I am really sensitive to strong smells, especially chemical ones, so painting my nails becomes somewhat of a problem. I can paint them outside but then the smell always lingers on my hands and nails and makes me feel sick. I’ve always bitten my nails and found it hard to stop but I finally managed to stop! I now have longer nails which I am desperate to paint and make girly!
I was searching online and I came across this odourless natural nail polish by HoneyBee Gardens. It’s a water based nail enamel and it’s also made from a non toxic earth friendly formula as well as having no FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde. I thought this was great and couldn’t wait to try them out!
I got the Clear and Valentine Pink colours (it’s recommended you use the clear as a base and top coat) and I love the matte pink. It’s definitely like a barbie colour and it’s really pretty. The polishes are not actually completely odourless though, they do have some smell to them but it’s not a strong chemical smell at all. Once it’s dry you can’t smell it on your nails either which is wonderful!
The first time I tried this nail polish I used the base coat, then applied 2 coats of the Valentine Pink and then a top coat. It took ages for the coats to dry, around 5-8 minutes which is a lot longer than normal nail polish. I applied it to my nails on the Monday morning and by the evening it was peeling and chipping off really badly even though I was fairly delicate with my hands. I wondered what I was doing wrong because on the website it says long lasting. I thought maybe I applied too much or something.
The second time I tried it, I buffed my nails first to make them rougher and then I only applied two coats of the Valentine Pink without a base or top coat. They dried a lot quicker than the first time and this seems to have worked perfectly because so far, after a day and a half, it’s all still on my nails and none of it is showing any signs of chipping off or peeling! So my advice to you is, if you are trying this nail polish, only apply two thin coats after buffing your nails first, it seems to help it stick more. The odourless nail polish can be bought at TheNaturalStore.co.uk and they come in a huge range of colours. I think they are a great alternative for people who are sensitive to smells like me.
Nail polishes courtesy of The Natural Store.