Environmentally Friendly(ish) Nail Polish and Remover

Photograph by Tala Parker

Photograph by Tala Parker

In my last year at high school, I took an environmental science class. In the class, we did a project about the various harmful chemicals which are found in products like beauty items. I was horrified to find out that there are numerous incredibly toxic chemicals in nail polish and nail polish remover and that the chemicals are actually one of the main causes of ozone deterioration. Because of this, I was inspired to switch to something much less harmful.

I bought the Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover from Credo Beauty in San Fransisco. The nail polish remover is acetone free, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and is biodegradable. It’s packaged in plastic, but on the upside the packaging is recyclable. It works fairly well, considering that it doesn’t have the harsh chemicals normal nail polish removers have. However, you do have to scrub pretty hard if you use normal nail polish.

I also bought the Priti NYC Strong Nail Strengthener. I don’t often paint my nails colors but do like how clear polish makes my nails look healthier. The nail polish is free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and camphor (carcinogens) and is also vegan. It’s very fast drying.

I would recommend Priti NYC nail polish and nail polish remover!