If someone is totally ok with using a certain product, even after knowing the truth of its risks, I respect that as everyone is entitled to make their own choices in life. What I do care about, however, is when brands we trust deceive us. Ever since people started paying closer attention to what is in their beauty products, more and more businesses are pretending to care, inventing new ways to market their still dirty cosmetics, and that’s what I find upsetting.
Take Treat nail polish for example. Treat contains Benzophenone-1, an ingredient with links to hormone disruptions and certain cancers, which got the attention of the brand after consumers that trusted they were safe, became upset. Treat also actually claims to be Non-Toxic which shocked me even more. I get it, Treat is making polishes without many of the worst ingredients the conventional polishes contain, and that’s great, but they still contain toxins so it seems very deceptive to still label the line Non-Toxic. That’s like someone labeling ice cream Vegan, it’s ice cream, it’s not Vegan.
Be honest, say you are doing better, but to label yourself Non-Toxic? I also saw someone post a picture of a baby’s hands with AILA polish on them, claiming this is safe to use on kids of all ages, no, it certainly is not! That poor baby.
Dear Treat & AILA nail polish- In my opinion, you are very much toxic companies and just because you eliminated a handful of toxins, does not mean you are now “Non-Toxic”. This is totally deceptive, false advertising, and as a consumer I would be so pissed if I spent my hard earned money on your lines, trusting they were safer for me when really, your nail polish still contains toxins and at a premium price. So, to avoid others being fooled by these 5/7/10 Free companies here is a big list of all of the brands of nail polish that still use Benzophenone-1 so you can decide for yourself who to support.
What is Benzophenone-1?
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Benzophenone, and it’s derivatives, are common ingredients found in sunscreens, lip products, nail polishes, cleaning products, sunglasses and more, designed to prevent colors and scents from sun damage, aka nail polishes from fading. The risks associated with this ingredient are actual risks, and not just irritations. Various studies link both Benzophenone and Benzophenone-1 to Cancer, endocrine disruption, hormone disruptions, ecotoxicity and more!
Check out the specific research done on Benzophenone-1:
- Links to Breast Cancer related to Benzophenone-1
- Links to Prostate Cancer related to Benzophenone-1
- Links to Ovarian Cancer related to Benzophenone-1
- Benzophenone-1 Detected in Human Placental Tissues
3-5-7-10 Free Polishes that Contain Benzophenone-1-
- Ella Mia
- Gabriel Cosmetics
- Mineral Fusion
- Obsessive Compulsive- contains plastics.
- Priti NYC
- RMS Beauty
- 100% Pure
So, what can be done to stop these false claims? Not much, until we get Congress to stick up for us and put an end to this green-washing. If you are as passionate about this as I am, Au Naturale cosmetics, one of my favorite actually Organic and Non-Toxic beauty lines is challenging this very topic in Washington now. To learn more about their fight against label lies, head to this link here, and be sure to sign their petition to end this for once and for all!
Also, for those asking what polish is safe? No nail polish is truly safe, it’s paint. However, that is not the point here. The point is, I do not like brands misleading me into thinking a product is safe when it is not especially for a kid.