You can't go wrong with timeless red; perfect for a night out and a black dress or jumpsuit.
This fantastic nail polish from French brand Zao uses mostly (75%+) natural ingredients to create an effective nail polish that is kinder to you and the planet.
Nail products are notorious for their high chemical content, the over-powering smell telling you everything you need to know about how toxic they are! It is nigh on impossible to find a totally natural alternative, so I have brought you the next best thing.
This 10 Free polish replaces petrochemical solvents with agro-solvents from potatoes, manioc, corn and wheat. No nasties like formaldehyde and benzophenone. Zao's nail polish range is palm-oil free and vegan certified. You will be pleasantly surprised by how smoothly this polish applies, and well it lasts with just two coats.
I am a twice-a-year when the sun shines, toe-nails only, nail polish wearer. On the other hand, my daughter and her friends love painting their nails! This gave me the nudge to find and offer a more eco friendly alternative to standard high street nail polish. The colours had to be right too of course, and Zao offer a great range from which I have currently selected my favourite shades.
Ingredients Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isosorbide Dicaprylate/caprate, Adipic Acid/neopentyl Glycol/trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, N-butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phosphoric Acid, Diacetone Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract, Tocopherol, Silica, Etocrylene. May Contain +/-: Ci 77000 (Aluminum Powder), Ci 77266 (Black 2), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 74160 (Pigment Blue 15), Ci 74260 (Pigment Green 7), Ci 15850 (Red 6 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30), Ci 15880 (Red 34 Lake), Ci 12085 (Red 36), Ci 77861 (Tin Oxide), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).
About Zao Zao are a French brand co-founded by three nature-loving friends who are focussed on developing a range of cosmetic products with a drastically reduced impact on the environment. Much of their range is refillable (hopefully nail polish will follow) and they use natural and certified organic ingredients across their range, often at 100%.
Bamboo is a huge feature in both the packaging and the ingredients, used for its sustainability as a crop and huge versatility. In the polish, silica from bamboo is used to give it strength so that the polish doesn't chip as easily as other eco nail polish.
The products are mainly made in Italy (with some made in France).
Packaging and End of Life The nail polish is in a recyclable glass bottle with a bamboo lid. The brush is PET plastic, and as such can only be recycled with specialist companies. Zao are constantly improving their packaging, and I expect a refillable version to follow.