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What's 7-free and why it's important

Posted on March 13 2017

Roxie aims to present to our beauty lovers revolutionary nail polish concepts and provide the best innovation in terms of quality, efficacy and safety. 


All Roxie EasyPeel polishes are 7-free! We step up our game to be amongst a handful of nail polish brands that are 7-free. This means that EasyPeel polishes are free of these 7 harmful chemicals commonly found in other traditional nail polishes: 


1. Toluene

Toluene is used in making paints, paint thinners, producing benzene, nylon, plastics, polyurethane and TNT. A serious health concern is that toluene may have an effect on your nervous system. These effects can e temporary, causing headaches, dizziness or unconsciousness. However, effects such as incoordination, cognitive impairment and vision and hearing loss may become permanent with repeated exposure. High levels of toluene exposure during pregnancy may lead to retardation of mental abilities and growth in children. Other health effects of potential concern may include immune, kidney, liver and reproductive effects.

2. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

DBP is a commonly used plasticizer. In laboratory experiments, it has been shown to cause developmental defects. The EU classifies DBP as a suspected endocrine disruption as it disrupts hormone function, and may impair infertility and cause harm to an unborn child. 

3. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong-smelling gas that is used to make building materials and household products. It irritates the airways and is known to trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer.

4. Formaldehyde Resin

Formaldehyde Resin is used in nail enamel products which in conjunction with nitrocellulose, forms tough, shiny and durable films on nails. This is a skin allergen that's known to cause dermatitis.

5. Camphor

Camphor can be deadly if ingested - especially in young children. It can cause serious breathing problems, seizures and death. Camphor acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.

6. Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP)

TPHP is a chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility and is also used as a flame retardant. Studies have suggested that it is an endocrine disruptor which affects your hormones. It could potentially affect reproductive health and lipid metabolism.

7. Xylene

Xylene is widely used as a solvent in the printing, rubber, paint and leather industries. It is found in airplane fuel, gasoline and cigarette smoke. It is irritating to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract and can cause systemic toxicity by ingestion or inhalation. Symptoms of xylene poisoning include CNS effects (headaches, dizziness, ataxia, drowsiness, excitement, tremor and coma), ventricular arrhythmia, acute pulmonary edema, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting and hepatic impairment.


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