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Skin Wins: Toxin Cut from Nail Polish

Bowing to consumer pressure and a grassroots Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Orly International, OPI Products and Sally Hansen have eliminated the toxic chemical dibutyl phthalate (DBP) from their nail polish and nail treatment products. This common ingredient has been linked to birth defects, and was found in 100 percent of hundreds of Americans tested. The highest levels—exceeding federal safety standards—appeared in women of childbearing age.

DBP is considered a reproductive toxin by the state of California. Europe has banned its use in all cosmetics.

For a complete rundown of health and beauty product safety ratings by brand, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website at

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