Why did Gelous create 10 Free Gel Nail Polish?
At Gelous we care about the experience you have with our product and our brand, so we strive to make sure that our products are as friendly as possible - free of those nasty chemicals that can be found in other polish. We steer clear of these chemicals because they can be absorbed into the skin and cause unwanted irritation and side effects. Creating a Gel Nail Polish that is 10-free means that our customers can enjoy long-lasting gel manicures worry free!
What chemicals aren't found in Gelous 10 Free Gel Nail Polish?
Formaldehyde: A strong smelling, colourless gas used as a preservative. This chemical can cause skin irritation, nausea and allergic reactions such as dermatitis which can lead to an itchy, red rash and blisters. Formaldehyde can also be the cause of some cancers - yikes!
Dibutyl Phthalate: This chemical is regularly used as a plasticizer or solvent to give that shiny plastic consistency that a lot of us desire from our manicures. Dibutyl Phthalate can cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation as well as headaches, dizziness, nausea and seizures. There has also been evidence to suggest that it is associated with liver and kidney damage.
Toluene: Toluene is found in petroleum and the Tolu tree. In nail polish, it has traditionally acted as a solvent to form the smooth finish. Prolonged use of Toluene can dry out the skin, causing it to crack and peel. Inhalation of this chemical can also cause headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, respiratory depression, hallucinations.
Formaldehyde Resin: This is a polymer that can be used to form a shiny and tough film in polishes. It can cause dermatitis and other skin irritations.
Camphor: Camphor is a waxy flammable solid found in the wood of the Camphor Laurel tree within the East Asian region. The synthetic version of Camphor is used in many nail polishes as a plasticizer to add shine and elasticity. Camphor is highly toxic and can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness and disorientation.
Parabens: Parabens are a widely used preservative in cosmetic products to prolong the shelf life and prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Scarily, they have been associated with an increased risk in skin and breast cancer.
Ethyl Tosylamide: This chemical is used as a plasticizer to increase the strength and longevity of nail polish. This substance can cause mild to severe allergic reactions and is also known to be a hormone disruptor.
Xylene: Xylene is a solvent used in nail polishes to thin out the formula so that it does not go lumpy. Some proven side effects are skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
Triphenyl Phosphate: This is a chemical compound also used as a plasticizer to increase durability and flexibility in nail polish. Triphenyl Phosphate is believed to have effects on hormones, in particular reproductive health.
Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide: Used in the process of oxidation this chemical can be toxic to the blood, lungs and liver and have effects on the respiratory and central nervous system.
As an added bonus, Gelous Gel Nail Polish is also:
Free from Animal Derived Ingredients: Some animal derived ingredients in beauty products can be Guanine (fish scales) or Carmine (crushed scale insects). As a vegan Gel Nail Polish brand, we do not use any animal ingredients in our Gel Nail Polish.
Not Tested on Animals: The suffering of our furry friends is something we are not willing to compromise on. We’ve been able to create a great Gel Polish without any animal testing.