Arbonne Recalls Eyeliners Amid Contamination Fears

Popular beauty brand Arbonne has recalled two shades of its liquid eyeliner amid fears that the makeup could potentially be contaminated with bacteria.

The recall includes “It’s a Fine Line” liquid eyeliner in Eclipse (black) and Arbor (brown) sold in Canada and manufactured in the U.S. from mid-April to mid-July and affected lot numbers are posted here.

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According to the posted health notice, the recalled eyeliners may contain the bacteria S. saprophyticus, S. lentus and S. xylosis—strains that could potentially lead to pink eye or an eyelid infection. The notice did stress that, “These bacteria are a cause of infection in humans, although not commonly associated with infection in the eye.”

"Many ingredients used in cosmetics can encourage the growth of microorganisms if a product is not properly preserved," cosmetic chemist Kelly Dobos explains. "There are numerous ways a product can become contaminated with harmful microorganisms, from poor manufacturing conditions to a consumer dipping their fingers into a product. It is the legal responsibility of every cosmetic manufacturer or individuals making cosmetics to ensure they are safe and that includes being free from harmful organisms. 

Arbonne has, however, received five reports of potential incidents or injuries associated with the liner. If you do have one of the products, the notice says to immediately stop using the recalled eyeliners and dispose them in regular household garbage.