What does 10-Free actually mean?

In many nail polishes you’ll find some pretty toxic ingredients including DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. If you had a choice you’d certainly stay away from putting these ingredients on your skin and we explain why below. 10-Free avoids these ingredients along with xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients. Honest10 is 10-Free and focuses on creating an ethical and sustainable product with just the¬†important ingredients but never compromising on performance.

  • DPB – actually known as dibutyl phthalate is one of the many ingredients to contain phthalates. These are ingredients that should definitely be avoided. In both Europe and the United States, phthalates are listed as a suspected endocrine disruptor, as there is evidence that it interferes with normal hormone function. So it can affect fertility, and can cause developmental defects in unborn children. Not to stop there it can also cause health issues such as liver and kidney failure in young children. Avoid!
  • Toluene – present in paints, varnishes, glues and many, many nail polishes it can cause irritation to our eyes, nose and throats. Not an ingredient you want to be around. 
  • Formaldehyde – often used as a germicide, fungicide, disinfectant and preservative research has suggested its properties are carcinogenic. We’d rather not chance it. 
  • Camphor – this acts as a plasticiser and in very small doses camphor can cause reactions such as a really fast heartbeat, skin vasodilation (flushed skin – we often get this with alcohol), slowed breathing, and increased perspiration. In large doses it is very toxic. 
  • Parabens – they are a preservative and suspected of having carcinogenic properties.