After a long and stressful term, I finally have time for myself! As I was writing my last exam I found myself thinking about feet… and all the warmer days I’ll be sporting open-toed somethings. My feet however, are as stressed as I’ve been for the last eight months and I DESERVE a pedicure paired with minty-fresh polish.
But what to use? At a salon that doesn’t offer a selection of locally made/all natural nail polish (whaaaaaaaat)? I always bring along my favorite shade of Pure Anada polish! Get what you want! Be that person with the three shades of nail polish in their bag to always be prepared for spontaneous trips to the spa (I certainly am).
If you’ve never used anything other than drugstore nailpolish you may be feeling apprehensive. I’ll talk about the differences I’ve noted having used both Pure Anada nailpolish and also, drug-store polish. Although solvent-based nailpolish does not last as long as traditional “long wear” products, avoiding all the nasty preservatives is certainly a bonus! If solvent-based still has you freaked out, Pure Anada also offers a water-based polish marketed towards kids, but suitable for adults!
Your average drug-store nailpolishes are generally produced using an array of synthetic/harmful chemicals, mainly to lengthen shelf-life, but also, to ensure shine and long-wear. Pure Anada has managed to produce a polish that is free from the five most toxic ingredients used in traditional polishes. Although different in makeup, it feels and looks almost exactly like typical drug-store stuff!
So what are these ingredients and why should we avoid them?
- Dibutyl Phthalate
This ingredient is most commonly used as a plasticizer. When its used in polishes, it’ll help prevent chips and allow for a smooth plastic-like finish and shine. Dibutyl Phthalate is recognized as a carcinogen that also, impacts reproductive and developmental systems in the body. It scores a 10 on Skin Deep’s toxicity scale (the highest score possible) and scores high again on environmental toxicity.
Yuck!!! When I found out formaldehyde is commonly used in traditional nail polishes I was honestly and truly shocked. Maybe you’re familiar with this chemical as key in preserving dead bodies? It’s powerful, and oh so toxic. Like Dibutyl Phthalate, this also scores a 10 on Skin Deep’s toxicity scale and is a known carcinogen. In polish, formaldehyde is used to harden nails and becomes air born when polish is drying.
Surprise surprise… another 10! Toluene allows for uniformity in polish color. It’s known for sticking around in our blood stream and also, in our water and soil systems. When inhaled, irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs can occur. Toluene is especially concerning for pregnant folks as it may cause developmental damage to the fetus.
- Formaldehyde Resin
Formaldehyde Resin isn’t technically as toxic as plain old formaldehyde, however, it is bioaccumulative, which generally means it sticks around in our organs and immediate environments. It is also a known allergen. Like Formaldehyde, it’s used to preserve polish so that it’ll live longer than you.
Camphor is added into polishes to ensure a plastic-like finish. It’s most commonly used in topical cold and flu treatments and works to stimulate nerve-endings to relieve discomfort and irritation. Camphor scores a 3 on Skin Deep’s toxicity scale, but is most harmful when ingested (don’t bite!!).
Ok so yuck right? We all know that poisonous smell typical nail polishes give off can’t be great, but it’s honestly shocking to discover all the crap that goes into something so potentially pretty. Worry not! You don’t have to go bare for the rest of your life! Pure Anada offers over 25 colors of made-in-Manitoba polish! It’s surprisingly similar to traditional-polish, but it is free from the five most toxic ingredients typically found in it!
So heres the thing, due to the lack of plasticizers, Pure Anada polish will chip more frequently than traditional-polish. However, you just need to do a little extra work to make it long-wear and durable! Add a base coat, two coats of color (if you find its necessary) and finish off with a top coat! It’ll be looking just as fresh as any drug-store polish.
Now I’m not one to advocate for particular colors during particular seasons, but ‘lilac’ (duh), ‘sea mist’, ‘blue mania’, and ‘melon mania are my favorite shades to sport when the sun stays out longer!
Article written by Dallas Gillingham