Spring’s Pretty Polishes: Chemical-Free Nail Varnish

While we can’t wear spring clothes just yet, we at EB are embracing spring’s pastel-coloured beauty, especially on our tips. But the typical varnish and its harsh chemicals, such as formaldehyde, won’t do. So in true EB style, here are three chemical-free nail varnishes for trendy tips.

First up is Little BU, a chemical-free nail varnish and (wait for it) washable wonder for £9.95 each. Yes, beauty blunders, if you spill a little BU on your fave jeans, just throw them in the wash. It’s a water-based varnish so it rinses out easily. (It was made for little girls, after all. But the colours have us women going mad for it!)  What’s more, Little BU isn’t tested on animals, is non-toxic and skips the usual chemical nasties, such as toluene, formaldehyde, acetone, phthalates and more. A truly chemical-free nail varnish, it’s even safe to use if you’re pregnant. So indulge in a little self-pampering.
Available in nine shades and three finishes (cream, crystallised and pearl) at Harrods, select stores and iluvlittlebu.com.
Suggested shade: Sheer Crystallized Pink (think of pastel pink-coloured icing)

Next up is ORLY’s Cool Romance collection. ORLY is known for its kaleidoscopic trendy colours, but did you also know that it’s a chemical-free nail varnish? And we mean chemical free, free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP. Another pretty plus, ORLY’s chemical-free nail varnishes deliver delicious, would-kill-for hues that are virtually streak-free.
Available in six shades, £10.25 each, at lookfantastic.com and in a Mini Mani Trio (which comes with Prelude to a Kiss, Jealous Much? and Faint of Heart shades), £13, at boots.com.
Suggested shades: All of them!

Last, and for under a fiver, is Mavala’s Delicious collection, £4.30 each. Apart from being a chemical-free nail varnish, avoiding parabens, formaldehydes, toluene and more, Mavala is also known for giving a true hue, as in looks-just-like-the-colour-in-the-bottle hue in just one stroke. Just one stroke. Mavala’s chemical-free nail varnish formula even has microscopic air pockets so our nails can breathe.
Available in six colours at John Lewis and Debenhams stores.
Suggested shades: Every single one of them!

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