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Nailed It

July 14, 2011

By Jennifer Chaky

You know that crazy strong odor of nail polish? It’s not good for you. It’s loaded with things like formaldehyde (yes, the chemical they put in dead people) and phthalates. These are volatile compounds that add to poor indoor air quality and can cause hormone disruption leading to thyroid conditions or even cancers. It just doesn’t seem worth it to have pretty colors on your toes and fingers if you ask me. Luckily there’s a new crop of safer nail polishes out there, and from what I hear, they work pretty well.

  • Zoya Nail Polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates), and camphor and comes in over 300 colors , plus 4 seasonal collections of nail polish every year. Zoya Nail Polish was specifically formulated to deliver the longest wear possible on natural nails. $8.00 a bottle
  • Suncoat Girl water-based nail polishes are uniquely formulated without the use any of the following chemicals: Phthalate plasticizers, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Acetates, Alcohol, Glycol ethers, FD&C dyes. It’s virtually odor free and releases water vapor when applied, not toxic chemical fumes. These water-based children’s nail polishes can be easily removed by simply soaking in warm water and peeling off. $7.99 a bottle.
  • butter LONDON is the cult phenomenon of the nail industry and is fast becoming famous for 3 Free (non-toxic) nail lacquers. butter LONDON products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, or Parabens. $14.99 a bottle.
  • Honey Bee Gardens Water Color Nail Polish contains no FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde. It comes in 25 colors, and can be removed with plain rubbing alcohol. Another great one for young girls. $9.99 a bottle.
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