Little Ondine Nail Polishes

Guys, it may seem like a teeny, tiny thing, but I can paint my nails again.

You see, somewhere along my cancer journey I became afraid of nail polish. Yes, afraid. What chemicals were in them? Could my nails absorb chemicals from polish? Could that stuff get into my blood? You all know how it is. So that was it. I turfed my lifetime collection of pretty colours and glitter polishes in the bin and there was no. more. nail painting.


And how I missed it. Pretty nails. They made me feel so feminine and girly. So manicured and well put together. With my perfect polish I could do anything. All of a sudden my bare nails felt sad and neglected. I didn’t feel put together anymore. I missed my pretty pinks and shiny glitters.

I know nail polish is not important. Goodness me, in the grand scheme of things! Nail polish is not that important to me, I promise you. It just felt like a constant bleak reminder of the things that were now different, after cancer. You know, part of my new life.

A few weeks ago I was browsing around on – my favourite place for online shopping – when I came across Little Ondine nail polishes. Non-toxic, peel-off polishes? What…?! I had no idea. I guess I missed that boat when it sailed. I greedily clicked and read as fast as my eyes could take me – could it be – nail polish that I’d be happy to try, with all my new chemical-wariness in tow?

Little Ondine polishes are composed of organic colorants, natural resin and water and are completely free of toxins – no formaldehyde, acetates, toluene or alcohol. The absence of harmful chemicals means you may see some separation in the bottle, or other naturally occurring product changes. Just shake it or warm it and you are good to go. They are also easy to peel-off (no remover needed), odour-free and quick-drying (5 min average for most colours).

What ingredients are in Little Ondine nail polishes?
The formula for each colour varies depending on shade, opacity and finish.

The base of each colour is made from:

Aqua (water)
Polyurethane-35 (resin)
Acrylic/VP Crosspolymer (resin)

Pigments or glitter particles are then added to achieve different looks.

The colour and glitter polishes are made from:

Aqua (water)
Polyurethane-35 (resin)
Acrylic/VP Crosspolymer (resin)
Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (resin)

And may contain (0-4%, varies per colour):

Polyethylene Terephthalate (glitter)
CI 77163
CI 77891
CI 77491
CI 19140
CI 77510
CI 15850
CI 73360
CI 15880
CI 77000
CI 77007
CI 77820

Little Ondine nail polishes are vegan, cruelty-free and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. They have been extensively tested and are child-safe, pet-friendly and even suitable for pregnant women. When applied correctly, Little Ondine polish can last for an average of 3-5 days without any chipping or peeling. This may vary depending on how dry or oily your nails are.

Hooray! It looks like I may yet have pretty nails once more.

What do you think? Would you try the Little Ondine polishes? We’d love to read your comments below.

A selection of Little Ondine polishes are available to buy through the new Happy Magazine Shop, click here to see them.

1 Comment

  1. Niamh
    20 November, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    Fantastic Holly, just what I habe been looking for! I am really looking foreard to painting my nails when they stop breaking down from top to bottom ☹

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