It’s been awhile since I’ve had the effort and energy to doll myself up–hair, nails, and makeup. However, now it has been almost 4 months and now I’m getting back into the swing of things. But, some beauty routines simply have to change to adapt to my little one. While I had already thought that my large hoop earring would have to be shelved until further notice, there was another aspect of my beauty routine that I hadn’t thought of changing until recently: my nail polish.
Like many breastfeeding mamas, at times I find it necessary to stick my index finger between my little one’s gums, into his mouth, to break his suction on my nipple. Until recently I had only thought of my hands simply needing to be clean, not toxin free. I recently did a cute style on my nails. I was admiring them when the smell of chemicals hit me. It wasn’t until the first time after that when I placed my finger in him mouth did I wonder what my polish might taste or feel like to my little man.
So just what is in nail polish anyway? Every brand has different recipes, but most include “film forming agents, resins and plasticizers, solvents, and coloring agents” (DiscoveryHealth). One of the main ingredients is nitrocellulose. Guess where else you can find this ingredient? Dynamite.
In terms of plasticizers and resins, you might find amyl and butyl stearate, castor oil, glycerol, fatty acids and acetic acids. Butyl Stearate is a known irritant. Acetic Acid can be used to treat ear infections, but hasn’t been study for use in patients under the age of 3. Glycerol can be “ taken by mouth for weight loss, improving exercise performance, helping the body replace water lost during diarrhea and vomiting, and reducing pressure inside the eye in people with glaucoma. Athletes also use glycerol to keep from becoming dehydrated.” (WebMD)
While the amount of any ingredient ingested might be minimal, like most moms that really doesn’t matter to me. If I’m taking all the extra steps to provide my baby with a healthy start in regards to what he ingests, why would I put a fingertip with such ingredients on it in his mouth if I could help it.
Now that isn’t to say that I would just go without such beauty enhancers as pretty nails. There are alternatives–”green polish” if you will.
Nubar has a beautiful line of vibrant colors that are DBP, Formaldahyde, Phthalate free. You can pick you a bottle for about $6. Safe Nail Polish is odorless, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic. You can score a bottle for about $11. SpaRitual also carries a DBP, Formaldahyde, Phthalate free line for about $12.
My personal favorite brand is Julep. It’s a new discovery, with some fabulous, rich, thick colors with no DBP, Formaldahyde, or Phthalate. Since I don’t have a lot of time with a baby to apply coat, after coat, the fact that two nice coats, and a topper, create a great look work for me. In the picture to the side I’m sporting Coco on my index and middle fingers. A bottle cost $14, but if you are a “Maven Member” like me, it’s $11.20
Now, what’s on those other 3 fingers? Well, I like fancy fingers too. So with a quick peel and paste, I was able to rock some Sally Hansen Salon Effects. It was like getting the best of both worlds!