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How can I test for lead, melamine, etc. at home?

Question asked by Ada Cole on Nov 23, 2014
Latest reply on Nov 24, 2014 by Alex Madonik

I'm involved in a community that follows Asian skincare very closely.  Since this is a relatively new boom, there are quite a few fake products and products without provenance.


Is there a way I can test for lead, melamine, and other contaminants at home?  I want to test at a high volume, so test strips or swabs are not economical.  I have a reasonable education in chemistry, so I'm hoping someone can suggest some indicators that I can buy in bulk, and suppliers.  (For example, one website lists Phenyl-,2-phenylhydrazide for Mercury).


Is this possible?


Edited to add:  BPA and Parabens are also of interest.


Message was edited by: Ada Cole