PROJECT 333: DID I CHEAT?

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. I started to do this challenge three weeks ago. If you missed my first update, check it first here.
This is how my second week looked like:


Learning points:
I wore the jeans 5 times in one week and honestly didn´t even notice. When combined with different tops and shoes it makes me feel confident to wear the same item almost every day.

I need to follow my feeling better. A lot of the items I chose for this challenge, I did for practical reasons, but deep inside I didn´t like them so much. Some of those items are too casual or too worn out and don’t make me feel good when I wear them. That is the reason that by the end of week two I decided to trade in the items that I knew for sure I was not going to wear with new items that I felt were missing in my wardrobe. At first, I felt that I was cheating, but I just reminded myself that the whole point of this challenge is to get to know my style and feel happier having only on my closet the clothes that I love.
Saying that, these are the 5 items I put away:

And this are my new 6 items:

The black top, yellow top, and the Birkenstock sandals are second-hand, the rest I already had in the box I stored at my attic before I started the challenge.

With the new items in my closet, this is how my outfits of the 3rd week looked like:

Learning points:
With my new items, I feel very comfortable during this summer days. The new tops are from a nice fabric that fits a casual or a less-casual occasion.

The yellow top adds some color to my wardrobe. At first, I didn’t dare to add colorful items because I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to combine them and thought I would get tired of wearing the same color. But all those reasons are only assumptions.

Strolling around a second-hand shop I found the sandals that my wardrobe was missing. Last Sunday I went to Utrecht and went to the second-hand shop “Episode”. I found the Birkenstock sandals and felt in love right away. They still look just like new! My 33 items are now complete.

I might need to add a thin summer dress to my wardrobe. The past days have been very hot in The Netherlands. For this kind of weather, I miss a cute thin summery dress. If the weather continues like that, I might look again through the box in my attic and get one. I have reached 33 items but I don´t want to be so strict and would add one more. It all depends on the weather…

I am not counting my bandanas in the 33 items. During the summer I like to wear bandanas. I have 3 and I like that they bring color to my outfits. (And are the best for bad day hair). The first and second week of this challenge I didn’t wear any because I felt like cheating on the 33 items, but since last week I decided to keep them in my closet and don’t count them in. They make me happy and that’s what the whole project is about right?

With the new items added, this is how my actual wardrobe looks like:

7 tops, 4 blouses, 6 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 1 layers, 3 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
33 items in total.

Next week more updates,

With love,

alisson-simmonds-rosado-con-hoja

 

DUTCH FAIR FASHION BRANDS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The 17th of June I attended the Fair Fashion Festival in Rotterdam. It was an afternoon full of inspiring people and brands. I got to know a lot of new brands and here are my favorites:

1. Pretty & Fair

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Pretty & Fair is a Dutch brand that makes shoes from sustainable materials. The Founder, Alinda van Teeckelenburgh worked in the shoe industry for over 15 years. During that time she realized that the production of shoes is more about the numbers and prices than about planet and people. She decided to start her own sustainable shoe label in 2016. She uses materials such as natural rubber for the soles, recycled PET bottles for the zippers and water based glue. The shoes are produced in Portugal by a small family company that offers good working conditions for the makers.

2. Lizet van der Knaap

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Lizet van der Knaap is a Dutch fashion designer. She handmakes colorful and beautiful backpacks and totes using sustainable materials.

3. Wolf and Storm

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Wolf and Storm is the online destination for sustainable and vegan clothes and accessories. They sell from brands such as Denise Roobol, A Beautiful Story, Matt & Natt, Miss Green, People´s Avenue and a lot more!

4. Natur-el

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Natur-el is a fashion store that sells only sustainable brands. Such as Armed Angels, People Tree, Miss Green among others. The address is zwaanshals 33 in Rotterdam.

5. Granny’s Finest

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Granny´s Finest is a Dutch fashion brand. The products are handmade by grannies all around The Netherlands and are designed by young creatives. They use as natural and organic yarns as possible.  During the festival, the founder Niek van Hengel gave an inspiring speech of how the brand started. You can read all about it HERE.
You can find their products in De Bijenkorf, WAAR, Sissy Boy among other stores and they also have an online shop.

I hope you like my selection and check them out.
The next Fair Fashion Festival will be in Utrecht the 22nd of October. Join me and let´s discover more sustainable and fair brands together.

With Love,

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JUNE FAVORITES FROM BLUR

Blur is a new storyteller store located in Amersfoort. Rianne and Sanne started the shop with the mission of bringing sustainable product makers together. I have the pleasure to join their mission and since last month I started working in the shop.
On this favorites series, I am showing you my top 5 favorite products of the month: June

1. Candles poured in recycle wine bottles by Munio Candela

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These candles are poured in wine bottles collected from restaurants. The ingredients are all-natural making it non-toxic! They use vegetable wax that comes from the oil of soybeans and is scent with natural fragrances like dry flowers. The packaging is from recycled unbleached cardboard. Once the candle is is empty, you can reuse the container as a glass or a vase. The candles are made in Latvia.

2. Hair brushes made out of responsible wood

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Evo makes professional brushes and combs for all hair types, styles, and lengths. The brushes are made of wood from well-managed forests and natural rubber. The bristles are from nylon, ionic pins or from wild boar hair.  (This last one is not vegan). The “Conrad”. “Tyler” and “Bruce” brushes are not vegan, but all the rest is. These brushes help towards hair growth, adds shine, cleans hair and among other benefits, it helps to spread the natural oils through the hair. This is great if you are a no-pooer ;). Evo is a brand from the UK.

3. Juulry: Jewelry made in Amsterdam

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The minimalistic necklaces are made by an Amsterdamer woman name Juul Evers. This series above is made with marble and the chains are made of brass with a layer of gold. Juul makes also another kind of minimalistic necklaces and earrings but this marble series is my favorite.

4. Bags made out of vegan leather

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Denise Roobol is a fashion designer from Rotterdam. She makes high-quality bags using high-tech vegan materials coming from the surroundings of Hong Kong, an area that has the lead in developing high-quality vegan materials. By the usage of this new material, she encourages others that it is definitely possible to have fashionable vegan products. I am currently saving for the “Day & Night” bag in the sand color.

5. 100% natural shampoo bar

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This block of soap is a natural alternative to regular shampoo. The soap is handmade and takes about as long as two bottles of shampoo. Since last year I am a No Pooer. I wrote about it here and here. I use natural shampoos and avoid these two ingredients: SLS and SLES. If you are new to the no poo, your scalp needs some time to get used to this shampoo alternative and might feel greasy on the top the first few times, it will all disappear with the time and your hair will start looking amazing.

I hope you like my selection of products and if you are ever in Amersfoort, come by and say hello! The address is Mooierstraat 18 3811 EB.
See you soon?

With Love,

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MY FIRST WEEK HAVING A MINIMALIST WARDROBE

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. One week ago I started it and this is how my week looked like:

Friday 2nd of June


Saturday 3rd of June

 


Sunday 4th of June

 


Monday 5th of June

 

 

Tuesday 6th of June

 

 

Wednesday 7th of June

 


Thursday 8th of June

 

Learning points:
Don’t trust the weather. On Friday I went with a friend to an open air food festival. The weather was perfect. 27° and sunny. After the festival, we decided to go to a pub but before, we had to stop at my friend´s place and she lent me long pants because the temperature suddenly began to drop. I cheated a little bit, but that also reminded me to be prepared because here in The Netherlands the weather is very treacherous.

Good quality jeans are a must. The black jeans I have been using for the past week, are from a fast fashion brand and the quality is not the best. I have used it 4 days in the past week and I can see now that they won´t make it alive this tree months. I will eventually need to replace them. An update on this will follow.

Better care for your clothes. Now that I have fewer clothes, I feel more responsible for taking care of them. I am not washing the “dirty” clothes as much as I used to. Every time I get the chance, I hang the used clothes in the fresh air and when I have them back they smell fresh and I can use them again.

Next week more updates,

With love,

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LEATHER ALTERNATIVE​ FABRICS THAT SHOULD TAKE OVER THE FASHION WORLD

While most people associate leather with cows, the reality is that many different animals such as pigs, goats, sheep, crocodiles, snakes, emus, deer, fish, kangaroos, horses, cats and dogs are killed to make leather. Most of the leather comes from India and China where environmentally and healthy regulations are very poor. Once an animal’s skin is removed, it is preserved through a process called tanning which uses strong chemicals to prevent the skin from decomposing, this process is toxic to both the environment and the people. The more I research about this, the more I get encouraged to not support the leather industry but I found it very hard to find nice looking fake leather jacket, bag or shoes that are made from a sustainable material rather than a synthetic one. The good news is that there are some alternative fabrics to leather that will take over soon! (Hopefully) I have listed out my research for you to check it:

1. Cork leather
Is the most common leather alternative. Cork is obtained from the outer layer of the bark of the Cork Oak tree, a native tree found in Portugal. Its removal does not harm the tree and it will grow a new layer to replace the harvested cork making it a renewable and sustainable resource. In the past cork has commonly been used in the heels of shoes but now a very thin piece of cork also known as cork leather or cork fabric is also used as a natural and eco-friendly alternative to leather. It is hard wearing and durable.

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Brands that use cork leather so far are ONO, the Dutch designer Anna Treurniet and the German designer Ina Koelln.

2. Pineapple leather
This is a natural and sustainable textile made from the leaves of pineapples, which are the waste from the pineapple harvest. The leaves are the by-product of an existing industry, this means no additional land, water, fertilizers or pesticides need to be used to produce them. The raw material has a low environmental impact and is completely biodegradable.

Pineapple leather
Brands that use pineapple leather so far are Maravillas Bags, Time IV Change, Bourgeois Boheme, Chala Sandals, HentiesNae Shoes and Ina Koelln.

3. Recycled rubber
The rubber that used in inner tubes of tires, has a leathery texture and density, making it the perfect material for bags. This material is 100% recycled, the varied texture of the rubber gives each item a distinctive character and, although reused, the material remains extremely hardwearing.

Recycled rubber
A brand that recycles rubber is the English brand Paguro.  They make unisex bags and jewelry from this material.

4. Mushroom leather
This latest innovation leather comes from fungus spores that are grown into a close, woven pattern. It is processed in a manner similar to that of animal leathers. However, the tanning procedure is completely natural. It takes place without using toxic chemicals. Laboratory tests show that this kind of mushroom ‘skin’ is a hygienic material: it stops the proliferation of bacteria. It also has a strong absorbent capacity. Moisture is taken into the material and slowly released. These two factors are of use in a number of applications, such as shoe insoles, watch straps and so on. Muskin is also breathable. With its very soft suede or leather feel and surprising qualities, Muskin is a material that demands a closer look.

Mushroom leather
I couldn’t find a brand that uses this material, but I won´t be surprised to see it in a near future. Please let me know in the comments below if you do know of a brand that sells products from this revolutionary material.

Is there a material I am missing? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

With love,
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ALL-YEAR-ROUND BASICS MUST-HAVES

Looking for sustainable and ethical fashion brands have become my hobby since I started this blog. My latest discovery is the ethical and sustainable clothing brand: Miss Green.

Sustainable and Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment of all business operations, throughout the supply chain.

Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste.

Sustainability is at the core of the Dutch brand Miss Green. For the owner, Maaike Groen, is very important to produce her clothes as responsible as possible with the environment and with the garment workers. The people who make the clothes earn a fair salary and work under good conditions. They only produce in European and Indian workshops with a GOTS certificate and a SA8000 standard, which means that they ensure organic and socially responsible production. During the production process, no harmful chemicals are used and the substances are as biological as possible. Besides, Miss Green rely mainly on her gut feeling. They regularly visit the factories and workshops to view and choose fabrics, but above all to talk with the people who make Miss Green´s clothes. They only have two collections per year.

After checking out their current Spring/Summer collection, I listed out my favorite items for you:

1. Tanktop Irene

Every wardrobe needs a tank top. In the summer, to wear it in the hot days and in the winter, to wear it under a sweater.  The materials of these ones are 95% Tencel and 5% Elastane. The price is €29,95 and they have it in 5 different colors. Sizes are from XS to XL

2. T-shirt Ozlem

T-shirts are my personal favorite basic. The materials of these ones are 95% tencel and 5% lycra. The price is €39,95.

3. Longsleeve top Billie

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This is a basic must-have. You can wear on every season and combine it with any bottom. The materials are 67% bamboo, 26% organic cotton and 7% elastane. The price is €59,95 and they have it in 3 different colors.

4. Cardigan Moira

This cardigan is a good all season basic. Perfect for a chill summer night, or a nice layer for the winter. You can make casual but also dressy outfits with it. The material is 100% organic cotton. The price is €99,95 and they have it in 2 different colors.

5. Jumpsuit Ann

Since this spring I am a big fan of jumpsuits. They are comfortable and suitable for multiple occasions. This Ann jumpsuit on the picture above in black is made out of 95% organic cotton and 5% lycra, the price is €69,95. While the blue one is made out of 87% organic cotton and 13% elastane. The price is €99,95.

Blouses have always been part of my wardrobe. In white and blue are my personal favorites.  The material is 100% Tencel. The price is €79,95

By buying ethical fashion you are supporting the company and the people who is behind it making the clothes. I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for basics, give it a try and check Miss Green. You can shop online HERE
Or you can check their map HERE to see where is the closest shop for you.
In Amersfoort, you can find them in the shop “Keizerin” at the Zuidsingel 70.
*Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.

With love,

alisson-simmonds-rosado-con-hoja

THESE ARE MY CLOTHES FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS

My wardrobe for the next three months will only consist 33 items! Well, actually 32! On my last post, I explain the rules and give tips for the ‘challenge 333’. You might first read that post if you still haven’t.

The choosing process was easier than I thought. First I gathered all my clothes and hung them on an empty clothes rack. After that I grabbed boxes and labeled them:

Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why.
Donate/Sell: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Trash: These items are in poor condition. You can bring them to a charity shop.


This is how it looked when I was done sorting out the items:


When I was finished, I put that “Trash” box away and brought it to the charity shop. I started uploading the clothes of the”Donate” box to the second-hand apps that I use. If they don´t get sold within a month, I will bring that box to the charity shop as well. The “Maybe” box, I kept until I was done with choosing out of the 33 items and then I put it in my attic. Out of sight.

On my “Love” pile were more than 33 items. I had to go through it again to downsize it. While doing this I was thinking about what I really like to wear and what is appropriate for the coming summer season. After going trough the love pile one last time again, these are my final items:

 

7 tops, 3 blouses, 4 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 2 layers, 4 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
32 items in total.

Things I realized while doing this:
– 90% of my clothes are second-hand
– I like to wear basic clothes.
– I don´t like to wear jewelry. I own very little necklaces and bracelets.
– I don´t own any nice bag. The ones I choose are more because of convenience. I need them when I go out. My next investment is going to be an ethically made bag that I  truly love.
– I don´t own much ethically made clothes as much as I will like to. This challenge is meant to keep me from shopping but eventually, I will like to replace some of my items with similar ones but ethically made. I will do this little by little.
– I chose way too many jackets and shoes. It´s hard for me to decide which ones should stay or not.
– I don´t own any sandals or flip flops. I left some space in the 33 items so that I still can add a pair of sandals to my wardrobe. This season really asks for it. I am looking for something ethically made or second-hand. But the condition is that I have to really love them.

Before and After

I hope you enjoy this blog post and get inspired to join me in this challenge,

With love,

alisson-simmonds-rosado-con-hoja

PROJECT 333: THE RULES

Minimalism. A word that I heard first back in university when I was studying art history. Back then my interest began to show but I never did anything about it. A couple of years have passed and since I discovered Marie Kondo and the book “The life Changing Magic of Tidying up”, my fascination for minimalism came back, and this time I decided to start decluttering my house. And so I started my journey towards a simpler life. When I watched the film “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”, I felt an even stronger need of owning less stuff. One of the things that caught my attention the most is the “Project 333”. This project is a minimalist fashion challenge created by Courtney Carver. The challenge invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. And I decided to do it!

The Rules:
33 Items in 3 Months This includes clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

What is NOT included in the 33 items: “wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)”

No shopping during the experiment! Trade the time that you would normally use to shop to do productive activities such as talking to a friend, reading a book, taking a walk, call a family member etc.
Consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
I decided to make this challenge from June 1st – August 31st.

I decided to do this challenge because
-I want to get to know my real style. I own a lot of clothes that I think I like, but I end up wearing the same clothes. I want to be able to understand my style and stop investing in things I know for sure I won´t wear.
-I don´t want to feel guilty anymore when I look at my clothes and see that t-shirt that I “love” but never wear or those shoes that I knew I didnt need but still bought.
-I want to get better in decision making and want to trust more my intuition. Owning too many things that I don´t use may confuse me  and make it hard for me to make choices. If you also want to join this challenge, it is important that you find your reasons WHY you want to do this as well.

These are then the steps to proceed:
Gather all your clothes and put them on your bed or all on the floor.(Please note that if you haven’t set aside your winter clothes, this is the time to do it.) Then you start categorizing every item and place them in one of this 4 piles:

Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (You know you have those items)
Donate/Sell: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Trash: These items are in poor condition. You can bring them to a charity shop.

When you are done piling all your clothes put the trash and donate pile away inmediatly. And then you go trough your “love” pile and choose the 33 items you love the most. Once you have chosen your 33 items, take the rest of your “love” pile and the “mabe” pile and pack them into bags or boxes, seal it, and place it out of sight.

Project 333
These are all my clothes. I will choose my 33 items out of here. Some t-shirts and other things are on the laundry so I will add them as soon as they are dry.

My wardrobe for the next three months will only consist of 33 items. For my experiment I am not including my rain jacket because I live in The Netherlands, and my main transportation is my bike and I need this in case it rains, and it rains a lot in here.
I will keep you updated with my outfits, along with my triumphs and challenges. Let me know if you want to join me and exchange tips and tricks. Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Wish me luck!

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LET´S MAKE THIS AN ETHICAL SUMMER

Summer is just around the corner. Today I´m giving you some tips on ethical summer clothes. If you are not looking for clothes right now, you can remember these brands below and check them out when you want to refresh your closet.

Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment. These are some features that are usually pointed out as ethical: Fair trade, employing women or certain ethnic groups, products made without animal ingredients and cruelty-free, donating part of the profits to a charity, handmade, fair wages paid and been transparent about the production and work policies.
I have listed 6 summer essentials that you can get from ethical brands.

1. Sunglasses from Dick Moby

Dick Moby is a Dutch company that makes sustainable eyewear from plastic. They use and reuse plastic without creating more waste in the process. They are handmade in Italy. Every pair of sunglasses comes with a free recycled leather hard case.
You can check their online shop HERE

2. Bikini from Pura Clothing

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I´m wearing the Luna top and the Amante bottom.

Sara is the girl behind PURA: a Swiss brand of swimwear. Pura means pure, which refers to pure fabrics and a pure conscience. All the bikinis are hand made in Switzerland, using Fabrics exclusively from Europe.
Check the new collection HERE

3. Organic cotton tops by People´s tree

The production of the clothes of People´s Tree is sustainable and environmentally friendly. They use organic cotton which guarantees small-scale farmers in developing countries to receive a fair and stable price and an additional premium which gives them the opportunity to develop their communities.
Check the collection HERE

4. Jeans from Mud for €7,50 (per month)

Picture from http://www.mudjeans.eu/product-category/women/women-lease/women-lease-a-jeans/
Picture from http://www.mudjeans.eu

Mud Jeans is a Dutch denim company that introduced ‘Lease A Jeans’. For 7,50€ per month you can lease one jeans, wear them and after a year, or, when the jeans are completely worn out, you can send them back and switch to a new pair. Worn out jeans are shredded, cut into pieces and blended with virgin cotton. This is how a new denim yarn is born. Returned jeans that are still good are upcycled and sold as unique vintage pairs. The jeans are named after the former user.
Learn more about this project HERE

5. Backpack from Fjällräven

Fjällräven makes functional, timeless and sustainable equipment & clothes for outdoor use. All with the idea of having a less negative impact on the environment. Their production is fair trade and they support different charities.
Check the collection HERE

I hope this inspire you to add sustainable brands to your summer wishlist. Ethical brands may be more expensive than non-ones, but in my experience, the quality is better. It is a little investment and you will have the piece for a longer time. But if you are low on budget this season, give it a try to second-hand shops. You might find amazing pieces for little money. In The Netherlands, there are some nice second-hand shops and charity shops that you can visit. If you prefer online, check then United Wardrobe, The Next Closet and Marktplaats.

For more brands that support fair living wage and the environment, you can check this list that I put out for you. Keep an eye on it, I constantly update it.

P.s.: If you know of a brand that is not on this list, please let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NAIL POLISH

Let´s be honest, do you read the ingredients of the cosmetics you use? And do you know what are those ingredients? Well, I never cared. Why would I? I grew up using creams, shampoos, make-up and my favorite: nail polish. I was never aware of the ingredients until I started to walk this conscious path of mine. I do my best to stay away from animal products in my food, and now I am doing the same to stay away from cosmetics that have animal ingredients in it or has  been tested on animals. One day, out of curiosity, I took a nail polish bottle and I was surprised that I actually did not know any of these ingredients. While doing research I found out that some of the bottles containes toxic ingredients like:

-Toluene: a solvent, degreases the skin and may lead to inflammation.
-Dibutyl phthalate and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): a plasticizer.
-Formaldehyde- resin: a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
-Colophonium: a sticky flammable substance.
-Paraben: a chemical preservatives. It´s not proven to be bad, but also not proven to be totally ok to use it on a regular basis.
-Xylol: a solvent. May be a health hazard when absorbed through the skin and the respiratory tract.
-Acetone: a chemical solvent.
-Silicone: Recognize by the names that end in -cone or -siloxane.

Besides, some of the bottles contains animal-derived ingredients. Why on earth would there be animal-derived substances in your nail polish?! Still, I´m in shock. Animal-derived ingredients that can be found in nail polish are:

-Guanine: It might be listed as ‘pearl essence’. But guanine is derived from fish scales and acids that are located in animal tissue. You’re most likely to find it in products that have a shimmery, pearly effect. Or in glitter polish colors.
-Carmine: Red hues of nail polish are a warning sign, they often contain carmine. By boiling and crushing beetles, the red color is created and that’s what gives the color.
-Oleic Acid: Comes from the hard fat found at the animal’s kidneys, stomach, and other organs. In cosmetics, oleic acid can be used to thicken a solution.

One of my new goals is to find as much as possible animal-friendly products and add them to my daily basis. While searching for a vegan and non-toxic brand,  I found the German brand OZN. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional nail polishes.

animal friendly nail polish

The nail polish looks just like a regular one. Though the smell is less strong and the covering is as good as a normal one. The paint dries very fast. When I used the color pink, I needed two coats, whereas the color red and black only needed one. The biggest surprise for me was the nail polish remover. It is odorless! And after I used it I felt my nails rather soft and oily than dry.

 

 

OZN Colors
Look at all these colors!

 

As you see above, OZN has a wide color palette. A bottle costs 14,90€.
You can shop them online HERE or at The Beauty Editor in Amsterdam at the Eerste Van der Helstraat 1 A25

Veganistisch nailpolish
Hello, non-toxic nail polish. You are here to stay 🙂

I hope you enjoy this post and please let me know in the comments below if you know of any other vegan, cruelty-free and less toxic nail polish brands.

With love,

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