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Even Nail Polishes Labeled "Natural" May Not Be: A study finds toxic substances in many nail polishes that claim...

Even Nail Polishes Labeled "Natural" May Not Be: A study finds toxic substances in many nail polishes that claim...

Photo: Kasia Biel / istock related articles By Dan Shapley Many popular nail polishes contain the so-called "toxic trio" of chemicals: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde . While consumers seeking to avoid these chemicals may know that nail polishes often don't list them as ingredients, a startling study from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control finds that even many brands that claim to be "three free" contain harmful substances. "When nail care products claim to be free of unsafe chemicals, despite how the label reads, just the opposite is often true," the report finds, noting that the greatest concern is not for women wearing nail polish but salon workers repeatedly applying nail-care products to customers for hours a day, day after day. DBP and toluene are known to the State of California as developmental toxins. Formaldehyde is recognized...

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