After reading about how many chemicals commonly found in nail polish (formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl-pthalate (dbp), and camphor) I decided to look around for some alternatives. One brand I stumbled upon is No Miss. I’ll admit, their website is not the most exciting or high tech thing ever. But all of their nail polishes are free of the above mentioned chemicals, and they have a gorgeous range of over 150 colors.
As I was looking through their colors to decide which one I wanted to try, I started to notice that most of the polish names were familiar. Then I realized that every single polish is named after a Florida city! Turns out that the company is based out of Boca Raton, FL. I love how they include big cities and small towns (anyone ever been to the city that Palatka Poppy is named after?)
I finally decided on Manalapan Melon. I decided to get their Manicure in a Bag kit as well, so that I would have some base coat and top coat sans chemicals. I painted my toenails and my fingernails and the polish was fully dry after about 10 – 15 minutes (I waited longer, but I’m always paranoid about not letting my nail polish dry enough). The color goes on nice and opaque, and it seems to last pretty well. My fingernails started to chip after two days, but that happens no matter what nail polish I use, so it’s not unusual. My toenails have stayed nice for two weeks now, and they’re just barely starting to chip.
They also carry a nail polish remover that is acetone and ethyl acetate free. I bought some and tried it out and it works just fine on their polish as well as other brands. I wish they didn’t add the vanilla scent to it, but it still smells better than traditional polish remover.
So, if you’re looking for some great nail polish that doesn’t have nasty chemicals in it, give No Miss a try. I’ll definitely be going back for more.