Well, that was fast. Less than a month after a class action lawsuit was filed against EOS—claiming that its egg-shaped, pastel lip balms caused “severe rashes, bleeding, blistering, cracking and loss of pigmentation”—the case has reached a settlement, Racked reports.
After consumer Rachael Cronin filed a class action lawsuit against the company, alleging the lip balm made her lips feel like sandpaper and caused bleeding, she shared her experience on social media (view the pics if you dare). That prompted hordes of EOS customers to come forward—including in the Well+Good comments section—arguing that the brand’s lip balms were also causing them to break out in blisters and rashes. A press representative at the time told Racked the lawsuit was “without merit.”
Now, EOS released a statement announcing the class action lawsuit’s resolution, saying, “Our lip balms are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, made with the highest quality ingredients, meet or exceed all safety and quality standards set by our industry, and are validated by rigorous safety testing conducted by independent labs.”
Mark Geragos, the attorney who represented the class action plaintiffs, echoed EOS’ statement: “EOS has demonstrated through data that their lip balms are hypoallergenic, and has provided a mechanism for individual instances to be resolved.” The brand will be “doing the right thing by adding more information about their lip balm products on packaging so that buyers can make informed choices,” he added. As to what that means, we’ll have to wait to see EOS 2.0 until we can give our final verdict on the packaging updates.
In the meantime, if you’re still looking for a new balm to avoid winter lip catastrophes, we’ve compiled the best natural lip balms that’ll keep you kissably soft (and rash-free) all season long. —Alison Feller
We have a bit more beauty inspiration for you: Here are our editors’ picks for January best beauty launches. And btw, we’d love to know: Have any natural acne remedies really worked for you?
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