Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Healthy Nails
Vibrant Colors

Perhaps your vision of healthy nails are short, clean with a coat of clear polish. But that clear polish you picked up at CVS might not be so healthy after all. Last fall, during the Emmys, we came across the vegan line, SpaRitual. Since then, we've learned of a couple of other lines that eliminate the toxicity that many of the established popular lines still contain. Did you know that most polishes feature formaldehyde? Here are three lines that stepped up and considered not only the fumes, but what you're putting on your nails.

Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System

Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System - a full lineof nail polish colors, a topcoat and a base coat for natural nails that dry in minutes. The Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System cuts the time it takes for a normal manicure to dry by more than half. This complete system includes a full line of nail polish colors.

Dazzle Dry is the world’s first Nitrocellulose, Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde Free Nail Care System. Created by Dr Vivian B. Valenty, an innovative bio-organic chemist, Dazzle Dry’s revolutionary Quick Dry formula thoroughly air-dries in just 5-10 minutes. So advanced it’s patent pending, Dazzle Dry’s flexible yet durable surface is both highly chip resistant and non-yellowing. For high-gloss, lightening fast manicures and dazzling results that last and last – Dazzle Dry!

Everything you need to produce gorgeous nails at home. Dazzle Dry Nail System Retail Kit consists of one 1oz. Nail Prep and one 0.5oz. Base Coat for natural nails. You will also receive one 0.5oz. Dazzle Dry quick drying Top Coat and three 0.5oz. Nail Lacquers of your choice. Choose from the current list of beautiful nail colors available. Dazzle Dry Nail System Retail Kit, for a quick drying manicure and/or pedicure in the luxury of your own home. Caution: Use as directed only. Keep this and other products out of the reach of children. Discontinue use if adverse reactions occur. Never tested on our animal friends. Nail System Retail Kit Price: $54.00

www.dazzledry.com or call 1-866-398-9357.


nubar from their site–The Healthy Alternative for Beautiful Nails For many years, the safety focus for nail salons has been the risk of bacterial or fungal infections from salons practicing sloppy hygiene. Now those concerns have been expanded. Facing mounting criticism from consumers as well as health and environmental groups, many nail polish manufacturers have acknowledged that their products contain Formaldehyde, Toluene or (DBP)Phthalate, linked to cancer and birth defects. All three chemicals are on California's Prop. 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, yet the larger companies are still adding these cancer-causing ingredients to their products.

Since the nails are an extension of the skin, the chemicals are absorbed into your body and can make you feel sick. Here are a few facts about these common toxic nail polish ingredients: Toluene Toluene is a human reproductive and developmental toxin. It may affect the nervous system with symptoms like tiredness, confusion, weakness, drunken-type actions, and memory loss. It is thought to cause liver damage and skin irritation. In high levels it may affect the kidneys.

Toluene has been linked to birth defects in laboratory animals. Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and a common indoor air pollutant because its resins are used in many construction materials. Formaldehyde has caused cancer in the nose and throats of lab animals. Inhaling the fumes can result in watery eyes, headache, burning in the throat, and labored breathing.

(DBP) Dibutyl Phthalate Phthalates are used to soften plastic, and are known to affect hormone function. Studies have linked phthalates to early puberty in girls and low sperm counts in men. Environmental groups claim phthalate exposure may contribute to the rising number of uterine problems in women and testicular cancer in men. It could also be one of the contributing factors to a rise in infertility in both sexes. Repeated and heavy exposure to dibutyl phthalate may cause nausea and/or vomiting, tearing of the eyes, dizziness, and headache. Long-term exposures may cause damage to kidneys and the liver. Pregnant women must consider that dibutyl phthalate may harm the developing fetus and the male testes.

After being touched with the effects of cancer within his own family, Noubar Abrahamian, founder of nubar, didn’t want to produce a product that could possibly harm customers so he set out to develop a healthy alternative for this industry.

nubar set the standards high for this task; they did not want to compromise wear-ability, durability or strength in the process. nubar, “The Healthy Alternative For Nail Care” exceptional nail lacquers, nail art and nail treatments containing zero Formaldehyde, Toluene or (DBP) Phthalate. nubar’s non-toxic line includes 14 exceptional Nail Treatments, more than 180 colors, Moodies-48 color changing nail lacquers.

nubar also carries 48 colors of nail art complete with individual stripping brush and dotting tool. nubar introducted “Nail Art Pens.” Each pen features a fine-tipped pen allowing the nail artist even more diversity in their creations.

nubar is available through over 500 distributors throughout 22 countries worldwide. Our new offices are now open in Moscow,and coming soon in France and Dubai,UAE.


SpaRitual has developed 12 sophisticated Nail Elixirs to nourish cuticles, build strong nails and establish a flawless environment for color. SpaRitual Elixirs are vegan and free of DBP and toluene. SpaRitual Elixirs come with the sleek, patented Plum Cap™ with a signature brush for ease of opening, smooth control and a delicate finish.

The line also features a comprehensive collection of nail laquers. Their website features good photos that are clear, and likely accurate.

DBP, or dibutyl phthalate, is a plasticizing ingredient that has recently been banned for use in cosmetic products in the European Union. DBP is a potential developmental and reproductive toxin that may cause a broad range of birth defects. SpaRitual products do not contain DBP. Because your safety is our concern.