The term “toxic trio” refers to dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde (which is not found in polish, but in some nail hardeners). Consumer groups have lobbied to have these ingredients removed from nail products with some success.
dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Advertising itself as “four-free,” Knocked Up Nails contains no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, or camphor.
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?
An introduction to common nail polish ingredients.
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