You know you’re onto a good thing when you’ve practically bought every bottle of the brand that you’ve been obsessing over. And then it’s gone. Just like that. GONE! Whether it’s been discontinued perhaps (which makes absolutely no sense) or on a seasonal cycle, trying to fill its shoes is well, almost, impossible. As I have learnt, no two reds are the same. It’s not until you have (literally) been followed by two well-groomed, fragrance-counter staff who’ve strayed from their luxury cosmetic counters (not unlike stalkers) into the clothing area of the department store hot on your tail with nail polishes in tow, that you realise they have heard the sheer desperation in your pleas for help. Their mission to match that Witchery watermelon red that you’re currently sporting on your nails – now that’s customer service! (and yes, this actually happened to me!)
If you love wearing a bit of polish but worry about the chemicals, never fear, there are some wonderful, organic and low-chemical options available while you’re undergoing chemotherapy. Wearing polish is not only about adding a little pop of colour, but it can also serve a purpose during treatment, that being, to protect your nails from harmful UV rays. A dark or a good-quality opaque polish will do the trick! And apply two-three coats!
The brands I love:
- Kester Black Natural Nail Polish. These fabulous nail polishes have a gorgeous, modern colour range with the omission of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor. The brush is large and taped so it makes painting nails so much easier!
- Butter London. This vibrant colour range is readily available in leading pharmacies and doesn’t contain any formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, or TPHP.
- Witchery Nail Polishes. Their colour range (although small) provides the perfect balance of shades for me and they go the distance! The ingredient list in these polishes appear to be relatively low-chemical.
- OPI. Have an insanely HUGE colour range and they have ample stock on hand! OPI recently reformulated their nail polishes removing two nasty chemicals DBP and toluene. According to OPI, formaldehyde has never been an ingredient in their polishes.
- Scout Cosmetics. Made here with love in Australia, these polishes contain no formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor or parabens.
Some of my tips:
- Use opaque nail polishes only (by this I mean dense to allow for complete coverage, not sheer)
- Don’t shake the bottle vigorously as this will create air bubbles in the polish
- Three strokes is all you need when applying; one on the left, one on the right, followed by a stroke straight down the middle
- Apply two or three coats
- Allow for a 1mm space between the polish and your cuticle (this will give you a clean and professional salon look!)
- Keep nails short to avoid chipping
- Wear gloves when washing up
- If you’re concerned about your nail polishes being riddled with chemicals, then pop these on your blacklist; formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene and triphenyl phosphate