Why vegan nail polish?

Vegan nail polish isn’t just for vegans. It’s the very best you can buy. More and more we hear the terms cruelty-free and vegan being used in conjunction with the beauty and cosmetic industry. A large variety of animals are used around the world every day in the testing of millions of products and a quick search of the internet will provide some very confronting pictures and videos of animals who have been subjected to such research and testing. It’s cruel and completely unnecessary.

Many long standing nail polish brands have used and still do use ingredients like fish scales, oyster shells, bug resin and colours derived from beetles.

Thankfully, in July of 2017 in Australia, a prohibition on any new products that have been tested on animals or which require ingredients which have been tested on animals will become active.

Gloss & Co. believe that no animal should ever suffer in the process of manufacturing ingredients, during the production of, or in the testing of cosmetics and/or beauty products. It’s why Gloss & Co. never use any animal by-products or testing and why they manufacture in Australia where laws require quality practices.

Choose vegan, choose cruelty-free

The decision to choose vegan when selecting nail polish and beauty products is a choice of kindness and respect for the animal kingdom as well as a choice for personal reasons.

As an environmentally conscious nail polish supplier, sustainable, cruelty-free practices are the Gloss & Co. norm.

Proudly vegan and cruelty-free, our products:

- Are not tested on animals
- Do not contain any ingredients tested on animals
- Do not include any ingredients derived from animals
- Contain no animal by-products
- Are sought after and much loved by vegans
- Never contain known animal derived GMOs or genes used to manufacture ingredients or finished products.

Love your body and the environment

Being vegan and cruelty-free does not mean Gloss & Co. sacrifice on quality - quite the opposite.

In the creation of their vibrant colours, our quick dry formula, and our long lasting chip resistant finish, Gloss & Co nail polishes are manufactured in Australia with the finest ingredients under strict quality control. They know that amazing products are best developed without harsh chemicals or animal involvement and we encourage every beauty manufacturer to do so.

Gloss & Co eight-free nail polish is toxin free, cruelty-free, vegan and kind on the environment. We also minimise our environmental footprint by manufacturing our range in limited quantities, minimising waste and delivering a premium product.

Why choose 5-free nail polish?

There is certainly a lot of health talk these days about beauty products and nail polish and choosing products that are best for your body. There are also plenty of terms being bantered around like chemical-free and water-based. The truth is, there are thousands of chemicals that our skin and bodies are perfectly fine with, and in fact, there are many that we actually need to live.

Like our skin, our finger and toenails are surprisingly porous even when they are dry. The cuticle and skin area around the nails is quite sensitive and absorbent, making the nail bed and surrounding areas prone to soaking up some of the things they come in contact with, especially with prolonged use.

There are some toxins that we are probably best to avoid when we can for this very reason. Our five-free nail polish is produced by purposely excluding the 5 serious toxins that traditional nail polishes contain, as well as many other unnecessary toxins and chemicals to produce a much healthier and cleaner polish. Thats why you'll also hear Gloss & Co. talking about eight free or 8-free.

This means that while you are wearing Gloss & Co. polish, you are not exposed to the nasties that have been the subject of much research and many scathing reports over recent years, and for good reason.

FORMALDEHYDE RESIN-FREE: Derived from formaldehyde, this chemical may not be as toxic, however it is a known allergen which has been found to cause skin irritations as well as eye and lung irritation when inhaled.

TOLUENE-FREE: Toluene is well reported to be toxic to the nervous system, can cause developmental damage to unborn babies and is linked to malignant lymphoma. It not only impairs breathing, it can cause immediate nausea.

CAMPHOR-FREE: Camphor has been found to have caused liver damage in some rare cases after being applied to skin and has also been linked to seizures after being ingested into the body.

DIBUTYL PHTHALATE-FREE: DBP can be disruptive to the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for producing essential hormones that regulate the body's metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, sleep and mood. Dibutyl phthalate has been reported to be toxic to the reproductive system and unborn babies as well as having some involvement in promoting obesity.

ETHYL TOSYLAMIDE FREE: This chemical is banned in the UK due to its anitibacterial properties and concerns over antibiotic resistance.

TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE (TPHP): TPHP is widely reported as an endocrine dispuptor and causes possible developmental and reproductive problems in animals.

XYLENE-FREE: Xylene is another known allergen and possible carcinogen that we choose to omit from our formula.

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