Sunday, September 7, 2008

Holy OPI Zombies Batman!

A few days after my Paraben closet purging, I remembered I had quite a collection of OPI nail polishes in a box. Almost all of them had Formaldehyde resin, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP). WHOA. For years I have been pickling myself with nail polish. I purchased two new bottles of OPI last month and even those contained the Formaldehyde resin.

Curious, I went digging around on the OPI website and found their denial that Formaldehyde had ever been used in regular nail polish, they admitted to it being used in nail hardeners.

From the 'OPI Cares' section of their website: "Formaldehyde has never been an ingredient in OPI Nail Lacquers or Nail Treatments."

Okay, if you have never used Formaldehyde in your polish, what in the heck was this 'Formaldehyde Resin'? I've searched for an hour only came up with a resin made of Formaldehyde. Um, der. Information on this is practically non-existent. Resin is not supposed to be as toxic as the straight stuff, but seriously, why would you take the chance?

Nail Polish Brands Agree to Remove Ingredients Linked to Birth Defects article from 2006.

Ingredients list from old OPI batch:
Butyl Acetate, Toluene, Nitrocellulose, Ethyl Acetate, Toluenesulfonamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Camphor, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Mica.

Ingredients list from new polish:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Dilsobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone.

Bottom line: Peel off those little ingredient labels on the bottoms of your nail polish and READ them. If you are concerned about ANY of the ingredients, get rid of them! Bye, bye OPI!

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