You may be surprised to learn this natural girl keeps her toenails prettily polished in fun magentas and reds. It’s a monthly ritual for my mother and I to steal an hour together at the nail salon while enjoying the decadent pleasure of a pedicure.
That’s why I was pleased to learn that OPI Products, the worlds’ largest nail polish manufacturer, responded to pressure brought on by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics by removing dibutyl phthalate and toluene from its nail polishes in 2006. These are petroleum byproducts (i.e., waste from refining) that are cancer-causing endocrine disruptors.
So when big companies whine that they couldn’t possibly find safer ingredients and still offer an effective product, we should remember the example of OPI and the millions of bottles of nail polish no longer emitting toxic fumes to sicken salon workers or leaching toxins through the nails of polish wearers.
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i frequent hair salons because i always want to keep my hair in top shape *`-
Hair extensions are made from a range of human and synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers include Kanekalon and Toyokalon*,;
I haven’t used it yet, but the nail polish remover I just bought is called Suncoat Natural and is made to remove both water-based (like Honeybee Gardens) and solvent-based nail polish. It’s the nail polish remover that was recommended on the same website where I bought my nail polish, http://www.bewellstaywell.com. I get most of my makeup there–lipstick, lip balm, mascara, and foundation. I really like being able to use more natural makeup and beauty products. My brother was actually the one who first got me thinking about the ingredients in my makeup years ago when he remarked that women must eat a lot of lipstick. I read the label on my tube of lipstick and realized those were not ingredients I wanted to be ingesting!
Thanks for the safe nail polish recommendation, Rachel! Was there a good nail polish remover you found, too?
I found a water-based (instead of solvent-based) nail polish made by a company called Honeybee Gardens. The nail polish is solvent free, phthalate free, toluene free, formaldehyde free, and rosin free. It’s also gluten-free and vegan. I just got a bottle in a color called Whisper, which is a barely there translucent pink, but it comes in sixteen shades from clear to pink to red to purple and even one the color of a shiny new copper penny. I painted my nails with it yesterday, and one thing I noticed is that it doesn’t have that strong chemical smell other nail polishes have.
Is anything safe? Sigh…