5 Free Nail Polish Defined

We are asked almost on a daily basis, to explain the concept of “5 Free nail polish”  which is the absence of the five most toxic and harmful ingredients, outlined here.

5 Free Nail Polish Defined

5 Free Nail Polish

In the recent New York Times article; Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers, author Sarah Maslin Nir sheds light on a disturbing aspects of the nail polish industry. While customers are being pampered with manicures and pedicures, the nail technicians working in poorly ventilated salons are suffering from a host of serious health concerns including; respiratory issues, birth defects and various forms of cancer.  

The FDA, which is the regulatory body of the United States government that monitors and regulates the cosmetic industry, does not require cosmetic manufactures to share the safety information of their products with consumers.  

To this end, there is a growing number of conscientious beauty brands; including Adesse New York, that are taking a proactive approach to cosmetic product development. We do so by formulating out the harmful ingredients that are common additives of nail polish. Each of the products that we sell is known as “5 Free” nail polish. We are asked almost on a daily basis, to explain the concept of “5 Free” which is the absence of the five most toxic and harmful ingredients, outlined here below:

  1. Toluene is a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner. You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in or getting it on your skin. Toluene is often associated with skin irritation.  Inhaling high levels of toluene is known to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause lightheadedness and nausea.  Toluene is a toxin that may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure.

  2. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals.  In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.

  3. Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans).  Its vapors are also irritating and can trigger asthma.  Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer.  

  4. Formaldehyde Resin is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives.  It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.

  5. Camphor is a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.

As consumers, we should have choices when it comes to the ingredients we are willing to apply to our bodies. Growing consumer demand for healthier, safer nail polish will drive change within the nail polish industry.

As brand owners, we have a responsibility to provide our customers with the highest quality, safest products possible, and this is why we only offer 5 free nail polishes.



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