There seems to be SO much confusion over GLITTER these days. We haven’t seen so many comments and misunderstandings over glitter, until recently. I see so many untrue, or just misinformed statements. There is just too much confusion over this subject.
Let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion.
There are 2 grades of glitter that are commonly talked about and used. Cosmetic grade glitter and craft glitter. Cosmetic grade glitter is a smaller cut glitter, and milled to be smooth. Craft glitter can be larger, more chunky, and jagged cut.
Lets just go right to the point on this one, I know of ZERO cosmetic companies that would risk selling Craft Grade Glitter. I’m comfortable with saying that any established company, ‘indie’ or otherwise, are selling cosmetic grade glitter. Our businesses are not a craft project. We value and take safety seriously.
Cosmetic companies have been using cosmetic grade glitter in cosmetic products for DECADES. Not just MBA Cosmetics, folks. MOST cosmetic companies, whether it be big, small or anywhere in between, they are doing & selling the exact same thing as MBA Cosmetics in their sale of glitters.
But…but, but are they FDA Approved? NO the answer is absolutely, positively NO. The FDA has never approved ANY glitter for use in cosmetics. Whether it be loose or pressed glitter, it is not approved by the FDA. Any site or company who says different is not being truthful, or is not informed.
However, The FDA is very well aware that cosmetic companies are using glitter to make cosmetics. The CIR (Cosmetics Ingredients Review) has tested and determined the PET Polymers (Polyethylene Terephthalates) AKA Glitter to be safe to use in cosmetics and provided the information and test studies to the FDA for review.
Read the entire CIR safety assessment HERE:
Presently the FDA says they have no evidence that glitter, as used in cosmetics poses a health risk, and at this time are taking no action on the situation.
You can read the FDA’s Role here:
With all of this said, we do include a disclaimer on EVERY glitter product we sell, stating that it is not FDA approved and our website has the disclaimer as well, to use at your own discretion. We sell cosmetic grade glitter with a diameter of .008 or smaller. We may have 1 or 2 clearance glitters that are a .010.
Rest assured, we sell and use only cosmetic grade glitter. We would NEVER EVER sell a craft glitter. Cosmetic Grade Glitters have been tested and deemed safe by the CIR, though still not approved by the FDA. Unless the FDA decides to otherwise state that they feel its a health risk, and issues a warning to stop using to the cosmetic industry, we are compelled to believe that it isn’t a risk. The FDA has no intention at this time of enforcing any action one way or the other because they have no evidence to otherwise say glitter poses a risk.