FLYING COLORS

You may not realize it, but there could be toxins swimming through those nail polish bottles in your beauty stash. And not because the polish is old (which, if so, you should toss out now!) Even fresh bottles may contain a assortment of chemicals that could potentially make you sick -- adhesives, solvents and other unpleasant ingredients which can enter your bloodstream through your nail beds. In a 2015 study [http://www.ewg.org/research/nailed] conducted by Environmental Working Group and Yale University, an endocrine disruptor called triphenyl phopshte was found in the urine of 26 study participants, all of whom had recently painted nails. That doesn't even include the cosmetic companies who continue the barbaric practice of testing their lacquers on animals (weren't we way past this?).

But you don't have to worry about any of this if you're dressing up your digits with polish by Surya Brasil. Founded in 1995, the organic beauty brand from Clelia Angelon and her daughter Wanda Malhotra is based on Ayurveda traditions and sustainable living. Surya Brasil's Exotic Animals Nail Polish collection was inspired by the gentle creatures of the Brazilian tropics, with an emphasis on honoring endangered species. Each of the 16 colors celebrates a different animal -- Chameleon is a dark metallic green, Eclectus Parrot is a deep red, Pampus Cat is a glossy tan. Polishes are vegan and contain no camphor, formaldehyde, or parabens. Additionally, Surya takes great care in using the most natural ingredients possible and they follow strict guidelines to ensure that all of their products create very little environmental impact through the manufacturing process.