The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has found "toxic trio" chemicals toluene and dibutyl phthalate in most samples of salon nail products tested — even those that claim to be free of the harmful substances.
The state agency selected 25 products, 12 of which were labeled as not containing one or more of the toxic trio (the third chemical in the trio is formaldehyde). In fact, lab analysis revealed that most samples, whether they made "three-free" claims or not, contained toluene, DBP or both. As reported by the Daily Green:
"Consumers have had it with the current system that tolerates cosmetics companies outright lying to consumers, putting dangerous chemicals in our products, and getting away with it," said Lisa Archer, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at the Breast Cancer Fund. (Read complete article.)
For more information about the findings, visit DTSC's website.