What's In It Wednesday: Bah Humbug to Crayola

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Crayola-- we all know the yellow box full of crayons.  My favorite was always the 64 pack with built in sharpener. My boys have Crayola products on their art desk down in the playroom and all of the markers, colored pencils, etc. are Crayola. It's a brand synonymous with childhood.




Did you know that Crayola is now in the nail polish market for kids? The collection of 8 chemical-laden colors looks like a box of crayons. How catchy.

Since they are marketing to kids, they're surely formulating healthy products, right?

Nope.

Here is what is in Crayola Mini Nail Polish:




Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Nitrocellulose, Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Camphor, Benzophenone-1. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), R


My key concerns are Benzophenone -1, which has been shown to be a hormone disruptor, having effects on both angrogrens and estrogen. (related reading)


Benzophenones have also been linked to Endometriosis.  A study conducted by the CDC found that women who had Benzophenone-1 in their urine had a 65% higher chance of getting this painful disorder. Benzophenones are easily absorbed into the body and this link to mimicking hormones is just another reason to keep this polish off your children!


I also am extremely disappointed in Crayola for using Camphor in this product. This ingredient is become less and less popular in nail polish formulating because of the health risks. It is a highly irritating ingredients and can cause symptoms ranging from itchy and irritated eyes to vomiting and breathing issues.


The C & G Bottom Line:


For $12, you can buy a cute little package from Crayola which resembles your child's favorite crayons. Avoid this.  Crayola should be pretty disappointed in themselves for making something that could harm the very families who've been using their products for generations.


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