There are so many claims these days about what is (and isn’t) in nail polish, but what does it all really mean? With today’s technology there is no need for nasties such as formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor to be in your pretty bottle of polish. Why did they have these toxic ingredients in polishes for years (many still do) and why are they now obsolete? They’re good questions. Here are some facts about those nasties.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) Makes polish more flexible, but is banned in many places because it enhances the capacity of some other chemicals to cause genetic mutations, and is linked to developmental defects.

Formaldehyde Hardens and preserves nails, but is possibly carcinogenic.

Formaldehyde resin Helps nail polish adhere to nails, but is thought to cause allergic reactions.

Toluene Provides a smooth finish, but can cause dizziness, headaches and skin irritation.

Camphor Gives nail polish a glossy finish, but can trigger allergic skin irritations and cause nausea, dizziness and headaches.

OK, so none of these ingredients sound great, but equally you might think the small amount in nail polish will do you no harm. To be honest, maybe it won’t, but why take chances when the alternative is so much better? Miss Frankie healthy nail polish is proudly ten-free, which means it contains none of these ingredients, and is vegan and cruelty free as well.

What is breathable nail polish? So all this sounds amazing, but what actually is breathable polish? And what makes it bond, shine and last on nails? Breathable nail polish is made using a unique polymer that allows water and oxygen to pass through ensuring a healthier environment for your nails with no compromise on quality. The Miss Frankie formula is ten-free, vegan and cruelty-free.

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