up in costumes for Halloween doesn't have to be scary. Choose lead free face paint pencils from established European company Lyra and you won't be putting you and your kids in toxic danger.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics alarmingly found 10 out 10 face paints tested contained lead - a neurotoxin - in its 'Pretty Scary' report on heavy metals in face paints published last year. They also found nickel, cobalt and chromium in some children's face paints. These can cause skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.
Non-toxic Lyra face paint pencils are lead-free and paraben-free. A primary ingredient is palm oil. Uniquely, these face paints require no water for use and therefore, do not dry out. They are encased in wood to keep your fingers clean and wash off incredibly easily with simple soap and water. These are quality face paint pencils that are built to last.
We've had ours for over a year now and they've been well used. The kids often find them and set up a temporary 'tattoo parlour' on rainy days - they too find them easy to use and easy to wash off. While masks are always an alternative for dressing up, not everyone enjoys wearing them.
Lyra's lead-free face paint pencils offer a safe option for adding that extra special touch to your costumes for Halloween. Plus you can choose from basic coloured pencils or a set of pink, purple and metallics.
For more ideas about how to green your Halloween and make it safer and more eco-friendly, visit eco boutique Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or ideas about face paints, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!