Non-toxic nails

Ladies! Before you and your little princess get manicured up for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, get some non toxic nail polish, free of known carcinogens such as formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and toluene, found in regular polish. These ingredients have been linked to problems ranging from skin irritation in people to birth defects in animals. It is particularly important for pregnant women and little girls to try and avoid these chemicals.

I like Priti Nails in Keepsake Rose and Pink Jewel Carnation. Many of their colors are on sale now for $8.75.

Piggy Paint is also adorable and sure to please little ballerinas everywhere. Check out their cute gift sets.

And since apparently no nail color is off limits even to adult women, go ahead and get yourself the Color Me Happy
Thanks to Greenni for this list of polishes that are free from all three of Formaldehyde, DBT and Toluene:
  • Piggy Paint, nontoxic, odorless, kid-friendly, kid-colored, water-based formula.
  • Honeybee Gardens, an alternative to solvent-based nail polish, water-based, odorless, removes with rubbing alcohol.
  • No-Miss, does not contain the three-to-avoid above, and also does not contain camphor.
  • Acquarella, water-based system of nail polish, conditioner, remover and moisturizer.
  • Suncoat, water-based nail polish that has been recognized and honored from the Canadian Health Food Association Expo.
  • Peacekeeper Cause-Metics, created by the Environmental Working Group as the safest paint-based natural nail polish.
  • Sante, created without the use of formaldehydes, toluene, and colophony rosin.
  • Nubar, carcinogen-free nail care products.
  • Safe Nail Polish, nontoxic, oderless, made in the USA.
  • Priti, nontoxic, made without the evil-three and all know carcinogenic ingredients.
  • Spa Ritual, vegan nail lacquers.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – No More Toxic Tub Report

Since its founding in 2002, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has advocated the elimination of hazardous chemicals from personal care products.These products can legally contain ingredients linked to cancer, reproductive harm, learning disabilities and other serious health problems. Shockingly, the CSC points out that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned or restricted only 11 chemicals in cosmetics out of the more than 12,500 ingredients currently used. In contrast, the European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics.

We’ve clearly established that bath and other products labeled ‘safe,’ ‘gentle’ and/or ‘natural’ frequently are anything but. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics conducted lab tests and found that many such products are contaminated with formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane – and often times, both. These two chemicals, linked to cancer and skin allergies, are completely unregulated in children’s bath products.

The CSC highlights something that is shocking or even unbelievable to most people – that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety of personal care products in the U.S., but lacks basic authority needed to either verify the safety of products or enforce existing regulations.  ”The FDA cannot require companies to test products for safety before they are sold, does not systematically review the safety of ingredients and does not set limits for common, harmful contaminants in products.The FDA also does not require contaminants to be listed on product ingredient labels. As a result, consumers have no way of knowing if their products contain toxic contaminants.”

Read this important report, No More Toxic Tub HERE, the first to document the widespread contamination of children’s products with formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

Remember, the terms “natural,” “herbal,” “gentle” or “safe” have NO LEGAL DEFINITION.  This report charts the commonly used chemical names and phrases, such as “fragrance” used to describe what are toxic ingredients. More posts to follow in reference to this important resource. See also Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic HERE.

More to come … holiday weekend + newborn = busy