Three reasons I know I’m a bona fide nail polish addict: 1. I bought a large decorative basket to house my nail polish collection. Then had to add another one for expansion purposes; 2. My best friend knows the birthday present with which to “surprise” me when she’s short on cash is a bottle of the newest shade I’ve been admiring; and 3. I don’t remember the last time my nails were unpainted/I find myself feeling “naked” when the coats of polish I’m wearing start the chipping process. Like almost anything as gorgeous as freshly painted, brightly colored nails, however, my passion for polish is not without a few not-so-beautiful side effects. Take, for example, my nails’ tendency to occasionally become dry and brittle, the layers peeling away and silently crying out to me, “Lay off the chemicals, please.” I found out recently, however, that not all nail polish is chalk-full of toxic chemicals, and better yet, that non-toxic nail polishes come in shades just as beautiful, vibrant and diverse as what you might find from OPI or Essie. Some of the non-toxic polishes I found (and plan on trying!):
- The story: D’amato launched Priti NYC in 2005 with the purpose of supporting organic farmers and decreasing the amount of chemicals poisoning the earth and its inhabitants. Long-wearing and safe for kids and adults, these polishes are also fine for use by mothers-to-be.
- What they have to offer: They are 100% biodegradable, vegan and never tested on animals.
- Chemicals they’re free of: Priti Polish doesn’t contain toluene, formaldehyde or DBP.
- The story: Originally a classical pianist in Russia, Zoya earned her cosmetology license in 1979, immigrated to the US and began her career in delivering quality, healthy, and all-natural ingredients to her clients through unique products.
- What they have to offer: Over 300 long-wearing colors and treatments that are vegan and cruelty-free.
- Chemicals they’re free of: Zoya doesn’t use formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor or dibutyl phalate.
- The story: “Smart, fun, and forward thinking,” Scotch Naturals is concerned with keeping its products healthy for both its customers and the world around us.
- What they have to offer: Safe and eco-friendly, these polishes are made up of a revolutionary water-based formula that delivers long-lasting color in an array of unique shades and are vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, fragrance-free and paraben-free.
- Chemicals they’re free of: Scotch Naturals steers clear of ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone and heavy metals.
And for when your nails, like mine, just want to breathe:
- The story: Karma Organic Spa became one of the first organic spas to open in New Jersey in October of 2007, offering an eco-friendly environment with organic products as a healthy alternative for beauty needs. These products are now commercially available in nationwide stores such as Whole Foods.
- What they have to offer: This product is a soy-based remover derived from farm crops and packaged in 100% recyclable glass bottles.
- Chemicals they’re free of: Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover does not employ petroleum ingredients and is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic (and actually smells good!)