Nail polish (or nail varnish) is a liquid that is applied to fingernails and toenails. But who invented nail polish? This post will answer that question, and also look at some interesting facts about nail polish.
Who Invented Nail Polish?
Nail polish was invented by the Chinese in about 3000 B.C. It was made from a mixture of Arabic gum, egg whites, gelatin and beeswax. It is unknown who the first person was to invent nail polish, but it was used by the ancient Chinese and ancient Egyptians. Chinese royalty often used gold and silver nail polish.
Facts About Nail Polish
- Nail polish is very popular with women, although it is gaining popularity with men. The company Hard Candy released a nail polish line, Candy Man, aimed specifically at men.
- Acetonitrile, a highly toxic substance, was once used as a component of nail polish remover. After the accidental poisoning of several young children, it was banned in the European Economic Area.
- In the 19th century, many cookbooks contained ‘recipes’ for making nail polish.
- Ultraviolet stabilizers are used in nail polish so that it doesn’t change color when exposed to light!
- Nail polish can help make nails stronger, preventing them from breaking, cracking or splitting.