Some brands of water based nail polish advertise themselves as being natural, which got me thinking. Is water based nail polish natural? I can read the label on the back of the bottle, which says "water, acrylic polymer emulsion, non-toxic colorants." I know what water is and that it is natural-check.
Now what is acrylic polymer emulsion? I looked up each part of the term. An emulsion is a suspension of one liquid in another liquid that it is not soluble in. A "polymer" refers to a compound that has a chain of repeating units. Okay. But what about acrylic? I know that some clothes are made out of acrylic, but what is it?
After lots of research I came to the conclusion that acrylic is a synthetic plastic produced by a chemical process. So, water based nail polish is not natural after all. Oh, well, I still love it!
And even though water based nail polish contains plastic, it is still safe for kids and people of all ages.