Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Link: Hazardous chemicals found in some nail polishes

Study: Hazardous chemicals found in some nail polish - KCTV 5

Here is a little snippet:

The use of the three chemicals in nail products is not illegal if properly labeled. But agency officials said the false claims may be a violation of a state law that requires disclosure of harmful chemicals in consumer products. A final decision on whether the companies will face legal action, which can include fines and an order to attach warning labels to their products, will be made by the state attorney general.

Investigators chose 25 brands at random, including a number of products claiming to be free of the chemicals toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde, which are known as the toxic trio. Regulators said exposure to large amounts of the chemicals has been linked to developmental problems, asthma and other illnesses.

Investigators found that 10 of 12 products that claimed to be free of toluene actually contained it, with four of the products having dangerously high levels.

The report also found that five of seven products that claimed to be "free of the toxic three" actually included one or more of the agents in significant levels.

Personally, I am surprised no one ever investigated this sooner.  I definitely don't like the part where they say it's free of something but it isn't- much more disturbing to me than just not labelling at all.  It will be interesting to see further developments!


  1. kind of unrelated to the post (which thank you for it was really helpful!) but-
    awesome blog :) followed as soon as a opened your page!
    xo Georgie