OPI In recent months, you have probably heard news stories questioning the safety of certain beauty products in terms of both consumer and salon use. Among the types of products discussed have been hair dye and shampoo, lipstick and mascara, antiperspirants and deodorants, perfume, and nail polish – major segments of the beauty industry.
We want to assure you that OPI is committed to the safety of our consumers and of Beauty Professionals, and emphasize that we have always taken the necessary steps to ensure that our products exceed safety standards. In light of these most recent concerns, however, and even though our products have always been safe, we have taken the unprecedented step of reformulating our Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners to remove some of the ingredients that have been the topic of recent discussion, while maintaining the high product quality standards we and you expect:
Since 2006, OPI has reformulated its entire line of Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners to eliminate DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and Toluene.
Formaldehyde has never been an ingredient in OPI Nail Lacquers.
Some OPI Nail Strengtheners / Hardeners do contain formaldehyde, while others are formulated without it to give consumers a choice. The levels of formaldehyde are more than four times lower than the safe levels established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In fact, according to a study conducted under the auspices of the California authorities, the levels of formaldehyde, even in nail salons, are no higher than those found in many common work places, such as offices, where no nail products whatsoever are present. OPI continues to search for effective alternates to formaldehyde.
Through improving our formulas, we continue in our tradition of supplying our customers with safe, effective, innovative products that promise beautiful results. In addition, as the world leader in professional nail care, OPI is proud to help lead the industry in transitioning to these newer, “greener” formulations.
Our progress in this area has resulted in praise from Women’s Voices for the Earth, one of the strongest, most vocal proponents for making these changes and a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Alexandra Gorman, Director of Science & Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth, supported OPI’s action: “OPI is doing the right thing with this decision.” She went on to say that, “This recent move is an example of the good faith efforts of manufacturers … this is good news for women everywhere.” According to Gorman, “It is a great first step along a path toward real change in the industry.
To read OPI's letter to Women's Voices for the Earth, click on OPI letter.
If you click on the link to the Beauty Report article from Oprah magazine, you’ll find much reassuring information about the safety of a range of beauty products, as well as facts to dispel many of the recent scary myths.
For an in-depth resource on safety information about cosmetic ingredients and the science behind personal care products, please click on www.cosmeticsinfo.org -- a new consumer web site from the Personal Care Products Council, the trade association representing the cosmetic, toiletry, and fragrance industry in the United States and globally.
For OPI’s official statement and policy on environment and sustainability, please click on Environment & Sustainability; for more information, click on the Green Ad link. You will get a good picture of OPI’s cares, concerns, and actions in keeping our world “green.”
And for an overall view of OPI as a company in terms of safety, quality control, commitment to excellence, and giving something back to the community, please go to Giving Back.
OPI has been dedicated to our consumers and to Beauty Professionals and their well-being since our inception in 1981. We continue that promise of caring and commitment to safety now and into the future – with every product we make, every nail we touch, every day.
OPI does not perform animal testing, nor does OPI contract to have it performed elsewhere. When “live” testing is necessary, it is performed on informed, consenting, paid human volunteers – not animals. This has always been our policy since our founding in 1981, and remains unchanged since our purchase by Coty in late 2010.
Most OPI products are free of animal ingredients, including our famous acrylic systems. The few exceptions recently or currently in production are as follows:
Avoplex High Intensity Hand Cream -- contains Hydrolyzed Keratin from a certified BSE free source, New Zealand wool.
OPI Gelcolor and Axxium Soak-Off Gels – some shades contain Carmine (INCI name: CI 75470), an insect-derived pigment. This material is also known as Cochineal.
Nail Lacquer -- Three (3) current shades -- Dulce de Leche, Kennebunk-port, and Tutti Fruitti Tonga -- contain Guanine (International name: CI 75170), which is derived from fish scales. These are legacy colors; there are are no plans to use guanine in future shades.
Over the last several years, our trend and the general cosmetic industry trend has been to move away from most animal ingredients (beeswax excepted).
Always check the label and call OPI if you are uncertain about a specific product.