A colorless, gaseous compound used in making phenolic (a molecule containing an aromatic ring that has at least one hydroxl group) resins and dyes; used in aqueous solutions as a preservative and disinfectant.

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Chemicals Most Wanted: Bad Rap or Due Justice?

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?

Should You Switch to Formaldehyde-Free Nail Products?

January 1, 1993

Several years ago nail technicians expressed concern about the use of formaldehyde in nail polish and nail treatments because it is a know skin irritant and some people are allergic to it. However, I suspect that less than 1/10,000 of human exposure to formaldehyde comes from nail products.

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