As is our motto here at Natural Mumma, if you can get the same result, for the same price using a product with less rubbish in it-then why wouldn't you?This is entirely true with nail polish which is traditionally a product with a few nasties in there including dibutyl phthalate (a plasticizer), toluene (to evenly suspend color), and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen, used as a hardening agent). How toxic these chemicals are is a topic of debate but some pretty serious questions have been raised.
We have selected to stock the Kester Black range because it is '10 free' which means that it is free from 10 of the usual toxic suspects found in nail polish. I haven't found any others that can reach the 10 free milestone-there are a few 7 or 8 free brands. There are some gorgeous colours and it is a good product that lasts OK-particularly if you put the clear top coat on. The company have high values of corporate social responsibility considering the environment and promoting Australia by manufacturing and sourcing ingredients locally which is refreshing.
Water permeable & breathable
All of our nail polishes are10-Free™. Why 10-Free™ I hear you ask? The answer is simple. We strip out a lot of bad stuff. While no nail polish can ever be fully free of chemicals, our 10-Free™ brand does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates and animal derived or tested ingredients.
Kester Black has also never used ingredients ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate or xylene.
About Kester Black:
Energy We use 100% renewable and certified carbon neutral energy. Our energy supplier, Power Shop, has been certified carbon neutral against the requirements of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) by the Australian Government and is the first power company to be accredited in Australia.
Manufacturing Practices Driven to minimise our environmental impact and maximise the quality of our cosmetics, we use sustainable production methods that utilise recyclable materials and small batch manufacturing to minimise wastage. Our entire product line is Australian made, vegan, and cruelty free.
Supplier Standards When choosing our manufacturers we screen rigorously for negative environmental, social and ethical practices. Each year we conduct an on site inspection and renew our legally binding supplier agreements. We only work with companies who are cruelty free.
Recycling We design with the end life of our products in mind and use as much recyclable packaging as possible. We also have a recycling system in place at our office and have special bins for staff to bring in old electrical goods where we dispose of them properly. Paper, cardboard, and plastics are separated and recycled.
Office In our office, we only use earth friendly cleaning products. Our office has floor to ceiling windows so most days we don’t even need to switch on the lights. Our windows are double glazed so we hardly have to use the heater and we have UV blocking window shades so we stay cool all summer long.
Innovation We are always on the lookout as to how to improve our formulations. We were one of the first nail polish companies in the world to bring out a water based nail polish remover, and have just switched our entire range of polishes over to a new breathable formulation. This makes your manicure much healthier, last longer and has also made our products available to Muslim women who choose to wear nail polish.
Prohibition of child and forced labor Kester Black does not employ anyone under the legal working age. Kester Black also does not use any suppliers who employ anyone under the legal working age. We also enforce the prohibition of any type of forced labour. All production is completed in Australia and our manufacturer adheres to the legal guidelines for employees in Australia.
Local We only use local manufacturers as we believe strongly in supporting the local economy and small businesses. All products are made right here in Australia and we always source as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers.
Packaging All of our packaging is made in Australia to minimise our carbon footprint. Our shipping boxes are made from recycled cardboard and we use biodegradable bubble wrap when necessary. We even make the labels on our nail polish remover bottles from HDPE (the most recyclable plastic on the planet) so the entire bottle can be recycled.
Paperless office We are working towards becoming a paperless office. We keep all files digital where possible, send e-receipts and opt for all of our mail to be sent to us electronically.
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Benzophenone-1, N-Butyl Alcohol, Diacetone Alcohol, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Phosphoric Acid, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain +/-: CI 15850 Red 7 Lake, CI 15850 RED 6 Lake, CI 77499 Black Iron Oxide, CI 77891 Titanium Dioxide, CI 15880 Red 34 Lake, CI 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77491 Iron Oxide, CI 77510 Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 19140 Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77000 Aluminium Powder, CI 60725 Violet 2, CI 47005 Yellow 10, CI 47000 Yellow 11, CI 42090 Bleu 1, CI 77007 Ultramarine Blue, CI 60730 Violet 2 EXT, CI 45410 Red 28, CI 45380 Red 22, Mica.
Vegan| Gluten Free| Not Tested on Animals| Made in Australia| Certified B Corp