Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2018

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Text; Image; StillImage

Exit Requirement

Text

Department

Chemistry

Faculty Advisor

Arlene Courtney

Language

eng

Abstract

Talc, a versatile mineral found in many products, is a common ingredient found in cosmetics. This metamorphic mineral is found in the fault lines along with the minerals that make up asbestos. Given their close proximity, it is possible that the talc used in cosmetic products can be contaminated with asbestos. This study tested six cosmetic samples from various price points, which include the brand names Covergirl, L.A. Colors, Wet n Wild, Kat Von D, Nars, and Urban Decay. An FEI Phenom Desktop Scanning Electron Microscope was used... in cosmetics. This metamorphic mineral is found in the fault lines along with the minerals that make up asbestos. Given their close proximity, it is possible that the talc used in cosmetic products can be contaminated with asbestos. This study tested six cosmetic samples from various price points, which include the brand names Covergirl, L.A. Colors, Wet n Wild, Kat Von D, Nars, and Urban Decay. An FEI Phenom Desktop Scanning Electron Microscope was used to determine that three of the six talccontaining products have the potential of being contaminated with asbestos. The outcome of this study brings into question the purification methods as well as the regulations regarding talc in cosmetics.

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