Getting Your Manicure and Staying Non-Toxic Too

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Going to the salon for a mani/pedi is one of the ways I like to relax and unwind. But worrying about toxins in the nail polish that is used can really be a buzzkill. A while back, chemicals in nail polish, specifically dibutyl phthalate (DBP), were linked to birth defects in future baby boys. Finally, the big nail polish companies have caught up and created a distinction called “3-Free.” That means that the polishes are free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde. These chemicals have all been linked to ailments from headaches and dizziness to more serious conditions like cancer and reproductive issues.

Here’s a great article from All Lacquered Up that breaks it all down. Basically, DBP is a plasticizer that’s used to prevent chips and cracks, toluene is a solvent that makes nail polish easy to apply and formaldehyde makes the finish tough and resistant, but is usually not found in polishes so it’s less of a concern.

The author of the All Lacquered Up article says she’s not sure these chemicals are bad for you, but I say why take the chance?

Popular salon brands like CND, Essie and OPI have 3-free bottles. All the Essie polishes with a blue label are 3-free, as are green-labeled OPI bottles.

If you want to chose a polish made with even fewer chemicals, try brands like butter LONDON, Aquarella or Honeybee Gardens. There are even some brands for kids like Piggy Paint, so you and your little ones can look polished without the fumes, toxins or worry.

Easy Way to Get Free Natural Skin Care

Nelson's Pure & Clear Anti-acne Line

I was very excited when Nelson’s asked me to be a part of the Pure & Clear Challenge. Over the past year it seems I’ve constantly had a breakout on my chin or cheek. I’ve tried the products in the past and have been impressed. They use natural plant extracts to break the cycle of blemishes and are free from artificial colorings, fragrances and chemical skin irritants like parabens, PEG’s, silicone and others.

The challenge is simple: submit a “before picture” that shows your problem skin and the first 150 people to respond will get 4 full size products from the line for free! Then after using the products for a month, send an “after” picture. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive Nelson’s goodies and be entered to win an iPod.

Click here to find out all the details and when you’re ready to get your products, email your name, address & photo to

So for the month of August I’ll be using the products and I’ll report back in September with hopefully good results! I’ll post my before and after pictures at that time too.