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Toxic Nail Polish

Toxic Nail Polish

Is there any substitute for nail polish? I really like to have my nails done, but the fumes bother me.

The fumes from the solvents in nail polish can be overwhelming, and they are not good for you. Unfortunately, there are no environmentally safe nail polishes or nail polish removers on the market. Almost all contain toluene (toxic) and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). There are some toluene-and formaldehyde-free varieties, but there are none without petroleum solvents of some sort. Petroleum solvents are long lasting in the environment, and they are stored in body fat and passed on in breast milk. Nails can be beautiful without polish. I once had my nails “done” in a natural way at a salon for a television show where my hands would be very visible. Iíve outlined, below, how it was done.

The Natural Manicure
Steps 1-4
File, wash and soak nails, soften cuticles, clean and shape cuticles

File in one direction only, and always do this when your nails are dry. Wash your hands and soak in warm water or a fruit acid solution such as buttermilk or organic apple cider vinegar, before applying a cold-pressed fruit or nut oil into the cuticle area near the half-moon at the base of the nail. Use the blunt end of an orangewood manicure stick to gently push the cuticles back from the nails.

Step 5
Sand and buff nails

Dry your hands completely. Sand and polish the top of each nail with a fine pumice-stone sand stick to remove any ridges. Do the same thing with a fine-grit block. Once the ridges are removed, smooth the top of the nail with a smoothing file and a buffing chamois. You\’d be amazed at how shiny your nails will look following these steps, almost as if you were wearing a clear polish. You can choose a more natural, less-shiny matte finish if preferred, by not using the finest grade buffing files.

Steps 6

Massage your hands with a moisturizing cream or lotion.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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11:39PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

thanks for sharing

3:12AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thank you

10:58AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

nice tips

5:30PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

thank you!

1:28PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

The same article - twice.

9:13AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011


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1:00AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

12:59AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

ice machines.Pretty neat huh? You can view their products online at www.nailaidworks.

5:56PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Pretty neat huh?if you can't eat it (use it on the inside) don't put it on the outside.

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