Okay, it’s confession time! It has been almost two years since I got a manicure or pedicure (and when I say that, I mean I haven’t even painted my nails at home.)
Why?! Well nail polish is toxic and I did not want to expose my son to those toxins!
As we all know it only takes 20 seconds for something that we put on the outside of our body, to make its way on the inside.
As a breastfeeding, conscious mother, I could not expose Liam to these things after finding out the truth about nail polish!
There are seven SUPER toxic ingredients in nail polish.
+Formaldehyde: increased risk of cancer.
+Toluene: negative affect kidney, liver, brain, and heart.
+BHA: causes human carcinogen.
+DBP: causes cancer, mutations, and birth defects.
+Camphor: causes nausea, dizziness, and headaches when inhaled.
+Xylene: causes minor skin irritation when skin contact. Liver and kidney damaged.
+Triphenyl Phosphate: causes immature bone cells to transform into fats and fertility problems.
But don’t worry, I actually found a salon that only uses nail polish that does NOT contain these things.
They also don’t make any false claims such as having the word “Organic” in the title. (Yes, we live in the same town, that nail salon in the Nut Tree is not actually organic…)
They EVEN go as far as HAND making their own lotions and sugar scrubs and they even clean their Salon with Seventh Generation. (Did you know Seventh Generation is a B Corp, backed by EWG and even lobby in congress to have safer laws to be passed?!)
No, I am not making this place up, it is called Nature Love Salon and they are in Sacramento Ca.
If those seven ingredients were not enough to make you cancel your next nail appointment. Maybe the rest of this blog post will! I have linked all of my resources, as always, I encourage you to do your own research.
The Environmental Working Group aka EWG did a scientific study co-authored by researcher Heather Stapleton of Duke University and EWG toxicologist Johanna Congleton that found “that a chemical added to nail polish to make it more flexible and chip-resistant got into the bodies of all 26 women who volunteered to paint their nails for the study. The evidence showed up in their urine within half a day.”
“Scientists suspect that the chemical at issue—triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP—disrupts the hormone system.” Hormones such as TPHP have been linked to things such as an early start to puberty, neurological issues and obesity.
TPHP is also an ingredient in fire retardants. This is one of the main reasons I have strived to provide Liam with an environment free of TPHP by buying him organic or handmade clothes, as well as bedding, toys and equipment that has not been sprayed with fire retardants.
Studies have shown that TPHP “is often used as a fire retardant infused into foam furniture. From furniture, it and other fire retardant chemicals migrate into household dust, and from there, into people—especially children. EWG biomonitoring tests conducted in 2008 discovered that babies and toddlers, who play on the floor, typically had triple the amounts of fire retardant chemicals in their bodies as their mothers.” However, that is a whole other blog post in itself!
So as I mentioned earlier it has been almost two years since I got my nails done for this very reason!
Sadly, due to low regulation with the FDA nail salons can loosely use the words organic, natural and even carry nail polish that still contains TPHP.
Due to such low regulation in the industry, many companies will put ingredients like TPHP in their products and not even disclose them in an ingredient list.
However in the last few years, “Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced S. 1014, the Personal Care Products Act of 2015, which would require Congress to update the federal law governing the regulation of cosmetics. This statute has not been substantially updated since its passage in 1938. Despite the general gridlock on Capitol Hill, this bipartisan compromise bill has real momentum. You can learn more about the legislation here, and take action to tell Washington to support cosmetics law reform. You can use this link to tell nail polish makers to get TPHP out of their products.”
Want to know more about TPHP and how you can avoid it? Click here to read the full report.
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**On October 20th 2015, Butter London informed EWG that it had removed triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) from its products last year. However, EWG was still able to find nail polish products containing triphenyl phosphate on store shelves in September 2015. If you would like to avoid triphenyl phosphate, please check the label on Butter London products and purchase ones with the newer formulation that do not contain this ingredient.