My first foray into the non-toxic polish realm I would consider a success. I was perusing the natural health/beauty aisles in Wholefoods on High Street Kensington around Christmas time looking for an impulse purchase that would make me feel better (read: retail therapy). What I discovered there was the incredible Butter London range of nail polishes full of vibrant colors but noticeably lacking the three evil toxins found in most nail polishes: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP.
I’ve told you before about the dangers of formaldehyde when the Brazilian Blowout controversy broke last year but let me remind you. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Formaldehyde is a human carcinogen. It can cause immune-system toxicity, liver problems, and can be an irritant and allergen. Moving on to the next toxic ingredient – toluene. A derivative of toluene called benzene is a bone marrow poison which has been linked in some studies to leukemia. It is also a toxin that can make you feel high/nauseous/lightheaded from inhaling it. Finally DBP is a phthalate which is banned in Europe. It has been shown in some studies to be an endocrine disrupter which may not sound like such a big deal but it is if your baby boy is born with underdeveloped baby boy bits. (Seriously, it’s bad news).