I was painting my nails this morning with one of the Moomin themed, Code Glokolor polishes I picked up recently so I can review it for you soon, and it got me thinking about where nail polish comes from.
So, I did a little research and it turns out that ancient civilizations such as China and Egypt used things like vegetable based dyes to stain the nails and the colour you chose would depend on your rank. The lower classes wore soft nude tones, while those in higher social ranks went for red tones.
The first commercial nail polishes, similar to what we can find in stores today were from Charles Revson's brand, Revlon in 1932, and were originally formulated with the same enamel used to paint cars.
So next time you paint your nails remember what a long standing tradition you're contributing to. I know I will.