A five free formula is not the first thing nailistas consider when choosing their new color, but it should be. That beautiful color we have selected could be filled with unnecessary and harmful ingredients. These can cause birth defects, cancer and be an allergen in high doses or with prolonged exposure. How did this happen? Nail polish was standardized in 1920s France after being derived from car enamel. Thus began a long history of five almost unpronounceable chemicals, the unfab five, which sinisterly lurk in a majority of nail polish bottles.
Toulene, sometimes referred to as the T-word, is being legally disputed in California for use in cosmetics. It is known to cause birth defects, cancer and reproductive challenges. The legal wrangling with the T-word is not whether it is dangerous, but what is a safe amount for polishes. Similarly, the chemical DBP(dibutyl phthalate), used to make nail colors last longer, causes cancer in lab animals alongside presenting problems for newborn boys, which could in turn affect their long-term fertility according to recent studies. Another scary chemical in nail polish is formaldehyde. It is used to harden our nails in addition to being a known carcinogen. As with toluene and DBP, only the amount in which it is safe is in dispute, not the negative side effects. Another member of the unfab five is made from the base of formaldehyde, which is called formaldehyde resin. While formaldehyde resin has not been deemed a carcinogen as formaldehyde has, it can be an allergen. This insight is of particular concern for contact wearers as they constantly touch their eyes and the chemicals are active three days after use. Some have experienced a reaction so strongly, they have to see their dermatologists for relief. The last ingredient in the unfab five is camphor. Generally considered safe as it is used in aromatherapy, it is, however, a poison in large amounts and causes the yellow discoloring of nails, especially with dark colors. What makes us beautiful should not also make us sick.
Square Hue believes in providing the highest quality formula for our subscribers. You can paint your nails throughout your pregnancy, take out your contacts without hesitation and feel safe using our product. In addition to being vegan, we are one of the cleanest polishes on the market. Trust us to keep you beautiful and safe.