Some Lesser Known Nail Polish

Although the "dog days" of Summer are yet to come, the cosmetic world has already started looking toward Fall. Among the new releases will be the Fall collections from our usual nail polish brands: OPI, China Glaze, Orly, Zoya and our favorite drugstore brands. But, there are so many more nail polish brands out there that aren't household name. Some of these are smaller companies and some fill niche markets for those interested in natural/organic products. Either way, a lot of them have a lot cool colors from which to choose, are available online and are worth a look-see.

Priti NYC was launched in 2005 by a former model who was concerned about exposure to toxic substances during her pregnancy. At that time, 3-Free polishes weren't as readily available as they are today, so she set out to design her own. Today, Priti Polish offers over 100 colors of nail polishes that are formulated without toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde. Priti has also developed a non-toxic Soy Polish Remover that is soy and corn based, 100% biodegradable, and without acetone and petroleum products.

If you have poked your head around the beauty section of a health food store, chances are you have run into one of the next two product lines. Peackeeper is a line of lip and nail products that donate all proceeds to women's health and human rights organizations. Besides being free of toluene, formaldehyde, acetone, phthalates and parabens, all but one of their polishes are completely vegan. No Miss is another possibility for those looking for awesome nail colors without unsavory chemicals.

This last one is really fun: Nailtini. Nail divas have been playing home chemist to fashion their own unique polish colors for years (lovingly referred to as Frankenpolish). But Nailtini has taken up the idea to offer a line of nail polishes designed to be layered on the nail for unique looks. While each polish can be used alone, they can be combined with a lighter or darker mixer base colors or add sparkle, shimmer or iridescence to any polish with topper top coats.

All of these sites have Store Locators to figure out where you can pick these up if that happens to sound interesting. Peacekeeper and No Miss products can also be purchased on amazon.com.

 

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