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Nailpolish That Won’t Render You Infertile!

Published on January 24, 2009 by   ·   24 Comments Pin It

Nasty chemicals like DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, and formaldehyde are in almost every nail polish on the market. From; Here are a few facts about these common toxic nail polish ingredients:

Toluene is a human reproductive and developmental toxin. It affects the nervous system with symptoms like tiredness, confusion, weakness, drunken-type actions, and memory loss. It is thought to cause liver damage and skin irritation. In high levels it may affect the kidneys. Toluene has been linked to birth defects.

Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and a common indoor air pollutant because its resins are used in many construction materials. Formaldehyde has caused cancer in the nose and throats of lab animals. Inhaling the fumes can result in watery eyes, headache, burning in the throat, and labored breathing.

Dibutyl Phthalates are used to soften plastic, and are known to affect hormone function. Studies have linked phthalates to early puberty in girls and low sperm counts in men. Environmental groups claim phthalate exposure may contribute to the rising number of uterine problems in women and testicular cancer in men. It could also be one of the contributing factors to a rise in infertility in both sexes. Repeated and heavy exposure to dibutyl phthalate may cause nausea and/or vomiting, tearing of the eyes, dizziness, and headache. Long-term exposures may cause damage to kidneys and the liver. Pregnant women must consider that dibutyl phthalate may harm the developing fetus and the male testes.

Any Girlie with half a brain cell can tell that the stuff is a carcinogenic from the smell alone, and the girls in this posse have sworn off commercial polishes entirely.   Up until recently, that left us polish free and rocking a short and clean look… til the newest crop of totally eco friendly and safe polishes crept onto the scene!   It’s really not that big a deal, just do your own nails (and save a bundle in mani/ pedi bills) or bring your own polish to your local spot and ask that they don’t use their remover.   We get nauseous from even stepping foot in the average mani/ pedi spot these days, but there are alternatives like Green Manicures now available all across the USA.     Try Recess or GreenBliss Eco Spa in LA, Valley in NYC, or search the Green Spa Network online for other States.

Sula Nail Polish ($10) is a   vegan, scentless, water-based line of nail polish that peels off   when you’re ready to remove it. No more headache inducing polish removers, no more brittle nails.   There are currently only four colors in this line, but they are as perfect and vibrant as can be! See the line here.

Zoya Nail Polishes ($6) are free of toxic Toluene, Formaldehyde, and DBP and are the brainchild of Zoya Reyzis who, as a pregnant aesthetician and salon owner in 1984, realized the need for a healthier and more durable solution.   Zoya polishes definitely offer the most incredible selection of colors are far as the more natural polishes are concerned.   See them all here.

Peacekeeper Causemetics offers a non toxic polish which is incredibly well rated by the Environmental Working Group’s “skin deep” rating system.   The polishes aren’t vegan because they contain carmine – a pigment derived from carminic acid from the scales of certain insects such as the cochineal – so vegan readers take note.   They do, however, offer a natural and vegan polish remover which will make you sing hallelujah.   We love this company because they are the first cosmetics line to give all of its after-tax distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues.   Peacekeeper “builds a bridge between extraordinary women in the land-of-plenty with extraordinary women who just by chance of birth don’t have our resources or opportunities.” Check out their lovely eco range here.

Peacekeeper Nail Polish Remover, $12.

Peacekeeper Nail Polish Remover, $12.

This, like anything new, may take some time to get used to, but your innards will thank you for it.   We promise.

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Readers Comments (24)

  1. Franni says:

    This is so awesome!! I should tell my friends about this!! ^-^

  2. Clare says:

    Wow! I never knew this (but should have known…) Imagine all the people out there who bite their nails- they’re eating formaldehyde, yikes!!

    Thanks for the eye opener!

  3. Ang says:

    Thanks for the great post. Just wanted to add that I have No Miss brand–I got it at Whole Foods and it’s pretty cheap. They also have a polish remover, and this line doesn’t have formaldehyde/bad stuff either.

  4. Halla says:

    Also-Butter London is an amazing line of lacquers, treatments and mani/pedi products that are “3 Free.” Amazing colors and packaging..!


  5. Jessica T. says:

    Thanks for sharing! Many major brand polishes are getting rid of the bad stuff, but I still cannot stand nail polish remover–it gives me migraines.

    The Sula polish that peels off sounds great.

    So what about the natural polish takes getting used to? How does it smell? Does it work just as well? What is different?

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  7. Zavi says:

    Zoya is doing a promotion, you can trade your poison polish in for theirs, up to 200 bottles, all you have to do is pay shipping !

  8. Kenti says:

    Thanks for the info I will definitely be making the switch to a more eco freindly nail polish

  9. Kenti says:

    Thanks for the info I will definitely be making the switch to a more eco freindly nail polish

  10. Sonia says:

    Sparitual is another good brand with an awesome range of colors. It’s also vegan!

  11. Charlotte says:

    I just had to add that the SULA polish is fantastic! It has absolutely NO scent, which is such a treat, dries SUPER quickly, and has the most vibrant colors. I’m totally a believer. I’ll never use a toxic polish again!

  12. chloejo says:

    NYC Girls: I forgot to mention Priti Organic Spa, 35 E. 1st St., (212) 254-3628. Eco Mani/Pedis!

  13. Sabrina says:

    This is great thank you–hey is it, ah, edible? My little girl loves to wear polish but her hands are often in her mouth — would this polish be safe for her? thanks Chloe!! xxs

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