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The dirty pink pedicure and some non-toxic nail polish brands to look out for

— by Alyson Walsh

 

The local nail salon is a place I visit only a couple of times a year, but as soon as I walk through the door it’s immediately obvious how toxic nail polish can be. The pungent smell of chemicals is headache-inducing, this does make me wonder about the long-term health of staff working in such an environment… Harmful chemicals are a concern to a number of new generation nail polish brands now creating non-toxic products. I recently discovered Nailberry an award-winning nail polish, which is cruelty-free, vegan and available at John Lewis, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique. And so this summer, my pedicure is dirty pink and free from dirty chemicals like formaldehyde (the official nail varnish name is Love Me Tender). Having made the shift from bright to white polish a couple of years ago, this summer I’ve moved on to rose-tinted toe nails. The dirty pink shade goes with everything: khaki, navy, summer neutrals and the tootsies have received several compliments. Fortunately, the advantage of bunion-covering sandals is that the rest of my knobbly feet are hidden from view.

Other ethical nail polish brands I’ve discovered, include Kester Black an Australian vegan brand that’s cruelty-free and carbon neutral, available online, at Liberty (I guess buying it in London is not exactly carbon-neutral…) and Adore Beauty. At a small shop in Peckham, I spotted a range in very cool colours by the American brand Odeme. Made without using harmful chemicals, this is available online, in the UK, at Trouva. And Butter London is another non-toxic British brand, available at Look Fantastic. The Independent ran a handy feature on the 12 best vegan and non-toxic nail polish brands HERE.

 

Opting for a pedicure in a subtle colour palette, feels like I’ve Farrow & Ball’ed my feet.

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