You probably know that conventional nail polish may contain phthalates, toluene and carcinogenic formaldehyde.
But, because of labeling loopholes, you won’t see all chemicals of concern disclosed on product labels. To be safe, you can call companies and ask them directly if their nail polish contains formaldehyde or toluene.
We called a company called Justice to see if its nail polish contained toluene or formaldehyde. Justice assured us that these chemicals were not present in its tween nail polish.
lied to us was mistaken – its nail polish does contain formaldehyde and high levels of toxic toluene. We know this because we sent the product to a laboratory for chemical analysis.
FDA doesn’t know if there’s toluene or formaldehyde in your nail polish. The only way to find out is to send it to a laboratory.Regulators don’t know if there are toxic chemicals in your products so if consumers want to know then they must pay $400 to test a $10 product. Ridiculous! But Don’t blame the FDA, blame industry
lobbyiststrade associations like the Personal Care Product Council and the American Chemistry Council.
Here’s what the lab analysis revealed:
This is why chemical disclosure is so important for consumers, regulators and retailers. Under current law, consumers don’t have a right to choose what chemicals they’re exposed to; the chemical industry gets to choose for us. Because companies aren’t required to disclose, they don’t make the best choices about what they sell and therefore consumers are forced to make bad choices about what they buy.
The system to regulate chemicals and products is broken in America. Efforts to fix this broken system are being blocked by the powerful cosmetics lobby, The Personal Care Product Council and its stealthy partner, the American Chemistry Council.
They just blocked a California effort to crack down on the some of the nasty chemicals in nail polish.
Cosmetics industry succeeds in shelving California bill restricting toxic ingredients
If you’re interested in avoiding toxic polish then check out this recent article on safer nail polishes