Butter London is a sumptuous name for an organic or natural brand...although I feel it would be far better suited to a line of Shea butters than nail polish.
I've spent years not wearing nail polish (I lean towards barefoot hippy minimalism) so discovering it again at twenty six is quite exciting. It makes your nails look like tiny jewels! Why did no one tell me this?
It also makes me really how many times a day I - and others - look at my hands. I once read that the jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge said that rings are the most personal form of jewellery for women: necklaces, earring and even bracelets are for others to look at; whereas rings are for you to glance at throughout the day. I think nail polish serves the same purpose.
Butter London are exceptionally good nail polishes that are loved by both green and conventional beauty bloggers. They obviously aren't as natural as coconut oil or birch water, but they are free of the three toxic chemicals commonly found in nail polish: formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.
So to the polish...the colours are intense, with witty (sometimes slightly offensive names: anyone fancy a bright blue polish named Slapper? Thought not...). Come To Bed Red is perfect though. A classic, blue toned, Hollywood red, The red of strawberries and post boxes and proper grown up lipstick. It's perfect for winter.
I would advise using two coats and a base coat (to protect your nails) and a top coat if you feel like spending more. I like the Butter London Nail Foundation base coat, but it is slightly sheer - more of a BB cream than a foundation for your nails. I had been wistfully hoping that it would turn out to be a dupe for Chanel's Ballet Slipper.
You can buy Butter London from Naturisimo or your local Boots.
I am also trying a new nail polish remover, by Suncoat. I bought this from Steenbergs, during a rosewater stockpiling session. It comes in a glass bottle, which feels quite chic. It is quite moisturising and oily, which is good, because it doesn't feel as though you are stripping the natural oils from your nails. You do have to work quite hard to remove old polish, though, and there is not much remover for the price. I think I mostly like it becuase it looks as though it should be part of a watercolour set. You're probably better off trying the SpaRituals Nail Polish Remover, which you can buy from Lucy Rose, and which my mum swears by.
I would love to hear your favourite Butter London nail colours, or reviews of other natural-ish brands that you like,,,
Badly painted, but still beautiful. Come To Bed Red by Butter London: looks more fuchsia in this light.