Claire's Recalls Children's Makeup Containing Asbestos

One mother's instincts launched a nationwide investigation.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Dec 2017
Claire's child makeup kit
Photo: NBC10

Just before Christmas, a Rhode Island mother grew concerned about her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit from Claire’s, the jewelry, accessory and makeup store for young girls. Kristi Warner sent the lip gloss and eye shadow kit for testing, which confirmed the presence of tremolite asbestos.

“I physically sank,” Warner tells NBC 10. Scientific Analytical Institute, an independent lab in North Carolina, notified her of the results. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”

The news is especially scary because tremolite asbestos is associated with mesothelioma and other types of cancer. Since the time of testing, Warner, who works at a law firm specializing in asbestos litigation, set out to test 17 other Claire’s products from nine different states. Every single one tested positive for asbestos.

“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” Warner says. “The fact that the majority of the products came from the store shelves in the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed.”

In response, Claire’s has pulled nine products from the shelves and launched an investigation.

“As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues,” the company’s statement reads. “Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund.”

What's Your Baby's Skin Type? New Campaign Helps You Get It Right

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
05/04/2017

How to Treat Baby Eczema

Paula Prezioso, MD
Pediatrician

Claire's Recalls Children's Makeup Containing Asbestos

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
12/28/2017

This New Line of Lotions From Honest Will Help Soothe Babies With Sensitive Skin

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
08/01/2019

Mom's Photo Warns Against Halloween Face Paint on Kids

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
10/27/2017

How to Treat Bug Bites on Babies

Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH