I’m not always super girlie. In fact, there are many girlie things I’m not so great at. However, I love painting my nails. And when I had a daughter, my husband had to lay down ground rules before I could paint her little nails too (she had to be allowed to ask — toddler speak counts, right?!). Another big concern, though, was that I didn’t want to be putting chemicals on my little girl. If I use coconut oil instead of lotion, I’m certainly not putting formaldehyde, ferric ferrocyanide and other seriously toxic chemicals common present in most nail polishes on her tiny body. Not to mention, god does polish REEK!
I’d been eyeballing Piggy Paint polishes for awhile, and when they offered to let me try some out, there’s no way I’d say no! Not only was it safe polish, but I finally had an argument for my husband why I should be allowed to paint my 21 month old daughter’s nails pink — “It’s for a review, honey!”
Because they advertise no- and low-odor products, I took it as a personal challenge to put my nose to the test. I have a really strong sense of smell and a lot of smells really bother me. So, hesitantly, I opened the polish remover and stuck my nose right up to it — it smelled like very watered down vodka. I had to have my nose right up to it to even smell that much. Impressive. Of course, I also had to sniff the polish, which also barely smelled at all. My husband despises polish and removers since they smell so terrible, even in a large room, so I decided to paint my nails and my daughter’s without telling him, while he was about 10 feet away. He smelled NOTHING, and didn’t even believe me right away when I told him what I’d done.
What helps is unlike most polishes, Piggy Paint polish is water-based. Most polishes are solvent-based. Have you seen what they do to a Styrofoam plate? I did this at home, and let me say… their picture is pretty accurate. Creepy, huh?
So, how did the polish perform?
Painting a 21 month old’s nails for the first time is a challenge. Piggy Paints recommends you wash hands, dry them, paint 2-3 coats, let dry for 60 seconds (while singing songs to pass the time) and then blow-dry for a minute. So, we washed hands, and went for it. My daughter was totally fascinated, but then while I was holding her hand, she leaned down to use the thumb I’d just painted to rub her nose (other free hand? What’s that?). I went, “Crap!” and she sat back with fingernail polish on her face. I reached up to wipe it with my hand, thinking how now I was going to have to figure out how to clean this off her skin… you know how normal polish smears all over your skin almost instantly? This DIDN’T. It seriously wiped off her face like I was wiping off a little bit of sauce. I was rather shocked, and very, very grateful. I was also pretty pleased to see that despite the recommendation for multiple coats, it really wasn’t too necessary — one good coat with generous amounts of polish on the brush was totally opaque. Still, I did a few nails with extra coats to see the difference.
Here came the challenge — getting her to sit still while they dried was tough. I also couldn’t find my blow dryer (still can’t, actually) so I sat and blew on her nails, trying to get her to hold her little hand still. Without a blow-dryer, I’m guessing it took a good 4-5 minutes for the polish to totally dry, which is a lifetime for a toddler, so I strongly recommend using the blow dryer as recommended. I tested on my own nails later, and regardless of number of coats, the drying time is about the same. Also, I couldn’t get the polish to look 100% smooth on my nails, but on my daughter’s tiny nails, it wasn’t noticeable in the slightest.
The bottle cannot be in my daughter’s sight or she yells, “PIG!” and starts waving her fingers and toes at me to paint. She’s obsessed now and when it comes off (which takes a day or two on fingers, but my toes are perfect a week later), she starts looking for it, demanding I paint them. She also doesn’t want socks on so she can show me the “Pig Pretty” on her toenails. She also blows on them constantly and says, “Hot.”
All in all, it’s a hit. It’s not their fault I can’t find my blow dryer!
So, I bet you’re wondering how you can get your little piggies on some Piggy Polish, right?
Here’s the deal:
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