Call me crazy, but I’ve never been one for makeup. In part, it just seems like too much hassle to spend that much time painting my face, but also because I never really learned how to apply it. That doesn’t mean I don’t like a little glamour here or there, though. For me, a little glamour means adding a flower to a flyy hairstyle or painting my toenails in a color that makes me feel good. The latter is my favorite way to make myself feel a little dressed up, but I had all but given up on it because I couldn’t find any non-toxic nail polish. For that matter, I knew even if I found non-toxic polish, I’d eventually have to take it off, and traditional nail-polish removers aren’t exactly environmentally friendly.
So when I stumbled upon Spirit Beauty Lounge, an online store dedicated to offering safer, greener cosmetics and personal care products, I found a renewed sense of hope that my search for a great, green nail polish was finally over. I’d seen recommendations for green polishes that are removed simply by peeling, but I didn’t want to go that route . I was afraid a peel-off polish would come off too easily. Spirit offers a great alternative: Priti non-toxic nail polish.
So what exactly makes Priti non-toxic? This is a “three-free” polish — meaning it is free of toluene, formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalates (DBPs) — three of the main chemicals that make traditional nail polish so toxic. This is not to say that Priti is made of all-natural, organic ingredients. After all, it does contain ingredients like butyl acetate and polyester resin as well as dyes to create the color. But as nail polishes go, it’s definitely a more sustainable alternative than most, particularly if, like me, you don’t use it often.
Spirit sent me the Priti polish in purple daylily to review, a deep purple that’s nearly black, and I was definitely impressed. It performed as well as all my old, toxin-filled polishes, no better, no less. But that was the point — to find a replacement for all the old brands I used to use. At that, it did an excellent job. Even, smooth coverage in one thick coats and it lasted for more than a week before I started to see any fading or chipping. The photo below was taken right after I applied the polish for the second time. And I can’t believe I just posted a photo of my feet 🙂
More impressive, however, was the Priti soy-based polish remover that Spirit Beauty Lounge also included for review. It was the winner of Lucky Magazine’s Best of Green Beauty title, so I was intrigued.
I admit, though, that I was little skeptical that a nail polish remover that contained only coconut surfactant, soy esters, lemongrass oil and antioxidant could really be effective. But lo and behold, it got the job done. It wasn’t as fast as traditional acetone and non-acetone removers. I had to do some extra rubbing and leave it on my nails a little longer, but that’s a small price to pay for a product that doesn’t strip my nails and dry them out and that doesn’t smell like the inside of a lab. In fact, the Priti remover smelled pretty great, with the lemongrass giving it a light, pleasant fragrance that stayed on my nails and fingertips for quite some time after use. I also spilled some of it in my leg, and because it has a slightly oily consistency (and so few ingredients), I didn’t hesitate to rub it into my skin. It acted more like a moisturizer than a nail polish remover, which makes it a win in my book.
Why It’s Green:
- Priti polish is three-free: Free of toluene, formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalates (DBPs) and contains no petroleum-based ingredients
- Priti nail polish remover is biodegradable and contains only coconut surfactant, soy esters, lemongrass oil and antioxidant
Want to Win?
Spirit Beauty Lounge has generously offered four lucky readers of Green & Gorgeous the chance to win a bottle of Priti polish in the winner’s choice of color. So how to you enter? Visit the Spirit Beauty Lounge site. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me something you liked or learned about the company that was NOT mentioned above. It could be your favorite pick from the products in their collection or a fact about the company. It’s that easy! You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 5, 2009.
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