It wasn't long ago that the world of nail care was black and white: Either you inhaled the toxic chemicals in the name of beauty (black) or you went au naturale, just the occasional clipping perhaps (white). But, now, we're in the gray! Products to perform manicures and pedicures at home in a more natural, healthy and safe manner are becoming more widely available. Follow these steps for expressive, cared-for nails that don't smell noxious.
- Nail Polish Remover Oprah took notice and so did Allure Magazine. It was no small feat for Karma Organic to concoct a nail polish remover that works just as good as the nasty conventional ones. But they did it! 100% Biodegradable and soy-based, non-toxic, sans petroleum by-products and packaged in 100% recyclable glass bottles, we love their mission and their lavender scented polish remover.
- DIY Aromatic Foot Scrub (great for hands too!) I made this for all of my family members over the holidays to keep their footsies supple through the colder months. It sloughs off dead skin while also providing moisture. Get our scrub recipe here.
- DIY Salve Saves Dry Feet (again, handy for the hands too) Feet and hands can get out of control if we aren't diligent about their care - in terms of drying out. Are you a chronic hand washer? Do you wear high heels more often than not? If you need some serious extra love, whip up a batch of our salve with this recipe.
- Nail Polish Karma Organic didn't stop at their polish remover; they also carry non-toxic, chemical-free (no toluene, formaldehyde or DBP) and cruelty-free nail polish. And guess what? From Not Your "Hum Drum" Plum to Never So Ever Green and Don't Teal My Heart Away, their color selection is anything but limited. They even have a glow-in-the-dark polish.
If do-it-yourself mani-pedis aren't your style, check out this list of salons that are dedicated to eco-friendly means of bestowing beauty upon your paws. But heed this tip: Watch out for greenwashing in your quest for naturally gorgeous nails.