By Zoe Twitt

Since my feet (and perhaps feet in general), are quite unsightly, pretty polish is a must. RGB is a fabulous line of nail polish that is "five free". This means it contains NO Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. 

Dibutyl Phthalate is used in making flexible plastics that are found in a variety of consumer products.  It appears to have relatively low acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) toxicity. Animal studies have reported developmental and reproductive effects from oral exposure. (Sadness.com. Animal testing is another reason to buy natural products, free of chemicals.)

Toluene is added to gasoline, used to produce benzene, and used as a solvent. The central nervous system is the primary target organ for toluene toxicity in both humans and animals for acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures. Chronic inhalation exposure of humans to toluene also causes irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, sore throat, dizziness, and headache.

Formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. According to EPA, "it has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans."  Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions. "May cause cancer." They said it, not me.

Formaldehyde Resin makes the polish tough and resilient. While the resin is manufactured from formaldehyde, once the product becomes a resin, the formaldehyde is chemically changed and essentially no longer present.

Camphor is a waxy, scented substance derived from the wood of the camphor tree, or chemically manufactured. It is indicated as low hazard, yet, the use of camphor in cosmetics is restricted in Canada. Non toxic doesn't mean we have to forsake beauty: the line is filled with gorgeous colors, many with creamy matte undertones that are ideal for obtaining a casual elegance with a fashion forward edge. As an added bonus, RGB is cruelty free, USA made, and vegan.

How to Use

After your base coat dries, apply one or two coats of the polish, waiting a minute between coats. Follow with a clear top coat to extend the longevity of your mani or pedi.