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May-2006-OPI Nail Polish: Pretty, but Linked to Cancer
One of the nicest things many women do for themselves is to get a manicure or pedicure. Unfortunately, getting your nails done may also expose you and your manicurist to a host of toxic and untested chemicals.

OPI Products, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of professional nail polish worldwide. But they lag behind other major manufacturers in eliminating the use of dangerous chemicals in their products, notably formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate.
 

 

Women often get professional manicures as a way to relax and do something nice for themselves. They shouldn't have to worry about the safety of the products that are being used while they are getting their nails done. Unfortunately, getting a manicure may expose women to a host of dangerous and untested chemicals.

OPI Products, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of nail polish and nail treatment products in the world. Headquartered in California, their distribution spans over 70 countries including the United States and countries throughout Europe and Asia. Their products are sold primarily in nail salons, beauty supply stores and specialty spa salons.

Although OPI Products, Inc. claims to be the "leader in professional nail care," they lag behind other major manufacturers of nail polish and nail treatment products in eliminating the use of dangerous chemicals in their products. Some of these chemicals are known or suspected to cause cancer or reproductive harm. According to the Environmental Working Group's report Skin Deep, the world's largest database of chemicals in cosmetics, some of the most toxic products of the more than 14,000 products listed are made by OPI.

OPI still uses in their products three industrial chemicals--dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde and toluene--that have been linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Although OPI has reformulated their nail polish to comply with the European Union Cosmetics Directive, thus removing dangerous chemicals from the products they sell in Europe, they refuse to sell those safer, reformulated products here in the United States.

Representatives from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics met with officials from OPI and asked them to remove these controversial ingredients from their products but company officials have repeatedly refused to do so. Now they need to hear   from you!

Tell the top executives at OPI to stop playing Russian roulette with women’s health and insist that they remove DBP, toluene and formaldehyde from their products!

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