- What's the difference between Cruelty Free and Vegan?
It's important to know that there's a difference between cruelty free and vegan.
For a product to be cruelty free, there needs to be no form of animal testing at any point in the products development/creation or final product.
Sadly (and frustratingly) it is qute common for a company to not test the final product on animals, but to have tested the ingredients on animals along the way (or before they started production) by a third-party.
“Required by law” animal testing is another common excuse that companies use. This means that the finished products are tested on animals by a third-party to comply with regulations/laws in particular countries (China being one of these) - no matter what the packaging states, these brands are NOT cruelty free at all.
For a product to be 'vegan' it needs to be free from ALL animal ingredients - this includes lanolin, beeswax, honey, collagen, albumen, carmine, silk, milk, gelatin, and many others.
It's easy to assume (and it would make sense) that a product listed as “vegan” would also mean that it's free from animal testing as well, but because the term is not regulated, it is often used to just note that it doesn't contain animal ingredients. So it's possible for products tested on animals to claim that they're “vegan”.
Annoying and confusing hey!!
How can you tell if your product is ACTUALLY cruelty free??
That is exactly why accreditation boards exist! Yay.
Look for official logos on the packaging: such as Choose Cruelty Free, PETA, and Leaping Bunny (as pictured below) as well as perusing the ingredients list for any animal ingredients.
Did you know that the chemicals in commercial nail polish can be really bad for your health? Ya huh, they can.
HANAMI nail polishes are formaulated to be better for your health, the health of the environment, and to those making it!
We've removed the formaldehyde (yep, thats the stuff they embalm dead bodies in), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toulene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene and parabens - those nasty ingredients can do a bunch of harmful things to your body, from triggering allergies to causing havoc in your endocrine system. Ewwwww!
- How much is postage? And where does HANAMI post to?
As we're just brand spanking new, we are starting with shipping only within Australia. But we do hope to expand soon.
Shipping within Australia is via Australia Post Parcel Post, and we charge $5 for up to 500g (that's around 6-7 polishes) above this we charge $8.
Please be aware that due to nail polish being listed as 'flammable goods', orders over 150ml (that's 10 bottles of HANAMI polish) can be posted via road only - this may mean that your order takes longer to reach you than normal. We will email you if this relates to your order.