Hidden Chemicals: DBP – Dibutyl Phthalate

Are Colourful Nails Worth The Risk?

DBP (dibutyl phthalate) is mainly used in nail products as a dye solvent, and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polish from becoming brittle.


  • nail polish


DBP, phthalate, dibutyl phthalate


Developmental and Reproductive Defects:  Studies suggest that DBP can cause changes in testes and prostate, reduced sperm count (1).

Endocrine Disruptor: The European Union classifies DBP as a possible endocrine disruptor as evidence suggest that it interferes with hormone function (2).

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  1. BHA
  2. Coal Tar Dyes
  3. DEA
  4. Dibutyl Phthalate
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Parabens
  7. Parfum
  8. PEG Compounds
  9. Petrolatum
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  12. Triclosan


  1. Barlow NJ, McIntyre BS, Foster PM. “Male reproductive tract lesions at 6, 12, and 18 months of age following in utero exposure to di(n-butyl) phthalate.” Toxicol Pathol.32, 1 (Jan-Feb 2004):79-90.
  2. European Commission. Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 , Annex VI, Table 3.2. Sep 2009. http://ecb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/classification-labelling/