NON-TOXIC NAIL POLISH for your wedding day

Ughh…I really hate to break this one to you all…really, it hurts…but I gotta do it…

Conventional nail polish is often packed with chemicals and super toxic ingredients, especially for kids and pregnant women, so I wanted to share some safer alternatives to make your wedding day a bit more high vibe and health conscious.

First off...the bad stuff.  Nail polish often contains Toulene, a chemical found in gasoline, which is known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness. The CDC warns it can cause central nervous system problems. Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen used to preserve dead things (yuck), is found in many nail polishes.

And finally, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a chemical banned in Europe and known to cause reproductive problems, particularly in boys, shows up frequently. It’s classified at the highest danger level by the Environmental Working Group because it can cause organ problems and endocrine disruption.  WTF?!

And unfortunately, with that soup of chemicals sitting on our nail beds, they are absorbing into our bodies.

So, here are a few non-toxic nail polish options that have been recommended. I personally haven’t tried them all, so I would LOVE to know what you all think!

  1. Acquarella is ranked 1/10 on the EWG database (10 being very dangerous).  It’s a bit spendy, but it stays on nails without a strong chemical smell.  They also have a great non-toxic nail polish remover.

  2. Honeybee Gardens is another that has tons of colors.  Free of many dangerous chemicals and given a low rating on the EWG website, it can be removed using vodka!

  3. A great option for kids is a brand called Piggy Paint.  Doesn’t stay on nails too long, so probably not a great idea for the wedding day, but the kiddos will love it.

  4. Ella + Mila are currently developing the Love Collection, “an array of dreamy colors that promises to spread pretty polishes to all those in love.”  Never tested on animals and 7-free, meaning they avoid the harshest chemicals.

To remove all these Karma Organic makes a great non toxic nail polish remover.

Give these a try and let me know your feedback!  And if you have any suggestions or products that you’ve found, please comment below!

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WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE PROFESSIONAL WEDDING BEAUTY TEAM??  I get this question a lot. People want to use their personal hair stylist for their wedding...or their cousin who’s SUPER good at makeup.  I totally get it. You have those personal connections and brings even more intimacy to your wedding day. But promise me, you will hire and use stylists and artists that experienced in the world of weddings on your wedding day.  And planners, encourage your clients to hire professionals and help them understand why.

Here are just a few reasons….

  1. TIMING:  Wedding schedules move fast AF.  When you have yourself, 6 bridesmaids, and 2 moms...That is 9 people needing hair and makeup.  Stylists/Artists versed in weddings are quick. They can bang out a full makeup application or a full updo in just 30 minutes.  While your personal hairdresser might be AMAZING, they may not have the experience to spend 1 hour on you, and 30 minutes on other services.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t’s just not what they do every day. If you are dead set on using your own hair stylist, consider using him or her just for you, and another stylist(s) for everyone else.

  2. QUALITY:  Artists and stylists that trained in weddings know how to make it last.  Wedding make up artists know how to apply make up in a way that will A. last all day and B. look good in flash photography.  Wedding hair stylists know some sort of crazy magic to work quickly while also ensuring that every bobby pin will not move 1 mm.  It’s true! Every time I’ve had my hair and makeup done by one of the beauty teams I work with, I come home at midnight and look EXACTLY the same way I did when they finished...minus the lipstick I was too lazy to reapply.

  3. LESS STRESS:  Because wedding beauty teams and produce high quality in a short time, which in turn keeps you on schedule, there will be less stress the morning of the wedding.  Think about and makeup is the very first segment of time of your wedding. Do you want to lag behind and feel stressed? It will set a tone for the entire wedding day (even just subconsciously), and you don’t want to feel like you are in a rush the rest of the day.