Less Toxic Nailpolish Pt. 1 – Introduction

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Typically nail polish contains harsh chemicals that are not very healthy for you. Are there any alternatives? In this mini series I will look into the harmful ingredients that you should try to avoid and present you some 5-Free and water-based nail polishes along with alternatives to the most common nail polish removers.

3-FREE does not include

Dibutyl phthalate: Also known as DBP, it is a common ingredient in nail polish and most synthetic fragrances sold today. It is used as a plasticizer, fragrance stabilizer, and is a key component in giving nail polish its unique properties.

Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde in its pure form is a colorless gas. However, Formaldehyde gas is not used as a cosmetic ingredient. Instead, Formaldehyde may be dissolved in water and used as Formalin. Other ingredients that slowly release Formaldehyde may also be added to cosmetic and personal care products as preservatives.

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are used as a preservatives to kill microorganisms, or prevent or inhibit their growth in products. Preservatives are ingredients designed to help ensure the safety of products by protecting them against contamination by microorganisms during storage and during continued use by consumers.

Toluene: Toluene is a clear liquid with an aromatic odor. (…) Toluene is used as a solvent to dissolve other substances, such as resins and plasticizers, used in the formulation of nail products.

4-FREE additionally does not include

Formaldehyde Resin: Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin is used in nail enamel products. It is a soft resin material which, in conjunction with nitrocellulose, forms tough, shiny and durable films on nails. Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin is a very unique resin that modifies the widely used nitrocellulose type polymers to form tough and shiny films, which have excellent wear and durability characteristics while maintaining high gloss of nail enamel throughout the wear period.

5-FREE additionally does not include

Camphor: Camphor is a white waxy crystalline solid. In cosmetics and personal care products, Camphor is used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, makeup, nail products, personal cleanliness products, skin care products and shaving cream. Camphor can also be added directly to food.

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