We've been developing edible, organic nail polish for a long time. It actually took us about a year of messing around to get to this point, mostly because we didn’t use anybody else to develop our formula. We cooked it up ourselves in our kitchen, experimenting with all kinds of pigments and bases. We separated casein from milk, tried out potato flour and corn starch, and in the end we came up with a nail polish that really is food. It’s made from food, it’s all natural, and it’s all organic.
So where are we going from here? Right now we’re making Kid Licks on a very small scale, so small in fact, that we’ve got a waitlist, which anyone can join to try out our polish. We want to get people’s input on it, refine the colors and formula, and eventually start manufacturing and selling it far and wide.
Even more importantly, we want to build a community of like-minded people who are interested in making all kinds of kids’ products safer and more edible, whether it be lipstick, conditioner, sunblock or something else. There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s green-washed, even if you walk into a natural food store. That’s what we found with all of the kids’ nail polishes on the market. That’s true of other kids’ cosmetics as well.
Nail polish seems like a good place to start, though, because it’s full of chemicals you wouldn’t want to ingest. I’m not just talking about toluene, formaldehyde and DBP, the toxic trio that “three free” nail polish claim to be free of (they almost never are – check out this study). Even water based polishes and so called “kids’ polishes” are made mostly from acrylic polymers and synthetic pigments. Better, certainly, than a lot of the really potent adult polishes, but still not good for you to eat. You don’t want your kid ingesting them. And our hope is that by putting a polish out that’s really a food, people will respond, adults and kids alike.
If you’re as interested in making nail polish and other cosmetics truly edible and non-toxic like we are, then check out our store, or come visit us on Facebook or Twitter. Even if you have no interest in nail polish, if you wish someone would develop something else that’s non-toxic and edible, talk to us, we’re in this for the long haul and our plan is for nail polish to be just the beginning.