Non Toxic Nails for the New Year
When we started ditching animal products, processed and artificial 'food' and turned to a whole food plant based diet we noticed that there were other areas of our lives that we suddenly began paying more attention to. Like ingredients in home cleaning products, washing detergents and beauty products. We began to realise in particular how much the smell of nail polish affected us, the fumes gave us awful headaches every time we painted our nails. Which made us think, surely this is a warning sign that there must be high levels of toxic chemicals in them?! After some research online we were horrified to discover that they contained many ingredients that can be damaging to our health. Now we love sprucing up our nails with a pop of colour, but surely its not worth exposing ourselves to ingredients that could potentially harm us? Your skin is the largest organ in your body and everything we apply to our skin, including our nails is absorbed. We now like to think of beauty products like food, the cleaner the better. Unfortunately the conventional beauty industry fails to expose the harsh ingredients that they use, so we'd like to point out a few for you today. We are all about spreading love in the Eat Sleep Organic community, but we also want you to be informed, empowered and able to make the best choices for your body. So here are the biggest culprits:
Formaldehyde: most people have heard of this toxic chemical and we're not sure about you but we couldn't believe that this is an ingredient in conventional nail polishes! Its a highly toxic poison that has been known to disrupt hormones and is a known carcinogen (can cause cancer).
Toluene: According to a report cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to this chemical has resulted in extreme fatigue, mental confusion, exhilaration, nausea, headache and dizziness and even central nervous system problems.
Dibutyl Phthalate: a member of the phthalate family of chemicals has been linked to reproductive problems.
And these are just a few of the toxic ingredients found in your conventional polish! But have no fear Eat Sleep Organic goddesses we've got you covered! After those starling facts we're not going to let you go naked on your nails. We have rounded up our favourite nail varnish brands to give you the low down on what's our there for the green beauty queen, just in time for the New Year celebrations! We have been using these brands over the past couple of years and carry them in our make up cases (this is not a sponsored post). We are no beauty experts but just a couple of girls who love painting their nails! These brands have formulated their polishes without the use of the harsh chemicals mentioned above and are of course all vegan!
We praise Pacifica for being a completely vegan cosmetic company. Their 7 free nail varnishes are formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals. We're head over heels for the colour Cinnamon Girl in the photo above, apart from being instantly taken by the name we think the vibrant red colour is a staple in any girls make-up case! The nail brush is a custom vegan brush and goes on smoothly and lasts about a week with two coats, longer if you apply a top coat!
This is our favourite brand of nail polish! Priti NYC describe themselves as the pioneers of luxury eco friendly nail polish and we'd have to agree! There are over a 100 shades to choose from, the polish goes on smoothly and last longer than our other nail polishes. They are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor, xylene, parabens, and TPHP. We love that the founder began to think more consciously during her pregnancy about what she was putting in and on her body, from the food she was eating to beauty products that she was using on her body. This inspired her to open the very first organic spa in New York and later found Priti NYC. Their nail varnishes are used all over the world during fashion week!
Nat is wearing Devil's Backbone* in the above photo. We like to to apply a few coats (2-3) to fully get the full effect of the colour but it's totally worth it. The deep forest colour has a slight shimmery sparkle that is perfect for New Years Eve!
Benecos is a natural beauty company based in Germany. Although the range of colours that they have is small, Taupe Temptation* is one of our favourites, a lovely winter colour perfect to wear to the office or for a sophisticated weekend look. The brand is a 8-free formula (formaldehydes, toluene, colophony, camphor, phthalates, parabens, silicones and halo-organic compounds). This nail varnish is one of cheaper priced polishes available in the UK.
Mineral Fusion's polishes are free from toluene, camphor, DBP, formaldehyde and cruelty! The Radiant Amber is our favourite to wear in Autumn especially around Halloween as the orange reminds us of pumpkins. The red (Crimson Clay)* is another classic colour that we love to wear, and worn by Ceri in the photograph below.
We would also recommend investing in a bottom and top coat which prolongs the colour and life of your polish. We use a top and bottom coat from Mineral Fusion, they are both fast drying and really help lock in the colour and help prevent chips. Our favourite polish remover is Priti NYC soy based remover. Its the most pleasant smelling remover we've ever tried, it contains lemongrass essential oils and leaves out acetone and other carcinogens! There is absolutely no chemical smell and it removes polish very easily and leaves them feeling nourished.
We understand that some of these polishes and products may seem a little expensive, but we think its totally worth investing in something that does not harm our health as opposed to something cheap and toxic.
If you feel inclined to still wanting to visit a nail salon and get your nails professionally done, why not take along your own non toxic nail varnish and asking your nail technician to use it… you could even ask them to carry the nail varnish for those people wanting to try a more natural brand! Let us know if you have enjoyed reading this post and whether you'd like us to feature similar posts reviewing different brands and cosmetics!
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