Could your manicure be toxic?
(Relaxnews) - A new report by California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has found significant amounts of one or more of the chemicals formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in polishes that had been labeled "toxic-free."
The three chemicals have been dubbed the "toxic trio," since exposure to them has been linked to birth defects, developmental problems, asthma and other illnesses. In fact, DBP was banned from cosmetics in Europe in 2003 -- although formaldehyde and toluene can can still be used in small amounts in beauty products there.
Out of the 25 US nail care products that the DTSC sampled, 12 claimed to be free of at least one "toxic-trio" chemical -- although out of these ten contained toluene and four contained DBP.