Let´s be honest, do you read the ingredients of the cosmetics you use? And do you know what are those ingredients? Well, I never cared. Why would I? I grew up using creams, shampoos, make-up, and my favorite: nail polish. I was never aware of the ingredients until I started to walk this conscious path of mine. I discovered that common nail-polish has the following chemical ingredients:
Toluene: a solvent, degreases the skin, and may lead to inflammation.
Dibutyl phthalate and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): a plasticizer.
Formaldehyde- resin: a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
Colophonium: a sticky flammable substance.
Paraben: a chemical preservative. It´s not proven to be bad, but also not proven to be ok to use it on a regular basis.
Xylol: a solvent. It can be a health hazard when absorbed through the skin and the respiratory tract.
Acetone: a chemical solvent.
Silicone: Recognize by the names that end in -cone or -siloxane.
Besides, some nail polish bottles contain animal-derived ingredients like the following:
Guanine: It might be listed as ‘pearl essence’. But guanine is derived from fish scales and acids that are located in animal tissue. You’re most likely to find it in products that have a shimmery, pearly effect. Or in glitter polish colors.
Carmine: Red hues of nail polish are a warning sign, they often contain carmine. By boiling and crushing beetles, the red color is created and that’s what gives the color.
Oleic Acid: Comes from the hard fat found in the animal’s kidneys, stomach, and other organs. In cosmetics, oleic acid can be used to thicken a solution.
Luckily the nail polish market is changing and I found the brand ‘Nailberry’. A brand that makes 12-free nail polishes.
Nailberry makes healthier nail polishes without the following ingredients:
- Phthalates, including DBP
- Formaldehyde Resin
- Ethyl Tosylamide
- Triphenyl Phosphate
- Animal Derivatives
The nail polish looks just like a regular one. Though the smell is less strong and the covering is as good as a conventional one.
You can find the shades of Nailberry at Biocare Online.
Did you know this brand already? If you would like to try it out, check my latest Instagram post. I am hosting a giveaway!