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The Eco-Friendly Nail Polish Rundown

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June 12, 2012

Not long ago the world of nail polish was ruled by highly-infused chemically-based formulas.  If you wanted a no-chip lacquer you were going to have to deal with the “toxic trio” containing formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and toluene.  Today it is a whole different story.  You no longer have to suffer with weak formulas that create easily chipped nails, limited colors and dull, boring pigments.  A bevy of brands are on the market today that produce high-quality nail lacquers that also nail the trends.

Scotch Naturals proves that you don’t have to sacrifice wild, fashionable colors just because you want to be nice to Mother Earth.  Need a beautiful aqua shade (Check out ‘Loch Ness Mystery’) for your tips?  Scotch Naturals water-based formula has it.  Containing only natural colorants, water and acrylic polymers this company has produced a 100% biodegradable nail polish that is also vegan and cruelty-free.  Did I mention that it is gluten-free too?  It sure is!

ButterLONDON, a brit-based company, has a “three free” policy meaning that all their lacquers are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and parabens. This company knows how to rock the names and rich colors.  Names like Snog, Waity Kaity (named for HRH Kate Middleton) and Trout Pout are real pretty polish pleasers.  Each season with ButterLONDON is stunning and keeps you coming back for more.  Their ‘Yummy Mummy’ is always a best-seller and is the perfect shade of greige.

Zoya is one of the best toxin-free nail polish out there for the simple fact that it can be found almost anywhere.  Most nail salons carry the Zoya brand as do beauty supply stores. At $7 a bottle you can’t beat it.  Zoya polishes are 100% Vegan and come in so many shades it can make you dizzy.  You will not get bored by this constantly evolving array of colors and DIY looks the website creates.

Priti nail polish, the greenest of them all, has an entire Priti Princess line for little girls ($10 a bottle).  All of Priti’s ingredients are derived from organically grown sources, company promotional and marketing items are printed on 100% recyclable paper and the polish bottles are all recyclable too.  Boasting over 100 shades of gorgeous lacquers that shine, Priti remains true to their moniker.

It is now easier than ever to go green with beauty products even nail polish.  Many of these companies also produce nail polish removers so you can be green in full effect.

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