Organic spa offers eco nail-dulgence

Posted at 03/09/2012 12:29 PM | Updated as of 03/09/2012 5:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Fancy a bit of pampering? How about giving your tired hands and nails the perfect treatment? After all, they say beautifully polished nails are a girl's perfect accessory.

But before you rush out to get Marilyn Monroe's vixen reds or Audrey Hepburn's sophisticated creams, why not consider going green in your "nail-dulgence?"

Organic Rituals, which claims to be the first authentic organic nail spa in the metro, is famous for its long wear mani-peds, and a foot spa service called "rescued feet."

All of their services are proudly organic. Store co-owner Nikki Anganco said the business started out of a personal interest.

"It started when I was pregnant. I was conscious of the products I put on my skin," Anganco said.

Green services

So what exactly makes Organic Rituals green?

Anganco said they use Zoya nail polish, a product in the United States known to be free of toxic chemicals which can make nails weak.

"We use 100% organic scrubs, lotions and oils, and sanitizers. We support the green movement by using earth therapeutics for our foot spas. We are famous for the Zoya nail polish... which is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.

Anganco was quick to clarify, however, that there is no such thing as organic nail polish.

"I would like to let people know, there is no such thing as organic nail polish. Because there are still colorants in the formulation of the product," she explained.

Affordable indulgence

Nail polish is more than just art -- it also offers a semblance of psychological comfort as it lifts the spirit and provides an instant pick-me-up.

Oddly enough, the nail polish index is considered as one of the more quirky yet accurate economic indicators. According to market research firm NPD, when times get tough, women get nail polish.

Aside from being an affordable indulgence, nail polish can also be effective tools to make a statement.