A colorless flammable liquid used as a solvent in nail polish.

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Required Reading

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?

Polish College: The Basics

June 1, 2008

An introduction to common nail polish ingredients.

NMC Influences Proposition 65 Ruling

December 1, 2000

Toluene Exposure Warning Signs Mailed to California Technicians

June 1, 1995

California nail technicians recently receive a letter from a group of professional nail polish manufacturers describing what toluene, a solvent use in nail polish, is and what health effects it can have if user is overexposed.

Toluene Exposure Warning Signs Go Up in California

November 16, 1994

More than 30,000 California salons have received warning signs for employees on toluene exposure under a directive from the state attorney general’s office.

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