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Phasing Out the "Toxic Trio"

A Review of Popular Nail Polish Brands
by the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance
May 15th, 2009

Want to avoid chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive problems? Taking a closer look at your nail polish is a good place to start.

Over the last several years, scientific studies have shown a correlation between health problems in nail salon workers and daily exposure to chemicals in nail products. Three chemicals of particular concern are toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate, nicknamed the “toxic trio.”

This report from the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance, founded by Women's Voices for the Earth, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, can help inform your choices.

The Alliance surveyed popular brands of nail polish to find out if they use the "toxic trio"  in their products. Though the majority of companies are no longer using these ingredients, a few holdouts still are - and some companies failed to respond to the survey.

More Information

Download the report, "Phasing Out the 'Toxic Trio'"

Download a two-page fact sheet about the report

Download a nail polish wallet card to take shopping with you

About the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance