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As a kid I loved nail polish; in fact when I was was six years old I spilled a whole jar of red nail polish on the white carpet in my bedroom while trying to mix two polishes together to create a new colour. Needless to say my Mum wasn’t the happiest – and little did we know that the nasty smelling concoction was full of chemicals that you probably don’t want a small child playing with (nor spilling everywhere…)
Since then, companies have come a long way with researching and disclosing the ingredients that are bad for us. Thus comes the disclosure of nail polishes that are five-free.
Pure Anada is a brand that I’ve tried quite a few products from – they’re readily available on Well.ca for very reasonable prices. Though I must admit that it has been hit and miss with their lipstick and even the all-natural mascara (I have repurchased the mascara a couple times!) I thought I would give their nail polish a try… because you never really know, right? You can’t beat the prices even if a few products are a little iffy in the quality (see the Pure Anada All Natural Makeup Review!)
To be entirely honest, I didn’t actually purchase these at Well.ca – I saw them on display at a natural health food store and impulsively decided to try them. Nail polish is a very occasional product for me now. The reason why is most conventional nail polish brands (Essie, Revlon etc.) have lots of nasty chemicals within them – which you can certainly tell from the horrendous smell (does nail polish give anyone else a headache?)
If you’re curious about the nasty chemicals that might be hiding in your nail lacquer be sure to read my post all about Chemicals to Avoid in your Nail Polish.
Pure Anada Nail Polish is Five-Free
What does five-free mean? This nail polish has no Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor. In short, those are all horrible chemicals that you definitely do not want on your hands. (But if you want to know the in-depth explanation on these ingredients check out What’s In My Nail Polish.)
Pure Anada Nail Polish in “Melon Mania” and “Velvet Rose”
Melon Mania is a bright orange coral shade – perfect for the summer!
Velvet Rose is described as a medium-depth reddish rose – which I think is perfect for Autumn.Ingredients
Butylacetate. A naturally occurring and synthetically produced solvent.
Ethylacetate. A solvent that is classified as a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC.)
Nitrocellulose. Used as a film former and is highly flammable.
Acetyl Tributyl Citrate. Used as a plasticizer (limited data.)
Adipic Acid/Neopentyl. Used as a film former, no data showing and health effects.
Glycol Trimellitic. Used as a film former, no data showing and health effects.
Anhydride Copolymer. Used as a film former, no data showing and health effects.
Isopropyl Alcohol. Used as a solvent.
Acrylates Copolymer. Used as a film former. Could be carcinogenic.
Stearalkonium Bentonite. Viscosity controlling (limited data.)
Styrene Acrylates. Used for film forming and opacifying. Could be contaminated with carcinogenic styrene.
Silica. Used for opacifying, it is very fine pieces of sand.
Alumina. Used for opacifying and viscosity controlling, could be bioaccumulative.
Benzophenone-1. Used to protect from UV light. It is toxic and a carcinogenic.
May contain: Mica, Iron Oxide, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, FD&C Colorant (CI77491, CI77499, CI77891,CI77742, CI77007, CI77891, CI158501)
How does the Pure Anada Nail Polish Perform?
I am the worst with nail polish because I never wear gloves when I wash dishes and I’m washing my hands at least 25-30 times a day; therefore it never lasts very long before there’s a chip. Surprisingly, this nail polish lasted a good four days before any major chips were present. I was super surprised by the longevity of the product considering it is touted as a more natural alternative to traditional nail polish.
So let’s talk more about those ingredients… um, they’re not very good! Let’s be honest. Most the ingredients aren’t the best for you (and yes, in small amounts I’m sure they wouldn’t hurt at all.) If you’re someone who is painting their nails everyday or even worse – a chronic nail biter – you should avoid nail polish at all costs. It’s pretty hard to find a nail polish that has only good natural ingredients because they just don’t perform. *reality check*
Although I’m not overly happy with the ingredient list, I do get it. I understand why certain chemicals need to be used in order to make it last (and that it does!) But I still wouldn’t want my young child to be applying nail polish (in the future.) It’s also something that I very rarely use (I can count on one hand how many times I’ve painted my nails in the past year!) Therefore it’s a product I am not 100% concerned about.
Would I repurchase the Pure Anada Nail Polish?
Yes! I really loved how long this polish lasted and I’m glad that it doesn’t have all the nasty nail polish ingredients that can be found in most other nail polish brands. For someone who regularly paints their nails I would definitely recommend giving these products a try. The price isn’t exorbitant and the quality is still really good – I’m very impressed with Pure Anada!
Do you regularly paint your nails?