It's extremely important to monitor what we put on our skin because some of the most horrendous ingredients are often found in our daily products. Hence, using more natural products is something I've been working on for quite a while now. And I want to show you that you don't have to sacrifice beauty essentials by going green.
If you are also trying to switch to more natural and organic lines, a great place to shop is Abe's Market (No, I'm not sponsored by them, even though I've mentioned them in the previous post as well. I just love the store and is a loyal customer myself ), where you can find a vast selection of envrionmental conscious brands. The best thing about browsing on there is that I often discover new and exciting green products from both national brands and small businesses. I've recently purchased the Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover In Lavender ($12 for 4 fl. oz.), and I decided to put it through the ultimate test - a product showdown with the mass-produced Sephora Collection Express Nail Polish Remover ($8 for 4.22 fl. oz.).
A quick look at the ingredient list reveals some less than stellar additives in the Sephora Collection polish remover, including parfum and acetone (#1 on the list ).
On the other hand, Karma Organic uses a soybean oil base and contains only natural and non-toxic contents. I'm also leaning toward its glass bottle made out of biodegradable and recycled materials. It retails at a higher price, which doesn't surprise me since I am paying for better ingredients.
Scent wise, the Sephora Collection is a complete failure. The strong aroma of acetone irritates more than just my nails. And of course the soothing smell of soybean oil and lavender in the Karma Organic polish remover is calming and will alleviate any stress and nervous tension.
Excuse me of my chipped nails. Definitely need to take care of this. Well, isn't this the perfect chance to test out these polish removers.
The glitters were a bit hard to get off, but the Sephora Collection Express Nail Polish Remover erased everything in just a few swipes. Unfortunately, the strong acetone dried out my nails a lot.
Karma Organic is actually quite weak when it comes to glitter products. However, everything else shouldn't be a problem. Easily removes regular nail polishes, the oil base is very moisturizing and gentle.
Overall, Sephora created a decent polish remover, but the unhealthy ingredients make me cringe. It's really effective at removing all types of polishes in a timely fashion, which makes this great during those rush moments. But I think I'll stick to the natural version. I don't usually wear glitter polishes anyways, but even if I do, I don't mind using an extra product. However, knowing that I'm not damaging my nails outweighs all. I highly encourage you to shop at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, your local co-op stores, or Abe's Market. These natural retailers offer wonderful products that are beneficial to you and our environment.
What are your favorite stores and places to shop for green brands? Do you buy natural and organic groceries for your family? Let me know in the comments below ~Angela