A Mom in Red High Heels Goes Green!


One of my very favorite things to do is get a pedicure. It’s so relaxing to me and having pretty toes make me so happy! I love walking in with a girlfriend and chatting while we get pampered. The time spent is so good for my soul.

What I don’t love? The smell. The offensive STRONG smell of polish and remover is enough to make one light-headed. I don’t know how the poor women at the nail salon can stand it, even with a mask on! Then to see a pregnant women doing nails?! I refuse her service. I don’t think it is right for her to be breathing the fumes and exposing her baby. I know it’s her job but it’s a health issue in my opinion.

Nail care products are made of many chemicals. Christie Matheson, author of Green Chic- Saving the Earth in Style, tells us that “chemicals in products applied to the nails go straight to the bloodstream, via the skin, without passing through the liver. Many polishes contain formaldehyde, which is a probable carcinogen along with its many other undesirable qualities. as well as dibutylphthalate…Nail polish also often contains the VOC toluene, a neurotoxin.”

So, what is a pretty-toe-lovin-mama to do? Use an eco-friendly, health-friendly nail polish designed with moms-to-be in mind. If you are not a mom-to-be, you should use it anyway- it’s so much healthier for you!

Try Polished Mama nail polish and remover! It is nail polish created with the purity of water, designed to be safe for use during pregnancy and beyond. “Polished Mama is Pregnant Mother and Mother Earth Friendly.”

Polished Mama

What Makes Polished Mama safe for use during pregnancy, and beyond?

Polished Mama……

* is water-based and has NO significant odor or harmful fumes, making it perfect for the sensitive nose of pregnancy!
* is nontoxic and safe for use during pregnancy, and beyond! Women can feel comfortable using Polished Mama while pregnant, breastfeeding, or painting their nails around children.
* uses no toxic chemicals including those found in conventional solvent-based nail polish and remover; i.e., no toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, ethyl acetate, acetone or dibutyl phthalate.
* meets the California Air Resources Board standards by containing no solvents that can contribute to ground-level ozone.
* meets ASTM D4236 consumer safety standards.

What I loved most about Polished Mama is that I could use it on my three-year-old daughter who loves to wear polish as much as her mama! I didn’t worry about her inhaling the fumes of polish and remover or having the chemicals absorb into her skin.

Secondly, I love the richness of color! Many polish colors look nice in the bottle but to acheive the same tone, several coats are needed! With one coat of Polished Mama color, I was happy with the brilliant color! (I chose to sample Craving, a brilliant pink! You’ll love the color names like 4th Trimester, Date Night, and Stretch Mark…all very cute and mommy related!)

The recommended application process was to apply a thin coat of polish, dry for 2-3 minutes, then set with a blow dryer for 1 minute per hand. Apply a second and third coat repeating drying process. Honestly, too much time involved for me so I just did the one coat. The recommended drying process speeds the hardening process and chip resistance.Polished Mama

The Polished Mama polish remover is formulated with soybean and corn oils along with aloe vera extract and the scent of coconut and lemongrass. It smells good, not toxic like chemical brands! It did take some forceful rubbing to remove the final reminents of the polish from my nails but that is not much of a trade off the potential side affects I could receive from acetone-based removers (respiratory distress, kidney damage, nose, throat, lung and eye irritation and more!)

If you want to be more conscientious about your beauty product choices, Polished Mama products are an excellent place to start. I’m all for breathing while I do my nails! It won’t replace the lovely foot massage the nail salon gives but for at-home treatments, this is the product for me! (Maybe I can get my husband to chip in and give me the foot massage?!)

For more information on this eco-friendly beauty product or where to buy it, visit Polished Mama.

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TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is a God-loving, coffee-drinking, heel-wearing, wife and mom offering up her best tips to help women look and feel fabulous so they can achieve their biggest dreams.


  1. My daughter was painting her nails yesterday & I was thinking how bad the polish has to be. Thanks for heading me in the right direction with safe polish!

  2. I totally agree! A pedicure is heaven…but have you ever left with a mild headache? I stopped going (have my pumice stone here…not quite the same!)

  3. I used to use nail polish a lot, and stopped. Recently, I started getting nail polish again for no reason. Perhaps I should re-think my choices, and go with the eco-friendly one you discussed about. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

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  5. Thank you so much for introducing this product! I’m going to research this further. I have a 13 year old niece with a serious lung disease and she can’t use any product containing harsh chemicals or a strong odor. She’s just getting into beauty products and loves nail polish but unfortunately has never been able to have her own nails done. This could change that. Thank you!

  6. Tammy

    Cat, I hope this product works for your niece! What fun it would be for her to get her nails done!! Will you please let us know if it works out for her?

  7. A quick note to Cat: I spoke with our chemist regarding the appropriateness of Polished Mama for your niece with respiratory disease. He assures me there is nothing in the polish that could affect her respiratory system. We suggest that she proceed slowly though, by introducing the polish a little bit of a time into her environment – maybe open the polish in her presence for a minute or so, then longer and longer exposure times, just to be sure she can tolerate it. We would love to send your niece her favorite color! If it’s her first time having a manicure it should be perfect! Please send me an e-mail via our website.

  8. Wow Cool Stuff 😀
    Skincare is so important and its a topic we think a lot about here in sunny Florida.

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