California Regulators Find Toxins in Nail Polish

Daniel McCall

California regulators say that some nail polishes found throughout the state that are both used and sold at nail salons contain significant amounts of toxic chemicals, including the so-called "toxic trio"--which said nail polishes are advertised as being free of.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control's report, which is expected to be filed on Tuesday, says that the mislabeled nail polish has the potential to harm a significant amount of women who either work at or go to one of the roughly 48,000 nail salons in the state.

Regulators tested around 25 nail polish products, which were chosen at random, and found that many of them contained one or more of a chemical that it claimed to be free of, including toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde--or the "toxic trio," which are known to cause birth defects such as asthma.

"We know there are exposures at salons, both to workers and customers, and we're concerned about potential harm," said Karl Palmer, the overseer of DTSC's report. "Our strategy first and foremost is to shed light on the reality of what's in these products and put this information out to everyone."

The Associated Press reports:

"Among the products tested that the state says were mislabeled were: Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail color, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby's Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color, Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer, Sunshine nail lacquer, Cacie Light Free Gel Basecoat, Cacie Sun Protection Topcoat, Golden Girl Topcoat, Nail Art Top-N-Seal and High Gloss Topcoat."

Source: Associated Press