Dr. Bill Quick asks “Phthalates?”
My black lab /great dane named Wally answers, “No way! My mom’s too hip for that stuff!”
A few years ago, Europe banned phthalates, formaldehyde and parabens to reduce the level of carcinogens in everyday beauty products. The U.S. has been slow to adopt the same policies, but the evidence continues to grow in favor of following the EU guidelines. Products, like nail polish, can be made just as durable without the use of harmful chemicals, and my toes are a testament; this is week three since my pedicure and not a chip in site.
To those who love great color, great manicures and pedicures, here’s good news to help you relax, and enjoy that toe job!
The salon I go to uses OPI. OPI does a good job of staying at the top of their customer service! They have been working to reduce the chemical compounds of their polishes over the years. The website states: "Since 2002, OPI has reformulates it’s entire line of nail Lacquers, Nail treatments and Nail hardeners to eliminate DBP (dibutyl phthalate and Toluene. Formaldehyde has never been an ingredient in OPI Nail lacquers or Nail treatments…” (read the rest under About OPI and click OPI Cares). They have fantastic colors and the lacquer really lasts!
Here are some other options:
- Suncoat for the super natural women (or man). This polish is water based and available on Amazon.
- Acquarella water color. They have some cool shades; black for those who love the dark side. Polishes are water based and non-toxic. You can buy it from their website or from Amazon.
- No Miss nail polish has some glittery shades and also glow in the dark shades! These nail polishes are available at Whole Foods and Amazon.
"Beautiful things may be admired, if not loved."
-L. Frank Baum, The Tin Woodman of Oz
We all have inner beauty, how do you express yours for everyone to see?