When we began the development of the Adesse New York brand; we had a long list of do's and don'ts and our research and development team was tasked with creating formulas that treat nails like skin and provide a simple routine to give you the best nails of your life.

Using our proprietary Skin Care for Nails™ system; we combine high performance, plant based, skin care ingredients with world class R&D and Green Tech Zero Cross Contamination manufacturing technology to ensure that all of our formulas deliver results in a socially conscious way.

Adesse is the Original 12 Free Nail Brand and our products don't contain any of the following twelve most harmful and toxic ingredients:

Formaldehyde: A commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans).  Its vapors are also irritating and can trigger asthma.  Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer.  

Formaldehyde Resin: A derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives.  It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.

Toluene: A liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner.  You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in or getting it on your skin, causing skin irritation.  Unfortunately, inhaling high levels of toluene is said to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause light-headedness and nausea. Toluene is a toxin that may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): A commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer.  DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals.  In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.

Camphor: A poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses.  This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.

Triclosan: Is a widely used antimicrobial chemical that is a known endocrine disruptor; especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that Triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.

Sulfates: Are found in more than 90% of personal care and cleaning products. They are widely known to be skin, lung and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.

Petrochemicals: Are derived from fossil fuels and petroleum. The inclusion in personal care products is a way for brands to create a product at a very low cost. What it actually does though is create an unnatural layer of grease over the nails and skin, preventing them from breathing properly. As a result, bacteria and other environmental impurities are trapped in the nails, exacerbating conditions such as nail fungus.

Parabens: Are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the nails and skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

GMO’s: Genetically Modified Organisms are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. Research shows health risks including increases in chronic illnesses, allergies and immune system resistance.

Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP):  A chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility and as a flame retardant. A handful of animal studies and in vitro studies have suggested that it could be an endocrine disrupter which affects your hormones – in particular, it could potentially affect reproductive health and lipid metabolism.

Xylene: Is used as a solvent in the printing, rubber, paint and leather industries. It is found in small amounts in airplane fuel, gasoline and cigarette smoke. It is a commonly used solvent used to thin nail polish or to ensure that nail polish or paint doesn't get clumpy. Xylene has been proven to be a common allergen whose vapors can cause eye & skin irritation, headaches, dizziness and nausea.

And, because we love all living beings, our products are Vegan (no animal derived ingredients) and Cruelty Free (Certified by both PETA and Leaping Bunny).