Toxic ingredients in mainstream nail polish can be absorbed into your body through the nail plate (and mouth if you bite your nails). You are also inhaling some of the fumes while you're polishing. Nail polish can also contain some pretty intense allergens, and everyone deserves the right to rock a little color and feel fancy without putting their body at risk!
This is where ADRIANNE K comes in! A 10 TOXIN FREE nail polish that is not only formulated without the 3 common chemicals found in nail polishes (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde), but also made without 7 other very dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin, xylene, TPHP, TBHP, ethyl tosylamide, parabens and Camphor).
Toluene- a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner. You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in or getting it on your skin, causing skin irritation. Unfortunately, inhaling high levels of toluene is said to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause light-headedness and nausea. Toluene is a toxin that may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)- a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals. In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
Formaldehyde- commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans). Its vapors are also irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer.
Formaldehyde Resin- A derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.
Camphor- A poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.
Xylene- A solvent used in nail polish. Its vapors can cause eye irritation, skin irritation, headache, dizziness and nausea. Prolonged exposure can lead to liver and kidney damage.
Parabens- Used as a preservative in nail polish, but when they coat your nails, they can interfere with proper nutrition absorption, which can leave your nails brittle, cracked, or otherwise unhealthy. Parabens have been making headlines because of their involvement in breast cancer.
Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP)- A chemical used as a common plasticizer, which can cause reproductive and developmental problems.
Tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP)- An organic peroxide widely used in a variety of oxidation processes. An exceptionally dangerous chemical that is highly reactive, flammable and toxic. It is corrosive to the skin and causes respiratory distress when inhaled.
Ethyl tosylamide- A highly viscous, amber liquid used primarily as plasticizer and film former in coatings like nail polish. It basically imparts flexibility and durability to synthetic polymers such as those used in nail polish. This chemical has already been barred in Europe due to its antibiotic properties and concern over antibiotic resistance.