As long as I can remember, I’ve loved having my nails painted. It’s fun, it’s cheering and nothing perks me up quite like a manicure. But I’ve never been a fan of the smell – way too many chemicals that clog up the room. The cause of the smell? Loads and loads of chemicals, obviously. Ones that are easy to avoid thanks to these Three Favourites; Clean Nail Polishes.
Ingredients to avoid in nail polishes
There are lots of nasty ingredients lurking in lots of polishes, with different brands claiming different things. There’s no regulating ‘clean beauty’, so it depends on what you’d want to avoid, but I would definitely stay away from:
formaldehyde | DBP | toluene
An indie, and affordable, brand, Cienna Rose offers a huge range of shades and finishes complete with a 12-free formula (no to Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Toluene, Triphenyl Phosphate, MEHQ/HQ (Hydroquinone Monomethyl Ether), MIT (Methylisothiazolinone), Animal derived ingredients and Parabens). I find this formula particularly smooth and creamy on the nails – it’s enriched with vitamin E and lemongrass oil – as well as it lasting really nicely. I’m obsessed with this purple shade in Pretty Please, with it being the perfect creamy blurple/purple. I’ve been wearing this on my toes since I got it and I lovvvve.
One of the earlier adaptors of clean nail polishes, Kure Bazaar was founded by Kartika, a model, after she struggled to avoid common chemicals in main steam polishes whilst she was pregnant. The line is ten-free – that means there’s no formaldehyde, parabens, phtalates, camphor, TPHP, toulene, styrene, xylene… The formula on the polishes is made from naturally-derived ingredients including potatoes, wheat and corn. Neat. It’s an undeniably chic and French-feeling brand (the bottle reminds me of Chanel), and it’s trend-led with new colour collections coming out seasonally. Essentially, you’d be hard pressed to know that the brand contains cleaner ingredients given the performance and longevity. I love this pink shade, Rose Punk.
Born out of a need to repair nails damaged by regular polishes – gels, removers, shellac, etc… – Nailberry is a brand that utilises an oxygenated formula to ensure that your nails aren’t damaged whilst wearing the polish. The range is 12-free (no to Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, MEHQ/HQ, MIT, Parabens, Animal Derived Ingredients), vegan and cruelty-free. I like this punchy shade, Peony Blush, but I’m eyeing up their new autumn collection (hello vampy tones).