My 3-year old LOVES to have her fingers and toes painted just like mom. The fingernail polish never seem to last long before chipping but her little piggies hold up for a while longer. Of course it’s much more fun to have pretty polish in the summer months when we can bare our toes outside. The frigid cold of a Minnesota winter doesn’t seem to phase her around the house but of course they’re covered in layer upon layer when we’re playing in the snow outside.
She has the cutest little piggies! Of course she chose the bright, bold pink (Hibiscus).
Some people call me crazy to try to paint her tiny nails but I think it’s such a fun mother/daughter treat for her. I have a pretty steady hand but here are some tips for a successful toddler mani/pedi.
- When they’re very young it works to set up in front of a movie that captures their attention.
- Use one coat if you want it to dry quickly (Assume quick chipping time. My daughter’s nails were nearly gone by the end of the day).
- Use two coats if you want longer wear time (see tip #4).
- Use dry drops or a hair dryer on the cool setting to help speed drying time.
- Use a correction pen to touch up nail edges (remove the tip and fill with your own non-toxic polish remover).
- Use a non-toxic polish and polish remover to keep chemicals away from little fingers and toes (especially those that are destined to go in their mouth).
I was intrigued to hear about a non-toxic nail polish and polish remover provided by Good Earth Beauty, a natural and organic beauty shop online. (If you’re interested in other organic cosmetics they have quite a selection online.)
I put the Priti NYC Natural Soy Nail Polish Remover to the test on my old, chipped OPI polish pedicure. A few months ago I tried another non-acetone brand name polish remover and it didn’t touch the OPI polish. I wound up digging out the acetone.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that this natural soy polish remover DID indeed work. It took a little work at first but once it started coming off it came off easily. I’d suggest rubbing a bit on each nail to let it soak while you work on the larger nail.
The best thing about this nail polish remover was the lack of odor. It actually smelled pleasant with a citrusy smell. It also didn’t leave my skin and nails feeling dried out or burned. It did the opposite and left them feeling hydrated! It does say to wash your skin and nails well to remove all of the oil prior to applying nail polish.
For a great review of other acetone-free polish removers check out the review at Pretty Painted Nails.
I especially liked how evenly it covered even in one coat. Here’s a side-by-side comparative. I applied only one coat on my daughter’s fingers/toes above and it covered very well unlike some brands that leave streaky color. I chose two coats for my toes because I like the deeper color. This has just the right amount of shimmer.
This Gabriel natural nail polish is also free of the “toxic trio” formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.
The lab tested the products for three chemicals — dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde — commonly called the ”toxic trio.” The chemicals have been of concern for their potential health risks, especially to nail salon workers. In recent years, some nail product makers have removed these chemicals from their products, then labeled them as non-toxic.
Good Earthy Beauty recently responded to the claims with this statement:
Good Earth Beauty only sells nail polish that is:
• Formaldehyde Free
• Toluene Free
• DBP Free
My 2 main brands are Priti and Gabriel Cosmetics. I will be speaking with company owners to see if any independent testing has been done on their polishes since they were not part of this study. I will also look to carry additional brands that pass the test. Just another reason to make conscious, informed choices!
Good Earth Beauty provides several natural cosmetic options including nail polish and nail polish remover.
Gabriel Natural Nail Polish
Free of: Formaldehyde,Toluene &DBP
Made by Gabriel Cosmetics
Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate , Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl , Disobutyrate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Silica, Benzophenone-1
May Contain: Aluminum Powder Bismuth Oxychloride Oxides Red 34 Red 6 Red 7 Yellow 5 Lake Iron Oxide Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide Mica Titanium Dioxide Violet 2
Priti Soy Polish Remover is 100% Biodegradable. It is non-toxic and not carcinogenic. It is derived from farm crops and does not contain any petroleum ingredients.
Now available in 4 scents: Lemongrass (this is the original), Lavender, Unscented, White Blossom
Made by Priti Natural Nail Care
Ingredients: Biodegradable Surfacent[coconut dea], Natural Soybean Esters, Biodegradable di Basic Esters, Antioxidant, Lemongrass Essential Oil
YOU COULD WIN
Good Earth Beauty has many products available online and they’re giving away Scrubz Moonlit Flower Sugar Body Scrub to one lucky reader!
Disclosure: I received a sample for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain 100% my own.