What is 5 Free Nail polish?

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What is 5 Free Nail polish?

You’ve probably heard people talking about 5-free nail polish. But what is it and why should I be looking for it?

There are five really nasty chemicals that are used in the majority of nail polishes. Here is a list of what they are, what they do and what the health implications are: –


Toluene is made from petroleum or coal tar. It helps to give nail polish a smooth finish but chronic exposure has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing foetus.


Formaldehyde is used in nail polish as a hardener and preservative. It might sound familiar as it is the same substance they use to preserve dead bodies. It is a known skin, eye, and respiratory irritant, and carcinogen (formaldehyde exposure has been associated with leukemia specifically).

Formaldehyde resin

Formaldehyde resin: Although formaldehyde resin hasn’t been linked to cancer like regular formaldehyde, it’s a skin allergen known to cause dermatitis. It can also off-gas formaldehyde and may contain residual levels of formaldehyde.


Camphor is a scented substance derived from the wood of the camphor tree. It can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches when inhaled, especially in large doses, making it a concern for nail technicians.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is used in nail polish to increases flexibility and shine.
DBP is known to cause lifelong reproductive impairments in male rats, and has been shown to damage the testes, prostate gland, epididymis, penis, and seminal vesicles in animals.Research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that all 289 people tested had DBP in their bodies.

At Earth and Skin, we only use Bio Sculpture Five-free products on your nails.

You can also find Bio Sculpture Nail polishes on our retail shelves for you to use at home.

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Earth and Skin, Gold Coast is a Day Spa and Beauty Shop with a difference. Situated in our gorgeous Queenslander building, iconic to the heritage village of Mudgeeraba. Our light filled space is decorated with natural decor, living greenery and soothing music which helps to create a relaxing atmosphere where our clients enjoy mindful spa treatments without negative impact to their health or the environment. Enjoy a full range of facials, body therapy and beauty treatments. Everything we do at Earth and Skin is done with care for you, planet Earth and your skin. Because beauty does not have to compromise your health.

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