1.Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
2.Formaldehyde (yes, seriously, in your nail polish)
3.ToluenThose three have been linked to problems ranging from skin irritation in people to birth defects in animals.
Polishes that exclude all three of the above-listed chemicals:
•Piggy Paint, nontoxic, odorless, kid-friendly, kid-colored, water-based formula.
•Honeybee Gardens, an alternative to solvent-based nail polish, water-based, odorless, removes with rubbing alcohol.
•No-Miss, does not contain the three-to-avoid above, and also does not contain camphor.
•Acquarella, water-based system of nail polish, conditioner, remover and moisturizer.
•Gaiam, created by New York City’s first organic spa, this nontoxic nail polish is free of known carcinogens.
•Peacekeeper Cause-Metics, created by the Environmental Working Group as the safest paint-based natural nail polish.
•Sante, created without the use of formaldehydes, toluene, and colophony rosin.
•Nubar, carcinogen-free nail care products.