Recycling? Check. Organic diet? Check. Ready to take the next step to healthier and greener living? Kim D’Amato, founder of the non-toxic nail polish line, Priti, shares her natural beauty tips for your feet, hands and more. In addition to offering fast drying polishes in an amazing color range, Priti also aims to support organic farmers and to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals on earth, one mani-pedi at a time. Whether you go barefoot, sport Havianas, or slip into stilettos every day, check out Kim’s tips for a DIY mani-pedi routine. Your feet (and the Earth) will thank you!
MindBodyGreen: How did you get interested in natural beauty? Why is it important to you?
Kim D'Amato: Becoming pregnant with my daughter is really when natural beauty became a big part of my life. Motherhood introduces us to the idea that we have this new creation living inside of us...and that becomes our stepping stone for changing ourselves for the better. Through doing research on all the various ingredients and products we expose ourselves to on a daily basis, I knew I wanted to raise my daughter in the healthiest and most natural way possible. Shortly after her birth, I went through an ordeal with skin cancer, which only reinforced that I had no choice but to live a green and all-natural lifestyle, for both my and her sake.
MBG: How did you get the idea to start Priti Nails?
KD: The idea for creating Priti NYC nails came during my pregnancy while I was sitting in a conventional salon. The smell of toxins and chemicals from all the beauty products became overwhelming, and I thought, "If I eat organically and use chemical-free household products, why would I not want to beautify myself in the same manner?" I began working on Priti the next day.