Polishing off (Day 102)…

nail polish

A while back, a reader asked me if I knew of any eco-friendly nail polish, perhaps a natural brand that used water-based paint and came in a recyclable jar or something. Unfortunately, I don’t. And while I’m more than happy to keep my eyes peeled for one, my nails won’t be peeling at all because there won’t be anything on them — yup, I’m going polish-free for the rest of this challenge.

The point of this is not just to consume less product but to inhale fewer toxic fumes and avoid using what I’d inevitably need a few weeks after applying it: nail polish remover.

Now, I know it’s almost summer, which for some people is nothing without ice cream trucks, sun hats and bright red nail polish. But I won’t forget about my extremities altogether. I’ll still be clipping and filing them, and I’m not about to forgo manis and pedis, either — it just means I need to ask for the natural buff finish instead.

And you know I’m all about the natural, buff thing.

Crazy photo art nicked from this dude

10 Responses to Polishing off (Day 102)…

  1. Lori V. says:

    This begs the question, though, how will you avoid the megadose of fumes while you’re in the salon? I think that strength of fumes more than makes up for the individual ones you’ll avoid doing your own nails.

    Anyway, a quick Google led me to these environmentally friendly nail polishes:

    (They even have black, an omission my 16-y.o. has lamented about the polish at Whole Foods.)

    (They have sugar-based mascara, too!)

    Maybe one of these companies can put the color back in your toes! 🙂

  2. Anji says:

    French Manicure Kit by Honeybee Gardens
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    For those who want an alternative to solvent-based nail enamel, we’ve got the solution for you! Our unique water-based polish is totally odor-free! No more nasty fumes. But perhaps best of all, there’s also no need for toxic smelly nail polish remover – this product removes with rubbing alcohol, or vodka/grain alcohol! Thanks to our new patented technology, there’s nothing else like it on the market!
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    Start with clean dry bare nails. Apply a tip guide across the curve of the nail to create a line seperating the white tip of the nail from the rest of the nail. It’s best to line up the center of the strip with the center of the nail, and press down from both sides making sure the strip is pressed down firmly all the way to the corners.
    Apply two coats of Manicure White to nail tips, allowing polish to dry between coats.
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    To remove polish: simply use rubbing alcohol (found at your local grocery store or pharmacy). You can also use maintream nail polish remover or Everclear grain alcohol (ethanol) for removal.
    Kit Includes 6 Items:
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    Hey Vanessa,

    I saw that you were looking for an alternative nail polish. I just found this the other day. I have not used it, but it sounds promising. You can get it at http://www.purebodysolutions.com.

  3. just ducky says:

    Peacekeeper is a brand of nail polish that is sold at my local food co-op. The Peacekeeper organization makes nail polish, lipstick and lip gloss and donates the profits to worthy causes like preventing violence against women and children. Check it out sometime:


  4. Have you found any places in TO that do the 35.00 mani/pedi with natural polish?

  5. There’s also Acquarella : http://www.acquarellapolish.com/

    Also, you can bring your own nail polish and remove to your salon and get them to use your stuff instead of theirs.

  6. Dianna says:

    Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the
    images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

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