What is vegan nail lacquer?
No animal by-products are used in our nail polish line and we do not test on animals!
A fairly common use is in metallic and shimmery shades. Check the ingredients labels for the words “pearl” or “guanine”, fish scales which are used in the polish to create this sparkle. We are proud to say that our shimmery shades are created with the mineral Mica, keeping them animal by-product free.
What is “21 Free”?
Our polish is free from Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Dibutyl Phthalate, Xylene, Parabens, Fragrances, Animal Products, and Phthalates. Ours is a Vegan Friendly formulation.
How long is the nail wear?
#BetterThanGel 7-10 Days! Our “gel like” formula creates a long lasting wear please use 2 coats. Two coats sets with a gel like texture along with the topcoat for a finishing touch creates a long lasting wear.
What is TPHP?
TPHP is Triphenyl phosphate, and recently it was discovered that health concerns surrounding it. It has been reported that this chemical, when absorbed in the human body, affects hormones and can have effects such as obesity and early puberty. While used in many materials, there is a lot of panic surrounding nail polish in particular. For years, TPHP has been a popular ingredient for nail polish manufacturers as it acts as a flame retardant as well as a plasticizer, providing strength and flexibility to the nail. The question still floats around as to how serious this should be taken. REST ASSURED, our nail colors and all treatments DO NOT CONTAIN TPHP.
What Ingredients Are in Most Nail Polishes?
As we mentioned before, most drugstore and readily available nail polishes contain highly toxic ingredients. The quantity of these toxic ingredients varies from color to color and brand to brand. You might think to yourself, “what do I have to worry about? It’s just a little nail polish,” but some of the ingredients (and their side effects) will shock you.
The top 3 most toxic nail polish ingredients include toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. Dibutyl phthalate or DBP, though considered toxic, is in some ways the least concerning, with reports of mild irritation of the skin and eyes after exposure and a potential impact on developmental growth and the reproductive system. But consider this: how often we paint our nails, or have them painted, and how long the polish is on our fingers and toes. It’s easy to see how ‘mild irritation’ can become an issue over time.
Formaldehyde will be the most familiar ingredient to some of you, as a key component in embalming fluid – the harsh preservative used on corpses. When exposed to this chemical, many of us experience watery, burning and/or itchy eyes, and discomfort of the throat leading to coughing and wheezing. Long term or repetitive exposure can lead to asthma and damage to the inner nose and throat lining. The idea of having formaldehyde anywhere near us actually makes our skin crawl, but it gets worse. Toluene is a chemical solvent found in tar and has a strong odor, similar to paint thinners. In moderate to large doses, the negative side effects impact the nervous system, immune system, lungs and organs.
Some of the lesser evils excluded from 5-free and 7-free nail polish include camphor, parabens, and xylene. Xylene, another of the 10 most toxic nail ingredients, has not been verified as a carcinogen yet, but has an immediate impact on the body. Side effects include headache, dizziness, nausea, and more.
We’re already familiar with parabens, the umbrella term for several types of preservatives used in hair and cosmetics products. While the harmfulness and toxicity of parabens are often debated, side effects are very real. The most dangerous side effects of parabens are their ability to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body. To the ladies out there: we know you’re thinking that we already deal with the less-than-glamorous side effects of estrogen once a month. But while additional estrogen doesn’t initially sound serious, it can disrupt normal bodily functions, create harmful imbalances, and ultimately lead to tumors and cancerous cells.
Camphor is one of the ingredients responsible for the sharp, bitter odor of nail polish, but it can also cause nails to become chronically dry, brittle, and discolored. Ultimately, none of these ingredients are safe for pregnant or nursing mothers, and the rest of us should avoid them if at all possible as well.