As a follow up to my last post (May 7) about nail polish I thought it would be a good idea to share some other, not so fun nail news. Penny thinks it's important for all to know the good and bad of the things we like to consume. What you do with the information is your business of course (goodness knows Penny has her own share of vices). LOL!
|Butter London, Bright Teal|
The latest is news is that some brands have been 'mis labeled' and that harmful chemicals do exist in their polishes. Those most susceptible to their dangers (which could include cancer and birth defects) are the nail technicians and anyone working in a nail salon. A study was done in California by the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that showed several brands said they were free of the toxic chemicals but still showed trace amounts of them. The DTSC is recommending that all nail polish companies be required to disclose all of their ingredients. However, polish manufacturers say the report is misleading because the FDA allows these chemicals in small doses. (read full story...)
Penny has written many times about looking for 3-free and 4-free polishes. These are polishes are supposed to be free of the chemicals Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde and Toluene. Here is a quick run down:
- Dibutyl Phthalate - DBP is a plasticiser used to prevent chips and cracks. You should be aware of formaldehyde in your treatment products, not polish. It was used in some nail polishes; all major producers began eliminating this chemical from nail polishes in the Fall of 2006. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor.
- Formaldehyde - It is used in some nail hardeners but not in the actual polish. A resin, tosylamide/formaldehyde resin, makes the polish tough and resilient. On 10 June 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen."
- Toluene - Toluene, formerly known as toluol, is a clear, water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners. Inhaling toluene has potential to cause severe neurological harm.
|Revlon, Fire & Ice|
The fourth chemical removed from what is now called 4-free polishes is Formaldehyde Resin.
- Formaldehyde Resin - Formaldehyde Resin (or you may see it on ingredient lists as Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin or TSFR) is an ingredient in nail polish used to add flexibility and improves adhesion to the nail plate. This resin is said to be less harmful than formaldehyde itself as it is a different chemical altogether even though formaldehyde gas is used to make it.
Here is a list of 3-free polishes:
The Hunger Games
- OPI (green label)
- China Glaze (black label)
- Color Club
- Sally Hansen Salon
- Nicole by OPI
- Maybelline Express Finish & Maybelline Salon Expert
- Hard Candy
- Butter London
- Estee Lauder
- N.Y.C. Long Wearing
- Pop Beauty Nail Glam
- Rescue Beauty Lounge
- Sally Hansen Insta Dri
|Sally Hansen, Lightening|
Penny believes that the DTSC is right. Polish manufacturers should be required to disclose all their ingredients, so that if consumers choose to avoid certain chemicals they can. Telling me that something is "free" of chemicals only to say that the FDA allows small amounts, is fraudulent advertising if you ask me. Sadly, in my years of researching beauty products in general I've come to find that for every harmful ingredient removed (i.e. parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonia, peroxide, etc), there are other chemicals that replace them or that already exists in the products that are just as harmful (i.e. ammonium hydroxide, p-Phenylenediamine, MEA). So as a consumer its worth a little research to see what you're really getting.
Be blessed. Be beautiful.