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I have issues with my toenails due to an injury when I was a child. I'm very self-conscious about them and keep them covered with nail polish during the summer (or shoes) and covered with socks/shoes in the winter.<br><br>
As I'm trying to rid my household of toxic chemicals I was wondering if there is a natural alternative to using nail polish on my toenails?<br><br>
The issue that I try to cover is that the nails were sort of mutated by dropping logs on my feet. Now they're really thick and grow oddly. Nail polish in dark colors tends to mask that and they look normal from a distance (the way most other people would see my feet).<br><br>
Is there something more natural that can color them?<br><br>
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Maybe you could stain them with body art quality henna? I don't know if you would prepare the paste as for hair or skin, but make a paste and apply to your toenails and leave it for a few hours. The color should get darker with repeated applications.<br><br>
Worth a try?
 

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There are a few more natural brands. Some are quite $$ but they are free of toulene, formaldehyde and some other icky chemicals in regular polish. I buy "No Miss" from WHole Foods and like it - no difference in coverage, longevity or color from regular. Plus it's cheap ($6/bottle) and uses any kind of remover, though it does contain a few ingredients that aren't the best - just not as bad as regular polish. There's Suncoat, which is supposedly nice and free of phthalates, formaldehyde and toulene. Aquarelle (or is it aquarella? I forget) needs special prep and remover and is $18/bottle! Monave mineral makeup carries a clear natural polish that you can dip into their mineral makeup colors (eyeshadow or blush colors) to get a colored polish - never tried it but that's another option. Honeybee gardens (the brand monave uses) has their own colored polishes, too. Google "natural nail polish" for tons of info and resources <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
ETA: here's another<br><a href="http://gonatural.biz/order_nail_polish.htm" target="_blank">http://gonatural.biz/order_nail_polish.htm</a>
 

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when i was pregnant with ds i refused to use nail polish because of the chemicals...i hunted online and found a brand (cannot remember the name) but they had nail polish that didnt have the nasty chemicals in it and to remove it, it peeled off...sometimes it was a bit tough to peel off but it did come off with a little bit of work. it stayed decent looking for several days too. you might try googling for it.
 

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If you are looking for something cheap, and don't care about using a name brand, then you can try <a href="http://www.ulta.com/control/product?FT22=2139123&product_id=VP12154&add_product_id=NULL&add_category_id=&variant_id=2139123&add_amount=&quantity=1" target="_blank">L'Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish</a>.<br><br>
I saw an ad for it in a magazine, and it's now advertised as
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I have some Honeybee Gardens peel off polish on my toenails right now. It's either $6 or $7 a bottle, of course you have to pay shipping. It doesn't smell at all.<br><br>
I've heard it can be hard to remove though, esp from toenails. (even the peel off kind) So I might be sporting polished toe nails for a while!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Wow! There are lots of options. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks so much for all the suggestions. Now I just need to do some shopping, I guess.
 

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THAT is the brand that i had when i was pregnant...i loved the color selection too.
 

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Here are some reasons to stay away from some brands of nail polish, as well as recommendations for toxin-free brands:<br><br><a href="http://www.idealbite.com/tiplibrary/archives/painting_yourself_silly_nail_polishes_and_phthalates/" target="_blank">http://www.idealbite.com/tiplibrary/...nd_phthalates/</a>
 
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