WARNING! This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
That’s what you’ll find written sideways on a bottle of this ridiculously awesome top coat called Seche Vite.
I discovered this top coat about 3 years ago and giiiiirrrl, let me tell you, I thought I’d just found the 7th wonder of the world. Why? Because I painted my nails just before falling asleep one night and I absolutely expected to find smudged sheet prints when I woke up the next morning, but that wasn’t the case. I typically use a base coat, 2 coats of color and a top coat — 4 coats of polish. As quickly as I fell asleep, my nails had dried, leaving an unbelievable gloss and a professional finish!
Then Doomsday came when nail blogger, Refined & Polished, pointed out the warning on the bottle that I never noticed before. A little digging and I found out why California requires the labeling of this and many other products. Seche Vite contains the ingredient Toluene.
Is Toluene safe for use in nail products?
The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) requires the Governor of California to maintain a list of chemicals “known to the state” to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Toluene is among the ingredients identified by the state of California under Proposition 65 for identification in labeling. The state has established a No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for Toluene when used in nail products. These NSRLs are sometimes referred to as Proposition 65 “Safe Harbors”. A study and assessment of the risk posed by the use of Toluene in nail products has been conducted under the auspices of state attorney general’s office and they have determined that its use in nail care products is below the NSRL for consumers [CosmeticsInfo.org]
After reading that, wouldn’t you wonder why so may of the nail care brands are going out of their way to promote that their nail polishes are 3 Free, meaning they don’t contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde?
I think I Seche Vite would be a great emergency top coat to use when you are pressed for time, hence using sparingly, but I will continue to search for other equally awesome top coats which contain safer ingredients.