The Indian nail polish market stood at Rs. 636 crores in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 10%, to reach Rs. 1,075 crores by 2024. While the nail polish market is expanding, penetrating deep into remote rural areas on the one hand and evolving Nail-Art clinics in cosmopolitan cities on the other hand, do you have some idea about what goes into the making of nail polish? Can you imagine, your small bottle of nail-polish has ingredients like resin, solvent, dispersants, Plasticizers, Dyes and pigments, Micas etc. The so-called toxic trio of nail polish consists of dibutyl phthalate (a plasticizer), toluene (to evenly suspend colour), and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) that is used as a hardening agent!
A study reveals that majority of respondents (89%) do not read the ingredients before buying nail products. Most of the respondents (77-87%) have no idea about the presence of harmful chemicals like colophonium, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) etc in nail polish. 65% do not know that toxic chemicals can enter our body through tiny holes in skin or by inhaling or even through nails.
(Source: Consumers India) more