These days some of the latest buzz words in beauty are ones like ‘green’, ‘eco’, ‘organic’ and ‘pure’, and while we are conscious of the ingredients we put ‘in’ our bodies we have yet to focus seriously of what we put ‘on’ our bodies. In an attempt to lessen the toxic burden on our bodies, there is a bit of a focus on areas such as our skin and hair care, but products like nail polish don’t always get the attention they deserve. The term ‘8-Free’ refers to the eight most common chemicals found in traditional nail polish – Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBT), Camphor, Parabens, Triphenol Phosphate (TPHP) and Sulfates – all of which are toxic and damaging to the nail. Today, with clean beauty brands on the rise, you can now find natural nail polish free of all these nasty chemicals to pretty your tips worry-free. We’ve rounded up some of the best to help you navigate natural nail care.
Free Factor: 8-Free
Developed by Podiatric Surgeon Dr. Cary Gannon, AILA is a US-based collection inspired by a desire to express yourself with beautiful nail colour without compromising function or nail health. Made with natural and organic ingredients and 8-Free, AILA products promote healthy nail growth. The ‘Prime’ strengthening base coat is a showstopper, infused with garlic and high levels of Zinc, Calcium and Selenium strengthen the nails while Allicin and Sulphur have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The collection includes 26 lacquer colours and everyday nail essentials and treatment products. Nail Lacquer in ‘House of Paine’, CAD$21.00, www.clementinefields.ca