About 7-Free Nail Polish and Why it is Important:
All Ella+Mila polishes are 7-Free! “What’s 7-Free?” you might ask. 7-free is a wonderful thing! It means that all Ella+Mila nail polishes are not only made without seven toxic chemicals commonly found in most nail polishes: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP and Xylene. Ella+Mila polishes are FREE of these SEVEN chemicals, hence 7-Free. What are the risks of these seven toxic chemicals? According to studies they pose the following risks:
Toluene is a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner. You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in or getting it on your skin, causing skin irritation. Unfortunately, inhaling high levels of toluene is said to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause light-headedness and nausea. Toluene is a toxin that may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals. In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans). Its vapors are also irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer.
Formaldehyde Resin is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.
Camphor is a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.
Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) is a chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility and as a flame retardant. A handful of animal studies and in vitro studies have suggested that it could be an endocrine disrupter which affects your hormones – in particular, it could potentially affect reproductive health and lipid metabolism (this is where the “nail polish makes you fat” headline comes from).
Xylene is irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It can cause systemic toxicity by ingestion or inhalation. The most common route of exposure is via inhalation. Symptoms of xylene poisoning include CNS effects (headache, dizziness, ataxia, drowsiness, excitement, tremor, and coma), ventricular arrhythmias, acute pulmonary edema, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, and reversible hepatic impairment.
What is in Ella+Mila’s nail polish? Here is the ingredients list for the Ella+Mila nail polish formula.
Ella+Mila’s motto is polish with love® and it is easy to do with polishes that are made without these 7 toxic chemicals. Although nail polish cannot be made entirely with organic ingredients (yet), Ella+Mila’s works to ensure that their nail polishes are as safe as possible. Their products are also :: Vegan – Animal Cruelty Free – PeTA Certified – Chip Resistant – Quick Dry – Made in the USA.