BBnails gel polish is animal friendly & vegan
Free from as many toxic ingredients as is possible to produce the highest standard
Ingredients for BBnails main gel products:
Base Coat Gel
Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
Top Coat Gel
Hydroxycyclohexyl Phenyl Ketone
BBnails gel polish is 14FREE from all the following ingredients
1. Phtalates (incl. Dibutylphthalate (DBP), Diethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP))
Phatalates can be found in a variety of our cosmetics including nail polish in which they are used as plasticizers or solvents to give nail polish their shiny and plastic-like consistency. Plasticizers have been proven to be carcinogenic and have also been associated with damage to the liver, kidneys and even the reproductive system.
2. Toluene (also Methylbenzene)
Toluene is found naturally in crude oil and in the tolu tree. It is used in a variety of cosmetics including hair dye and nail polish in which it functions as a solvent to suspend the colour in order to form a smooth finish. Toluene has not been classified as a carcinogenic but has been proven to be a powerful neurotoxin when inhaled.
Xylene is a commonly used solvent in nail polish used to thin the nail polish – or to ensure your nail polish does not get lumpy. Xylene also often gives nail polish its distinguished odor. Xylene has been proven to be a common allergen whose vapors can cause eye & skin irritation, headaches, dizziness and nausea.
Camphor is found from the wood of the camphor tree but it can also be synthetically produced. This synthetic form is the one most commonly found in nail polishes and it is used as a plasticizer to add more shine and elasticity. Excess exposure to camphor can cause nausea, dizziness and headaches when inhaled. It is said that in small doses camphor does not pose any health risks, but we say why take the risk and rather not use any!
Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in nail polish. It is also an ingredient that commonly gives nail polish its strong odor. It is a proven carcinogen and can additionally cause respiratory symptoms, nausea and allergic reactions.
6. Formaldehyde Resin
Formaldehyde resin adds depth, gloss and hardness to the film of the nail polish. It is also an ingredient which helps the nail polish better adhere to your nails. It is not classified as a carcinogen like formaldehyde but is a known skin allergen and has been proven to cause dermatitis.
Ethyl Tosylamide is most commonly used as a plasticiser in nail polish. It can increase the durability and longevitiy of the nail polish. In Europe it has been banned from many (but not all) personal care products because of its antibiotic properties and antibiotic resistance.
8. Triphenylphosphate (TPHP)
Triphenylphosphate is also used as a plasticizer to improve the flexibility and durability of the nail polish. The exposure to TPHP has been associated with endocrine impacts and reproductive and developmental toxicity.
This is a sticky substance that comes from pine and spruce trees. Its sticky qualities make it a potentially useful ingredient in many cosmetics however it is considered a strong allergen and has been associated with acute allergic contact dermatitis as well as difficulty in breathing.
10. Organic Halides (AOX)
Organic halides are used as solvents. They are a chemical compound made of bromine, iodine, fluorine and chlorine. They have been associated with nerve damage and some are considered carcinogens.
Parabens are a group of ingredients which act as preservatives. They keep bacteria, mold and fungi from growing in your cosmetic products. Parabens have been associated with the increased risk of breast cancer and skin cancer.
The most common used silicone in nail polish is dimethicone. It used to speed up the drying process. It is known as an allergen but also a non-biodegradable chemical which is bad for the environment.
If your cosmetics or nail polish lists fragrance as an ingredient it is good to watch out for this because it most commonly unknown which ingredients exactly make up this fragrance. Most fragrances have been linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and other sensitivities. Nail polish sometimes uses fragrances to hide the odor or to simply give a pleasant smell to the nail polish.
14. Animal Derived Ingredients
Animal ingredients in nail polish most commonly include guanine and carmine. They have not been proven to cause health problems but we, as a vegan company, have chosen to stay away from them because we do not want to include any ingredients in our products where an animal had to harmed or killed.