March Promo: Going Awol with AILA

This month, our promotion is with AILA: Spend over $200 (pre-tax) and receive a free AILA nail polish in AWOL.

In the meantime, we’d like to introduce you to AILA founder Dr. Cary Gannon, Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon. We asked her a couple of questions about her line of  polishes that use natural and organic components, eliminating toxic ingredients found in commercial polishes and removers. Green beauty aficionados love AILA, and we think you will too.

1/ What was behind creating your line?
I had hit both a professional and personal wall. Professionally, I was unable to get sufficient information about a product I was carrying in my medical practice, so I took matters into my own hands and decided to do it myself. Personally, I had faced my own health challenges, my daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, and I was mired in what I refer to as “over-functioning.” That is, juggling way too many tasks very well, but imploding from the inside out. Something had to give, and AILA Cosmetics was my refuge.

2/ What’s the story behind your polish named AWOL?
Most people associate the term AWOL with its military definition, which is “absent without official leave.” Likewise, this shade reminds us of a lesson we learned long ago: some people unexpectedly get ghost when it’s convenient for them, so be careful who you include in your “circle of trust”.

3/ Do you have a favourite manicure or nail tip?
My number one manicure/pedicure tip is the importance of doing dry manicures/pedicures. A dry manicure/pedicure completely excludes water and any chemicals that may be added to the water. Water expands natural nails, and invites bacteria into the nail beds, cuticles and the skin around the nails. It’s also very difficult to identify the water source so, in addition to any chemicals that may be added, the water itself may not be of optimal condition for the skin and nails. We’re really big on the dry manicure as it reduces the risk of many of these hazards.


Thanks, Dr. Cary!


For tips on doing your own manicure (dry style like Dr. Cary recommends) check out our DIY mani blog post.



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