Sunday, April 26, 2009

Avoiding the Bad Nail Polishes

I was catching up on some blog reading and ran across an Earth Day posting by All Laquered Up. This is some interesting reading in which she sorts polishes by lack of baddie ingredients. With pictures! Check it out:

All Laquered Up Earth Day Polish Post

(Image from ALU Blog)

I found the brand listings interesting because slowly over the years, companies have been pulling the big 3 offenders out of their ingredients. Formaldehyde, Toulene, and DBP. Cancer in a bottle. But, that list has been expanding to include Formaldehyde Resin (the reason I don't use OPI), and Camphor. You can draw more bees with honey than Formaldehyde. Whether trying to keep up with the industry competition or listening to their customers, I am pleased that so many companies are cleaning up their acts.

With so many safe, quality polishes available, there is no excuse to continue taking chances with your current polish. I don't care if you have been using the same brand since you were a teenager, it's time to check out safer options.

Zoya is running a polish trade-in promotion right now. Send in any brand of polish (not Zoya) and you can pick from their entire collection for $3 a bottle shipped. Regular price is $6 not including shipping. I sent out a dozen almost full bottles of my old polish and it cost around $6.50 to ship them. Check it out!

Currently, I use 3 nail polish brands. I may expand that thanks to ALU's blog post. I will check out the posted version of NYC polish the next time I am in the store. Cheap always makes me happy.

Zoya - straight up nail polish. Huge selection of colors, intensities, etc.
Spell Cosmetics - mineral nail polish. Unique colors. Smells like polish, shake well.
Honeybee Gardens - water based mineral polish. No smell. Limited, standard color set. Regular and peel off varieties. Does not last as long as regular polish. Shake well.


  1. This post might enlighten as I was worried about those OPI nail polishes too !

  2. I'm really happy. I thought that I would have to swear off nail polishes altogether ! Good to know there are some good non-toxic ones out there.

  3. Use a cotton swab to rub the cuticles and petroleum jelly on the skin around your nails before removing the barrier between the polished skin.