Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on April 8, 2008
Girls from across the Atlantic aren’t as well groomed as their American counterparts. That was my over-riding observation during my first ever trip to New York City. A whirlwind of private parties, store launches and art happenings, it was as if I’d been thrown into a never-ending episode of “Sex and the City”. My gracious and well groomed hostess and her posse of urban vixens dashed around the city in six inch heels, their perfectly painted toes peeking through their Manolo mules. For a London girl who’s feet were usually clad in a pair of Converse (and hadn’t seen daylight since last summer’s trip to Greece), the experience was literally agony.
Now a resident of Los Angeles, I’ve grown accustomed to the ubiquitous nail salon at every strip mall and have even experienced the girly bonding session of a group mani-pedi. Surprisingly, it’s quite a pleasant experience. The one thing that bothers me, however, is the overpowering aroma of chemicals emitted by the nail varnishes, removers, and so on.
But now there’s way to look glamorously groomed without resorting to a toxic cocktail of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate or DBP. (“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”). All chemical ingredients that are commonplace in conventional nail “care”.
There are many options out there for natural nails, but one that caught my eye was SpaRitual, whose eco-friendly products and packaging are perfect for the enlightened nail fetishist. SpaRitual uses a variety of ingredients from around the world, including wild crafted or organic plant essences with “formulations (that) are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes”.
With summer just around the corner, unleash your inner SJP and make your nails pretty. Your mules will thank you.