Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Big Three Free"

I'm working on four hours of sleep here, people. I cannot be held accountable for what I'm about to write (at this moment I haven't a clue what that will be...).

Nothing important to report, but, yesterday I discovered something about a super inexpensive nail polish that I've been purchasing a lot as of late: Sinful Colors. Did you know that Sinful Colors nail polish, regularly priced at $1.99 or less is "Big Three Free," meaning, it doesn't contain formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate (DBP)? I guess I shouldn't think of this as that big of a deal since almost everyone's going "big three free" these days, but, I don't know of any other nail polishes that cost TWO DOLLARS or less that fall within that category. Here is some info on the harmful effects of these ingredients:

Toluene: Toluene should not be inhaled due to its health effects. Low to moderate levels can cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, drunken-type actions, memory loss, nausea, loss of appetite, and hearing and color vision loss. These symptoms usually disappear when exposure is stopped. Inhaling high levels of toluene in a short time may cause light-headedness, nausea, or sleepiness. It can also cause unconsciousness, and even death. - (Source:

DBP: DBP was added to the California Proposition 65 (1986) list of suspected teratogens in November 2006. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor. It was used in some nail polishes; all major producers began eliminating this chemical from nail polishes in the Fall of 2006. (Teratology is the study of abnormalities of physiological development. It is often thought of as the study of human birth defects, but it is much broader than that, taking in other non-birth developmental stages, including puberty; and other non-human life forms, including plants. A newer term developmental toxicity includes all manifestations of abnormal development, not only frank terata. These may include growth retardation or delayed mental development without any structural malformations.[1]) - (Source:

Formaldehyde: Occupational exposure to formaldehyde by inhalation is mainly from three types of sources: thermal or chemical decomposition of formaldehyde-based resins, formaldehyde emission from aqueous solutions (for example, embalming fluids), and the production of formaldehyde resulting from the combustion of a variety of organic compounds (for example, exhaust gases). Formaldehyde can be toxic, allergenic, and carcinogenic.[4] Because formaldehyde resins are used in many construction materials it is one of the more common indoor air pollutants.[29] At concentrations above 0.1 ppm in air formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes, resulting in watery eyes.[30] Formaldehyde inhaled at this concentration may cause headaches, a burning sensation in the throat, and difficulty breathing, and can trigger or aggravate asthma symptoms.[31][32] - (Source:

Well, it turns out this blog has turned into a public service announcement.

You're welcome:).

Until Next Time,



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