BZ Lady nail polishes are 7-Free
… but what does it mean exactly?

While shopping for nail polish, you might have seen the terms 3-Free, 5-Free and 7-Free and wondered what does it all mean and how does it make it different than other traditional nail polishes? 

3-Free nail polish means that its formulation is made without the 3 common chemicals found in traditional nail polishes: 

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used in the plastic industry and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals. This toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo. 

Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals and humans. Its vapors are irritating and can trigger asthma. This ingredient is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer. 

Toluene is a liquid used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner. You can be exposed to this toxin by breathing it in or getting it on your skin, causing irritation. Inhaling high levels of toluene is said to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause light-headedness and nausea. Toluene may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure.

5-Free nail polish goes one step further as it also doesn’t contain: 

Formaldehyde Resin is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen. 

Camphor is a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing your nails to yellow and dry out. 

7-Free nail polish goes even further as it doesn’t use ingredients as such as: 

Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) is a chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility and as a flame retardant. A handful of animal studies and in vitro studies have suggested that it could be an endocrine disrupter which affects your hormones – in particular, it could potentially affect reproductive health and lipid metabolism (that’s where the “is your nail polish making you gain weight?” headline comes from). 

Xylene is irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It can cause systemic toxicity by ingestion or inhalation. The most common route of exposure is via inhalation. Symptoms of xylene poisoning include CNS effects (headache, dizziness, ataxia, drowsiness, excitement, tremor, and coma), ventricular arrythmias, acute pulmonary edema, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, and reversible hepatic impairment. 

BZ Lady is proud to offer a nail polish formulation that is 7-Free because beautiful nails should never damage your health. 

We know you are busy enough to have to worry about these things.