On why to choose non toxic nail polish


Why should you choose non toxic nail polish? Why not is really the question.  Traditional nail polish is filled with chemicals that have been shown to be hazardous to your health because of  links to things from skin irritation to cancers.  At minimum these harmful chemicals can cause dryness and weakening of the nails.  These aren’t compromises you should have to make when healthy, beautiful nails are what you’re after.

The top three offenders, known as the “toxic trio” are Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).  Formaldehyde, traditionally used to embalm dead bodies is a known carcinogen.  Toluene, a petroleum/coal tar derived chemical is known to be harmful to the nervous system, has been linked to impaired human reproduction, impaired breathing and nausea.  DBP has been shown to affect the reproductive system and has been linked to cancer and birth defects. And though a layer or two of polish may not necessarily cause these reactions it is the constant exposure and absorption over years of use that is the concern.  The good news is that the “toxic trio” are being removed from many polish brands..so hoorah! But buyer beware: they still exist in a lot of nail polishes so read the ingredient list.

To go a step further some nail polish brands have removed formaldehyde resin- a less toxic derivative of formaldehyde, Camphor – a known neurotoxin,  Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) – which research suggests can affect hormones, reproduction, metabolism and development, Ethyl Tosylamid – which has raised concern over antibiotic resistance, and Xylene – a known allergen and possible carcinogen.

So progress is being made!  Let’s support the thoughtful and innovative brands who make amazing products which allow us to experience beauty and healthy choices simultaneoulsy.  Beauty without compromise.

Our favourite polishes come from tenoverten (8 free) and Deborah Lippmann (7 free).  These vegan and cruelty free polishes paint like a dream, are as durable as any other polish we’ve tried and come in so many beautiful colours you won’t even know what you’re missing.

Check out our nail care options online at https://wildflowerbeautybar.ca

On Opening Wildflower Beauty Bar


I created Wildflower Beauty Bar because I wanted to create a different kind of spa experience. I wanted an inviting space that reminded my guests about the importance of self care and the positive effects of rejuvenation and relaxation.  I wanted it to be a place not only for special occasions but for everyday or any day – an everyday luxury.  That was the drive but the reality of bringing it to life was the difficult part.  I wanted to create this space and I wanted it to be mine so I could make it everything I envisioned it to be.  But with 2 young children and a reliable job I was hesitant to make the leap.  It was something I wanted to do but was it something I should do? The answer came via phone call from the owner of the space who I had met a few weeks earlier at a viewing.  He had called to ask if I was interested in renting it and if so, I could have it.  Wait. What? Really? I could make Wildflower a thing? I wasn’t quite ready at this point but his phone call got the ball rolling and from then on I couldn’t stop myself from going for it – even if I wanted to. Was it a wise decision? WelI, when I asked a good friend and fellow entrepreneur this question she responded with a chuckle “well, it’s never a ‘wise’ decision to work for yourself but you do it because you can’t stop yourself”. That rang so true with me.  She understood! It was wonderful to hear someone say it out loud! Thanks Nicola 🙂

So, wise decision? Debatable.  AMAZING and fulfilling decision? A resounding YES! Has it all been akin to running through a fragrant rose filled garden? Not quite.  But on the whole it’s been an amazing period of growth.  It’s still to be told how I will fare in this new venture but it’s a guaranteed adventure and life giver for me. It’s rekindled my creativity and my love for all things beauty.  Beauty in all forms – in the difficult, in the challenge, in the joy, in the material, in the complex human form.  I hope I can inspire in my guests some of the beauty that creating this little shop has brought forth for me. And I thank you in advance if you are inclined to be part of my adventure.