I care about the values of companies I give my money and business to. Women run and designed many of these companies. Smart women. Women I want to showcase, and support. This is the first in a series.
I’m very selective with skin care products. I’m vigilant about organic food. But I never stopped to worry about the ingredients in my nasty smelling, nail polish. I assumed it was harmless because it was on top on my nails. Mistake. Our nails are porous and you do absorb the chemicals into your system.
So while many of my friends are getting gel manicures, and exposing their hands to UV light, I went hunting for a healthy alternative. I can’t keep polish on my fingernails, but my toenails have been polished for 45 years. And will continue to be.
There are many companies making non-toxic nail products. The best are called 5-free. The manufacturers have removed five known toxic ingredients: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Don’t those sound yummy?
During a mid-life crisis, she decided to take charge and make many, healthy changes. She began eliminating toxic people and products from her life. In the process she designed this nail care line.
"AILA symbolizes transformation. Not just my transformation but change for all women who are caught in a cycle. No longer do women have to sacrifice health for beauty and function. We want our products to be free of harmful chemicals. We want our products to make us feel beautiful and we want them to work." ~Dr. Cary Gannon
AILA products are vegan and cruelty free. They’re also made in the USA.
So while there are many companies making nail polish without those harmful 5 chemicals, AILA is a company whose core values match my own.
Read their story.
The story about her daughter.
The story of her polish colors. This one is for color Ms. Martin:
Perfect Pink Nude
Ms. Martin is named for our best friend Michelle. Her favorite hues are soft colors that reflect her soothing personality. She is subtle and elegant, just like this color. Michelle recently lost her brother. To honor his family, AILA donates a percentage of the proceeds from this color to the Richard D. Martin Jr. Memorial Fund. #weloveyoumichelle
5 Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Made WITHOUT Parabens
Chip-resistant, super shiny, long-lasting
Made in the USA
If you’re concerned about the chemicals you’re exposed to, have a look at AILA. You’ll be inspired by this company and the Designing Woman behind it.
Do you care about the values of the companies you give your business to?
PS- Heather and I are doing our Lifestyle Linkup this Friday. Please join us and share what inspires your style.