Who doesn’t love a perfect manicure or pedicure? I do! In the past I was a regular at salons, and while the salon experience was enjoyable, the negative health implications were many. So, during my transition to safe cosmetics, I focused more on DIY manicures and pedicures, beginning with a cleaning spree. I literally trashed a mound of nail polishes that were laden with toxic ingredients. Since making these changes, I rely on safer methods for achieving nails that look classic and polished(pun intended). :)
Thanks to the generosity of Shop Conscious Beauty I had the opportunity to try some other amazing products that make for a lovely toxin-free manicure or pedicure. If you are new to this company, Shop Conscious Beauty is an online destination for carefully curated personal care products that promote health-conscious living.
All of the products below are great for use at home or the salon, especially if you are unsure of whether or not your nail technician uses non-toxic products. If you are going to a salon advise your nail technician to avoid the use of alcohol, cuticle creams or lotions. You can bring all of your products with you. Never be afraid to advocate for your health!
Now, let’s get right into my DIY manicure…
RefreshMINT Organic Body Scrub
Readers, you all know that I’m a big fan of products by Organic Bath Co. So, I was excited to receive their RefreshMINT Organic Body Scrub. This scrub is the perfect start to a total manicure detox. Some of you may be accustomed to scrubs with micro beads. Rest assured that you will not find any of those harmful plastic bits here. This scrub uses certified organic Fair Trade sugar to exfoliate those dead skin cells away while peppermint essential oil leaves your skin feeling completely refreshed. For my nail prep I buffed, shaped and massaged my cuticles with jojoba oil before washing my hands and exfoliating with RefreshMINT. My hands were left smooth, soft to the touch and ready for the next phase of my manicure.
Scotch Naturals Detox Pack
The second part of my DIY manicure was all about the Scotch Naturals Detox Pack. As a green beauty lover I was aware of Scotch Naturals, however this pack was my first introduction to the brand. Scotch Naturals is a water-based non-toxic nail polish. The polish colors aren’t only aesthetically pleasing but they nourish the nail. The folks at Scotch take health seriously and these polishes are beyond “3-free” or even “5-free”. These beautiful colors are created without the use of: phthalates, parabens, solvents (ethyl acetate and butyl acetate), nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals. Quite clean, right?
Given that this was my first experience with a water-based formula I wanted to follow the steps provided on the informational card included in the detox packet. As you can see this detox pack comes with a Fortifying Base Coat, color polish and Deluxe Top Coat. I also have some other color polishes and the Scotch Natural’s soy-based polish remover as well.
I applied one coat of the Fortifying Base Coat and noticed that it does leave a sticky foundation on your nails which makes applying the nail color so easy. After the base I polished my nails with two coats of the color, ‘Kiltlifter’ which is a gorgeous classic red. It adhered to my nails with no fuss and went on in a few strokes. Lastly, I followed with one coat of the Deluxe Top Coat to complete the look.
What are my thoughts on this Scotch Naturals Detox Packet? I absolutely love that this polish doesn’t give offer that offensive “nail polish scent”. My cocker spaniel appreciates that as well (Harley avoids me when I’m polishing my nails). I also appreciate how easy this polish applies and how true the color is to the hue that appears in the bottle. As for the finish….well, I think the shine in the picture speaks for itself. I will definitely continue to use polishes from this line.
Whether you prefer to DIY or take your polishes to the salon, consider trying these natural alternatives. For more information about how to get your hands on these products be sure to head on over to Shop Conscious Beauty. You will be able to pick up the RefreshMINT Organic Body Scrub and the Scotch Naturals Detox Pack as a part of their special “No More Dirty Looks” promotion. This promotion starts August 15th and you don’t want to miss out.
If you have any experiences with these products or other safe manicure alternatives please comment below.
*Disclosure: The products above were provided by Shop Conscious Beauty for my consideration. I did not receive any compensation for this review. As always, all thoughts and comments represent my honest opinion. The RefreshMINT picture is courtesy of http://www.organicbath.co.