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Piggy Paint

I find it funny that Piggy Paint used the line "Natural as Mud" because really nothing is as natural as mud in my opinion unless it is dirt! And really, why would I want my nailpoish to have anything to do with mud! I do however find Piggy Paint to be a whole lot more beautiful than mud to paint my kids' nails with!

Piggy Paint says their polish is as "Natural as Mud" because "every ingredient in the polish is totally biodegradable... the resin, colorants and preservative." Piggy paint is classified as being non-toxic and has been tested for lead and phthalates. 

Some questions have come up lately on Piggy Paint's use of MIT as a preservative in their natural nail polish. Piggy Paint sent their retailers an information sheet. Here are some of the points from Piggy Paint on why they use MIT in their polish.

Piggy Paint uses MIT as a preservative in their polishes because there are "very strict regulations that require that all cosmetics contain enough preservative to kill common pathogens (from children sneezing in the polish, germs from our skin, etc..). This isn't a problem with regular nail polishes because their harsh solvents instantly annihilate the pathogens on contact. But because (Piggy Paint) is water-based and uses water as a solvent, it has no natural resistance to infection. MIT (Neolone 950) is very effective at killing germs at the low levels used in Piggy Paint - 50 parts per million. MIT is a preservative that has been approved for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by Japan and by the European Commission for use in cosmetics. Piggy Paint contains 50% of the allowable MIT limits established by governmental  regulations." 

My toes are currently painted Piggy Paint Midnight Pansy - a gorgeous dark purple colour from their Refined line for adults. My daughter's love changing the colour of their toenails every week and even my son wears polish on his toes (usually blue or black) most of the time. I am always curious to find out more information and choose the best products for my kids (and your kids too!), so I'll keep reading and researching and would love to know if MIT is really necessary in Piggy Paint or if there is a better preservative solution. 

Feb 01, 2012

Hi Susan, It is a water-based product and as such needs to be applied a bit differently than solvent based polishes. We have found that not everyone wants to take the time to prep their nails so we have introduced a base coat to our adult line, Scotch Naturals. With the addition of the base coat our consumers are reporting at 7 day natural manicure. You would also be happy to know that we are always in the lab trying to create a better product. I am truly obsessed with creating a natural nail polish that will be able to go up against any of the solvent based polishes. Good things are coming! Ginny, CEO/Founder of Scotch Naturals and Hopscotch Kids

Jan 19, 2012

Thanks for your comment Susan. I’ve never tried Hopscotch Kids so I can’t give you a comparison between the two brands, but I can definitely say that Piggy Paint does not come off with contact with water. I will come up in a swimming pool with chlorine for sure, but I’ve had Piggy Paint on my toes looking perfect for a week and looking less that perfect for a few weeks. It definitely doesn’t last as long as conventional polish, but a few more polish changes and no chemicals is worth it to me.

Lisa from Giving Gifts
Jan 16, 2012

i purchased Hopscotch nail polish (a Piggy Paint competitor) and I was really disappointed in it. It simply washed off the first time my daughter had any contact with water. Is this the case with Piggy Paint? If so, i can’t see the point in purchasing it at all.


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