Frequently asked questions

What does 10 - Free Polish Mean?

Many nail polishes contain these toxic ingredients: DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. You do have a choice and can stay away from putting these harmful ingredients on your skin and nails. 10 Free Nail Polish avoids these ingredients along with xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients. Here is a list of the known harmful ingredients in regular nail polish:

  • DPB - actually known as dibutyl phthalate is one of the many ingredients to contain phthalates. These are ingredients that should definitely be avoided. In both Europe and the United States, phthalates are listed as a suspected endocrine disruptor, as there is evidence that it interferes with normal hormone function. So it can affect fertility, and can cause developmental defects in unborn children. Not to stop there it can also cause health issues such as liver and kidney failure in young children. Avoid!
  • Toluene - present in paints, varnishes, glues and many, many nail polishes it can cause irritation to our eyes, nose and throats. Not an ingredient you want to be around.
  • Formaldehyde - often used as a germicide, fungicide, disinfectant and preservative research has suggested its properties are carcinogenic. We'd rather not chance it.
  • Camphor - this acts as a plasticizer and in very small doses camphor can cause reactions such as a really fast heartbeat, skin vasodilation (flushed skin - we often get this with alcohol), slowed breathing, and increased perspiration. In large doses it is very toxic.
  • Parabens - they are a preservative and suspected of having carcinogenic properties.
An quick guide as to what ingredients are avoided in what products: 3-Free polish does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde. 5-Free polish does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor. 7-Free polish does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, parabens or xylene. 10-Free polish does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene and don’t contain parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients.

What does Oxygenating mean?

When nails are covered by artificial products, they can be susceptible to dehydration, bacterial and fungal infection. Keratin, which makes up the majority of the nail structure, allows the transmission of oxygen and water vapor to nourish the skin and kill anaerobic bacteria. Much like “breathable” fabric may be used for certain sports clothing and socks, or contact lenses that may be referred to as “breathing” lenses; This gel system refers to the natural flow of oxygen and water vapor to and from the nailbed as “breathing”.

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