November 30, 2011

Stand by your Brand...Meet the ladies who are Butter London!

butter LONDON was founded by She-Brit Sasha Muir.  On moving to the US she was shocked at the number of toxic ingredients in cosmetic products.  She saw the need for a new brand of hand and nail-care products that combined high fashion and health, and set about building what is today, a premier fashion brand.

To help her realize this vision Sasha sought out London's leading manicurist & nail trend spotter, Nonie Creme. Together they are butter London and oh how love them!

butter London products are "3 free"...what does this mean, you ask?
NO Carcinogens (nasty cancer causing chemicals)
NO Formaldehyde, NO Toluene, NO DBP, and NEVER have & never will!
read the fine print at the end of the post to learn how harmful these chemicals are

Oh and let us not forget butter LONDON is a Seattle based business!
How proud are we of our Emerald City Entrepreneurs!

Here's a peek at the latest and greatest as well as our top picks
for spreading holiday cheer!

new holiday colors!!
great gift set with new holiday colors!!

shimmer & glitter goodness!!

sophisticated glamour shimmers!!

rich, luxe and saucy goodness!!
stunning holiday palette of goodness!!

true holiday bliss--goodness!!!

ALERT: You may start throwing away cosmetics and nail products you own after reading this:

the fine print:
All three chemicals – DBP, toluene and formaldehyde – are on California's Prop. 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Studies have linked DBP to underdeveloped genitals and other reproductive system problems in newborn boys. DBP is banned from nail care and cosmetics products in the European Union but the FDA has taken no such action in the United States.
In addition, the U.S. National Toxicology Program says formaldehyde is "reasonably anticipated" to be a human carcinogen. The EPA, meanwhile, restricts toluene in drinking water because it can cause nervous system disorders and damage the liver and kidneys.
Women of childbearing age are especially vulnerable to even low levels of toxic exposure, due to the potential impacts on a developing child. Some Vietnamese nail salon workers report that they simply quit their jobs when they get pregnant to avoid health impacts from their chronic exposure to the toxic chemicals present in the products that they handle on a daily basis.

Why are humans so vulnerable to chemicals in cosmetic products?
The skin is extremely permeable.  Cosmetic ingredients most certainly are absorbed through the skin.  Some chemicals may penetrate the skin in significant amounts, especially when left on the skin for long periods of time(especially in nail products).  One study showed that 13% of the cosmetic preservative butylate hydroxytoluene (BHT) & 49% of the carcinogenic pesticide DDT(which is found in cosmetics containing lanolin) is absorbed through the skin.