Think your manicure is a safe way to decorate that fragile husk you call a body? THINK AGAIN.

State regulators in California have voiced their concern after finding that many brands of nail polish currently labeling themselves “non-toxic” actually contain significant quantities of the “toxic trio”: toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and beauty’s fav toxic chemical, formaldehyde. Risks associated with exposure to these chemicals include asthma, birth defects, and more!

Apparently, it’s not actually illegal to put these things in beauty products, but only to do so without noting the toxic content on the label. As the popularity of Brazilian hair straightening would attest, this does not necessarily deter people from buying them.

So which nail polishes could actually harm you, and which will only make you prettier? The AP has a list:

Among the products tested that the state says were mislabeled were: Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail color, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby’s Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color, Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer, Sunshine nail lacquer, Cacie Light Free Gel Basecoat, Cacie Sun Protection Topcoat, Golden Girl Topcoat, Nail Art Top-N-Seal and High Gloss Topcoat. The polishes are not sold in retail stores.

The people most likely to be harmed by these chemicals are beauty salon workers who spend many hours in often poorly ventilated rooms. As someone who’s breathed the air in some janky ass nail salons in my time, I’m not surprised that there are bad fumes coming off those products. The nail polish manufacturers, of course, claim that the findings are false and more and better experiments are needed. “Perhaps the polish was contaminated through the lab tests or by some other method,” said the owner of LeChat Nail Care Products. Perhaps.

(Via The AP)