Nail Polishes Contain Undeclared DEHP, Among Other ‘Regrettable Substitutions’ – Study
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
A study led by Harvard public health researchers explores a multipart question: If dibutyl phthalate has been phased out of nail polishes, what plasticizers are replacing the ingredient, are they labeled or otherwise declared, and are they any safer than DBP?
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