By Hannah Jones

So, what's NOT in Hanami nail polish?

Would you dip your hands in toluene or formaldehyde?

How about camphor, dibutyl phthalate or formaldehyde resin?

Nah. We didn’t think so.  

Several major toxic chemicals are found in most well known high end nail care brands... 

But not ours! Hanami nail polish is free from the harshest 10 toxic ingredients commonly found in nail polish.

Better for you, and for the environment!

Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde Resin - commonly used to harden and preserve nail polish, but its primary, original use is to embalm dead bodies. Formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen, linked to nasal and lung cancers, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as well as contributing to problems such as asthma, convulsions, skin reactions, abnormal foetal development and miscarriage.

Dibutyl Phthalate  - also known as DBP, this is added to nail polish to make it more flexible and less prone to cracks, chips, and other annoyances. DBP is linked to reproductive issues and has been banned for use in cosmetics in Europe.

Toluene - used to help keep nail polish smooth and even when applied. However, this chemical has been linked to issues affecting the nervous system with symptoms that include dizziness, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation. It has also been linked to birth defects and developmental problems in children whose mothers were exposed to the chemical during pregnancy.

Camphor - used to keep polish looking glossy, when inhaled this chemical can lead to skin irritations, nausea, headaches and dizziness.

Ethyl Tosylamide - primarily used in nail polish as a plasticizer and film former, this chemical can cause severe allergic reactions and in extreme cases cause liver damage.

Xylene - used as a solvent, and to thin the polish (to prevent lumps). Xylene vapors can cause eye & skin irritation, headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Benzophenone-1 - used to prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from damaging colours, Benzophenone-1 has been linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and has been found in human placental tissue. Many 5free/7free/10free nail polish brands STILL use this ingredient in their formula!

Phthalates - a solvent used to soften PVC plastics, these industrial chemicals can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.

Parabens - used in many cosmetics to prevent bacterial growth and extend shelf life, there are some major concerns around parabens as endocrine disruptors, able to mimic the hormone oestrogen - potentially causing reproductive problems.


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