What’s wrong with traditional nail polish?
The Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocacy organization, claims that traditional nail polish has been linked to health issues. Environmental researcher, Hong-Chang Liang explains that chemicals found in nail polish have been linked to a wide array of health problems, ranging from simple headaches to reproductive birth defects in baby boys.
Toluene has been found in low enough concentrations to cause reproductive harm to babies to the development of their neurons.
The EWG claims the health risks from most brands of nail polish sold in the US come from two powerful chemicals: Dibutyl Phthalate, or DBP, and Toluene.Nail polish containing DBP has been banned in Europe.
A Duke University study showed compelling evidence that TPHP, a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical also used in plastics manufacturing and as a fire retardant in foam furniture, enters the human body via nail polish. These results are troubling because a growing body of scientific data from other studies indicates that TPHP causes endocrine disruption, meaning that it interferes with normal hormone functioning. In animal studies, it has caused reproductive and developmental irregularities. (Some studies use the acronym TPP for this chemical).
What are 3, 5 and 7 free nail polishes?
“3 Free” – Nail polishes free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.
“5 Free” – Nail polishes free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde,Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor
“7 Free” – Nail polishes free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde,Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, parabens and xylene
Why are the Nail Belle’s products better?
The short answer is our products are harmless and are all at least big 5 free. All of the products used at the Nail Belle are gluten free, cruelty free and vegan friendly and also contain no animal byproducts.
What are ‘top-shelf’ nail polishes?
Top shelf nail polishes are high end non-toxic products used in our spa level services. These luxury brands include LVX, Butter London and RGB. Essential services include big 5 free polishes from Zoya but upgrades to ‘top shelf’ products are available for a nominal fee.