if you haven’t gotten the memo, typical commercial nail polish is NOT safe to use. so this post is coming from a very sad nail polish junkie that very recently started to kick her nail polish habit (coughcough, ME).
this is gonna be a quick post, but still has all the good info in it 🙂
why is nail polish toxic?
nail polish contains toxic chemicals that affect the body, such as:
- dibutyl phthalate
- FD & C colors
these chemicals have been linked to-
- birth defects
- irritation of the eyes, throat and lungs (i always cringe at the smell)
- nervous system damage
knowing this, where do you even start?
types of nail polish you want to look for:
- water-based nail polishes (wear off easily & quickly)
- 3-free (free of the first 3 chemicals listed above)
- 4-free (free of the first 4 chemicals listed above)
“safer” nail polish is PRICEY (well, except for pure ice). hopefully that’ll change as the organic and chemical conscious movement gains more ground
- piggy paint ($9)
- honeybee gardens ($10)
- pure ice (at walmart for $2. otherwise online here for $1-$3)
- acquarella (here for the store. other link is colors) ($16)
- knocked up nails ($10)
- zoya ($8)
- karma organic ($10)
- anise (at DSW for $6 and BOGO 1/2 off) *they’re “6-free”
- safe nail polish (10.95)
- butter london ($15)
- OPI ($9 in my local store. i’m sure it’s different in various stores. SOME still contain formaldehyde. check!)
- check your local organic store! mine carries a couple lines of polishes from $7-$12
a word about “#-free” nail polishes…
a study completed by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control tested 25 randomly selected nail polishes and thinners. and ya know what? they found (despite advertisements) some nail polishes STILL contained some of the harmful chemicals listed above. so do your research!!
now what do you do when you wanna remove it/switch up colors?
i haven’t found a nail polish remover i’m okay with. but i guess chemicals are indeed needed to remove hardened paint on nails…sigh. here are some that are a little better than others.
- piggy paint ($9)
- acquarella ($6)
- safe nail polish ($5.85)
- cutex, non-acetone (lots of stores for $1ish-$2ish)
and since i’m not a fan of typical nail polish remover, here’s
DIY NAIL POLISH REMOVER-
– mix equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice (i saw one recipe that added 1/2 part rubbing alcohol. please don’t do that.)
– soak nails in warm water for 10-15 minutes beforehand (shower?)
– dip cotton ball into mix and hold on each nail for 10-15 seconds before wiping
– hold/wipe on each nail
*the vinegar/lemon juice didn’t work as fantastically on me as it has for other people i guess. but everyone’s different and i very well could’ve done something wrong 😉
version 2- jank & scary
– spray one nail with either body spray/perfume/hair spray
– use a q-tip to remove the polish (now you see why i don’t use this crap…blegh!)
– repeat with all your nails
i think that about does it! this post isn’t about nail health and all that. that’s a whole other story 🙂
any “safer” nail polishes out there you love? let’s add to the list!