Endocrine disrupters

Nail Polish and the endocrine disruptors in them

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More and more people are turning to a healthier lifestyle by watching what is going into and what they are putting on their bodies.  It’s unfortunate that every day, in this world we are trying to dodge all the harmful chemicals out there, but it is impossible. The best thing we can do is inform ourselves and try to make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce our exposure to them.

Nail polish should be one of your concerns because they can contain 3 toxic ingredients, well 4, and other chemicals.  There are 3 toxic ingredients that are known for many years as the “toxic trio”.

Toulene– A chemical known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness.

Formaldehyde– This known carcinogen in nail polishes and can cause cancer according to the American Cancer Society.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) -This chemical is banned in Europe and is known to cause developmental and reproductive problems as the Environmental Working Group EWG notes here.

There is another bugger out there called “TPHP” otherwise known as Triphenyl phosphate. This chemical is used in the foam in furniture as a fire retardant and use it while manufacturing plastic.  Animal studies have shown this ingredient causes hormone disruption and has shown to cause neurodevelopmental problems and obesity.

The EWG provides us with a database to enable us to have more knowledge in one place. You’ll see how all of their hard work has made EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database a definite page to bookmark. I’ve made a list of 5 of the top picks not in any particular order, just alphabetical. And remember to check back with them from time to time as previous database records can change.

  • Acquarella
  • Honeybee Gardens
  • Safe Nail Polish
  • Scotch Naturals
  • Suncoat

Just be safe and alert about what products you are using as they can harmful. Your body absorbs everything you put in it and on it.



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