Amidst all the glitz and glamor of the International Beauty Show and the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference, I found an up-and-coming brand of eco-friendly and organic nail polishes and removers, called Karma Organics! While the products are 100% organic, that doesn’t mean they’re just for the eco-friendly gals who love to paint their nails! The line, created by a husband and wife team from New Jersey, offers over 100 different colored polishes, as well as a top coat, base coat, strengthener, cuticle oil, cuticle remover and a nail bed healer that are all-natural and chemical free. In addition, the polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP, making them great for everyone (including women who are pregnant)! The Karma Organics line is great for the environment, right down to the 100% recyclable glass bottles that the polishes come in! The coolest part of the line (at least to me) is that there are several glow-in-the-dark shades, which are marketed towards children, but I love anyways! (I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love glow-in-the-dark?) Another advantage to this organic line is that because it’s chemical-free, the polish will actually last longer!
In addition to the polish line, Karma Organics also sells three different organic soy nail polish removers. The polish removers come in Unscented with Vitamin E, Tea Tree scented or Lavender scented (and let me tell you: they smell really good!) The polish removers are 100% biodegradable, 100% soy and corn-based, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. They are also free of any petroleum ingredients or by-products and are derived from American produced farm crops. Like the nail polishes, the bottles are 100% recyclable including the label!
I left the booth with a bright pink shade of polish #330, “So Berry Sweet” which I polished my nails with last night. One stroke of the brush left a bright, opaque coat on my nails which I then covered with their top coat. My nails dried in five minutes flat and I didn’t smudge them! I’m a serial hand-washer and from what I’ve seen so far, this polish is showing zero signs of chipping any time soon!
I also got a bottle of the Karma Organics unscented polish remover with Vitamin E, which I used to remove my old coat of polish. The polish came off effortlessly (I’ve had to scrub hard with some acetone-based removers in the past) and left my nails looking clean and healthy!
Karma Organics was recently featured on WNBC Weekend Today in the “AskMelissa” segment as one of the Top 10 Lifestyle Picks for 2010! The brand has also been featured in some popular magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine and Health and Allure, where it was chosen for the Allure Editor’s Choice Award! Karma Organics is currently only sold at the upscale women’s boutique Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue in New York City. You can read more about Karma Organics products by visiting their website, or by visiting the Karma Organics Spa, located in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Read more of my wrap-up of the IBS/IECSC here!
Reporting for the The Makeup Girl – Erika Belezarian
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