Toxic ingredients in nail polish

20 May

One of my nail polish bottles says “DBP free” on it, which made me wonder what “DBP” is. I googled it and learned it’s an ingredient found in some nail polishes sold in the U.S. (they banned it in Europe), which can cause cancer or birth defects. Apparently a lot of the polishes used in salons have it, and they aren’t required to list their ingredients.

I recently stated using OPI brand polish,┬ábut won’t be using it anymore because it is one of the culprits. No more “Proud to be a Waitress” or “Catherine the Grape” for me. I guess I’ll go back to plain old “red” or “purple” polish.

Sources:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_1450.cfm
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06199/706529-314.stm

Some studies say it is inconclusive, but it’s enough for me to stop using it.

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