Toxic Nails (part deux)

October 11, 2007 at 2:57 pm 2 comments

As you may recall from one of my recent posts, I’ve been exploring the notion of nail polish as a tool of the devil. In an effort to keep my nails looking pretty without contributing to the ultimate doom of the planet, I ordered a bottle of nail polish from a company called Mad River Science, the producers of Go Natural Nail Polish.  

 The result:


Not bad, eh? This color is called “Anemone”, because it vaguely resembles the color of a squishy, immobile sea dweller. I’ve been wearing the polish for about 12 hours now, and it hasn’t yet chipped. It went on smoothly (like any normal nail polish), and didn’t smell nearly as strong as normal nail polish.

The site claims that this nail polish is “formaldehyde, toluene and acetone free”, which sounds good to me, but it fails to tell us what chemicals are in it. The bottle itself also lacks a label and gives no indication of what we’re dealing with here. This makes me question how “non-toxic” the product actually is. Plus, the polish must be removed with nail polish remover (perhaps the most aptly named product ever). Mad River Science makes a remover to go with their nail polish, also non-toxic and odorless, but who knows what’s actually in it.

The moral of the story: using natural nail polish and remover is probably not good for the environment, but we can at least assume that it’s not as bad for the environment than normal nail products. I recommend using this product (because it works), and I especially think it would be a good option if you’re a parent and your kids like painting their nails, as the inoffensive odor and less-toxic ingredients are less likely to poison them.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. terra  |  October 12, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Here are some “natural” nail polish removers. One is even made from soy and corn! Pristine Planet review.
    I haven’t worn nail polish for years, but I saw someone with red, white and blue nails for the 4th, and I want to do that next year! thanks for the suggestions.

  • 2. gwen  |  October 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for that, Terra. It’s good to know that there are more companies making this sort of stuff.

    Also, I need to make a correction. I noticed that they do, indeed, have the ingredients of the polish and the remover posted on the site. Check it:

    Nail polish ingredients:
    Contains: water, water-miscible acrylic and polyurethane film formers and thickeners, glycol ethers. May contain mica, D&C red lake, ultramarine blue and chromium, iron and titanium oxide pigments.

    Odorless Nail Polish Remover
    Ingredients: Methyl alcohol, butyl diglycol, aloe vera extract, Vitamin E, embittering agent, D&C green #6.

    Also, it’s worth noting that you CAN’T take off this nail polish with normal nail polish remover – it just doesn’t work, so if you plan on ordering some, definately get the remover as well.


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