Avoid the ‘Toxic Trio’ with Natural Nail Polish

by Abra Pappa for Nutritious America

Do you love perfectly manicured fingers and toes? Are you hip to the newest trends innail color? Are you a “tried-shellac-and-won’t-go-back” kind of girl? I too take pleasurein a little digit pampering and feel girly and put together when my toes are painted toperfection. Unfortunately, in my quest to live a natural green life I can’t seem to ignorethe toxic fumes when I walk into the nail salon, or question what it is exactly that I amcoloring my fingers and toes with.

One thing is sure, we live in a toxic world. It seems everywhere you turn there is anew chemical to avoid and a new toxin to watch out for. Our beauty regime is notspared. What we put on our bodies is just as important as we put in our bodies. Patchmedications have proven that what we put on our skin enters into our bloodstream. Because of this, we do need to be more conscious of the lotions, potions, and polishesthat are part of our beautifying regime.

Yes, even polishes are suspect. As it turns out, our nails are quite porous and our bodies absorb what is put on them. Additionally, there is bloodflow right under the nail beds which means a direct pathway for chemicals to travelinto our bloodstream. The chemicals found in the majority of nail polish are quite toxic, containing what’s referred to as the “toxic trio” – Toluene,Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), andFormaldehyde. Thistrio of chemicals is known to be extremelydangerous to the human body.

Does this mean you have to forgo your weekly mani/pedi pampering session? No way,thanks to a growing market of natural polishes we can stay beautiful and toxin-free!

Here are my top three natural nail polish brands and the colors that I think rock!

Honeybee Gardens Non PeelOff Polish – A water-based polish free from harmful chemicals and nasty fumes.Honeybee polish comes in an array of fun colors. My color pick is “Hippy Chick” – agorgeous matte lavender. The best feature of honeybee polish is the no-fuss removal. You don’t have to reach for the toxic (yet again) nail polish remover; instead you can use rubbingalcohol or even vodka to get this stuff off. Honeybee also makes a wonderful polishremover full of essential oils for nail and cuticle health.

KarmaOrganic – Free of the toxic trio, Karma Organic nail polish is safe for pregnantwomen, children, and cancer patients. Their polish is chip-resistant and durable. I ammadly and deeply in love with color “Femme Fatale,” a rich, seductive, green-blue thatwill have all your friends green with envy.

Scotch Naturals – Awater-based formula that is eco-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, free of the toxic trio, andhigh salon quality. I am seriously crushing over the “To Hell with Swords and Garter”seductive scarlet creme color.

Next time you go for a mani-pedi with the girls, bring along your own toxic free shadesand bask in the glow of glorious green living.

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Jo S.
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Brandi.

Tara W.
Tara W3 years ago

I will look for these brands, thanks.

Julie Botsch
Julie Botsch4 years ago

Thank You! ...also try PEACEKEEPER: CAUSE-METICS! The products are completely organic. Plus, ALL proceeds go towards women's charities, women's health advocacy, and/or urgent human rights issues.


Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

Never use nail polish, but good to know. Sharing

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Susan A.
Susan A5 years ago

My Nurse Practitioner told me years ago that nail polish was toxic, and I stopped ever having them done; so thanks for the info on non toxic choices!!

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Nice ad.

Heidi H.
Past Member 5 years ago

I hope to find these brands. Thank you.

Janine Kaczynski
janine Kaczynski5 years ago

I'm looking for that one cause I don't want anybody to look at my toes in yoga class and say, "OMB! Look at that girls gnarley toes (although I shouldn't be thinking such thoughts)."