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By Hannah Jones

Introducing Hanami 'Plant Polish'

We are so excited to be launching our revolutionary new 'Plant Polish' today —a formula made from naturally derived ingredients (such as corn, cotton, sugarcane and potato) - rather than petrochemicals. Cool huh!

Plant Polish contains 82% plant sourced, sustainable ingredients, is breathable, water permeable, 10 free (non toxic), as well as certified vegan, cruelty free, and Australian made.

The long list of toxic ingredients that make up a standard nail polish have frightening implications on our health and the environment, so it's always been my mission to create a safer alternative.

When Hanami first launched in 2016 our polishes were '7 free' meaning the seven harshest ingredients in nail polish were stripped out of the formula.

In 2017 we found a way to remove even more of the troubling chemicals and moved to a '10 free' formula but still I dreamt of finding a way to make Hanami nail polishes even 'greener'—and now we have it!

Plant Polish is available in 49 shades, with a perfect two coat colour coverage and a super impressive drying time. 

Hanami Plant Polish formula is free from these big nasties:

Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde Resin - commonly used to harden and preserve nail polish, but its primary, original use is to embalm dead bodies. Formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen, linked to nasal and lung cancers, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as well as contributing to problems such as asthma, convulsions, skin reactions, abnormal foetal development and miscarriage.

Dibutyl Phthalate - also known as DBP, this is added to nail polish to make it more flexible and less prone to cracks, chips, and other annoyances. DBP is linked to reproductive issues and has been banned for use in cosmetics in Europe.

Toluene - used to help keep nail polish smooth and even when applied. However, this chemical has been linked to issues affecting the nervous system with symptoms that include dizziness, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation. It has also been linked to birth defects and developmental problems in children whose mothers were exposed to the chemical during pregnancy.

Camphor - used to keep polish looking glossy, when inhaled this chemical can lead to skin irritations, nausea, headaches and dizziness.

Ethyl Tosylamide - primarily used in nail polish as a plasticizer and film former, this chemical can cause severe allergic reactions and in extreme cases cause liver damage.

Xylene - used as a solvent to thin the polish (preventing lumps). Xylene vapors can cause eye & skin irritation, headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Benzophenone-1 - used to prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from damaging colors, Benzophenone-1 has been linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and has been found in human placental tissue. Many 5free/7free/10free nail polish brands STILL use this ingredient in their formula! 

Phthalates - a solvent used to soften PVC plastics, these industrial chemicals can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.

Parabens - used in many cosmetics to prevent bacterial growth and extend shelf life, there are some major concerns around parabens as endocrine disruptors, able to mimic the hormone oestrogen - potentially causing reproductive problems.



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