I looked down at my toes in the shower and shook my head, I hadn't painted my nails in at least a month and they were starting to chip and look messy. To be honest, the one thing I absolutely love is a fun splash of colour on my toenails. They look, well...happy! I have never been able to have manicures last more than two days. The polish is always wearing off in less time then it takes to apply it. Pedicures on the other hand have allowed me some much needed girl pampering time.
It's truly amazing what one thinks about while in the shower. So now I'm on to cleaning the tub at the same time I'm having a shower and I think to myself, I need more hours in a day. What can I cut back on? Eureka! Painting my toenails. Then I wouldn't obsess about the need to polish them or not. I could go au natural and see how long it would take for anyone to notice that my nails weren't slathered in cute colour choices.......
Fast forward, 8 months later. Nary a friend nor my husband, my mom or my kids had noticed that I didn't have painted toenails. Not one comment, not one "Oh my gosh! How hideous! Nothing. How could no one notice? I noticed!
In those many months, I truly began to question the whole nail polish thing. It's a 768 million dollar business. That's a MASSIVE amount of nail polish that people are buying. Economists actually look at the sales of nail polish to see the strength of consumer confidence during times of recession. A $5 pick me up.
So being the rebel that I am I thought perhaps I should research what the ingredients are in a modern polish. I think there was a sub-conscience reason I never did the research. I didn't really WANT to know it was harming the environment. I DIDN'T want to know that it's toxic to those that make it.
Needless to say the primary ingredient in nail polish is nitrocellulose (cellulose nitrate), a flammable and explosive ingredient also used in making dynamite. Manufacturers then add synthetic resins and plasticizers with butyl stearate being the most commonly used. Good news is that many companies have removed formaldehyde from their formulations, most but not all.Then acetone is needed to remove the polish. I was unaware as to how acetone was made either. This was not looking good for any pretty polished toes in my near future whether I had the time for it or not.
So for the sake of having glammed up toenails in my lifetime as well as feeling that I could do something better for the environment, the search for natural nail polish and natural polish remover was on!
I've been wearing Suncoat waterbased nail polish in Pink Dahlia made in Canada that you can buy through well.ca! It's a bit pricey however I only bought one colour. I did this on purpose. Less stress when I can't make up my mind for which colour I want. So far so good! Now, at least when I do have the time to paint my toenails I don't feel guilty. One positive consumer choice at a time is all it takes.