Check out this fun rose gold bracelet I got in my Le Tote rental! (For those who don’t know what Le Tote is, it’s a clothing/accessory rental service! Look up an earlier post I published for the full explanation.)

I paired my arm candy with a delicious bubble gum pink nail polish by Zoya, a vegan brand free of the top 5 most common chemicals found in nail polishes (typically referred to as 5Free). These chemicals are: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

  • Toulene: A chemical known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness. It is also found in gasoline and the CDC warns that it can cause central nervous system problems.
  • Formaldehyde: This known carcinogen is found in many nail polishes. It is also used to preserve dead things and when used in lab preparations, there are strict warnings to avoid inhalation or skin contact.
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): This chemical is banned in Europe and is known to cause reproductive problems, especially in boys. The Environmental working group classifies this chemical as the highest danger level and warns that it can cause organ problems and endocrine disruption.
  • Formaldehyde Resin: Although formaldehyde resin hasn’t been linked to cancer like regular formaldehyde, it’s a skin allergen known to cause dermatitis. It can also off-gas formaldehyde and may contain residual levels of formaldehyde.
  • Camphor: This is a scented substance derived from the wood of the camphor tree. It can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches when inhaled, especially in large doses, making it a concern for nail technicians. (Sources: WellnessMama & Dr. Mercola).

I found a great article by Huffington Post, about nail polish being absorbed by our bodies. Read here.

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