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There is no such thing as a natural , non toxic, chemical free nail polish unless it's water based!
Water based is as close to natural as your gonna get but it's going to come off with water.
Top 3 Toxic Ingredients
Other Toxic Ingredients
There's a reason why our first product was a soybean based nail polish remover. It was the only product we could truly stand behind and know 100% that it was safe and non toxic.
Our nail polish is one of the safest in the market but it's not chemical free. It is however free of the most commonly found toxic chemicals in nail polish. This is one of many reasons that makes our product unique and special for those of us that care about the ingredients in the products we use on ourselves.
We Say No!
No Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
No Formaldehyde Resin
No Ethyl Tosylamide
No Triphenyl Phosphate
No tert-butyl hydroperoxide
All of these ingredients have been known to contribute to cancer, birth defects, reproductive issues, nausea, light-headedness, headaches and more.
Mischo Beauty nail lacquers are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, gluten-free and void of artificial fragrances.
Parabens: Parabens prevent growth of fungus, yeast, molds and bacteria in cosmetics. They appear in deodorants, antiperspirants and any cosmetic with significant water such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial washes / scrubs and body washes. They are estrogen agonists (meaning they mimic estrogen hormone in the body), and can bind to the cellular estrogen receptor. Estrogen is a hormone that gives information to the cells in our bodies. The cells use this information in development and cellular behavior. If the message is disrupted by the paraben mimicker, the cell may develop improperly or behave in a way the cell should not behave. Breast cancer tumors have been found to have high levels of certain forms of parabens - particularly in the underarm area of the breast. There is no proven link between parabens and breast cancer, but it is certainly concerning.
Sulfates: Sulfates are surfactants that, when added to cleansing agents, improve their cleaning ability. The major concern with sulfates is that they cause irritation of the skin, which is why they are being removed from many cosmetics, beauty products and cleansing products.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde has been commonly used in nail hardeners and nail polish despite being classified as a known carcinogen by the US National Toxicology Program. It is also used as a tissue fixative and an embalming agent.
Formaldehyde Resin: A synthetic polymer used in circuit boards and molded products such as pool balls and coatings and adhesives.
Camphor: Camphor is another chemical used in the embalming process but also has applications as a plasticizer for nitrocellulose and in fireworks. It is highly flammable and toxic even in small doses.
Toluene: An organic solvent with the ability to dissolve paint, rubber, ink, adhesive, lacquers, among other products. It is frequently employed as an octane booster for internal combustion systems.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): DBP is a plasticizer and a common additive to adhesives. It is suspected that DBP may disrupt the endocrine system and has been restricted from use in cosmetics by the European Union.
Triphenol phosphate (TPHP): TPHP is a plasticizer and flame retardant. It was given low priority for testing after approval in 1910 because it caused minimal skin irritation and mild irritation to the eyes. It has been used in nail polish to make the product less flammable and improve adherence of the polish to the nail. TPHP is an endocrine disruptor, which means it can disrupt the messaging to your cells, telling them to change or to behave in ways that the body would not normally signal them to behave. It was found to absorb through the nails in statistically significant amounts (reference study here).
Xylene: Xylene is an aromatic hydrocarbon used for tissue processing and staining in histology labs and a solvent in the printing, rubber, paint and leather industries. Toxicity occurs with over exposure to xylene through inhalation, ingestion and eye or skin contact. It can dissolve the natural protective oils of the skin and the nails.
Bismuth oxychloride: Bismuth oxychloride is a naturally occurring mineral used a colorant in cosmetics. It provides an iridescent or shiny effect in nail polishes. Toxicity only arises in the form of skin irritation of certain people. Bismuth oxychloride is sometimes derived from animal sources and therefore not used in AILA products.
Ethyl tosylamide: Ethyl tosylamide is a plasticizer and film-former in nail polish. It has been banned by the EU due to its antimicrobial activity but is not considered unsafe for humans.
A Word About Toxins in Nail Products
Because we’re committed to providing the healthiest product possible – while not compromising beauty and function – we are often asked if our products are toxin-free.
As a board-certified Podiatric Surgeon, the founder of AILA Cosmetics and, frankly, as a Mom, it’s infinitely important to me that people understand what AILA is and what AILA is not.
With that in mind, here’s our official claim regarding the ingredients in (and not in) AILA Cosmetics:
It’s not possible to make nail polish without chemicals. There is no such thing as chemical-free nail polish. Period. One ingredient that is often in question is Benzophenone. AILA Cosmetics products do NOT contain Benzophenone. AILA Cosmetics products do contain Benzophenone-1 (which is completely different from Benzophenone). Additionally, per the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel: “The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Benzophenone-1, -3, -4, -5, -9 and -11 were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products. In 2002, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on these Benzophenone ingredients and reaffirmed the above conclusion.” Our products do not contain the eight toxic ingredients listed above.
We have never – and will never – claim to be chemical-free. In addition to being compliant with every beauty industry federal regulation, we have also taken stringent measures to ensure our products' chemical construction is over-and-above federal regulation requirements. This means we have set a standard for AILA that offers you a healthier alternative to traditional nail lacquers, while still providing beauty and function.
We went to great lengths to avoid being a water-based polish. Water grows bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold and algae (among many other undesirables). Water-based polishes are loaded with preservatives so bacteria won’t grow in the bottles. If water-based polishes don’t have multiple preservatives, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold and algae begin to grow in the bottles and spread infection. As well, it’s not possible to know the source of the water in polishes. At AILA, we advocate waterless manicures and pedicures, as the chemicals used to kill bacteria in the water are absorbed through the skin and nails at a much higher rate, and can easily lead to myriad skin and nail problems. As a surgeon, I never use water to treat patients. I use saline.
While we do not currently have a children’s collection, as a Mom, I am perfectly comfortable with my children wearing our products. Of course, whether or not parents choose to use AILA nail lacquers on their children's nails is solely per the discretion of the parents.
We are so grateful to you for your trust and support as we soldier on in our effort to provide you with healthier products that are still beautiful and functional.