By Joanne Molina of Second City Style Magazine
According to a report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the U.S.
National Toxicology Program has quite a bit to say about three ingredients that until recently, could be found in nail polish manufactured by the world’s top brands. According to Safecosmetics.org, all three chemicals are on California’s Prop. 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Studies have linked DBP to underdeveloped genitals and other reproductive system problems in newborn boys. DBP is banned from cosmetics products in the European Union but the FDA has taken no such action in the United States.
Formaldehyde is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen and the EPA restricts toluene in drinking water because it can cause nervous system disorders and damage the liver and kidneys. The kicker: The FDA does not require that cosmetics products be tested for safety before they are sold.
Safecosmetics.org also reports that the Sally Hansen brand is removing DBP, toluene and formaldehyde, OPI said it too would remove DBP from products and Orly said it stopped using DBP last year. But, both OPI and Orly said they would continue to use toluene and OPI still uses formaldehyde in some nail products.
Other major cosmetics multinationals, including Avon, , Revlon and L’Oreal, which makes the Maybelline brand, confirmed to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics last year that they would remove DBP. This latest shift by nail polish manufacturers means that drugstore and mass market leader Sally Hansen as well as salon leader OPI join those multinationals.
Nevertheless, if you want to play it safe (and I hope you do!) try one of these:
Acquarella Water Color, www.ulew.com
Fast – usually dries "to touch" within 3 minutes and "to use" within 20 minutes Easy – no base or top coat needed Safe – both water based and Non-Toxic with virtually no odor, Formaldehyde, Phthalates, or chemical solvents of any kind.
Since Acquarella is water based, it’s non-flammable and free from toxic fumes, making it a perfect companion for traveling, the office, or any other place. Love Vamp? Try Vixen, $18
SunCoat Products, www.suncoatproducts.com
Not only toluene and formaldehyde free, but also phthalate-free, alcohol-free and acetone/acetate-free! Naturally colored with earth pigments, containing NO FD&C dyes! Their water-based nail polish is formulated using patent-pending technology, developed and refined by Suncoat research chemist, Liu, Yingchun (Ying). From apple green to racy reds, $9.99
HoneyBee Gardens, www.honeybeegardens.com
Their odorless, non-toxic earth-friendly formula comes in 16 long wearing colors
Contains NO:FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde. Try Shiny Penny or Nude Beach for only $6.99
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Their new Shades collection, created under the theme "Positive Emotions", includes 36 color options that are available in sheer, opaque and metallic finishes. Shades is a salon strength formula; free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde, that provides a high shine protective barrier for a longer lasting finish. Try Dark Plum, $8.00