chemical-treated makeup(5 posts)
The PCO guys were at my place Tues & yesterday bagging up some stuff with Nuvan strips and other things with a spray (PZ55, I think?) that they told me would dissipate very quickly. I noticed at one point that my two small makeup bags, which I'd left out of my desk to handle separately, had been put in a bag with a Nuvan strip. I told the supervisor, and he removed the makeup bags and put them in a new ziploc bag with the spray stuff. I am wondering if there's any way I can still use the makeup now. I called the company and they said I should leave it exposed to air for an hour and then it will be fine. But... this is stuff that goes on my eyes, lips, skin... I have a feeling I should throw it all away.
Does anyone out there who knows about such things think I can possibly safely still use the makeup? It was probably only in the Nuvan bag for less than 30 minutes, maybe only a few minutes. And they swore up and down that the stray stuff leaves no residue.
I am not an expert, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
I'm not that pesticide freaked - I've worked with them, I have no problem spraying myself in layers of DEET and I've sprayed my entire room with pesticides and then slept on sprayed sheets. Granted, this was in the throes of desperation, but...
But you're right, this stuff does go on sensitive areas. Is it expensive makeup? COuld you take the financial hit? If you can, I would pitch it to be on the safe side.
My understanding--and I'm not a pest control pro, an entomologist, or a chemist, so, you know, take this from where it comes--is that DDVP strips offgas a gaseous fumigant.
I would expect that once that gas has been freed, it shouldn't have a residual effect.
However, as Lou Sorkin's post on Vikane notes, some items are more porous than others.
When I treated the items that couldn't be in the house during heat treatment, I didn't put my make up in those bins for exactly that reason.
However, maybe someone else here can tell you more about the specifics of how DDVP works.
Wish I could be more help.
For lack of more expertise, I'd say as follows:
- treat the bags themselves.
- bottles and tubes (anything that seals air/water tight), wash off with warm, soapy water after treatment.
- compacts, lipsticks (anything that does not seal air/water tight); toss if exposed to pesticide. Are these things so precious that you'd want to smear them on your skin where they stick to you?
Thanks, everyone. I guess it's not really worth the risk. I'm already spending so much money on this bug thing, what's a little more to get new makeup? Argh, just so angry, because I specifically separated out that stuff so that it wouldn't end up in a chemical bag.
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