Toluene and Formaldehyde are Bad Enough in Nail Polish. But This Also?

November 25, 2009 by Enlightenedpsych2  
Published in Beauty Products

Oh my is my Wet ‘n’ Wild Crystal line Calcium Enriched Nail Color the shiniest and prettiest color you ever did see? It is called Bronzeberry CI 479A — and I like the longevity of its wear while the smell and contents make me want to scream at the labs who allow this. A consumer review with a clear message on intolerance of certain ingredients.

To stir awareness in the vain consumer wanting her, or his, nails to be spectacular may run the risk of terminating their body’s longevity . . .

Bronzeberry CI 479A which is classification index number or index number from a catalog. Shiny, yes. Stays tough and shiny through dish-washing and everyday wear and tear yes, but only a few days. Three tops . . .

Okay it is a toluene and formaldehyde free product. Oh goodie– but it still contains carcinogenic agents which I regard as intolerable of. I won’t stand for it and is there really any way this vanity item can be made any other way ? I mean aren’t there any organic compounds that would provide such a rich vibrant color with staying power as this other thing the company AM Cosmetics can substitute with ?

An inorganic pigment called BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (is not suspected to be an environmental toxin according to the cosmetic database.com); however for your own common sense this is a chemical agent found in nail polish, cosmetics used around the eyes, yet it is NOT been flagged as hazardous. I suggest that you use  your common sense here. Even though a broad spectrum toxicity was detected from a study in 1972 was done for RTCES, a data sheet for Food and Cosmetics Toxicology. This report indicated “one or more animal studies show broad systemic effects at high doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)” are in fact quite hazardous, carcinogenic and destructive systemically to both reproductive and non-reproductive organs.

This includes the brain and both the right and left separate hemispheres of the brain which must develop and survive without any chemical intervention. I am thinking you are thinking, “what does nail polish have to do with this” ? Good question. Well, inhalation for starters. Unless you are placing it on your nails in a fully ventilated area, don’t expect not to inhale some of this chemical stimulant and be altered. By your nose alone, it stinks. In addition, it stimulates because it makes vasodilators expand as they are supposed to but to a dangerous degree. It is highly permeable that means subcutaneous tissue can absorb this especially any torn skin around the nail bed that could get ‘brushed’, becomes highly susceptible to infection. It just makes sense to use caution with this product or find a nail polish that is safer and chemical free.

But is there one ? and If the United Kingdom has enough sense to ban all use of FD&C Yellows or Reds, and Bismuth Oxychloride or coal tar inorganic pigmentation boosters, why the hell can’t the United States follow suit ?

Thank you for reading and try not to

Enjoy products with hazardous contents !

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3 Responses to “Toluene and Formaldehyde are Bad Enough in Nail Polish. But This Also?”
  1. Nateena Says:

    You’re right. I believe you. This goes not just for nail polish, but ANY make-up!!!!! Women nowadays have a tendancy to wear make-up… even when they’re beautiful to start with! Once they start, they literally, cannot stop, because once you start wearing makeup, you get uglier, and uglier, which means you have to wear more and more makeup. It’s a snowball effect. Not just that you are ruining your face, you are ruining the environment! People just don’t get that there are BAD chemicals and OIL in makeup!!!!!
    Good article.

  2. annoyed passerby Says:

    “…If the United Kingdom has enough sense to ban all use of FD&C Yellows or Reds, and Bismuth Oxychloride or coal tar inorganic pigmentation boosters, why the hell can’t the United States follow suit ?….”

    Actually, that is NOT true. Bismuth Oxychloride and all the US approved Yellows and Reds that are used in Nail Polish here, are also PERFECTLY LEGAL for nail polish in the UK and all over the EU. For that matter, in the EU/UK, Toluene is legal for nail polish at up to 25%, and Formaldehyde is legal up to 5% in nail hardeners. (I confess total ignorance of coal tar and hair products.)

    The EU gov’t scientists have reviewed all these chemicals and come to the same conclusion as the US FDA and Health Canada scientists: that low exposures experienced in nail product use, are SAFE. Period.

    Don’t take my word for it — All the EU regulations are online for the world to read. It’s amazing how many activists endlessly parrot, “this or that chemical is banned in the EU”, without checking the facts.

  3. jennifer eiffel01 Says:

    I never knew this about nail polish remover. I usually use it Saturday nights so my nails are pretty to shop Sunday afternoon.


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