Why We Buy OPI (Hint: OPI Makes a Great Green, Healthy, Non-Toxic Nail-Polish)
With so many nail polishes available today it can be overwhelming when trying to choose the best one. Why do I choose to use OPI Nail Polish. I have used many different nail polishes available in the nail industry. Aside of fun quirky names, I have discovered from experience that OPI nail polish is one of the most durable and longest lasting nail polishes available. OPI nail polish stays on in some cases for at least up to two weeks! Since 2006, OPI has reformulated its entire line of Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners to eliminate DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and Toluene. What is DBP you might ask? DBP or Dibutyl Phthalate is used by industry as a plasticizer. It makes materials more flexible and easy to mold or shape. DBP in nail treatments is a major concern because so many people use them so often. It helps keep the formula from becoming too watery while you’re painting it on, and makes it dry to a hard and shiny finish. As for Toluene…
Toluene is a nervous-system toxin and Volatile Organic Compound that not only helps nail polish go on smoothly and adhere evenly to the nail, but is also used as an octane booster in gasoline fuels used in internal combustion engines. In addition to causing eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea, high amounts of toluene can also lead to birth defects, developmental abnormalities, along with liver and kidney damage. In fact, studies have noted an association between toluene exposure and an increased incidence of spontaneous abortions. (in other words, treat Toluene-based nail polishes as though they were the plague!)
Formaldehyde has never been an ingredient in OPI Nail Lacquers or Nail Treatments (+5 OPI). In keeping with our philosophy at Complexions, we buy OPI because we believe OPI Nail Lacquer is best “Green” nail polish available on the nail-care market today.
A few of my favorites used everyday at the Complexions Nail Salon are:
I’m Not Really a Waitress – a rich crimson red very popular in the holiday season
Flashbulb Fuchsia – a bright fun purple pink shade
OPI Red – your classic, confident red
Passion – a timeless soft French pink
The New OPI Coleccion De Espana features the colors of passion that are full of drama. Try the OPI Coleccion De Espana . . . an accessory to the season’s perfectly polished fashion.
In closing, I think that beauty companies which put the long term health and wellness of their customers first, second and third will, at the very least, have chance at succeeding within today’s much more vigilant market-place. The era of beauty products made with toxic, unhealthy ingredients is soon coming to an end. Brands like OPI, who continually re-invest profits into new R&D experiments that could someday produce healthier polishes at an even more affordable price, will always have the support of beauty centers like Complexions, where every product on the the shelves must always reflect the very same values and culture we ourselves strive towards every day.
– Mari Salinas, Complexions Nail Care Team
I serve on and support several community charity committees as I believe it’s important to give back. In my spare time I love hiking and fishing in the Adirondacks, equestrian sports and thoroughbreds, fine wine, skiing, golf, and traveling to distant locations. I also love early mornings in the gym exercising, pilates, my dog, cooking, and sharing time with my husband and two children, good friends and family.