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Is Your Nail Polish Toxic?

Conventional brands include toxic ingredients in their polishes. Next time you paint your nails, do ...

I spend a lot of my time on the New York City transit system (read: subway) admiring women’s toes. That sounds incredibly creepy, I know, but the truth is that I love to see what my fellow ladies are doing with their tootsies.

As for my own toe art, I stick to non-toxic polishes. Most conventional nail polishes contain toxic ingredients like toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde. My polish of choice is made by Priti, a company started by a fashion-conscious pregnant woman looking for safe and natural beauty products.

I’ve tried dozens of natural polishes, and Priti is the only brand to produce nail color that keeps up with conventional alternatives. The color range is vast -- from Love Patt (bright pastel green) to Cherry Ripe (exactly as it sounds) -- and more importantly, this stuff sticks. Many natural polishes have a high chip factor, but Priti is the real deal.

As for removal, check out Priti’s remover. It’s made from soy and corn as well as coconut and lemongrass oils, with a lovely citrus scent. Never again will you fill your bathroom with a cloud of stinky acetone.

I love Priti so much that I BMOP (bring my own polish) to my pedicures now.

What are your favorite nail polish brands?

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