Sandal Season is Now

We are deep into Summer and pedicure season! After being trapped all winter, my toes love the freedom of sandals. Our feet work really hard for us, especially for city dwellers who walk a lot. If you haven’t had a pedicure lately, why not treat yourself to one either at a salon or DIY. They feel great and your feet will appreciate it. 

There are several brands of vegan nail polish on the market. While at GreenFest this year, I discovered a new brand, SpaRitual. It even says vegan on the bottle. It’s great when companies make it easy to determine if a product is vegan. The following brands are vegan:

No Miss Nail Polish (Available at Whole Foods and Alternative Outfitters)
Earthly Delights
Essie (found in most nail salons)

Be sure to avoid nail polishes with harmful ingredients including:
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a plasticizing ingredient that has recently been banned for use in cosmetic products in the European Union. DBP is a potentially developmental and reproductive toxin that may cause a broad range of birth defects. (definition from SpaRitual’s web site)

Formaldehyde is a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic, water-soluble gas, CH2O, having a suffocating odor, usually derived from methyl alcohol by oxidation: used chiefly in aqueous solution, as a disinfectant and preservative, and in the manufacture of various resins and plastics. (from

Toluene is a colorless, water-insoluble, flammable liquid, C7H8, having a benzenelike odor, obtained chiefly from coal tar and petroleum. It is used as a solvent in the manufacture of benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, TNT, and other organic compounds. (from