PRODUCTS, HEALTH, & SAFETY KNOWLEDGE
We strive to use organic, eco-friendly, animal cruelty-free, vegan, and fair trade products whenever possible. Our clients’ safety is our number one priority, while cleanliness and ethical, healthy products follow suite.
Lacquer London is proud to use 5 free polishes and gels only. Big five free, or “5 free” means our products are formulated without 3 common *chemicals found in most polishes: Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, and Formaldehyde, but also without 2 other dangerous *chemicals: Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. We do not offer acrylic products or acrylic extensions to avoid their harmful fumes and unpleasant odors, which can lead to health complications for our employees and even clients after long-term exposure. We do offer a safer alternative: 5 free gel extensions. Additionally, we do not use UV lights to cure our gels, since they can be considered controversial due to the artificial UV bulbs. Instead, we use LED lights, which also have the benefit of a faster curing time. We carry: Bioseaweed gel polishes and extensions, NCLA polishes and nail wraps, RGB, LVX, & InglotO2M nail polishes.
*5 free chemical details we avoid in our polishes are the following:
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals. In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
Toluene is a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner. You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in or getting it on your skin, causing skin irritation. Unfortunately, inhaling high levels of toluene is said to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause light-headedness and nausea. Toluene is a toxin that may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure. Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans). Its vapors are also irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer. Formaldehyde Resin is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen. Camphor is a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.
We do not use whirlpool jets in our pedicure bowls, since they are known to harbor and breed bacteria that can cause infections should a client have a small cut or tear in the skin. We use portable copper basins/bowls, with a non-porous surface & a disposable liner that is completely disinfected & logged after every use. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/21/pedicure-hygiene-nail-salon_n_1610265.html
All of our metal implements are washed, set in a marvicide solution for at least 10 minutes, sterilized in a medical grade autoclave, packaged and sealed after every single use. All other implements are given to the client to take home or are discarded and are strictly one time use.
Another popular product we avoid here, is the use of paraffin wax. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the State of California, under its Toxic Enforcement Act, have identified at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is the final byproduct in the petroleum refining chain and is basically the “bottom-of-the-barrel”, even after asphalt is extracted. We just don’t consider paraffin wax to be healthy for use on our clients. Instead, we have a warm organic mineral clay mask that will leave your skin soft, detoxed, and safe! http://www.soyspabath.com/paraffindips.htm
For our Muslim clients, we carry a special nail enamel: Inglot 02M. This polish is breathable and research results proved water permeates through this polish to the nail plate, validating its wear while performing wuḍū. This article states scholars concluded permissibility of breathable nail polish: http://mustafaumar.com/2012/11/is-breathable-nail-polish-sufficient-for-wu%E1%B8%8Du/