Category Archives: Eco-Friendly

Making the Switch

About a year ago, I was taking off my dime store nail polish with regular Cutex remover. The nails underneath were off-color, which was par for the course, and would require that I paint them again asap to cover this up. I usually only painted my toes in the warmer months, giving them a good couple of months to rest, recover and look like healthy nails again, during the winter. I was also annoyed that my thumb and index finger turned extremely dry and rough after using the acetone polish remover and wondered if I’d have to wear gloves from now on. What a pain. I also always volunteered to take off my daughter’s nail polish, so she didn’t have to get her skin all jacked-up. But really I was sick of it.

The first switch I made was to use Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes, which are acetone-free, infused with argan oil and expertly take off layers of nail polish with minimal effort. They smell great (like grapefruit), nourish the cuticles (with argan oil) and leave my skin very happy. A jar ($9) holds 20 wipes and I typically use 2-3, depending on how dark my polish is. What a difference.

BearNailWipes

The second switch I made was to buy some Zoya nail polish, which is free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (they call it the Big 5 toxins). I bought 2 colors, plus the base and top coat formulas. I assumed that it wouldn’t last as long or be as shiny, but boy was I wrong. My first do-it-yourself application (so not professional) lasted 3 weeks without a chip in sight. It could have gone longer. And when it came time to take off the polish, my nails underneath were a happy, healthy rosy color, like they should be. None of that yellowish, off-color look.

I'm currently wearing Zoya Margo

I’m currently wearing Zoya Margo

That was last fall and I immediately threw out all of my other nail polish and remover. Now that it’s summer, I ordered a few more colors for me and a few for my daughter (she likes blues and this sparkly green one, Stassi). Zoya ($9) always has promotions going (love that), so we get bonus colors too. This time they sent full-size bottles of their new colors Kimmy and Kalmia:

Zoya Kimmy

Zoya Kimmy

Zoya Kalmia

Zoya Kalmia

Check out the new fall colors and consider trying it for yourself. I’m not paid to market any of this, I just love sharing good products with you.

Zoya Fall Collection Nail Polish

Zoya Fall Collection Nail Polish

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

Feel Good: Chinti and Parker

Chinti & Parker printed mini via ASOS

Chinti & Parker printed mini via ASOS, $110

Chinti & Parker soft wool, cashmere skirt

Chinti & Parker soft wool, cashmere skirt, $220

Chinti & Parker cashmere star sweater in ruby & navy, $525

Chinti & Parker cashmere star sweater in ruby & navy, $525

Chinti & Parker organic cotton, star print t-shirt, $54

Chinti & Parker organic cotton, star print t-shirt, $54

Chinti & Parker hearts and stars intarsia cashmere sweater, $381

Chinti & Parker hearts and stars intarsia cashmere sweater, $381

Not only do Chinti & Parker clothes come in feel-good fabrics like organic cotton, cashmere and wool, but they also run a feel-good eco-conscious company that pays attention to their factories, fabric sources, and carbon footprint. I’m also smitten by their designs with adorable hearts, stars and color combinations. There are a few items that give me sticker-shock, but I notice that TheOutnet.com (which is Net-a-Porter’s outlet) frequently has Chinti & Parker items on sale (like the cute heart & stars sweater, above).

I recently read that a conventionally produced cotton t-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to make. That’s 22 bathtubs to make one t-shirt. Now, think of all the cotton t-shirts out there and it becomes mind-boggling. Now we all love our cotton t-shirts, myself included, so what’s a consumer to do? Well, we can start making a difference by simply checking the garment tag. Organic cotton (up to 60% less water) and other less thirsty natural fibers like bamboo, modal, tencel and silk, tend to be better choices because they use less water to produce, can be recycled or re-purposed and in the end, are still biodegradable.

I plan to feature more companies that are producing feel-good products, because there are a lot of exciting, craft-driven and purposeful companies to be highlighted. The wonderful part is that we don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.

The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

— Socrates

Enjoy the day!

x Laura