Post # 1
So I went to CVS last night to pick up some false eyelashes and glue after reading up on them online. I figured I would test them out and see if I wanted to wear them for our e-pics on Sunday. I started reading the back of the glue tube about how to apply them, and the last ingredient caught my eye – FORMALDEHYDE! Are you kidding me!? Yes, the same stuff used in embalming fluid and disinfectants that is a known carcinogen.
So I was searching online, and most eyelash glues contain formaldehyde or formalin (formaldehyde solution in water). And I was about to put this on my EYES! Now, I am in no way some green anti-chemical cosmetics person, and I actually argue with Future Mother-In-Law a lot about her weird organic face products, but there is no way in hell I was about to put formaldehyde anywhere near my eyes. I work in a lab, and formaldehyde is definitely something you do not want to be in contact with! I guess I will never be venturing into false eyelashes, because it appears that very few glue brands don’t contain it.
Were you bees aware of this? Have you used formaldehyde containing glue and been fine or had any adverse effects? Are there any safe alternatives? Just wondering!
Post # 3
As a performer, I’ve used false eyelashes on many occasions, for many years, and have never had a problem…
Post # 4
So basically I am probably overreacting? Haha I think it’s the fact that I work in a lab and read the MSDS safety sheets on stuff like this.. I’m guessing it’s a small amount, but still I am a bit concerned.
Post # 5
Wow, crazy, I never noticed that! For what it’s worth, I have used false eyelashes several times, and never had any kind of reaction or irritation to my eyes or eyelids – and my skin tends to be pretty reactive. I can’t think what kind of glue I generally use, but it’s the regular stuff sold alongside the strips of eyelashes – “Duo” or whatever it’s called.
I don’t wear falsies regularly, just for special occasions when I want some more oomph. And you only need to use a tiny amount of glue per strip. Like I use a toothpick to line the strip with glue, otherwise it’s too much. So the amount of formaldehyde in that already small amount of glue is probably minuscule.
Post # 6
Most cosmetics are loaded with toxic chemicals. You’re probably fine as long as you only use the lash adhesive for your wedding and not every day. FYI, formaldehyde is one of the main ingredients in most nail polishes too :-/
Post # 7
@seven12: I was going to say the same thing! It’s definitely in nail polish.
You are overreacting. I’m a chemistry PhD student, and yes formaldehyde is highly toxic, but generally inhalation or ingestion are the problem exposure types. And generally chronic exposure (i.e. people who worked with it in a factory for years and years) are the only ones with long term effects. Acute exposure is generally reversible, and usually just results in itchiness like an allergic reaction. Plus the concentration of formaldehyde in the glue is probably really low.
So calm down, and as long as you don’t wear fake lashes every day, you’ll be fine!
Post # 7
I had this same discovery today and I’m terrified! And I’m discovering most eyelash glues have it- so what am I supposed to do, try Emer’s glue?
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2015 - On the Beach in Negril, Jamaica
I’ve used lashes that I purchase from a beauty supply almost daily for YEARS, even since high school. Never had any problems and/or irritations.
Post # 9
Nicoley1985: Youre not overreacting. Just concerned.