The JACAVA 9 Toxic-Free Nail Polish Philosophy

Why we are a nail polish brand that promotes a healthier alternative

more natural nail polish

A Nail Polish Brand With a Difference

Our nail polish brand, free of 9 toxic ingredients is made in the UK. JACAVA London nail varnish does not contain the following 9 potentially harmful ingredients:-

  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Formaldehyde Resin/Tosylamide
  • No Camphor
  • No DBP
  • No Phthalates
  • No Toluene
  • No Parabens
  • No Xylene
  • No Ethyl Tosylamide
  • No Lead
  • No Animal Ingredients
  • We're Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly
Cruelty Free and More Natural Nail Varnish

Our 9-free, more natural nail polish contains no animal ingredients and we never test on animals.

Chemicals We Do Not Include and Why

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies Formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen. Formaldehyde is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, developmental toxicity as well as known to cause nasal cancer.

Nails are the outer layers of the epidermis – ‘the skin’. Camphor is swiftly absorbed into the skin, crosses the placenta and has been implicated in foetal death and neonatal death (death of newborn children within the first 28 days of life). Other adverse reactions from skin absorption and ingestion can include hallucinations, convulsions and can even lead to coma.

Designated as hazardous waste by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Adverse reactions include: from inhalation, can cause drowsiness, headaches and dizziness; in high doses and exposure, can impair memory, vision and hearing; Toluene is known to cause asthma in previously healthy people; is toxic to reproduction; chromosome aberrations (changing the structure of your DNA, which can lead to Down's Syndrome) have been reported in the lymphocytes of workers exposed to toluene.

All Parabens can cause skin sensitization and contact allergies. Certain parabens have been detected intact in the breast tissue of women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Foetal exposure to oestrogenic chemicals and teratogens such as Phthalates in the womb, have been linked to fertility problems, child deformities, and cancer.

DBP (Di-Butyl Pthalate):
Foetal exposure to oestrogenic chemicals, such as Dibutyl phthalate in the womb, has been linked to fertility problems and cancer.

Formaldehyde Resin/Tosylamide:
Known to cause contact dermatitis.

Xylene is a central nervous system depressant. Can cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, memory problems, gastro-intestinal discomfort and potentially kidney and liver effects. The International Agency For Research on Cancer Scientific Publication Series considers Xylene a possible carcinogen.

Ethyl Tosylamide:
This chemical has been banned in the EU from personal care products, because of its antibiotic properties and concerns over its antibiotic resistance.

Has been labelled as a potential human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Is considered to be a known carcinogen and reproductive toxicant by the State of California Environmental Protection Agency (Proposition 65 List of Carcinogens). Can cause skin and eye irritation and blood and central nervous system effects. It is toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption. Presents a possible risk of impaired fertility and harm to unborn children. Banned from cosmetic products in Canada and the EU, due to its carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity.

9-Free Ingredients

JACAVA London is a 9-free nail varnish brand. We do not include chemicals that are known to cause serious health problems. The chemicals we do not include in our formulations include the big 3-free and 5-free nail varnish chemicals, such as Formaldehyde, Camphor, DBP, Toluene. Being 9-FREE, however, the JACAVA London brand also do not incorporate Formaldehyde Resin, any Phthalates, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Lead or Animal Ingredients.

Quintessentially British

Being British is one of the best aspects about JACAVA London and we're proud of our heritage. All our nail polish is made in the UK - we just wouldn't have it any other way.

Cruelty Free

Our ethical nail polish brand is cruelty-free. Our more natural nail varnishes are never tested on animals. We love our furry friends and are supporters of campaigns that help to end animal cruelty.

Vegan- and Vegetarian-Friendly Nail Polish

As an ethical and healthier nail polish brand, we work hard to make sure none of our products use animal ingredients. We support campaigns encouraging the adoption of cruelty-free cosmetics.