Lipsticks with a rainbow of rare earths
Lipsticks you would love to taste will be rolled out by a Baotou-based company in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Zhongke Century Technology Co Ltd plans to start manufacturing cosmetic products that are made from nontoxic colorant from rare earth materials.
The company, which has an initial staff of 20, expects to start producing the lipsticks by the end of this year.
Plans are underway to spend 1 billion yuan ($14.5 million) to build two production lines expected to produce a combined 10 billion yuan annually.
“There will be a large, potential market for products such as rare earths lipstick,” said Geng Biao, general manager of Zhongke Century Technology.
Still, the research and development work has been done at the Baotou Rare Earth R&D Center, which is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
“This is the world’s first lipstick that is dyed by coloring agent made from rare earths, which contains no toxic elements,” said Wang Ming, a master at the center.