The truth of the matter is that, up to this modern time, there really isn’t such thing as a 100 percent organic nail polish. No one has actually found organic ingredients that can do well as the synthetic components found in the traditional nail polishes, although we can certainly find nail polishes that could offer safer alternatives.
The biggest concerns regarding harsh chemicals found in nail polish come from what is referred to as the big three, namely phthalates, toluene and formaldehyde. Phthalates are one of the most primary concerns of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group for its possible contribution on cancer development and birth defects, among other problems. Toluene on the other hand is considered as toxic while formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
Individuals who are working in nail salons, due to the increased exposure, infants and kids as well as pregnant women are perceived to be at the greatest risk. The debate continues with regards to the safety of these components in our personal beauty care products and at what levels if any can these ingredients are used safely. While using traditional nail polishes to achieve beautiful nails isn’t believe to be really dangerous to your health, some women prefer to try and minimize the potential toxic chemicals they use in their makeup.
The majority of organic nail polish formulated these days can be found on formulas that are based in water where the bulk of the components are waters, then plastic of some sort along with natural colorings.
I haven’t personally seen the extremely wide range of colors you typically see in all collections like OPI, and finding an organic crackle polish I think is not possible at least today [i.e. if you are a fan of OPI Shatter Crackle Polish you're out of luck].
Peacekeeper is one brand of nail polishes that are Formaldehyde, Toulene, and Animal Testing-Free. They also indicate that all profits support womens issues…to be fair, I have not tried them, so I can’t compare them to other more mainstream polishes. You can learn more about them including how to purchase if you click here.
Not everyone has heard of Deborah Lippmann polishes…a famous manicurist to celebrities, she has started her own high end line of polishes [$15+ per bottle] that are sold at high end retailers such as Neiman Marcus. They are Formaldehyde free, DBP free, and Toluene free. This “Across the Universe” color has received rave reviews for durability, ease of application, and the incredible sparkle effect that compliments the rich color so well. You can check out this particular polish as well as other beautiful nail polishes at Drugstore.com by clicking here.
Water-based organic nail polish formulas are somehow different than those nail polishes that are based in solvent. No addition of solvents limits the type of coloring and hardness chemicals that can be used in polish, and drying time is affected as well.
Suncoat is a long lasting organic nail polish that is water-based. This brand has actually won a number of different awards for excellence in a natural product. All of the solvents that are typically found in traditional nail polish have been all substituted by water. This safe, organic nail polish brand also offers a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.
Honeybee Gardens, which also offers a water based safer nail polish, has some good information regarding their products as well as application tips in order to make your nail polish work the best. If you are not happy about their products, the manufacturer also offers a 10 day money back guarantee. Natural nail polishes that are based mostly on water sound safer to many, including those individuals who are sensitive to harsh polish chemicals such as many moms and even kids.
When used correctly, traditional nail polishes aren’t considered a major health hazard – however, for those wanted a safer alternative and possibly one that is kinder to the environment, both water based as well as formaldehyde free polishes from companies such as Zoya and OPI are good alternatives. Both companies as well as others offer polish lines that are also free of DBP and toluene. OPI’s Designer Series of Polish, for example, offers 12 vibrant colors and is free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde – proving that even the major brands of nail polish manufacturers are recognizing there is a market for beautiful nails without some of the harsh chemicals.
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