If you are a woman or live with a woman, you surely are familiar with the smell of nail polish. When someone paints their nails, the entire room fills with that smell. Can an odor that strong be safe? No probably not. And how about your traditional nail polish remover - that smells even worse than the polish! Well, Melanie Hurley, founder of Piggy Paint, wasn't too thrilled with these smells either.
"I am a stay-at-home mom with two very fancy little girls, ages 2 and 4, who love to have their fingernails painted. I've always hated the thought of my kiddos putting their hands in their mouths after I 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."Piggy Paint was kind enough to send me a bottle of their natural nail polish and polish remover to test out. I received a bottle of the Girls Rule color which is a bright shimmery magenta. The first thing I did was use the Piggy Paint nail polish remover to take off the polish already on my toes (which was a different natural brand). As per the instructions you soak a cotton ball or cotton pad then hold it on your nail for 30 seconds to soak in, then rub off the polish. I've had people tell me they can't get natural nail polishes to come off. I will say that they do take a little more elbow grease, but by following these instructions it came off pretty easily. And hey, I burned a few extra calories for my hard work.
"Piggy Paint is specially formulated from God's natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it's free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone."
I always have nail polish on my toes because it makes my feet look a little nicer.
Piggy Paint recommends doing 2-3 thin coats and then allowing to air dry for 60 seconds. For maximum chip resistance, you can then blow dry your nails for a few minutes. The first thing I loved about both the polish and remover is they are virtually odor free. The only way you smell anything is if you put your nose right up to the open bottle and even then it is very faint. Now I put on only one coat of the Girls Rule nail polish because well, I'm lazy. But it was the perfect amount of color for me. Here are my scary feet all prettied up with Piggy Paint.
Now I don't have any daughters of my own (sigh) but we do have a lot of nieces so this is definitely something I would buy for them. It is safe and natural and even made in the U.S.A! I would definitely recommend these for the little girl in your life. Even Tori Spelling loves Piggy Paint! Check out pictures from her daughter's first birthday party.
You can purchase all Piggy Paint products directly on their website and receive FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders over $25. Plus you can save 15% off your order with an exclusive coupon code for Green Mama's Pad readers. Just use the code GREEN15L which expires on October 31, 2009.
One lucky reader will win a $15 gift certificate code to use at the Piggy Paint online store.
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Please note that the above review is based solely on my experiences with this product. You may have a different experience or result than I did.