The state of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control recently released a report showing that some nail polishes advertised as toxin-free are not. Nail products can contain chemicals such as dibutryl pththalate, toluene and formaldehyde. The first two are classified by the state of California as developmental toxins, meaning they can cause adverse effects on a developing child. Exposure to these toxins can be pre-natal for both mother and father, or post-natal when the child experiences them directly. Formaldehyde is recognized as a carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer. All three of these chemicals are found in some nail polishes, so they are known as the “toxic trio.”
Some of the nail products tested by the California TSC claimed to be free of the toxic three. However, of the seven that were tested which made this claim, only two were actually free of the trio. Of the 12 products tested which claimed to be toluene-free, only two actually contained no toluene. Four of the products claiming to be toluene-free contained 6.9 percent toluene.
Similarly, products tested which claimed to be free of the toxic trio, contained dibutryl pththalate. Products claiming to be free of the toxins actually had higher levels of dibutryl pththalate than ones that did not claim to be free of them.
“We know there are exposures at salons, both to workers and customers, and we’re concerned about potential harm. Our strategy first and foremost is to shed light on the reality of what’s in these products and put this information out to everyone,” said Karl Palmer, the DTSC’s pollution prevention performance manager. (Source: Yahoo News)
Some of the products the state of California reported were mislabeled were: Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail color, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby’s Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color, Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer, and Sunshine nail lacquer.
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