Why I Have to Get Rid of My Huge Nail Polish Collection

My nail polish collection

I had to say bye-bye to my nail polish collection. I was supposed to throw it all in the garbage months ago, but like all things that are hard to do, I’ve procrastinated. However, I may use them for future art paintings.

It all started when I found about this study by Duke University and Environmental Working Group (EWG) that discovered a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical called triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), which has negative effects on the reproductive system in rats.

There are people who say that there is little human data on the full effects of TPHP, but I believe that anything that even has even a small amount of toxicity should be eliminated or minimized. It’s bad enough that practically everything we use, eat, or breathe can be toxic. Just think of the cumulative effects the environment has on our body.

The big three toxins used by some nail polish brands are toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde. Even though some brands may claim that their products are nontoxic, a report published a few years ago by the Department of Toxic Substances Control in California found that 10 of 12 products that claimed to be free of toluene actually contained the substance.

So now my nail polish collection has dwindled to four colors…

Non-toxic nail polish

I wear the Spa Ritual “Hunk of Burnin’ Love” ($12 at Dermstore) when I’m feeling sassy. Their polishes are vegan and free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.

Ella + Mila is a 7-free nail polish. I love the “Tea Rose” color ($10.50 at Amazon), which has been my favorite color to wear these past few months.

Zoya is a 5-free brand that has eliminated toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP from its nail polishes. I wear the “Sailor” color ($10 at Amazon) when I’m feeling a little rocker chic.

I just purchased the Nails Inc. polish last week at Sephora. This Mayfair Market color is fun and I’ve been attracted to all things copper lately. It’s a little pricey for me ($15), so I don’t know if I would purchase this brand again. Also, it’s only a 3-free polish. Apparently that’s not enough because there are now 5-free, 7-free, and 9-free polishes.

Pure Vitality Beauty natural nail polish removerIn addition to using non-toxic nail polish, I’ve also made the switch to a natural and plant-based nail polish remover from Pure Vitality Beauty (Available for $12.87 on Amazon right now.) It is free from acetate, ethyl lactate & petroleum chemicals. I love how it moisturizes my nails and doesn’t have any smelly fumes.

Do you use non-toxic nail polishes?

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