Eco-Friendly Nail Polish

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Did you know that your nail polish could be harmful to your health?  Conventional nail polish is full of solvents and other substances that are known to be neurotoxins, including amyl, butyl, and ethyl acetates and toluene.  Lead acetates may also be included, as well as formaldehyde, coal tar dyes, and other suspected carcinogens.  Plasticizers, called pthalates, which are generally believed to have a hand in disrupting hormones in the human body.

Why are all these dangerous chemicals allowed in our nail polishes?  Cosmetics aren’t subjected to safety testing in the United States, with harmful ingredients removed only on a voluntary basis and only after they’ve been proven to cause illness.

The European Union has banned the use of pthalates and formaldehyde in cosmetics.  Since it has been assumed that nail polish won’t pass into the body, these dangerous materials are allowed.  However, our nails are porous, so toxins can pass through them, into the nail bed, and into our blood streams.  In addition, the production of these materials is harmful to the environment.

Unfortunately, these chemicals are present throughout the cosmetics industry, in everything from lotion and perfume to hair gel and nail polish.  That means that many people are using multiple products with these substances in them, and getting lots of exposures.  That increases the need to look for nail polish and other personal products that are specifically labeled as being free of dangerous substances.

Be sure to read labels when you go shopping.  After all, a product that is labeled as “formaldehyde free” could still contain pthalates, dangerous colorants, and other unpleasant materials.  Careful shopping and being an educated consumer can help you a lot.  Don’t be tempted into purchasing nail polish or any other product simply because it uses words like “eco” or “natural”.  These words don’t have strong definitions under the law.  That’s why it’s important to know what you’re buying.

The good news is that there are some excellent ecologically friendly and healthy nail polishes out there.  For instance, Acquarella’s water based nail polish offers nearly no unpleasant odor or nail polish smell, and contains no pthalates, formaldehyde or petro-chemical solvents.  They also offer a broad range of colors, including blue, black, violet and white, as well as the more traditional reds and pinks.

Priti’s nail polishes are soy and corn based, and their color chart includes some unusual colors and glitters, though the majority of the line is in the red, pink, and orange range.  Soy based removers are also sold along with the polishes.  Suncoat is another water based polish that claims to hydrate the nail while it’s being worn, removing the dry flakiness that often results from wearing polish.

It’s available in a range of thirty-two different colors, contains no toluene, formaldehyde, organic solvents or pthalates, and is also devoid of coal tar pigments.  No removers at all are required for polishes from ToeShades, which peel away.  Designed for use on toenails, these polishes are less long lasting on fingernails, but are non-toxic, odorless and solvent free.  Color ranges for ToeShades are relatively limited.  Of course, those brands aren’t the only eco-friendly nail polishes out there.  Check out all your options to see if you can find one that’s right for you.

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