As summer approaches, I continue to come across ads for natural, organic and vegan nail products. So, I decided to do a little research to determine if this was something I should spend the time and money to switch out at home.
Here are the pros:
- natural and organic options are carcinogen and petroleum free
- they often use natural oils like orange oil to nourish the nail bed and encourage healthy nail growth
- they are better for us and for the environment
- they come in a wide variety of colors and finishes
- several brands include the base coat and top coat to reduce time and expense
And the cons:
- the natural and organic options are pricey compared to traditional brands
- many have a longer dry time
- you have to bring your own to most salons
- you can’t try the colors because you generally have to buy them online
Because I don’t paint my nails frequently this hasn’t been a real priority for me. But after reading about the natural options I thought, “why not?” I’m not pregnant and my infrequent polish and remover use hasn’t ever bothered me, but if I can support companies that make products that are better for me and the environment, then again, “why not?”
Below is a list of several brands that offer nail polishes and removers that are formaldehyde, DBP and toluene free. Several are actually water-based, which is a drastic improvement from traditional nail polishes that are often a refined version of automobile paint.
If you’re pregnant, have young daughters or are sensitive to chemicals these are options worth checking out. They range in price from $6 – $18 per color and $6 – $20 for the removers. If you just want to invest in products that keep nasty chemicals out of your home and your body, again, these are options worth checking out. Obviously, I haven’t had the time or the budget to try every brand, but this list should get you started if you want to makeover your manicure kit.