Many personal care products are known to be toxic.
What about your harmless little bottle of nail color, is it toxic too?
Well, you might be surprised to find out you do need to watch the ingredients in nail polish especially if you let your children paint their nails or if you’re pregnant.
The rest of us should do our best to avoid the toxins in nail polish, too.
It’s one less toxin to worry about and it’s fairly easy to control.
I like to reduce my toxin exposure when I can so my body can work on detoxing the ones I can’t control.
3 Ingredients To Watch Out For
Some of the chemical ingredients found in nail polish have been found to be detrimental to human health for a number of reasons.
Here are the top 3 to watch out for:
- Toluene. It can cause problems in the central nervous system, dizziness, and reproductive harm.
- Formaldehyde. A carcinogen and is used in laboratories to preserve dead things. There are strict warnings for use of formaldehyde in anything that touches the skin or can be inhaled
- DBP. Known to cause reproductive problems and is classified as a highly dangerous chemical causing problems in the organs and endocrine. So much so, that DBP is banned in Europe.
Those 3 together make up what some call the toxic trio .
Most major brands are removing these ingredients but keep an eye out.
What I Found
I admit I’m not one to want to spend a lot of money on nail polish.
I would prefer to spend $2 rather than $10 but looks like my attitude needs to change.
Some of the cheap nail polish may still contain toxins.
Aside from the price the other issue is finding a color I like.
It’s like lipstick. Hard to purchase online. (at least for me).
So to practice what I preach I set out in August to find a non-toxic nail polish at a local Ulta store.
I went straight to the salesperson instead of searching the store myself.
butter LONDON Nail Lacquer, White & Pink Shades, Dahling
She directed me to a nail polish called Butter. She said it was the only one she knew as being less toxic.
Butter by London is labeled carcinogen-free and indicated it was free of Toxic Trio.
I bought it and I really love the color I chose.
Plus, it didn’t chip for 2 weeks.
It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I decided to check it out in the EWG Skindeep database.
It’s a great resource for researching toxins. I found this image on their site.
Image from Ewg.org
EWG indicated a fourth ingredient to watch out for is Triphenyl phosphate. TPHP is also suspected hormone disrupting chemical.
It is commonly used to make plastics and as a fire retardant in foam furniture.
I was relieved when I noticed this note underneath the image that read:
“On October 20th 2015, Butter London informed EWG that it had removed triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) from its products last year. However, EWG was still able to find nail polish products containing triphenyl phosphate on store shelves in September 2015. If you would like to avoid triphenyl phosphate, please check the label on Butter London products and purchase ones with the newer formulation that do not contain this ingredient.”
It was August 2016 when I purchased mine so from all indications mine doesn’t contain TPHP.
What Are Some Other Alternatives?
Piggy Paint Nail Polish and File Kit (Sea-quin, Forever Fancy, Girls Rule)
I purchased Piggy Paint for the girls when they were younger and it worked great.
It doesn’t smell and it was easy to remove. They loved the cute blue, purple and pink colors.
Perfect for little toes!
Now that they are older it’s time to find some more “grown up” colors which means we can all use it!
These Are The Brands I Will Try Next
Drs Remedy Non-Toxic Nail Polish MINDFUL MulberrySand Between My Toes – Nail Polish; Non-Toxic, Vegan, and Cruelty-FreeZOYA Nail Polish, Lauren, Non-Toxic, Big 10 Free. 0.5 Fluid Ounce
Don’t Forget The Less Toxic Nail Polish Remover
Organic Lavender Nail Polish Remover 4 fl. ozNail Polish Remover – 100% NATURAL & Plant Based – USDA BioCertified – Non Acetone – Also Acts As Conditioner & Strengthener For Nails & Cuticles – Safe For Kids – Chemical Free & Non ToxicJosie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes (20 Nail Wipes, Grapefruit)
Let me know what luck you’ve had finding non-toxic or less toxic nail polish for yourself.