Toxins Found In “Non-Toxic” Nail Polishes

The on mislabeled cosmetics used throughout California continues, as the Department of Toxic Substances Control issued a report that it found some nail polishes used in salons throughout the state contained certain chemicals, contrary to what their labels advertised.

Three chemicals, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde, often referred to as the “toxic trio,” are legal to use when properly labeled, but several brands used in salons that were labeled “toxic-free” were found to contain them. The findings incited fear that the workers and clients at the more than 48,000 nail salons were being exposed to chemicals that have been shown to be linked to birth defects and asthma.

In some cases, the polishes that advertised to be free of the “toxic trio” actually contained one or more of the chemicals, and sometimes at dangerous levels. The DTSC reported its concern that the 121,000 workers in nail salons are at the highest risk for being exposed to the toxins, particularly in salons that are not well-ventilated. The nail polish brands are ones that are available only through salons and are not sold in retail outlets.

Many of the manufacturers insist their labeling is accurate and are now reviewing their ingredients to avoid fines and litigation they risk if they’re unsuccessful in fighting the claims, reports the Associated Press.