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Tough as nails

Green Lifestyle Magazine

Many nail polishes can be toxic concoctions – skip the nasties with these safer alternatives.

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Credit: Louise Lister

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A quick manicure can expose you to a range of dangerous chemicals – three of which are particularly harmful.

Toluene is a solvent that causes irritations, dizziness, nervous system damage and reproductive harm.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) has been shown to cause asthma, reproductive harm and potentially cancer.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen – you definitely want to steer clear.

If you can’t live without a coat of paint on your fingertips, choose brands like those featured, that skip the toxic trio and are not tested on animals.

Clockwise from top right in the pic opposite:

Priti NYC Blue Sage, $17.95
www.iamnaturalstore.com.au,
Kester Black Blueberry Tart, $16
www.kesterblack.com,
Kester Black Fairy Floss, $16
www.kesterblack.com
Priti NYC Petunia, $17.95
www.iamnaturalstore.com
Endota French Pink, $20
www.endota.com.au
Kester Black Peach Melba, $16
www.kesterblack.com
Honeybee Gardens Watercolours Valentine, $17.60
www.honeybeegardens.com.au,