Some "3-Free" Nail Polishes Found to Feature Toluene, DBP and Formaldehyde

So-Called "3-Free" Nail Polishes Actually Found to Feature Toxins

An alarming new report by the Department of Toxic Substances Control in the States has shown that many nail polishes claiming to be "3-free" — formulated without toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde — actually feature one or more of the toxins, sometimes in very high levels. The chemicals have been linked to birth defects, development problems and other illnesses, such as asthma, when people have been exposed to large quantities of them. According to the New York Times, the following bottles were mislabelled and feature traces of the toxins, despite saying they were "3-free": Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail colour, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby's Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color, Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer, Sunshine nail lacquer, Cacie Light Free Gel Basecoat, Cacie Sun Protection Topcoat, Golden Girl Topcoat, Nail Art Top-N-Seal and High Gloss Topcoat. A decision has yet to be made by the state attorney general's office on the matter as the chemicals themselves are not illegal in the US, but making misleading claims may could be.

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