Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Picks for "3 Free" Polish

One thing a true glam goddess can't live without is a glossy manicure! If you're like me and love to rock fun colors on your fingers and toes, you will appreciate these "Big Three Free" nail polishes. Absolutely free of three toxic chemicals that have been used in polishes for years: Toulene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phalate. Thankfully, many lines are going "Three Free" but here are a few of my tried and true favorites:












Why avoid these chemicals? Take a look at their potential health risks, courtesy of Teens Turning Green. I would say definitely worth staying away, especially when you think about how often some of us have our nails polished (always ;) Plus the alternatives are sooo fabulous!


TOLUENE 
Function: Antioxidant, solvent to improve adhesion and gloss.
Present in: Nail polish and hair dye.
Health concerns: Liver toxin; probable developmental, nervous system and respiratory toxin; possible cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and sense organ toxin; possible carcinogen and reproductive toxin; irritant; highly flammable. 

FORMALDEHYDE 
Function: Disinfectant, germicide, fungicide, preservative. 
Present in: Deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, shaving cream. Restricted in Canada. Banned by EU. 
Health concerns: Immune system, repertory, hematological, and skin toxicant; probable carcinogen and cardiovascular toxicant; can damage DNA; may trigger asthma; animal studies show sense organ, brain, and nervous system effects; possible human development toxicant. 

PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATES) 
Function: Fragrance ingredient, plasticizer, solvent. 
Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Banned in EU. 
Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; developmental and reproductive toxin; respiratory toxicant; probable neurotoxin; possible carcinogen and endocrine disruptor; bio-accumulative in wildlife. 

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