( updated 4 November )
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NAIL VARNISH /POLISHES
What is in Nail varnishes and Polishes?
I have always thought the smell of a nail varnish, smelt toxic, it is such a pungent smell. I can not say that I was surprised, after seeing what the ingredients in them .
I have found that you can buy less toxic nail polishes, why on earth are they still using the others?
I feel sorry for those people working in the Nail Salons breathing in the fumes day after day.
It cannot be good for your health.
This Video by BRIGHT SIDE is an eye opener
Talking about Nail polish and children.
When my oldest girls were young ( before I realised what was in nail varnish) they had used a pink nail varnish in their room, I found the bottle eventually in the washing machine, with the bedding!
And no, I couldn’t get the color off the bedding!
It is very permanent on fabric.
It is amazing to think that they sell these nail varnishes for children, often in kids makeup sets, complete with all things glittery that of course catches the eye of young girls. It is so toxic.
Mount Sinai-New York Has a list of the effects of Nail Polish Poisoning. Worth a read especially if your children have bottles in their room.
THOUGHT CO .COM
Have a fact filled article on HOW NAIL POLISH WORKS with links to the chemicals inside and a little of the history of these products.
This is an article written by the INDEPENDENT that says” There’s the “toxic trio” – formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene, while other chemicals in the mix include triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), formaldehyde resin and camphor.” READ the rest of the article on the link.( many links to each ingredient and their effect too )
They give a list of the top 12 NON TOXIC and VEGAN NAIL POLISHES . Its a great read!
–Free from DBP, Formaldehyde, Parabens and Gluten. Vegan Friendly and Halal Certified.
Many other BREATHABLE ORLY COLOURS here
NAILBERRY Free from formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, DPB and formaldehyde resin chemicals.
Our fingernail polish is free of toxics, TPHP, TOLUENE, FORMALDEHYDE or DBP. Our polish is suitable for EVERYONE including pregnant women, children of every age and allergy sufferers. Don’t take a chance with your nails.
I had not heard of this company before. Made in USA , some lovely colours available.
SIERRA CLUB.ORG Offer 7 Stylish Toxin Free Nail Polish Brands.
They write that some nail varnishes can have up to 30 different chemicals each.
Even some of the Brands that advertise they are ” 5 free” to some of the chemicals can still be hiding other chemicals that you probably wouldn’t want in your polish.
MADE HOW. COM have how the structure of nail varnish is made, it can be very flammable , I never knew that it had (cellulose nitrate) cotton, a flammable and explosive ingredient also used in making dynamite
( taken from the link)
TOXIC EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY
THE HEALTHY .COM discuss what the effect on the body , just after 10 hours of wearing can do.
NAIL POLISHES EXPLAINED BY GEORGE ZAIDAN
George explains ,just what each ingredient does in modern nail varnishes. Then goes on to make his own Homemade version, based on an old list of ingredients that were used in the past.
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
What chemicals are in these products?
There is an informative article on SAFE COSMETICS.ORG
HOMEMADE RECIPES from STYLECRAZE for 6 DIY Ideas for nail polish remover.
ACALA make a reusable Nail Polish remover pad.
KAMA ORGANIC BEAUTY NATURAL SOYBEAN LAVENDER NAIL POLISH REMOVER
Karma organic lavender nail polish remover is free from toxic, acetone and alcohol, things which dries out your skin and damages the nails.
Have recipes and other ideas to removing nail polish.
WIKIHOW has some other methods including using toothpaste! and lemon juice for removing nail polish.
They seem to be made of either Acrylic or Gel , some of the issues around these can be from infections.
The article here on the MAYO Clinic has the reasons around this and how to avoid this happening. As always good hygiene and where you go to have these applied, looking for good salons. Using the DIY nails at home seem to cause some problems.
VOX.COM have a good explication of the different types of nail available, what they are made of and how they are applied .
This was interesting as this is something that I have never even thought of having done. When I lived in the States the amount of Nail Salons was huge, it seems to be everywhere now. Even in rural France!
ITV.NEWS COM had a news article on the “Allergy Epidemic “by The British Association of Dermatologists , where it said these chemicals were “causing a contact allergy epidemic in the UK and Ireland”. Which they say can cause long term Dental Issues. They have a copy of the paper from” BAD,” as listed above.