Did you know that nail polish was invented in China around 5,000 years ago. They used to be made of beeswax, gum arabic, egg whites, natural dyes and gelatin. The Egyptians were also coloring their nails by 3000 B.C. and Cleopatra, for one, was a big fan of henna for nail coloring.
Today, nails have become a fashion statement, but the composition of nail polish is way different than the natural mixture used by in China and Egypt. The downside of many nail products on the market is its potential toxicty. Our hands are in contact with many parts of our body (particularly eyes and mouth) and skin (skin is the largest organ and absord everything even if you don't realize it). So you have two options : never wear nail polish again (...Nah!) or be more careful about the products you use.
Toxic ingredients include:
Now what? Do you need to start an investigation with a magnifying glass? Since I don't expect most of you to read the tiny labels and ingredients list, you can find below a list of safe brands :)
Big 3-Free brands (Toluene / DBP / Formol)
5-Free brands (3 Big + Formaldehyde Resin / Camphor
Clean your vanity and spread the word to your friends & family!