Meet Katje


We adore our amazing esthetician, Katje, and we thought you might like to learn a bit more about her too: 

What do you love about your job?

I love helping people feel good in their own skin!

Being an essential oil guru, which ones are your favorites right now? 

Ooh! Right now, I am loving peppermint, frankincense, and wild orange.

You're certified in Aroma Touch, why should I check it out? 

The powerful benefits of essential oils can drastically improve one’s health and emotional well-being.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to workout; I just tried buti yoga, and I’m totally hooked!

Katje is an absolute expert in all things skin and makeup related and she's just as kind as she is knowledgeable. Come see why we're crazy about her! 


Woman Crush Wednesday - Mary Mooney

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm a visual artist! I paint using acrylic glass as my "canvas", which gives my work an incredible depth and allows me to cut and shape it in way that wouldn't be possible on a fabric. This has allowed me to use my work in unique ways to create a living that hone my skills for my gallery work. I'm working towards a solo exhibit at the Red Arrow Gallery in February that will explore gender and landscape. I'm also working on creating balance in my life so I can better answer this question in the future. :)

Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?

My favorite part is creating work, because it's so empowering to dream something up and see it actualized. I work in abstract imagery, so it's really special when my work resonates and connects with someone else. 

What does self-care mean to you? 

My husband Nathan is in social work so self care is a frequently used term and topic of discussion in our house. You have to take the time to take care of yourself, so you can bring your best self to everything else. I love that you two value it and have made it your mission, because I think often our society blows by self care as an indulgence instead of a necessary piece of balance. 

What inspired you to start your own company?

I wanted to create work as often as possible, and I knew to do that in a sustainable and responsible way it needed to be a part of my income. After working for several small businesses became really enamored with the idea of making a living for myself. 

What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss? 

YOU WILL LEARN SO MUCH AS YOU GO! I think there is a huge pressure to know everything about your business or industry before you start....but, aspiring girl boss, you just gotta get out there and be open to learning as you go. No one ever starts in the middle. 

Fall is finally here! What's your favorite thing about this season? 

Fires outside! And maybe some s'mores too. ;)

Thank you, Mary!


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Hannah Jackson wearing RMS and Ilia for Poppy & Monroe.

Hannah Jackson wearing RMS and Ilia for Poppy & Monroe.

Being one of the purest beauty lines on the market, we knew we had to have RMS in our shop. It's important to us to have cosmetic lines that look beautiful, are simple in application and are non-toxic. RMS  takes all of this criteria to another level with 100% transparency and commitment to bringing safe, beautiful products to women of all ages and skin types. RMS Beauty was founded by renowned makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift. Read more about Rose-Marie's journey to non-toxic beauty below (excerpt from  

Hannah Jackson wearing RMS for Poppy & Monroe.

Hannah Jackson wearing RMS for Poppy & Monroe.

Several years ago, Rose-Marie began to experience some health issues that were causing many problems physically, mentally and emotionally. After an extensive series of tests, she learned that her blood contained toxic levels of heavy metals including aluminum, barium, cadmium, lead and mercury as well as high levels of pesticides and other chemicals.
               Rose-Marie was surprised when the technician asked if she worked in the cosmetics industry. Until then she had no idea that cosmetics could contribute to serious health issues. After years of rebuilding her own health, Rose-Marie realized that she wanted to help other women claim their right to healthy beauty. To achieve this goal she created RMS Beauty, her acclaimed line of organic color cosmetics.
               Rose-Marie is an outspoken advocate for women protecting themselves from the toxic chemicals found in products they use on their bodies daily. She created the website to dispel beauty myths and expose some of the dangers of personal care products.
Hai Anh Dinh wearing RMS & ILIA for Poppy & Monroe.

Hai Anh Dinh wearing RMS & ILIA for Poppy & Monroe.

“Somebody once said to me, that because it's organic it's good for you, and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work as well as the mainstream stuff - I intend to change their mind.”
-Sasha Plavsic, founder of ILIA.

ILIA has become one of our favorite lip care lines because of the versatility of their collections. From ultra-pigmented options to sheer conditioning formulas,  they are filled with certified organic bio-active botanicals which nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Once we tried ILIA's products, we were hooked. Organic shouldn't have to mean you sacrifice beauty or performance and ILIA gets that 100%.  "Our skin is our largest organ, and can absorb just about anything we put to its surface. ILIA is formulated with this in mind, and dedicated to creating the purest products possible."  -ILIA

Kate Brown wearing ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Lust for Life for Poppy & Monroe

Kate Brown wearing ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Lust for Life for Poppy & Monroe

In celebration of these lines, we are hosting a party at our shop on Thursday, October 13th from 5:00pm - 7:30pm. There will be mini-makeup sessions offered using these new beauty lines! RSVP via email at Can't wait for you to try these amazing products! 

Ariah Leifker wearing RMS Beauty and ILIA for Poppy & Monroe.

Ariah Leifker wearing RMS Beauty and ILIA for Poppy & Monroe.

Also, be on the look out for step-by-step tutorials on each of these gorgeous looks! 

Woman Crush Wednesday - Emily Herron

•Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Emily Herron and I relocated to Nashville from a small town in Ontario. I've been here about 6 years and I never want to leave! About a year ago I started EMLEE design and it's been an amazing journey.

•Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?

It's so hard to choose! I love that I get to make my own schedule (although I am a notorious procrastinator) and I love to work from home. I think my favorite part is getting to meet real women and impacting their lives in my small way. It's so wonderful when I connect with someone, online or in person, and I get to make their day. Everyone loves to find the piece of clothing that makes them feel like a million bucks and I love when I've made that one piece.

•What does self-care mean to you?

Self-care to me means indulging in my hearts desire without any guilt. I usually have that list of what I could be doing in the back of my mind rather than being in the moment. Whether it's that second glass of wine or a good soak in the bath when there's laundry to be done or emails to answer, I try to remind myself that I'm more important than my to-do list. 

•What inspired you to start your own company?

I just decided "why not?". I have had this in my heart for quite some time and I decided that I had put it off for for long enough. 

•What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?

Being a girl boss looks different for everyone so don't compare your journey to anyone else's. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don't despise your small beginnings. I still struggle with comparing myself to others, but I find I'm happiest and most fulfilled in my work when I'm celebrating my successes without measuring them up to anyone else's.

•It's summer! What's your current theme song?

Right now I'm in love with one of my besties new songs from her EP, "The Best Part" by Bien. It's the sweetest!

Thank you, Emily!


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(L to R) Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray; Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo

(L to R) Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray; Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo

Our lovely aesthetician, Katje, shows how to achieve voluminous, beach waves in four easy steps - none of which uses toxic chemicals! See more below: 

1. Use a wand to wrap 1 inch sections of hair. Alternate the direction you wrap the hair all the way around head but curl the pieces in front away from face.

2.   Use Mermaid dry shampoo powder directly on the root all over then massage in to create texture and volume.

3. Gently tousle hair by and separate waves.

4.  Spray on Golden Waves Sea salt shimmer spray for a beachy, tousled look with a hint of golden shine. 


Woman Crush Wednesday - Cara Jackson

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Cara Jackson. I’m originally from Monroe, Louisiana, but I’ve been in Nashville for almost 9 years. I’m a former intellectual property lawyer, but last year, I started a business management firm for fashion designers and creative businesses. The simplest way to describe what I do is that I’m a part-time CEO. 

Do you have a favorite aspect of your job? 

It doesn’t feel like a job, so that’s one aspect I love! Another thing is that I get to work with incredibly talented people who are passionate about what they do. I get so much energy from helping a creative who has a killer product or idea and the drive to do the work that needs to be done. 

What does self-care mean to you? 

To me, self-care means turning everything off for a bit and doing something for myself. Sometimes it’s an hour of yoga or just making myself a healthy meal at home. And sometimes I wake up and it’s Friday and I realize that I’ve been running at full speed all week, so I’ll book a massage or a manicure over the weekend. I definitely have to be much more intentional about it nowadays.

What inspired you to start your own company?

There were several things. First and foremost, I wanted to find a way to put my legal and business skills to work so that I could be helpful to the people and brands that I admire in this town. Being part of the Nashville Fashion Alliance as it formed up and took off was definitely inspiring. And as I was thinking and planning and asking a lot of questions, I had great encouragement from my mentors and from people in the creative community, too.

What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?

Have a plan. If you have an idea that you think is really great, then take the time to build a plan around it. You’ll be much more focused, confident and better equipped to navigate the roadblocks that you’re undoubtedly going to encounter. 

It's summer! What's your current theme song?

I just discovered John Paul White’s album Beulah, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be in heavy rotation on my late-summer/early fall playlist.

Thank you, Cara!

Cara Jackson  +  INSTAGRAM

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"To The Moon and Black" by Antonym Cosmetics

Our lead esthetician, Suzanne Borgia, was inspired by the "To The Moon and Black" eye shadow quad from Antonym (a non-toxic cosmetics line we carry in our shop) and created this stunning look on Alidia! She also made a list of what she used - see below.

Suzanne used Antonym Powder Foundation. This is a build-able formula allowing you to apply as much (or little) as you'd like.  (in color Light for Alidia). Then she dusted Baked Organic Blush in "Peach" over the apples of the cheeks.

Time for the eyes! Suzanne used the Antonym eye shadow quad in "To The Moon And Black" to create a this soft smokey eye before using the Antonym Liner in "Noir" for definition. Mascara in "Noir" to finish.

Don't forget those brows! Browfood Tinted Brow Enhancing Gel Fix in "Dark Brunette" is a must according to Suzanne because it not only holds brows in place but defines, conditions and helps them grow.

Complete your look with Sunny Blush by Suntegrity (20% off in the shop!).

Heart eyes for days!

Woman Crush Wednesday - Rebekka Seale

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm Rebekka Seale, the owner of Camellia Fiber Company, a luxury yarn company based here in Nashville, Tennessee. We specialized in ethically sourced natural fibers, handspun yarn, and hand-dyed yarn using low-impact, earth friendly dyes. Our yarn is sold to knitters and weavers across the world via our online shop, as well as in our studio which is just a few blocks from Poppy and Monroe! 

Do you have a favorite aspect of your job? 

I love color and playing with color. Our yarn colorways change seasonally and it's exhilarating to plan the next season's palette! Right now, our Fall mood board is overflowing with color inspiration from the earthy hues of Autumn herbs and spices: sage, cloves, and rosemary flowers.

What does self-care mean to you? 

My definition of self care is always evolving as I get older and learn more about what it really means to treat myself well. In my 20's, I saw self care primarily as an excuse to be indulgent for indulgence's sake, and many of those indulgences weren't so good for me. Now that I am in my 30's, self care means making healthy choices that make me feel good in the long run...getting lots of sleep, eating mindfully, riding my bike, and choosing beauty products that are gentle on my body and gentle on the Earth. 

What inspired you to start your own company?

I studied studio art and painting in college my heart, I am always just an artist struggling to pay my bills! The yarn company started as a side gig while I was working full-time as an illustrator. I never expected it to grow to the size it is now. And it's not huge by any means, but it allows me to be creative and also have time to explore other creative outlets as well. 

•What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?

Understand your personality type, and work within it! Take the Enneagram personality typing test and really study your type. Seriously! Nothing has helped me in business more than this! We are all different. The same strategies don't work for everyone. Not in business, and not in life. 

•It's summer! What's your current theme song?

Can't stop listening to the soundtrack from Hamilton. I know. Drama geek from way back when! 

Thank you, Rebekka!

Camellia Fiber Company  +  INSTAGRAM

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Woman Crush Wednesday - Kari Gran


Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Kari, Co-Founder of Kari Gran Skin Care and I’m a Seattle native. I developed the eco-luxe skin care after battling an autoimmune thyroid disorder, further aggravated by the toxin-laden beauty products slathered on my skin daily without a second thought.  Ultimately, I’m one of those people who likes to share something that I love and that’s what happened with the skin care line at the urging of my business partner, Lisa.

Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?

I love playing mad scientist in the lab. When I have time, I get to experiment with new materials in our back room, covered in oil.

What does self-care mean to you?

 Eating food that is nourishing to my body, I can always tell the difference in my body when I eat something that will come back to bite me later.  It’s pretty tasty in the moment, but the price paid after the fact gets higher and higher!  I also meditate daily after learning Transcendental Meditation years ago.  It is deep rest in a little 20-minute session. Without it, I¹m not quite as charming as I’d like to be!  Last, I have found that lack of water and exercise has a much bigger impact than they used to. So, hydration is key as I keep my body moving.

What inspired you to start your own company?

 My business partner and Co-Founder Lisa.  After I gave her a gift from the line I had created for myself, she thought there were more people who would like this minimal approach to skin care. Her name should be on the bottle; we wouldn’t be here without her big ideas.

 What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?

 I don’t have to please everyone, it’s an impossible task. It also drains my energy and everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions, as am I.  I’ve learned not to take things personally, dust myself off and move forward instead of dwelling on any negative energy. We also know the difference between a real situation that needs immediate attention and what masquerades as important but, really, is just a time-suck.

It's summer! What's your current theme song?

 I’m a little obsessed with the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album and Dark Necessities is my favorite. Sounds a little dark for summer, but I really love it.  The video is cool and love that it features female skate-boarders.  It’s not often I¹ll seek out the video for a song I love and I¹m really glad I did.

Thank you, Kari!


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Woman Crush Wednesday - Branka Tomic

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Branka. I was born and raised in Chicago but my family is from Serbia (I visit quite often and still have family living there). I am the Co-Founder & Creative Director for LVX Nail Lacquer.

Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?

Choosing and naming our seasonal colors and collections! Ever notice our color names have a historical or meaningful messages tied into the shades? 

What does self-care mean to you? 

Self-care is taking care of yourself (whether mentally or physically) in a way that helps propel you to be your best self for the given moment.

What inspired you to start your own company?

I’ve always had a desire to start my own business. I combined my entrepreneurial spirit with my obsession with nail polish and jumped feet  first into creating LVX. I believe nail polish has the power to express anyone’s  personality, individuality and emotion.

After finishing school, I couldn’t stop thinking about starting my own business- I knew the 9-5 world was really restricting my creative abilities and inner drive. After some serious soul searching, I discovered what I really wanted to do and realized that there was a void in the beauty market for an eco-friendly luxury nail brand. No other brand had a custom collection solely based on designer, runway and pantone color trends that directly fused with high fashion.

What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss? 

Amongst the challenges I have faced, one that really stands out is the importance of creating and building an extremely encouraging support system around you. It was (and still is) crucial for me to surround myself with positive and inspiring people I can learn and draw inspiration from. My advice to fellow entreprenuers is: 

When it comes to business ideas with passion behind them, the only option is to run wild with them and not let anyone stop you. If you truly believe you will succeed - you will.

Follow your heart, not your wallet.  Passion is the best investment you can ever make in your business; if you’re passionate and relentless, the financial success will follow.

It's summer! What's your current theme song?

Major Lazer- Light It Up! 

Thank you, Branka!


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Woman Crush Wednesday - Lauren Berkovitz

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Lauren B.  The B stands for Berkovitz -- my last name. I am from the East coast originally; born in Boston, and raised in a very small town in Rhode Island. I have lived in California now for nine years. I am the Founder and CEO of Lauren B. Beauty, and VP of Philip B. Botanicals.

Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?

I LOVE what I do every day! The Beauty industry is such a cool industry to be involved in.  I am excited to wake up every day and rush to work. I wake up with tons of new ideas and energy (most days) and can't wait to get in to put them into practice. I love being able to work with people, and creating remarkable products that are changing the footprint of the beauty industry. I love working with different customers and types of people all over the world: from customers, to distributors, to regulatory agencies and everyone in between. Learning about different cultures is fascinating; visiting customers in their element is also life changing. I equally love formulating products. When I get an idea I run with it, and have created some of my favorite products and colors that way with an idea and goal, and no restrictions.

What does self-care mean to you?

 This sounds cliché but I feel that self-care and beauty really starts from the inside. It is not only physical to me, but more of how a person feels and treats their mind, body, and soul. It’s all encompassing. People that are beautiful on the inside and who practice self-care are more beautiful on the outside in my opinion!

Care to share your morning routine?

-I wake up around 5:00am and head to the gym for my morning workout (I currently am obsessed with Orange Theory Fitness and take their classes 3-4 times a week). I workout for 60 min.

-Come home and have a healthy breakfast, either a protein shake or poached egg and avocado.

-Shower with my favorite beauty products, embark on a very basic beauty routine, and get ready for the day.

-I am normally at the office by 8:30 - 9:00am-ish ...and ready to conquer the world hehe :)

Must-have beauty products:

ALWAYS polished nails, and manicured hands and cuticles. The perfect first impression is more than just polish, but the whole appearance of your hands and nails…hence the perfect Lauren B Manicure. Philip B is my lifesaver for everything hair, the perfect treatment shampoos & Conditioners all the way down to my styling aids. Jet Set hair spray, I can't live without. My favorite drugstore beauty buy is Neutrogena makeup remover pads and oil absorbing sheets.

One beauty item you can’t leave home without?

I can't chose only one... I can't live without my Lauren B Hand Scrub- I use it twice a day because I am legitimately addicted to it.  My Nail and cuticle balm are a close second, and my Philip B. Jet Set Hair Spray.

It's summer! What's your current theme song?

Sia- Cheap Thrills.  It’s currently stuck in my head.


Thank you, Lauren!


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Brand Spotlight: AILA Cosmetics

Today's post is a guest blog by board-certified Podiatric Surgeon, Dr. Cary Gannon and founder of AILA Cosmetics. We're proud to be working with Dr. Cary and AILA, especially because AILA lacquers are physician-developed, 8-free, paraben free, gluten free, cruelty free, vegan and made right here in Nashville! Thank you, Dr. Cary for sharing what inspired you to start AILA.

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” -Thomas Kinkade
Dr. Cary Gannon. Founder, AILA Cosmetics

Dr. Cary Gannon. Founder, AILA Cosmetics

I’ve never met an uphill climb I wasn’t totally attracted to, and developing AILA Cosmetics would certainly qualify as a climb. A few years ago, I found myself hit with a series of mentally and emotionally exhausting plaques: a rare cancer scare, an unhappy marriage, an all-encompassing surgical practice and my youngest daughter, Aila, suffering with a then undiagnosed disorder (Sensory Processing Disorder - SPD). All of this was happening at the same time and, outwardly, it looked like I was managing all of it well. Nothing fell through the cracks. Everyone in my personal life - and in my surgical practice - were getting equal amounts of my attention (do that math with just twenty four hours in a day!) and, even though I’d been dealing with all those major life-altering circumstances, I wasn’t showing any signs of wear and tear.

But I was worn…and torn.

I was what I now call a chronic over-functioner. An over-functioner is different than an overachiever. Let me explain.

Overachiever: a person who sets one extremely challenging goal at a time, works very hard and achieves it every time.

Over-functioner: a person who successfully manages way too many things extremely well until they mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually implode and can’t manage any of them at all.

Over-functioning always results in a sneak attack of inevitable meltdown. If not kept in check, over-functioning causes everything to crash – in dramatic fashion – like an eight-foot Jenga tower.

My inevitable meltdown came suddenly. I didn’t know it, but I was a ticking time bomb. One day, my resolve just shut down. I literally didn’t have the strength to continue one more day in my organized chaos. I had been quietly sinking in beautifully packaged quicksand and, before I knew it, I was almost completely covered. At my wits end, I called a friend and said, “I’m not okay. Please come get me.” Rather than taking me to a bar, she took me to Whole Foods, introduced me to my first wheatgrass shot and said, “This is it. You have to start taking better care of yourself…and you start right now.”


I know it sounds cliché, but it really was my light switch moment. I immediately became acutely aware of all things toxic: people, relationships, habits, foods and products. I did an overhaul in every area of my life and saw almost immediate relief from the toxicity the havoc that hidden stress was wreaking.

Then I hit a professional wall. I was selling a nail product through my practice, and a patient asked about the ingredients. After inquiring several times with the manufacturer, I got no answers. Since I was on a roll with eliminating everything that wasn’t making sense in my life, I took matters into my own hands professionally, too. I knew I had to make changes that would matter. They had to matter, not only for myself, but also for my patients and, ultimately, for women in general. The idea that my or anyone’s health has to be compromised for beauty is unacceptable to me. So, I decided to make my passion for healthy beauty a tangible entity that is available to everyone.

It was out of this passion that AILA Cosmetics was born.

8 free nail lacquer
AILA cosmetics nashville

I named the brand after Aila to honor the courage she exhibits in her journey to conquer SPD. In developing AILA Cosmetics, I found balance in my life by intentionally marrying the words health, beauty and function into a thoughtfully curated collection of products that empowers women to never settle for less than they’re worth. I’m inspired by the people (and their stories) who have made AILA Cosmetics a reality, and our AILA Gives initiative is our way of honoring the people behind those stories, and giving back to those who have selflessly given so much to us.

Today, I’m grateful for the personal and professional crossroads that led to the launch of AILA. I’ve met countless over-functioning women across multiple professions and in all walks of life who completely identify with my story. Sometimes, it’s enough just to know we’re not alone.

And sometimes we just want to get gorgeous…for ourselves.

You can connect with AILA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and by following their hashtag, #LoveAILA!

- Karen & Sherri

We are taking appointments!

We have to pinch ourselves to make sure we're not dreaming - the shop is ready for you (!!) and we cannot wait for you to come in and see it! In fact, if you want to get your nails done we are ready to pamper you and give you a mani or pedi (or both) this week, right in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! You can book your appointment by clicking here.

There aren't enough words for us to express how excited we are that this has all come together, and how this shop started as an idea and has now become so beautiful and real.

Please come visit us, we will be here everyday this week (except on Thursday of course) and you are so welcome to come in.


Hours for Monday 11/23 - Sunday 11/29:

Monday 10-6
Tuesday 11-7
Wednesday 10-6
Thursday Closed
Friday 10-5
Saturday 11-5
Sunday 12-5

Remember - Just look for the pink door!

What is 5 Free?

We want your experience at Poppy & Monroe to be safe and hygienic and part of that means we have chosen to use products that are 5-Free and that do not contain any of the following harmful chemicals:

Toluene - A clear liquid, toluene is used as a solvent (think paint thinners!) and can also be found in fuel. Inhaling toluene can cause neurological harm and that's not something we want anywhere in our shop.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - DBP is used to make plastics flexible and as an additive to adhesives. DBP has been banned in the EU, and permanently banned in the production of children's toys.

Formaldehyde - Found in embalming fluid, paint and paint thinners, it is also listed as a known carcinogen.

Formaldehyde Resin - A skin allergen known to cause dermatitis. Your skin shouldn't ever feel anything except soft and refreshed after you've spent time with us!

Camphor - Inhaling camphor can cause dizziness, nausea and headaches. Not only do we want you to feel safe here, we also want to take care of our nail artists who work with these lacquers and polishes all day!

You can also visit our friends at AILA Cosmetics and Treat to see what they have to say about 5-Free!

- Sherri & Karen