Jamberry Nails – Healthy or Toxic?

Jamberry nails claim to be a healthy and non toxic nail optionbut 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.

Jamberry Nails - Healthy or Toxic?

Jamberry Nails – Healthy or Toxic?

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 Verdict: 

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…

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153 comments on “Jamberry Nails – Healthy or Toxic?
  1. Delia Trenholm says:

    Thank you for your work !!! This is exactly why I stayed away!!!! Anything that’s new and claims health benefits but no info to back it always makes me leery

  2. Delia Trenholm says:

    I would be interested to k is if the company radiantly you is legit in their claim to be all natural and organic.

  3. Robbin says:

    Here is a great link to information about PVC from both sides. Courtesy of Mother Earth News. We all have to make our own decisions based on wheat we feel is best, okay, safe, decent, etc. Make your own informed decision. 😀 <3
    P.S. Thank you for your post. It made me go and look up tons of info about what's in our products so that I could make an informed decision on whether I still wanted to endorse this product. And, as a pretty crunchy mama (Think chickens, hame-canning, cloth diapers and such) I can say, I'm going to stick with Jamberry! Better than nail polish and better than nail salons. 😉 http://www.nest.jamberrynails.com if you have any Q's

    • Hi Robbin,
      Thanks so much for your comment. I completely agree with you that consumers should make their own informed decision. Unfortunately that informed decision process can become very difficult with all of the false “natural and organic” marketing claims and the lack of regulation within the industry. This is the exact reason I decided to start this blog…to investigate and reveal the truthfully labeled, natural and organic products.

      I have drawn my conclusion from the following sources:

      Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/vinylchl.html
      Toxipedia: http://www.toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/PVC
      National Health Institute: http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=84

      I have written Jamberry about my investigation and asked for a statement from them how they can consider their nail wraps non toxic using PVC as an ingredient, and I have yet to receive a reply. I would really love to hear their explanation so if you can get that for me, that would be great.

      Each and every person has to make their own informed decisions about which toxins they want to expose themselves to and which they want to eliminate. Thankfully, we are created with organs that are responsible for eliminating toxins that we are exposed to. Due to the toxic world we live in, the “food” we eat and the “stressed” state most of us live in, we are unable though to eliminate these toxins fast enough. This causes a toxic overload in our system…which contributes to many symptoms and diseases. The more toxins you can eliminate, the better off you will be. For some people though, it is a matter of what they are willing to live without, and that will be different for everyone.


      • Matt Johnson says:

        I happened across this article while searching for some information for my wife. I think you may be misinformed as to the specific toxic nature of PVC. The chemicals you mentioned are, in fact, poisonous and byproducts of the manufacturing process of PVC.

        Where you are mistaken is that they are not apparent in the finished product, merely byproducts produced from creating the polymer (aside from trace lead content in a specific type of PVC used for a specific type of chemical tolerance found mainly in an industrial setting)

        Case in point, I’d venture to say that 90% of your readers, and a good chance that you, the author, have PVC or CPVC piping in your home at this very moment, carrying the water that you bathe in and drink. If it’s plastic, it’s most likely one of those two pipes. Obviously the EPA has taken into account all of the information you have provided when they decided that PVC is one of only three materials which is deemed safe for potable water, the other two being copper and polybutylene.

        Pop-up pools? Children’s rain coats? The stuff your toothpaste tube is made of? Those “leather” seats in your car that you didn’t spend at least $40k on? You guessed it, PVC.

        Just thought your readers should know that either they should calm down, or be REALLY freaked out because that stuff is literally EVERYWHERE and the government wants your kids to get cancer. Food for thought 🙂

        • Babs says:

          Well said. Thank you.

        • r says:

          true we use PVC pretty much everywhere. what concerns me with Jamberry is that we’re heating it on our fingernails…isn’t that bound to release some of these byproducts? for example, I know PVC pipe is considered fine for water, but if you cut PVC, you’re supposed to do it in a well ventilated environment. How about heating it while it’s attached to a porous part of my body?

    • Donna says:

      I AGRRE.. Jamberry Nail Wraps and Jamberry Lacquer is the better alternative to the rest of the Nail Polish out there and any other wraps that are being made. I will stick with my Jamberry thank you. I have tons of Nail Polish and stuff. I have used other products. Jamberry is SAFE for my Grandchildren and my Family. Much Safer then anything else out there.

    • loraine says:

      Robbin are you still a Jamberry consultant?

  4. snp2221 says:

    Please provide your links to peer-reviewed research studies showing that PVC is toxic at temperatures below 145 degrees Celsius.

    Also, PCV is an ingredient in many medical supplies, including IV and catheter tubing and IV bags. I would think you would spend your time pursuing this usage considering the direct link the tubing and bags have to the circulatory system of patients.

    • Hello and thanks for your comment.

      You are absolutely correct is stating that there are health concerns in medical tubing and supplies. This is why a lot of hospitals are moving towards PVC free medical supplies. Here is a list of hospitals reducing the amounts of PVC and other toxic chemicals in their supplies: http://noharm.org/lib/downloads/pvc/List_of_Hosps_Reducing_PVC_DEHP.pdf.

      This blog, however, is focused on investigating product labels to find truthfully labeled, healthy products. By switching to safe, healthy products you can eliminate 100’s of unnecessary toxin exposure daily. This is not as easy as it may seem though, as there are very loose regulations with the marketing and labelling of natural products.

      Here is a link to the EPA’s list of “known to cause” or “suspected to cause” cancer chemicals, of which the components of and potential contaminants of PVC manufacturing are listed. http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/OSHA_carcinogen_table_2011.pdf

      • snp2221 says:

        Even the studies presented in the EPA overview are inconclusive as to the carcinogenic properties of VC . One study found a few cases of liver cancer, while another did not.

        And, again: for PVC to release the VC it must be heated to temperatures over 145 degrees Celsius. In other words, the item must be on fire.

        • sarah day says:

          This is true the Jamberry nails specifically state not to ignite the wrap. And that unless ignited then it is safe

  5. Kandra says:

    You drink water from your pipes which are PVC. I don’t see the issue here. They are ten times healthier than salon (acrylic, gel, shellac nails, nail polish, and any other wrap out there. Make sure you compare Jamberry product with what’s out on the market and in salons.

    • Hi Kandra,
      Thanks for your comment. I have a whole house filtration system so most of the toxins leached from the PVC pipes are removed. I do not believe that Jamberry nails are 10 times healthier than nail salon nails. I asked Jamberry for a statement on how they can call the nail wraps non toxic while they contain PVC. This is the response back that I received from the customer service rep:

      “I’ve discussed with our director of manufacturer about your questions and we are working to further clarify this information. However, this is a lengthy process and we will be updating you, along with all our customers and consultants, when we have more information.

      Thank you for your patience. ”

      Attached to this reply was a string of internal emails back and forth…emails that I believe were not meant to be sent to me…..and based on those emails, I am confident that these wraps are NOT healthy. I am happy to reconsider this decision if and when they get their product tested.

      Please understand that my problem is not with Jamberry nails, but with the lack of regulation that allows companies to market their product as non toxic when it is not. There should be stricter standards in place.

      It is impossible to eliminate all toxins from your environment. I encourage people to eliminate as much as they can and are willing to….and for some people, they may not be willing to give up nails wraps. They should not be mislead though into thinking that this is a healthy decision.

      • Jolene says:

        I’m curious what your source is for Jamberry stating their wraps are “non-toxic”. While I know many consultants say that they are and there are some consultant-made images with this statement, I have yet to find it on the Jamberry website or in the catalog. I also know that in some states, such as WA, it is illegal to state that PVC is non-toxic because when burned it does release carcinogenic fumes. While it isn’t right for consultants to say Jamberry is non-toxic and should probably be addressed by the head office, it would be good to see your “non-toxic” claim source. Thank you also for sharing info on PVC.

      • Laura says:

        Thank you for your hard work. I wondered about them myself – as I’m a total freak about whatever touches my skin – my skincare/makeup/etc, is VERY SAFE, and the company would never dance around the bush like Jamberry is doing. Very sad.

      • dawn says:

        Yes because everyone in America makes enough money for a filtration system and salon nails. Some people have TWO incomes and still only make $20k a year. You probably have a gym membership too and can’t understand why anyone would ever be over weight. I discredit you on the simple fact that you are out of touch with normal human beings and the general public.

        • Hi Dawn, No, I actually work out at home with my own body weight and I do not have a gym membership. I very sympathetic to the fact there are many reasons people are overweight…from chemicals hidden in our “food”, to emotional traumas, to being over stressed, underfed and basically being lied to by everyone trying to make a buck off overweight people. I help patients who have not been able to find help or hope elsewhere.

          • Feeboysmom says:

            My goodness everyone . this is one persons blog. If you don’t find the information useful. Move on but don’t attack.

      • Susan Scales says:

        Thanks for this research. I am a Jamberry consultant since last November. I have often wondered the ingredients on the adhesive use to apply these wraps and can not find the information anywhere. I hate to market them as non toxic of they are not. I am anxious to see what Jamberry replies to you. Thanks again.

      • Ellen says:

        We would love to see this string of emails. It sounds fascinating and perhaps supportive of your position

  6. Amalia says:

    Hi, A friend just sent me this link and I find it quite concerning. Would you be willing to share the email thread? Especially if it would give my husband and me more insight into the company’s knowledge on this topic. I’d be really curious to know what they know and are not willing to tell us. I have used these on my daughter and now I am really concerned. Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Amalia,
      I have contemplated posting the emails. I really appreciate your concern as a mother, so I have decided to post them. I will though omit the names and phone numbers of the employees in the signatures of the emails. I really hope they follow through with this.

      It went like this…
      -I phoned and emailed the company trying to get someone other than customer service to answer my questions on the toxicity.

      -They replied with a MSDS ( material safety data sheet) on PVC and said that is all they can provide.

      -I asked them to provide a statement on how they can say these are non toxic when they contained PVC.
      A few days passed and I received this bunch of internal emails between a few different people:

      -I’m worried she’s going to hold whatever I say against the company. Would you please respond to her?

      -Am I correct that we are not interested in providing product or ingredient info to parties like http://www.theingredientdetective.com so they can post pros or cons about us and our products on their website?
      Who is the right person to respond to her and politely decline her request?

      -I’m open to transparency, but would want to know what she is going to find. 😉
      We should get a lab test of or wraps so we can know once and for all the answers to all of the questions that come in regularly.
      Is that something you could look into, (name removed) ?

      and then I received this from customer service:
      -Hi Suzanne,
      I’ve discussed with our director of manufacturer about your questions and we are working to further clarify this information. However, this is a lengthy process and we will be updating you, along with all our customers and consultants, when we have more information.
      Thank you for your patience.

      I hope this helps Amalia. Thanks for your comment and concern.

      • Robbin says:

        Thanks for posting. I do have a concern for this specific sentence: “-I’m worried she’s going to hold whatever I say against the company. Would you please respond to her?”

        It could easily be misinterpreted. I read it as a customer service rep. who likes the company and wants to be sure that she doesn’t accidentally say the wrong thing and get the company in trouble. I think some may read it as some odd way of admitting toxicity (which would be a vast misinterpretation).

        I really appreciate that someone is interested in getting the wraps tested. I believe this shows forward-thinking and transparency (as stated) in the company. I have met the CEO of Jamberry and if I know anything about this company, as soon as they have a moment to breath, we can probably expect to see some test results on these wraps.

        After reading the string of emails, I don’t really feel they convey much in the way of “peace of mind” for the readers with the exception of this line: “-I’m open to transparency, but would want to know what she is going to find. 😉
        We should get a lab test of or wraps so we can know once and for all the answers to all of the questions that come in regularly.
        Is that something you could look into, (name removed) ?”

        and I am worried that the customer service rep you spoke with would be greatly embarrassed if she had accidentally sent you this string of emails and then if she found out that her mistake was publicly posted. :/ But, I personally, am a very sensitive person.

        I would like to point out that Jamberry offers 5-free nail lacquer which is significantly safer than regular nail polish (although not non-toxic). It’s true that the regulations for a non-toxic claim as well as labels such as organic are loose and undoubtedly, people take advantage. However, I truly believe that these are a MUCH healthier alternative to other manicure options and I think that’s a large part of Jamberry’s mission… a safer, more affordable alternative!

        I do look forward to reading the report when Jamberry gets around to it! as I’m sure they will.

        • Thanks Robbin, I am looking forward to seeing the test results too. I just wish these would have been tested before making the claim that they are non toxic. I did reply to the customer service rep 8 days ago and said I was very much looking forward to them having the wraps tested. I have not heard back from them since I replied, but I do hope that they share any testing that they do. I would be happy to reconsider my decision once more information is revealed.

  7. Amalia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, Suzanne! I truly hope that they follow through with this testing and soon. It seems that this question is posed quite often based on the string of emails and I would think that no matter how busy they are they could find time to put their customers’ minds at ease. Also, I find it quite shocking that they don’t know…

    I’ll be putting my sheets away and won’t be using again until we get some definitive answers. I hope they respond to you soon and I look forward to your follow up. Thanks for keeping us all informed!

  8. Kristen says:

    Suzanne, do you use any type of nail polish? And I personally was thinking that I would want to know more about what was in the adhesive than the actual wrap itself since it is what actually what bonds the nail wrap. Do you have any information on this? I would be very curious.

  9. Kathy says:

    Is Nerium AD safe?

  10. Elly says:

    The Jamberry packaging lists the only ingredient as “Acrylates Copolymer”. From my work in a genetics lab, I knew that acrylates are carcinogenic, so I did a bit of research.

    First, I made the assumption that acrylate copolymer is the glue that holds the vinyl (as mentioned in previous posts) Jamberry wrap to the nail, and since it is in direct contact with the nail, is the part we should be most concerned with.

    To summarize several government sites and the Journal of Toxicology, acrylates copolymer is found in concentrations of 0.25% (when used to thicken a gel) to 25% when used as a binding agent. They also stated that acrylates copolymer is absorbed through the skin (and I assume also nails), and is considered carcinogenic at concentrations of 25% or more, which is the concentration used for binding.

    Unless Jamberry can show they use a different type of glue, or can show that the acrylates copolymer they list as the ingredient is present in concentrations significantly less than 25%, I have to conclude that these wraps are carcinogenic.

  11. Phoebe says:


    I’ve been considering selling Jamberry, but this and several other posts have concerned me with regards to their actual safety. Have you heard anything back from the company regarding testing? I would never want to sell, support, or use a product that touted itself safe, but actually wasn’t.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Phoebe,
      No I have not heard anything back from Jamberry yet. Unfortunately, I have found that more often than not companies are marketing that their products are healthy and safe, when that is just not true. I have especially have found this to be true with companies that you can start home businesses with. The one company though that I have found to be absolutely authentic and true to their healthy claims is miessence. You can read more here.

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve joined healthy home company. Their products are toxic free. Check it out at http://www.mommysclub.com/heidiharris. I opted for this company instead of others because of its openness and healthy products.

  12. Tatum says:

    Hi Suzanne,

    I found your article while searching google for “is jamberry toxic?” I decided to do this search because I’ve recently been added to a facebook friend’s online party. The consultant had already posted something about the nail strips being safe, so I bought some. Then I asked about the polish. She said it’s completely safe, and then gave me a link to the ingredients. Now, if I can’t pronounce an ingredient, I likely don’t know what it is, so I never know if it’s toxic or not. But considering that fact that I couldn’t even pronounce most of the ingredients, I thought “How on earth can these be safe when most of them probably aren’t natural?”so I did the search and it led me here. I’m disappointed, but glad I found the truth. I feel like telling the consultant, but I don’t want to ruin a party. I feel like most of these consultants don’t know the truth; it’s sad. Good thing I found out, though, because I was just about to sign up to start selling.

    As I was reading through previous comments on this article, you mentioned something about having a whole home purification system. I’d like to learn more about that!


  13. Mary Ann says:

    And thank you very much for your info on jamberry!

  14. Charmaine says:

    Thank u for the info, made my decision easy. Sticking to my waterbased nail polish. It did not sit well with me on heating plastic to your nail. Hopefully jamberry can come up with a non PVC product because the idea is cute.

  15. kandy busche says:

    If a Jamberrynail wrap
    Is removed by mouth how dangerous is it & is the person in danger?

  16. Joe says:

    After reading this blog I decided to contact the company myself with similar questions. The uncertainty in the responses I’ve been getting is quite concerning. Have you heard anything back from them yet?

  17. Sherri says:

    Thank you for your article! I am confused on the fact that the ingredient listed is Acrylates Copolymer, but they send you a MSDS on Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Those are different chemicals. Is there a chance they were just sending out a generic MSDS or did it actually say Jamberry Nails? Was there mention of AC?

    I think these are definitely a better alternative to nail polish or salons! But, customers have the right to know what is in something they are breathing and putting on their bodies. Thus, it is important that it is accurate. I do not see their non-toxic claims. Maybe I just missed it or they removed them?

    Personally, I choose to live a toxic chemical free life (as much as I can control that is). I got rid of nail polish decades ago. However, I found one by Honeybee Gardens, which is a water-based acrylic. I don’t like that it has polyurethane formers, but for me, that is an alternative to use once or twice a year (summer toes).

    Thank you so much!

    • Joanna says:

      I believe that the acrylates copolymer is the adhesive and the polyvinyl chloride is the wrap material itself.

  18. Andrea says:

    I am curious if there are any nail polishes you would recommend? There are several options marketed as non-toxic, such as Piggy Paint, Honeybee, etc., but I don’t have the knowledge to evaluate their claims. Common sense tells me there is no way to make a nail polish without chemicals, and so often chemicals are toxic. Any thoughts or recommendations, as I have a daughter who loves to paint her nails (I’ve been letting her use Piggy Paint, but that is the only “non-toxic” one I feel is easily and affordably obtained right now. I’d love to know if I have other options, as I had previously been considered Jamberry as an option (not any more, obvs). Thanks!

  19. MrsMommyMack says:

    “Robbin” is obviously one of their brainwashed representatives. Most MLMs are cult-like and their representatives are brainwashed. You won’t be able to convince her otherwise.

  20. J says:

    I’d love to hear what you have to say about Nerium AD and The company Neroum International.

  21. Sarah says:

    Why would you endorse Miessance? On the advisory panel eh? I believe the above posted validated the pvc concern, but no one acknowledged it. Dr of chrio…. This is like CNN and Fox, only print what you want others to see. It is called fear mongering shame on you! Now erase this too to prove your point.

    • I endorse miessence because it is certified organic food grade, so it is exactly as safe as eating organic food. There are very few product lines that can claim this. I am not hiding the fact that I teach for miessence on the advisory panel or that I am a chiropractor. It is all in my bio on my blog. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  22. Sarah says:

    So are you all saying that you don’t paint your nails at all….with anything? I can’t live with that sorry. Is there a nail polish or wrap that isn’t carcinogenic? Are these test with animals or actual proof that these chemicals do indeed, without a doubt cause cancer in people when used?

    • I only provide information for people to law informed decisions. We can not live in a bubble and be protected from everything that is known to cause cancer, but my objective is to call out companies that market their product as safe, natural or organic, when they are not.

      Everyone is going to have different levels of “commitment” to reducing their toxin exposure…. And that is completely fine. The stressing about toxin exposure may prove to be more dangerous than the toxin exposure itself. I am just for informed choice when buying products 🙂

  23. Kathy says:

    I would like to know if Arbonne cosmetics are as pure as they state.
    Thank you

    • Arbonne products are not safe and pure like they claim. Stay posted… Arbonne is on my list to review.

    • Cathy says:

      If I have a question about whether or not a product is safe, I will go to http://www.ewg.org . . . it is a great site that rates a variety of products (cleaning, food, cosmetics, etc) depending on how safe the ingredients are.

      You can even look up ingredients to learn more about them.

      Just thought I’d share the site because I have found it to be very useful.

  24. Crystal says:

    I hope this helps, it was on our dashboards a while back.

    Jamberry Nail Wraps: Every so often there are questions that arise about what Jamberry nail wraps are made of. We have a published Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on our website (http://workstation.jamberrynails.net/uplo…/…/docs/MSDS13.pdf) that discusses the composition of the wraps and the safety related to them. This MSDS was not created by Jamberry but was provided to us by a third party. We want to focus on sections 2 and 5 in the MSDS.

    Section 2 states “There are no hazardous ingredients in this product at room temperature.” Customers and consultants have asked about the “room temperature” comment. As with many other plastic or vinyl based products, our nail wraps should not be incinerated (aka burned or lit on fire). So under all normal heated application and use conditions the product contains no hazardous ingredients. This may seem obvious to most, but the chemicals released when plastics and vinyls are burned should not be inhaled or consumed.

    In section 5, it states that “there is no known health hazard associated with the use of this product.” Our nail wraps share the same core plastic/vinyl compound that can be found in many everyday items such as credit cards, bibs, shower curtains, mattress covers, toys, water pipes, fake leather, etc.

    There are some consumers that are trying to remove all plastics from their life, so we want to be transparent in our ingredients so they can make an informed decision. At Jamberry, we strive to make safe, quality products that you and your families can enjoy today and for years to come. One of the main reasons for creating our nail wraps and our 5-free nail lacquer was to provide a safer alternative to traditional nail polish products that contain harsh chemicals.

  25. N. Rondello says:

    Thank you for putting forth the effort, for me, and providing it to “us”, the public so we can make our own decisions. More impressively, thank for taking the time to patiently and diplomatically addressing each and every post from “us” with a gracious and open attitude. It is so easy to be opinionated and post a comment in this faceless type of medium. Except for you. We know your face. And it smiles.

  26. Jannuth Carroll says:

    Is water based Honeybee Gardens nail polish safe?

  27. Dori says:

    Hi, Suzanne.

    Thanks for your article. I thought you might find this article interesting along the lines of nail polish: http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/Natural-Awakenings/December-2014/Toxin-Free-Beauty-Salons/

    I have found one brand, treat collection, out of Germany that is high-performing and truly nontoxic (scores a 2 on Skin Deep) and is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, DBP and toluene. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free and EU Cosmetics Certified.

    Happy to have found your blog. Have you looked at Beautycounter? I believe their ingredient screen is the most stringent and the test finished cosmetics, which pretty much no other company does.


  28. Christiana says:

    Thank you so much for your research and post. Last year, when I heard of Jamberry, I was super excited, but dug in deep with research because I also don’t believe unless I find transparency. I discovered what you posted, which made me disappointed, but informed. And, since I had also recently researched toxic plastics and their effects, have opted to find other alternatives. Thank you for how you post and respond!

  29. Andrea says:

    You seem to avoid the question and the way you have stated support for some products makes me skeptical at best of your site. Many people have asked what you would recommend for nails then and you have dodged it several times. You said they aren’t any safer than other options out there but have failed to state why when only one ingredient is controversially questionable (and hasn’t had good support either way) compared with MANY ingredients in other nail products. Unless you are eating or burning these wraps, I don’t see how these are just as dangerous than conventional options. If you are concerned about PVC, look at how many toys still include it. That should be more of a concern.

    • Thanks for your reply Andrea. I have not “dodged” questions about safer nail alternatives, but actually for the past 6 months life has happened and I had to focus my attention in other places. I am back online so I will continue to review products that readers are requesting. I am upfront about my support for some products, that is not something that I am trying to hide. I only “support” a company, if they are truly healthy and are doing what they are saying they are doing. I have always been an “ingredient detective” for my patients on an individual basis, so I have turned my work into a blog. This is my passion which I will continue to do so.

      My point exactly is that we are being exposed to chemicals in so many places that we can NOT control, why slather ourselves with toxic personal care products if we do not have to add to our toxic burden? Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  30. Sandy Wieber says:

    Have you looked into Piggy Paint? They claim they are no-toxic.

  31. Jennifer says:

    I was just curious if there was any cosmetic products that are safe to use. Have you come across any yet? How about Norwex facial products?

  32. Jamie says:

    I just signed up with Poofy Organics! Are you familiar with this company and how do you feel about the safety of their products? Thanks!

  33. Chris says:

    Do you ever walk barefoot on carpeting, tile, laminate flooring, grass, dirt, hardwood floors? I’m sure most humans do this on a daily basis. Do you breath in air every day? If we took lab tests of every item you came in contact with and breathed in on a daily basis, you would want to live in a bubble, because the list of “toxins” would be astronomical.

    • Christi says:

      Why not eliminate KNOWN toxins when we can? Are nail wraps necessary? No. Are there other options? Yes. It just takes a little bit of research in the consumers end.

  34. Robert says:

    Do you know have any data as to how many chemicals one would ingest in a healthy, vegetarian based diet?

  35. Jill says:

    Suzanne! Wow fantastic article and definitely impressed with the responses that you’re following up on. One thing that I did want to point out is the actual definition of non-toxic because The awareness of the definition will show that as a consumer it most definitely is not what consumers think it is. The definition of nontoxic means in product testing products labeled nontoxic me less than 49% of subjects during testing died. It’s 50% or more of subjects had died after exposure to product product would not be allowed on the market. Which means that there are products on the market that if only 1% or more of the subjects had died it would not be called non-toxic that is a 1% difference!! Folks do you still feel good about that lotion skin care shampoo or cleansers and most definitely the things used on your child, nieces nephews grandchildren? Also Suzanne, I would love to chat w/ you about Healthy Home Company and the difference we are making with our commitment to providing toxic free for all of our product lines.

  36. Heidi says:

    Do you know anything about piggy polish?

  37. Brit Basham says:

    Any updates from Jamberry HQ?

  38. Lynn says:

    I suggest you read up on just what chemophobia is. Just because a chemical is present, does not mean it is harmful in the amount present.

    Many fruits and vegetables contain compounds that have been shown to be toxic to humans. How many times have you eaten an apple? The seeds are toxic and oh-so-close to your lips when you eat them whole. I am sure you have unknowingly ingested apple seeds over your lifetime.

    There are many chemical compounds, found naturally in plants, that are poisonous to humans in small amounts; similarly, there are many man-made compounds which are perfectly harmless unless ingested at very high doses. All chemicals, if taken in a high enough dose, are toxic – even pristine filtered WATER, which we consider essential to life. “The dose makes the poison” is a rule that applies to all compounds, natural or man-made.

    In recent years, some groups have been in uproar over the presence of chemicals that are known to be harmful or carcinogenic in everyday cosmetics or foods. As an example, some groups maligned the presence of formaldehyde in some vaccines – despite the fact that there’s more formaldehyde present in your average pear.

  39. Cynthia says:

    I wish these people would realize that you’re a chiropractor, not a plastic scientist or an M.D.
    Your blog here is just that- a blog. It’s full of your personal opinions and that’s it. It is not a medical journal. Otherwise, you probably would be making more money doing something a little more spectacular than sitting at your computer all day typing stories and replying to comments. (Which is funny because you only replied to the comments that support your evidence, not any that disprove it except with a “thank you for commenting”).
    The levels of PVC in these wraps would only cause damage if they were heated above 145 degrees and in LARGE quantities. So, unless you’re smoking them (in said large quantities) they are at no harm to you.
    Jamberry is meant as a form of decorative nail art, not a method of “getting high” and even if that was something you were looking for, there’s cheaper, safer alternatives.
    Jamberry states that they are non toxic and even provide a Juniors version. Have you heard of a child dying because of the toxicity of Jamberry? Me either.
    But, this too is my opinion. And I will continue to wear Jamberry and apply Jamberry to my children because they are fun and my children do not have to inhale fumes from a salon, nor do I. To each their own.

  40. Tim Sparks says:

    This is a great article and very informative. Something that would be great to add though is the environmental damage that PVC or plastic causes. It’s one thing to use plastics for medical or plumbing reasons (although it most likely creates the ‘endocrine disrupting’ problems that you mention above) but I would call into question anything that uses plastics when they are disposed of, much like the “K-Cup” coffee makers, the plastics used in body wash, and jamberry. These all have devastating ramifications on the environment. Taking hundreds of years to break down and still then contaminating our oceans and water supplies which contaminates our fish, the animals that eat the fish and so on. There is good research showing the effect of endocrine disrupting compounds and it could be considered one of the greatest issues we are facing (and causing).

  41. kibby byker says:

    Having gone through the trauma of breast cancer over twenty years ago, I am very aware of toxins/carcinogens and try to limit what I put in and on my body the best I can. Thanks for the info.

    The last time I went to get a manicure, the clinician suggested I have it “au natural” – she buffed, shaped, shined up my nails; smoothing them out with a little three sided gadget you can get at Walgreens, etc. You can rub in olive or coconut oil and make themn as healthy as possible… I now do this myself and get many compliments on the shine.

  42. Martina Irvine says:

    ummm. We use pvc nasogastric/orogastric (tubes down the nose/mouth into the stomach) in premature babies. I would say that not ALL PVR is toxic. We wouldn’t be using it otherwise!!!

    This is some sensationalism… Reminds me of misinformation being provided by antivax’ers

  43. MF Leopold says:

    I would actually be concerned about the acrylate copolymers – the methylacrylate monomer leaches out of the glue, not too good for you. Also, it is a sensitizing agent for some folks that can cause blistering and other skin problems. And kids always put their fingers in their mouths so some of the monomer will be ingested.

  44. Chris says:

    Dr. Suzanne. You are a doctor of chiropractor, not a doctor of medicine, therefore, in order for you to make claims against ALL PVC being toxic, you do not have the medical training nor a background in mediciine to back up the claims to say that all PVC is 100% toxic. Please do not tell people with a nursing or medical types of training that they are incorrect when you, yourself do not have a degree in medicine. Chiropractic doctors are different then medical doctors, just as someone with a PhD in Elementary Education can be a Principal of a public school can be called a “Doctor” however, she cannot perform surgery and cannot give medical advice. Please do not mislead the public with scare off the consumer. Not all chemicals are unsafe, and not all natural products are safe. There are even safe, natural products that can be deadly to humans when used in high doses – water for example, when ingested in large doses in a short amount of time, is deadly. There are also natural products that are highly toxic and deadly to humans. There also manmade chemicals that are absolutely safe and harmless to humans when used normally.

    Also, there are chemicals when used and heated to certain temperatures, ingested, or taken in mass quantities can be toxic. However, when used properly, or in very small amounts, would never be a problem to humans, and they would have to be in extremely high quantities to be considered toxic.

    Please educate yourself properly. I would suggest that you take some college chemistry classes. Thank you.

    • I find it very interesting that you think having a medical degree would give you any kind of knowledge on the dangers of PVC. Medical Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat symptoms through the use of drugs and surgery. If you look at most medical school curriculums, nutrition most often isn’t even a requirement.

      I have never denied or hid the fact that I am chiropractor. That is stated right there in the “about me” section, so thanks for stating the obvious 🙂 What distinguishes me, however, is my passion to seek truth in organic and natural labelling and lead people to make informed decisions based on research and science rather than ones based on false marketing claims.

      I love that I get such a rise out of people… I guess I am doing something right!

      • Jennifer says:

        You are amazing, I love what you do and I wish you were my best friend! 😛

      • *truth* seeker says:

        When you use “Dr” as part of your draw, expect people to call your credentials into question. Yes, being an MD has nothing to do with an extensive knowledge of the kind of chemistry you discuss, but neither does being a chiropractic doctor. You are fear mongering and using your title as a way to build false credibility. you could be the most amazing chiropractor in the world, it doesn’t make you a chemist.

      • I’m an MD and I can attest that most doctors of allopathic medicine have not studied environmental toxins so people need to lay off of this woman. I have chemical sensitivity and have been using Jamberry and loving it because I’m so sensitive to scents and smells and can’t go to a salon for a mani or pedi anymore. I think Jamberry is much safer than the typical nail polish and I can’t even begin to imagine how horrible acrylic nails are but Dr. Suzanne is providing a service here and investigating products and hello chiropractors take a very similar curriculum to allopathic and osteopathic physicians the first two years. We study much more pharmacology and they know the musculoskeletal system better than us on average. People who haven’t examined the curriculums should be quiet. I can’t tell you how many people ask me about real estate or the stock market because I’m an MD. That’s insanity. An MD doesn’t make me omniscient. Stop treating MD’s like “god’s” they’re still human and we all make mistakes and we don’t know everything. It’s that unrealistic expectation that also leads to bad outcomes. Your doctor regardless of their background should be able to explain to you in depth their findings about your health, their model of belief for why they are suggesting something and your options, risks and benefits. If they can’t do that get another opinion.

    • Heather says:

      What a hateful comment! My husband is a MD and had ZERO training or education on chemicals like this.

      Good grief, calm down and stop the ‘MD’s know more than Chiros’ BS because Chiros most definately have more training on health (read that ‘health’, NOT ‘pharmaceuticals’) and prevention than any MD or RN.

  45. Ana says:

    Thank you for working on this research on behalf of many of us who try to stay away from toxic, unhealthy ‘things’. Those of us who are sick and try to detoxify our bodies and are concerned about our health and the health of our loved ones. Logically, Jamberry nail wraps are pretty & a good MLM-idea for someone who doesn’t care about their health/body however, our nails do not breath and do not get Oxygen because of the **vinyl** wraps. I research every cream, food, “item” before I buy it or use it. So, your blog is very helpful. Thanks a bunch!

  46. Cathy says:

    Thank you for your investigAtions into Jambery nail wraps. I am very interested as I have recently started wearing them & like them very much. But I have noticed that my nails after removal have been getting white scratchy horizontal ridges & am wondering why.

  47. Tenielle says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    Thanks for your research. I found this company to be very misleading as well, as I did contemplate buying them for me and my daughter. In the end, I decided against it, and from the sounds of this company, I am glad I did.

  48. Anne says:

    Piggy Paint

  49. Luke Shavak says:

    Hey Suzanne! Wow – it really is unbelievable isn’t it. I’ve heard a few stories of this kind of thing getting cracked down on, but it’s still rampant in the cosmetics world. Women cop it the worst. It really horrifies me. Kind of like cigarettes still being legal? I mean it’s just ridiculous when you really stop and think about it. The whole system is just short term thinking. Thanks for the great review! 🙂

  50. Heather says:

    I want to thank you also! We have four children and over the years have slowly tried to eliminate any ‘bad’ chemicals from our environment with the hopes of reducing our chances of getting CANCER or a host of other ‘American environmentally-caused diseases’. I’m sorry you have to read such ignorant responses-people who try to act ‘better’ than you or others trying to live cleaner lives. You have to wonder, why? What IS their motivation? Do they work for DOW? Monsanto? A Big-Pharma company? I believe that there is a massive awakening in the world, in the US and ALL people of every background are waking up and paying attention. I also know compsnies like the pharmaceutical companies have trained ‘plants’-people they pay to get on blogs, FB, web sites just to comment and try to shut people down.
    And, it’s NOT working! People know :). About the ‘anti vax’ comments-you got two up there ;). See what I mean? Parents are asking questions and being SMART for their families and companies who literally run our country are seeing the fall out.
    Uh oh CANCER-causing companies….parents are paying attention and yes, your stock is going down!


    Keep up the awesome work!

    Heather ‘Organic Mom Heather’

  51. Heather says:

    Another company go look into-I’ve used a lot of their products and boyyyyy it’s addicting. Lovely.

    NYR Organic based out of London originally.

  52. Healthymom says:

    Are Younique products toxic? Are they safe, what is your take on this product?

  53. Ala says:

    I found your article accidently so not sure of you work but have you researched silicone bakeware / baking mats? Are they safe to use???

  54. Shalonne says:

    Hi – Thanks for all the info! You’ve done a lot of research and put up with a lot of negative comments in a gracious manner. My friend is doing a party, so I’m getting some, but they won’t be a regular purchase. My main concern is the environmental issue like one of the other commenters mentioned – lol – not to mention the price! I can’t afford to maintain my nails with these 😀

    My kids use Piggy Paint which I’m comfortable with and if I decide to regularly decorate my nails, I’ll go with Ava Anderson since I’m pretty sure no one has yet debunked her products.

    Thanks again for your efforts toward transparency and awareness!

  55. Bonny says:

    I’ve been trying to find healthier options for my family and I still feel Jamberry is a safer alternative than most nail polishes/nail polish strips out there. I recently found toxic free products through the Healthy Home Company who sell over 70 products made with organic, Ecocert, ToxicFree and all-natural ingredients. Check it out at http://www.healthyhomecompany.com/538257

  56. Susan says:

    Dear Suzanne,
    Thank you for this information, I’ve made an informed decision to forgo Jamberry & Nerium. Have you tried Perfectly Posh? Would love to see a review from you on these “natural products”. I am also wondering about Piggy Paints Nail Polish and Ella & Mila nail polishes (both claim to be safe and natural). Thank you!!

  57. Brenda says:

    Thank you for your work on many of these issues. People will of course stand by the product they are selling and using, biased.

    I used Jamberry for several months, and found that my nails grew crooked and twisted, and when removed, my nails were
    So brittle and broke, as never before, ever.
    There has to be something wrong with a material you put on your body anywhere that does not allow it to breathe, grow correctly, or inhibit fungus.

    I stopped using them, and will continue to not use them. People who say they are safer than salon or other polishes, may be correct. That still doesn’t mean it is SAFE!! Just because sliding down a mountain may be SAFER than falling down the mountain doesn’t mean that either should be done!!

    • If your nails were growing crooked and twisted there was something going on with your nailbed, perhaps an autoimmune type reaction to the product adhesive. That is certainly a possibility and I wouldn’t advise ever using them again of course. Certain people can have markers on their cells that make them more susceptible to autoimmune reactions. Basically their cell protein markers are similar to the chemical they’re exposed to so that their body gets confused by it and now attacks itself as foreign. Hard to explain well here. I have to draw to explain…

  58. Lynn says:

    Thank you for the time you take to look up ingredients on behalf of your patients and for sharing it with others who may be interested. I appreciate your willingness to contact companies who are marketing as safer products but not being transparent with ingredients lists. I was disappointed with Arbonne’s ingredients and would like to learn about Nerium (I don’t use it but have friends that do).I’ll search your page to see if you’ve posted on it yet. I’m learning a lot through Ava Anderson. She also dissects ingredients lists to evaluate a product. Thanks again.

  59. *truth* seeker says:

    every single one of the miessence products is packaged in plastics. why aren’t they in non leaching glass or metal?? I’m not sure you can call them safe and non-toxic if they are in plastic bottles that are leaching lethal chemicals into your shampoo every second. Run For Your Life!

  60. Jenny says:

    I used Jamberry nails and after they left my nails in such bad shape I felt there was something fishy going on. A friend of mine found your blog and passed it on to me. Thanks for your hard work. For me the truth showed itself in my nails!!!

  61. Maggie says:

    Hi, just curious to see if you have had any word from Jamberry regarding the ingredients/adhesive and toxicity since it’s been a year or so now since this was posted? Thanks.

  62. Linda says:

    Not to mention the environmental effects. They come on unrecycled, unrecyclable, single-use plastic backing. And the nail wraps themselves are not biodegradable. So could end up in the stomach of some hungry animal/bird/fish etc.
    Do you have any suggestions on completely non-toxic nail colour? (Yes, that’s how Australians spell colour 😉 )
    Or do I have to completely forget about colouring my nails again, just like I will never be able to dye my hair again (I’m too lazy for henna hair colour)

  63. Janelle says:

    Here’s what else I find mildly amusing.
    Take a closer look. Miessence is an mlm. There is a subtle invitation to join this blogger’s team. So why wouldn’t it make sense to create a stir by posting a controversial blog post on a popular item to steer the consumer away from another company, thusly creating uncertainty in a customer base?

    It makes perfect sense! It’s quite clever and subtle. Prey on fears of the uninformed, then gently steer them to the answer that profits yourself. That would be Miessence.

    So to sum that up, are the articles written here unbiased? Absolutely not.

    • Thanks Janelle for your post. You are correct, miessence is a networking model. If they put their products on the shelf in a retail store next to mostly “fake and green-washed products” they would completely lose the education behind their mission to educate the world about organics and green business practices. Where you are wrong though is I will approve any product that is healthy and actually good for you…even when I receive no compensation for it. In fact, the ones I have approved so far and since my blog has started, I have no affiliation with at all. I do this from a health care professional perspective, wanting people to use products that are not full of dangerous chemicals…for the betterment of their health. And on that note I think I will do a “formal” review of miessence, as I have not yet and my blog has been up for over a year. Thanks for the push to do so 🙂

  64. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I truly appreciate your transparency and effort. I am also an ingredient detective for my family. I had originally purchased Jamberry for myself thanks to the non toxic claim. I will no longer be purchasing them. As many of your posters astutely point out, their are toxic chemicals all around us. Since I cannot control *those* materials I will control exposure to what I can, rather than throwing up my hands in defeat. To each their own. Also, chiropractors have worked wonders on me where MDs have failed. Thank you!

  65. Brittany says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    Great work! I received two sets of these nails as a gift, but never got around to using them. Now I certainly won’t, by choice. I’m a wellness blogger myself, so I fully appreciate the research that goes into things like this. I’m sorry to see that a lot of people are giving you grief and arguing with you over it. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink! Some people will argue against scientific evidence of toxicity because it’s simply just too inconvenient for them to understand how toxic our daily world is (and go for safer alternatives). Either that or they are sheeple who will believe anything a company says or they’re convinced that the FDA actually cares about our well-being. Sigh. Keep up the good work!

  66. Chris Rushworth says:

    May I ask why this trail of comments and responses has stopped in September 2015 without a response from Jamberry being posted? I have been left hanging…..

  67. Ann S says:

    What are the products you that have approved so far? I would like a list. Thanks for the work you have done.

  68. LisaTrublu says:

    I so appreciate your words of reason. I just officially became a fan of yours this morning. I enjoyed reading your blog.

  69. Brittany says:

    I’m about a year late to the party. And maybe it has been revised since this post, but when going through training process to become a Jamberry consultant they do not claim to be chemical free or toxin-free. They do however claim to have fewer chemicals or toxins then most other products. If it is being advertised to you as being chemical-free or toxin-free it is something one should take up with the consultant as they are not advertising their product correctly.

  70. Kate says:

    Did you end up getting any further information about this?

    I think the temperature required to make the PVC dangerous isn’t really an issue unless you’re burning your hands… but it would be the adhesive I’d be more concerned about, and the fact that the nail wraps aren’t “breathable” would lead me to think that there would be more of a chance of getting nail infections? I’ve used them a couple of times, and my nails always look a bit white afterwards, which goes away after a little while of them being off.


  71. Lorri says:

    Yes, the non-toxic message is a huge part of the Jamberry marketing. I should know as I was a consultant and attended training sessions. That issue aside, I do know that the use of the wraps completely destroyed my nails. I’ve heard so many complaining that the wraps aren’t staying on as advertised. However, I had the opposite experience…those suckers stayed put but getting them off was horrible! I followed every removal method Jamberry ever released but every time I carefully and patiently removed the wraps, more and more of my nail surface was removed as well. Fingernails are only so thick…. Since I love to have manicured hands, I now do my nails at home in either gel polishes or regular polish sealed with two coats of gel top coat. Works great, cost hardly anything and my nails are back to normal!

  72. Tasha says:

    Fantastic article! I’m wondering if the Sally Hansen & Incoco nail polish strips are just as toxic?

  73. kt says:

    How about jamberry’s actual polish?? thx! Your work is wonderful!
    God bless your day!

  74. Lily says:

    What nail polish do you suggest? I’ve been searching high and low. Is there one that is truly non-toxic?

  75. Jessica Melendez says:

    Have you make any further inquiry or follow – up in this matter?

    Thank You!

  76. Humam says:

    Hey, have you heard any response from them reg. Ingredients/ toxicity etc? It has been a few years..

  77. rebecca says:

    ALL of the sassy comments above, we all know come from a place of fear. The fear is based out of love. We all have one thing in common if we use the product or not, we don’t want to be scared, and we want ourselves and our loved ones to be safe. Breath it all in and Love it all out. Thank you Suzanne for the time you take to educate us on facts that can better our choices. XO

  78. Laura Williams says:

    Was this article ever resolved i.e., did jamberry respond with test results and are they safe to use? I’m very careful with my nail polishes and am considering whether to try this product.

  79. Patricia says:

    I used Jamberry wraps twice and my nails have white ‘scarring’ appearing on them. Not a separation from the nail bed, but it doesn’t look healthy now. I don’t know if this is from using the intense heat of a blow dryer to attach them, or the chemicals used in the wrap. But after I use the the one I have left I will not buy more. Sad because I work in food service and these were permissible since they won’t ‘flake off’. And my nails didn’t break while wearing them. But the white marks concern me enough to stop.

  80. Beverly says:

    I honestly need to live in a bubble because I’m allergic to many chemicals. It is hard to find products that will work for me. My biggest concern is companies that say they are safe when in fact they are not. I find out the hard way. Ugh! Have you done any research on a company called Beauty Counter? They claim to be natural and non toxic. I’m hoping to find a product that honestly works for me!

  81. Diane says:

    I would like to know more about jamberry nails has I’m wanting to sign up but I’m all for environmental friendly and animal friendly so is there any updates of jamberry please and also certain foods can cause cancer if we all stopped eating every food we can to not get cancer 1 minute they say don’t eat cheese next they say it’s good for you same has chocolate don’t eat then eat so who really should we listen too

  82. Taci says:

    Have You heard back from Jamberry yet?

  83. Janis Jenkins says:

    Thank you for this information. Initially I was thrilled to hear that these nail enhancers were supposedly non-toxic. Too good to be true…just like everything else. I’m afraid I’ll have to tell my daughter the truth about these. I wonder if pure henna would color nails like it does hair? Anyways, thank you for the truth about Jamberries.

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