Jamberry nails claim to be a healthy and non toxic nail option, but is this actually true? They also claim to be vegan, gluten, latex, BPA and cruelty free. This sounds like a great non toxic alternative to nail polish…if it were true.
Dr. Suzanne’s Investigation:
The ingredient listed on the Jamberry nails package is Acrylates Copolymer. When I contacted the company to further investigate the toxicity of this ingredient, they sent me a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) on PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). They were unable to provide me with anything more than this and there was nobody “higher up” available to speak to me.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) classifies PVC as a known human carcinogen. This means it CAUSES CANCER!
PVC contains dangerous chemical ingredients two of which are dioxin and phthalates. Dioxin is created as an unintentional byproduct in the production of PVC. In addition to being a known carcinogen, dioxin also causes learning disabilities, lowered IQ, hyperactivity, suppressed immune system function, and reproductive issues such as birth defects, infertility and endometriosis. Phthalates are used to make plastics soft and have been shown to damage the liver, kidney, lungs and reproductive system. The EPA classifies phthalates as known “endocrine disruptors” which means they interfere with hormonal system in the body. These are especially damaging to developing systems, so it is very important to reduce exposure to phthalates as much as possible in children.
Using the “Cruelty Free” logo on any product that contains chemical ingredients is a marketing scam. Find out more here.
The investigation has revealed that Jamberry Nails are NOT non toxic. They do not get Dr. Suzanne’s Seal of Approval and I can not endorse Jamberry Nails as a healthy product to use. I have asked the company to comment on how they can call these products “non toxic” while they use PVC as an ingredient and I have yet to receive a reply. Sorry ladies…this is just another example how companies use deceiving marketing tactics to make you believe their products are non toxic and safe.
Did this investigation surprise you? What other natural or organic products would you like to see investigated? Please comment below and I will get to work…