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Is Your Nail Polish Toxic?

16 Aug

The 3 main nasty chemicals found in nail polish? FormaldehydeDibutyl Phthalate (DBP), and Toluene.


Formaldehyde is typically used as a preservative, a sterilizer, and to embalm bodies. It’s also used in particle board and plywood because of its adhesive properties.

Though it is less commonly included in nail polish these days, formaldehyde is often added to nail hardeners, and many nail companies include nail hardeners in all of their colored polishes as an added bonus. Not a great bonus in my opinion, considering that formaldehyde has been connected to lung and nasal cancer, and is considered a known carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

So, while you probably aren’t going to develop cancer just because you painted your nails with a formaldehyde-containing polish (unless you drink or inhale the polish, which I’m going to have to advise against), I would still personally avoid any products containing this chemical – it’s just not worth the risk.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

This chemical is used to make plastics that are extra-flexible; think shower curtains, rain boots, hairspray, and plastic wrap. Its goal in nail polish? To ward off cracks, chips, and all those other issues that make us cringe when they happen to our freshly-painted nails.

While DBP is not believed to be a carcinogen, it has been linked to reproductive issues if the mother is exposed to it while pregnant. While companies are still allowed to put it into products in the US (though it has been phased out by most major nail polish manufacturers), it has been banned for use in cosmetics by the European Union. That, to me, sends a clear message that this chemical is one to watch out for, and even though the US hasn’t banned it, it’s still a scary substance.


Often included in polish to make it apply more smoothly, toluene is another scary chemical that can be found in many polishes. Nail polish isn’t its only application, though, it is also included in gasoline as an octane booster, and is also used as a raw material to create TNT.

Toluene has been known to affect the nervous system and to cause dizziness, headaches, eye irritation, nausea, birth defects, developmental abnormalities, and liver and kidney damage. I don’t know about you, but those potential side effects do not sound worth it to me. Again, this chemical has also been banned by the European Union, but not by the US.

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SuncoatGirl water-based nail polishes are uniquely formulated by their chemists without using any of the following chemicals: Phthalate plasticizers, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Acetates, Alcohol, Glycol ethers, FD&C dyes.

Only water, acrylic copolymers and polyurethane (plastic), mineral-based pigments, plastic glitter* and carmine are in these nail polishes. Virtually odor-free. Releases water vapor when applied, not toxic chemical fumes. These water-based children’s nail polishes are truly the most natural nail polishes in the market place.


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Harmful Ingredients in Baby’s Bath & Body Care Products

16 Aug


Did you know that what you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your bloodstream? This means that all those products we are putting on our baby are not necessarily safe and can actually be dangerous to their long term health. Studies show that some ingredients found in personal care products have an adverse affect on the fully developed adult endocrine and nervous systems.

We assume that the FDA regulates ingredients in baby products but in reality they do not regulate as we would hope. Baby toddler products are considered to be cosmetics and cosmetics are not subject to FDA approval. The only thing required of cosmetics companies by the FDA is proper labeling. If a cosmetic has a dangerous product in it, it is okay as long as the label clearly warns of this ingredient. Basically no one is regulating what is put in baby products so as parents we need to be vigilant.

Here are the top ingredients that should not be in any products that you use on your baby:

  • Fragrance (Parfum)
  • Sodium Laryl and Laureth Sulfate (SLS & SLES)
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde

Learn how to read labels, educate yourself and avoid such ingredients in the personal care and skin care products that you use.

Here at Willow & Sage, we believe in stocking brands that give you peace of mind when you select such products for you and your family.

Nature's Baby Organics, Shampoo & Body Wash, Vanilla Tangerine, 8 fl oz (236.5 ml)

One of such brands is Nature’s Baby Organics. Their products are made with the highest quality botanicals, essential oils, and luxurious moisturizers to pamper your baby’s tender hair and skin without drying. Free of parabens, SLS & propylene glycol.

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Does Your Mosquito Repellent Contain Deet?

15 Aug


Many mosquito repellents or sprays contain the chemical DEET, which I’m sure you’ve heard can be harmful to humans. Through long term exposure, when you spray it on your skin, it gets absorbed and eventually enters the bloodstream. It pumps through your nervous system and has been proven to kill brain cells, causing neurological damage. If you have heavy exposure to DEET, you may experience memory loss, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and shortness of breath.

So if you’re using a product containing DEET, follow the directions on the bottle. Don’t over-apply, and as soon as you go inside, wash your skin off with soap and water.

Look for insect repellents that are DEET-free. This is especially important for babies and kids as their skin is much thinner than ours.


Willow & Sage carries Organic Baby Insect Repellent (118ml) by Lafe’s Natural Body Care. A special blend of certified organic botanical oils to repel nasty insects that is:

  • Chemical and DEET free
  • Because what goes on your body goes in your body
  • Lafe’s uses only certified estrogenic activity free plastic, which is baby-safe
  • no BPA, no phthalates and no harmful chemicals

This handy sized bottle can be bought on our online store at Free local postage within Singapore!

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