These days my daughter wants her fingers and toes painted a different shade of the rainbow every week. It’s a rite of passage for little girls to get their nails painted, but nail polish isn’t really made for little girls. Most nail polishes have lots of chemicals – even many “kid-friendly” polishes. But there is a safe, non-toxic polish available in ever pretty color a princess could want – Piggy Paints.
I was sent a gift box full of Piggy Paints, and when I presented them to my daughter for her birthday she squealed with delight over the rainbow of colors. Pink, orange, red, blue — she had every color. As an added bonus, the paint colors had fun names like Pocketful of Posies, Jazz It Up, Dragon Tears, Girls Rule!, Forever Fancy, Mac-n-Cheese Please, Ice Cream Dream, and Tea Party for Two. What more could a little girl what?!
Spring break seemed like the perfect time to have a mini mani/pedi with K. So I set everything up in my bathroom (or usual nail spot). The only problem, we had so many projects planned for her baby sister’s nap time I decided we would paint nails with baby sister. K selected her paint color – EVERY color, and I set to work painting each finger a different color.
Baby girl was very interested in what was going on, and she was very patient while I painted K’s fingers. She kept asking to paint her toes. Since the paint is “as safe as mud*.” I decided to give it a go.
*Piggy Paint is as Natural as Mud in the sense that every ingredient in the polish is biodegradable with no traces or residues left behind, thus it would make an excellent addition to your mulch pile. The acrylic resins are present in the polish as emulsions-very similar in form and function to milk. The term “resin” is quite generic and refers to any polymer which can form a film as it dries. In this sense, proteins, celluloses, sugars, and DNA, to name a few “natural” polymers, are resins and none of these are any less harmful than the resins we use in our polish.
While I painted her toes pink, K held the bottle. Then it was time for green (K picked the colors). When the last toe was painted, I asked K to hand me the bottle – CRASH.
Yep. Our fun mother/daughter time turned into a giant green mess.
When I finally calmed down, I was able to scrub everything down and clean up the mess. But here’s my tip for you, Piggy Paint also makes an acetone-free polish remover — get some. While I scrubbed the bathroom down with my acetone polish remover, I realized that I was negating all of the non-toxic good using pungent remover.
What Makes Piggy Paint Special?
- Low Odor
- Water-based formula
- Fun, vibrant colors
- Dries to a hard, durable finish
- Safe for use during Pregnancy
Does it stay on?
Because Piggy Paint is water soluble, it does not stay on quite as long as it’s chemical-based counterparts. However, it does stay on better than some other kid polish K has. Tip – to better set the polish, blow dry polished nails for 1 minute with hair dryer set on warm heat/low blower setting. (Two rounds of ABCs should do it.) The first time I did her nails, I did not set it (due to the mess) and it stayed on 2-3 days. The second time I did set it, and it stayed on longer.
Oh and baby girl’s toes? They are still partially painted two weeks later – even through swim lessons. Mommy doesn’t dare tackle taking off that polish. No more painted nails for my toddler until she is much older!
Piggy Paint retails for $8.99 per bottle with discounted gift sets available (three bottles for $24.99). Use coupon code PiggyFun to save 15% on all Piggy Paint orders through April 30, 2013.
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Piggy Paint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.