Non-toxic nail polish has been on my backburner list of things to learn more about for a long time now. I don’t use a lot of nail polish, but from March to October, I try to keep my feet sandal-ready. For me, that means once a year I buy a bottle of nail polish from Whole Foods and hope I’m not coating my toes with cancer-causing chemicals.
You might be wondering what’s so bad about conventional nail polish? It’s hard to read the tiny print on those little bottles, but these are the main ingredients: formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.
These chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, and air pollutants. Definitely not substances I want on my body. And absolutely no way would I put them on my child.
So when the moms at Piggy Paint contacted us about reviewing their natural nail polish, I was thrilled to move this topic to the front burner and do some research on it.
What is Piggy Paint?
Piggy Paint is non-toxic, “natural as mud” nail polish. It came about, like so many other great inventions, as a result of a mom overcoming a challenge.
Founder Melanie Hurley was inspired to create Piggy Paint when polishing her two young daughters’ nails. Melanie said she would cringe at the thought of her daughters putting their hands in their mouths after she painted their nails with traditional kid polishes. “Not only did the ingestion of the chemicals worry me, but the smell nearly left me light-headed after painting two sets of fingernails and toenails.”
“One day while we were painting nails over a foam plate, my daughter dropped a glob of her solvent-based polish onto the plate. Shortly after, the paint began to bubble and “ate” through the plate.”
With that, she decided to test all of her other “kid” polishes on the foam. Within minutes, ALL of the solvent-based polishes began to bubble and eventually left big holes in the plate.
That day, she decided nothing flammable and toxic enough to eat through foam was going anywhere near her children’s fingernails, and ultimately in their mouths.
What makes Piggy Paint “green” or eco-friendly?
Piggy Paint is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone. This kid-friendly line of polishes are water-based and specially formulated from natural ingredients.
Piggy Paint calls their product “Natural as Mud” because every ingredient in the polish is biodegradable with no traces or residues left behind, thus it would make an excellent addition to your mulch pile. The acrylic resins are present in the polish in the form of latexes-emulsions in water-very similar in form and function to milk. The term “resin” is quite generic and refers to any polymer which can form a film as it dries. In this sense, proteins, celluloses, sugars, and DNA, to name a few “natural” polymers, are resins and none of these are any less harmful than the resins we use in our polish.
Melanie says, “As you may have guessed, our polish is NOT flammable and sits beautifully on the unaffected foam.”
They’re also cruelty-free and made with no animal by-products.
Another great green fact about Piggy Paint is that it’s made in the USA. I pay very close attention to shipping, and I’m happy to share that shipping was also green. We received our two samples in the minimum amount of packaging necessary.
How much does it cost?
A standard size bottle (0.5 fl. oz./15 ml) is $8.99, and you can get gift sets of three polishes in a reusable mesh bag for $24.99. They’ve given Green Gifts Guide readers a special code for 10% off at www.PiggyPaint.com. Just use this code: greengifts10
Why is Piggy Paint a great green gift?
Ever had the birthday gift dilemma of choosing between a wooden toy and the latest plastic cartoon character toy that every kid wants? Not an issue with this gift. Most of the little girls I know love to play dress up, and you’ll be a hit with Mom too, knowing there are no toxins to worry about.
Piggy Paint also makes a great addition to a girls’ spa birthday party. Even if you’re at a salon, you can ask to use your own polish.