Jaclyn Cosmetics Scandal: Biochemist Refutes Claims of Lipstick Contamination, but Viewers Remain Skeptical

The case of Jaclyn Hill's moldy lipsticks remains a hot topic among the YouTube beauty community. Now, one biochemist hopes to shed a bit of light on the scandal the community has deemed "Lipstick Gate."

Kenna Whitnall, a Canadian research scientist and plant extraction expert, entered the Jaclyn Cosmetics firestorm last month after publishing her video "Jaclyn Cosmetics Lipsticks First Impressions Biochemist Perspective: Part 1." Since then, her channel has grown exponentially as viewers claim she is doing a better job at researching the lipsticks than Hill herself.

Whitnall has now returned to the conversation with a part two to her viral video. While part one many discussed her first impressions, part two actually delves into the microbial testing of the lipsticks.

Spending over $400 CAD of her own money, Whitnall sent various samples of lipsticks to a lab–including one from Two Faced, Claire's and two from Jaclyn Hill (both opened and unopened).

"I did send in four different types of samples to be tested by the lab," Whitnall said to the camera. "Testing four to five lipsticks is generally not enough to make a conclusive decision but this is all I had to work with ... I do think it is a good representation of opened products, unopened products and some controls to have a solid comparison."

The microbial testing done on the products included testing for yeast, mold, E. coli and salmonella. As Whitnall went through each round of results, the results for all lipsticks–including those from Jaclyn Cosmetics–came out negative.

You can view the full laboratory report here.

"All the tests came out as negative for the tests that I did," Whitnall said. "But, is the product contaminated? Well, I think we all visually saw–from the microscope videos and close-up videos–that yes, this product is contaminated."

"If you can see something in a product it is definitely contaminated," she continued. "My biggest concern was for human health and safety, and the things that maybe you can't see."

"From my reports, there is no microbial contamination in these products but that doesn't mean that they're not contaminated with something else," she concluded. "This may not be what you were expecting or hoping for but I'm here to bring you the facts, the science and not the tea."

Whitnall's testing comes a little under a week since Hill deleted her social media accounts following the scandal surrounding her brand.

"I deleted [my account] because I immediately got hateful comments and although everything I stated is 1,000 percent true, I need to protect my mental state fire and foremost," Hill tweeted June 25, in response to Twitter user @ziomy03. "And I know people think that makes me a 'victim' but honestly, my sanity needs to come first."

After receiving major backlash following her June 12 explanatory video in which she explained her side about the "contaminated" lipstick complaints, Hill announced she will give every single customer a full refund.

Her Jaclyn Cosmetics makeup brand also tweeted Saturday that "third-party testing" concluded that their products "are in full compliance with FDA regulation."

"I have decided to give every single person who purchased my lipsticks a full refund–I think that is the best thing I can do at this point," Hill said in an Instagram story posted earlier this week. "I know there are a lot of people out there—it may not look like it on social media—who love their lipsticks and that's great, but I don't care."

"I don't care if 195,000 people loved a lipstick; if three people are having an issue, that's what's going to keep me up at night," she added. "It's really important that I make this right."

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American YouTube personality Jaclyn Hill visits Build Series to discuss Morphe 'Jaclyn Hill Palette' at Build Studio on July 17, 2018 in New York City. Getty/Desiree Navarro
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