Greening My Nail Polish Collection

Zoya Polish

A few months ago, I went through my nail polish collection and tossed the bottles I’ve had for years and years. This is before I knew how to properly dispose of them. I still have 35 bottles that I know I will be disposing of for sure and 7 in question. For now, I am sending in 8 bottles of polish to the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange. They will send me 8 new bottles of Zoya polish of my choice at 50% off! I am so excited because I’ve been wanting to purchase a few Zoya polishes, but at $7 a bottle? Yea right. I paid $3.50 per bottle and $7.67 to mail my old polishes via UPS. It sucks that I can’t use USPS because they are hazardous liquids.

For this reason, I don’t think I will be sending in another batch of polish in the future. I can’t keep paying $7.67 each time I want to exchange polish. I’ll probably send my remaining polish to a hazardous waste collection. I’ll then, pick up some cheaper eco-friendly polish from diamond cosmetics or my local beauty supply. By June 30th, I hope to have a large collection of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free nail polish!

Zoya Nail Polish Exchange
April 22 – June 30, 2010

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is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper.


  • Reply May 5, 2010


    This is awesome! As a certified Nail Polish Junkie, and a recent (past 2 years) Big-Three Free fanatic, I too have fallen in love with Zoya (and Piggy Paint for my li’l mamas). HOWEVER, like you, that $7 per bottle is (as my e-home girl Brittany at Clumps of Mascara would say) No Bueno!, so I’ve purchased them sparingly, and even skipped shoe purchases (madness, right!) to buy a must-have color. The Midori, Creamy, and Ginger are so frikkin fab!

    Thanks for the info on Diamond Cosmetics, too! I’ve never heard of them.
    .-= Execumama´s last blog ..In Fitness & In Health: I DO! =-.

  • Reply May 2, 2010


    WOW, how have I never seen these polishes before. I love all the colors.

    AND I did not know you were not supposed to throw polish away. Thanks for the info
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Check My New Look Out =-.

  • Reply April 30, 2010

    Ms. Understood

    I had no clue that you weren’t supposed to throw nail polish in the trash. I’ll have to keep that in mind in the future. I really like that green polish (midori). Is it only sold online or in stores too?
    .-= Ms. Understood´s last blog ..My Mii is chubby =-.

    • Reply April 30, 2010


      @Ms. Understood, to my knowledge, you can only purchase Zoya online and at nail salons:

  • Reply April 30, 2010


    Yay! I love this post and I love Zoya and Diamond Cosmetics. All of my polishes are big 3 free (errr….I think) and if not I’m to be indulging in the Zoya Exchange. Got your eyes on any colors in particular?
    .-= Brittany´s last blog ..FOTD Friday: Red is the color of the week! =-.

    • Reply April 30, 2010


      Yep. I ordered those 8 in the photo above!!

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