June 8, 2011

Piggy Paint: Non-Toxic, Natural Nail Polish for Girls

The official start of summer is less than two weeks away... but I'm sure many little piggies have already been running around in sandals and flip-flops. After buying this season's flip-flops, Miss O asked me to paint her nails. Thank goodness all-natural polishes such as Piggy Paint are on the market to keep the endeavor free of harmful toxins.

Available in an array of vibrant hues as shown above, we were fans of two of the more subtle shades of Piggy Paint: Sweetpea and Glass Slippers, which are a pale pink and a clear sparkly polish respectively. Piggy Paints are free of the toxins found in most conventional polishes, including, formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. The natural ingredients in Piggy Paint are listed here.

The folks at Piggy Paint shared the following information and beauty regimen to achieve the best results for using their polishes:

Piggy Paint typically wears a couple days shy of solvent-based polishes when applied as directed.  Wear depends of on the type of nails, the activities the nails are involved in (polish obviously doesn't wear as well on children because they are so hard on their nails), and how the polish is applied.

For maximum chip resistance, we recommend the following application instructions: Wash hands with soap and water. Apply 2 -3 thin coats of Piggy Paint, Air dry 60 seconds. Blow dry polished nails for 1 minute with hair dryer set on warm heat/low blower setting. Since our polish is water-based, it takes longer to cure and the blow dryer speeds up this process. For safety purposes, please follow manufacturer’s instructions on blow dryer and always monitor your child. 

(Tip: Sing 2 rounds of ABC's while blow drying for added fun!) Use Piggy Paint Primecoat for added scratch resistance and Piggy Paint Topcoat for added chip resistance. A little more effort is required to apply all three products, though the result is well worth the extra time. Since our polish does not contain the harsh chemicals found in solvent-based polishes, do not expect it to wear exactly the same (but pretty close).  Our customers tell us it is well worth the trade-off for a non-toxic, eco-friendly, odorless alternative!

Miss O loved her Piggy Paint. We applied it during Mr. A's nap time so we couldn't use the blow dryer, and admittedly the polish came off in the bathtub the same evening. So, I would definitely take the extra time to follow all of the instructions so your child's manicure and pedicure will last longer!

Be sure to check out the entire Piggy Paint collection, which also includes non-toxic nail polish remover, top coat and prime coat and this sweet pedi set!


Miss O, above, is one happy customer wearing Piggy Paint in Sweetpea, to match her Minnie Mouse costume.

1 comment:

Organic Baby Gift Boutique said...

Love Piggy Paint Nail Polish. My 5 year old niece is a huge fan of Girl's Rule. The adults have also tried the refined colors. I do have to say it stays on toes much longer than fingernails, but I'll take it over nasty chemicals any day.