Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a common nail polish ingredient used as a plasticizer (allowing it to be flexible on nails and not crack); also used in children’s toys, shower curtains, and food wraps; the U.S. has no laws prohibiting its use in nail polish.
October 1, 2009
We’ve all heard of them by now. The big three: formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (aka DBP). But what exactly are these chemicals and why have they been systematically eliminated from cosmetics?