Sometimes you just have to give a bad review! Natural cosmetic review of Butter London Nail polish remover.

Butter LONDON Powder room Acetone free Lacquer Remover

When I first thought of reviewing natural make up for stage I thought I would be kick arse tough on all products, instead I have shied away from writing the reviews on the products that I haven’t liked and focused on the ones I have. Then I realized, I don’t take a reviewer seriously if all they have to say is sunshine and moonbeams so here I am – getting tough on a product I hate, just so you know I am being truthful on the ones I do like. Guess I won’t be contacted by butter London to review any of their future products!!Jade Belly dance review

I bought this product after reviewing suncoat water based nail polish and thinking it would be good to reduce the toxins in the clean up too. I figured I would give another company a try and chose butterLONDON as it had popped up in every health food store in the Coffs Harbour area. It was being pushed as a healthier alternative to regular nail products.

As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.


It comes in a simple, plastic cylindrical 59ml (2 fl oz) bottle with screw top lid… that unfortunately leaks if you don’t keep it perfectly upright. Consequently I have ended up spilling it on myself several times and having to endure the horrible smell. (Like right now when I got the bottle and placed it near my computer for inspiration. Obviously walking is too vigorous an activity for the integrity of the bottle and now my hands smell like really bad baby talc. Honestly it makes me feel sick- YUK!). And what’s with the lack of child-proof lid? Most nail polish remover has a safety cap.

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“Not impressed. I don’t want to smell like a toxic baby!”



It doesn’t bloody work!

(Can you tell I am an Aussie?) 😉

Well it doesn’t work well at any rate. It struggled to remove the water based nail polish so it’s no good for that (suncoat had said regular nail polish remover usually works)… and it needed a lot of product to remove ordinary nail polish.

When I pay premium for a product I expect it to work well. Cutex acetone free nail polish remover costs about $3.39 for 100mls. This costs around $8 for 59mls ($7.95 from GO-Vita shops, $8US online).Jade Belly dance review

I also expect products marketed as a more “natural” alternative to not make me feel as sick as the regular product. No such luck. I would rather the smell of regular nail polish remover to the insipid scent of whatever the hell ‘baby powder room’ is.


As this product is not already reviewed by the EWG data base, I entered every ingredient by hand. All ingredients are between 0 and 5 (3-6 is considered moderately toxic).  It’s hard to say if this would be a low or moderately toxic product because anything could be hidden by the word parfum.

I can’t say I am feeling trusting of their integrity to put something nice in under that word. First of all because it makes me feel instantly ill, secondly, a quick look on the EWG website has many of their old products as either HIGHLY toxic or moderately toxic!!! Not a single low toxicity product among them.

I certainly hope this company has pulled up it’s socks since then.Jade Belly dance review

For comparison I entered all the ingredients in for the Cutex acetone free nail polish I also had. Overall I feel Cutex would end up with a similar or BETTER rating than butter London in terms of safety. The main ingredient Ethyl acetate is rated slightly less toxic than the Methyl acetate used by butter LONDON for example. The cutex colourants are also less toxic. As Cutex is a third the price overall I would suggest my readers purchase Cutex over butter LONDON.

This proves the point – Just because it’s in a health food shop, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you!


From the bottle as the website does not advertise the ingredients.

Methyl Acetate. Isopropyl Myristate, PARFUM!!!, Red 17, Violet 2

Butter London only has websites for Canada, UK and the US. What about the rest of us?

 My summary: 1/5

Product: butterLONDON powder room acetone free Lacquer Remover
Effectiveness: 2
Packaging: 0
Safety: 2
AUSTRALIA : $7.95 AUD from GO-Vita
Where can I buy it: In more places than it should be – Go-Vita stores for example.
Locals you can also buy it at Kombu in Bellingen but I don’t recommend it, just go to the chemist and get the Cutex stuff instead.

I have no affiliation with butter LONDON (obviously) or Cutex.

Have you tried butter LONDON nail polish? I hope to god its better than this product. Please feel free to comment below and tell me your experience.

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REVIEW : Suncoat water based nail polish – it doesn’t stink!

Nail polish is among one of the most toxic items in your cosmetics drawer. Many brands that are widely available contain the toxic trio of cancer causing and mutagenic substances- toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde. I knew nail polish wasn’t great for you but looked into it more when I realised just how often my daughter was using it. What I found out was quite terrifying (see below).

Now, I didn’t like my chances of talking either my daughter or fellow belly dancers out of wearing nail polish, so the solution Water based Nail polish purple– Trial out water based polish!!

Suncoat Purple Haze Water-based Nail polish


It comes in a cylindrical bottle with a brush attached to the lid as most nail polish does. It is easily applied as it is less viscous than regular nail polish and it doesn’t stink to high heaven! The lack of so many volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) means that sensitive folk are not forced outdoors to put paint their nails. I still sat on the veranda to do the first coat but then came inside and did the subsequent coats while watching TV. No one complained of the smell. It does have a slight scent but comparatively it is negligible. The bottle is sturdy, plain and functional.


I used purple haze on my toe nails and the colour is not quite what I expected. It is not really like the sample swatches. This is one of the stronger colours in the catalogue by Suncoat. The first coat was very light – more of a pale pink. As each coat went on the colour intensified and almost changed entirely. I did 3 or 4 coats – I lost count (lol). I would normally only have the patience for 2 coats with the regular stuff but as this stuff didn’t smell and dried quite quickly, the extra coats were not too burdensome. It turned out to be more of a reddish undertone with a purple sheen. Not what I expected but a reasonable intensity and pleasant enough colour.

It's really hard to take a decent picture of your foot! Polish after a weeks wear and tear.

It’s really hard to take a decent picture of your foot! Polish after a weeks wear and tear.

After wearing it for 3 days going about my regular routine with no chips, I decided to give the water based polish the ultimate test – white water rafting! OK, so maybe I am exaggerating just a bit, I just happened to be wearing the polish when I got invited and the white water rafting ended up being more like floating down a river on inflated tyre tubes – but the nail polish was submerged in water for hours and subjected to constant rubbing from the rubber shoes I was wearing.  Result – the nail polish did rub off a bit on the big toes. I touched it up at home though and while not quite as even as the original coats, I still felt the result was acceptable.

Overall it probably wasn’t quite as durable as regular nail polish but I also had not applied the recommended clear sealer to add durability.

As long as you have let this product cure for a few hours before going on stage – I can’t see why it wouldn’t be effective. It would be a disappointment for those that were after a really intense purple colour and may not be the best choice for someone that is emerged in water a lot (ie swimming instructors, for example) but for a regular person or a bellydancer I think it is worth the change. Your health is just too important and we need to send a message to cosmetic companies that they need to clean up their act.

Overall, it is quite a different experience to use but a pleasant one. I intend on switching to water based colours after this trial. It might be harder to pick out what the ultimate colour will be but being able to apply it and not get a head ache makes it worth the perseverance to me.Water based nail polish colours


From their website “It is possible to make a 100% natural nail polish but it would wash off too easily in water. Suncoat is not 100% natural but it is about as natural as you can get. It contains 70% water and only 1-3% natural colourants (earth pigments). It contains NO phthalate of any kind, no toluene and no formaldehyde.” Purple haze is also vegan.

Ingredients:  Purified water (~65% in formula), acrylate copolymer / styrene-acrylate copolymer (~28% in formula) Other ingredients (all under 4%): propylene glycol n-butyl ether, dipropylene glycol dibenzoate Pigments/colorant: may contain [+/-] mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ferric ferrocyanide, iron oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), chromium oxide (CI 77288), carmine (CI 75470)

I love that they include their ingredients and approximate %’s. This kind of transparency is admirable. The major ingredients are all no to very low toxicity based on current knowledge. The colourants are a bit more toxic but still classified as low toxicity for non ingestible products such as nail polish.

My summary: 4/5

Product: Suncoat Purple Haze Water-based Nail polish

Effectiveness: 4

Packaging: 4

Safety: 4.5

Suitable for day wear: yes,

Suitable for stage: yes

Price: $9.25 AUD online as a part of a 2 for 1 deal (ie $18.50 all up) that is still currently available. Also for Australians, when you spend $80 + postage is free. International buyers through Suncoat pay $9.99 US plus postage (postage free when you spend $100 +)

Where can I buy it: Australians online at Off Grid Australia and internationally online through Suncoat  it is also available in some shops so check the suppliers pages at either Suncoat Australia or if you want to hold the product before you buy it.

I have no affiliation with Suncoat.

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What’s so bad about regular nail polish?

The chemical solvents in conventional nail polish, after repeated use, can discolour nails and make them brittle and weak. This is not an issue with water-based nail polish but that is not the half of it…..  

I doubt I am the only one that gets a headache when I smell nail polish, the stuff is loaded with Volitile Organic Compunds. Here is a rundown of the big 3 nasties. Some companies have taken steps to eliminate these from their products, but what they say they do and what they actually do can be 2 different things! 

Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, also an asthmagen, neurotoxicant and developmental toxicant

Dibutyl phthalate– Phthalates are of concern in humans because they have the potential to disrupt hormone levels in the human body and potentially cause birth defects in children and cancer in humans. They’ve also been demonstrated to cause liver toxicity in rats and are thought to play a role in childhood asthma. Phthalates are of such concern that they’ve been banned from use in cosmetics in Europe.

Toluene is also used for paint thinners and explosives and has been known to affect the function of the central nervous system. Exposure to toluene can cause headaches, fatigue and dizziness. This chemical in nail polish has also been linked to kidney and liver failure.

What you may not realise is that your finger nails are porous and can absorb any chemicals you plaster on to them. If you are pregnant the Environmental Working Group recommends no polish at all, it’s too risky.

What are your thoughts on nail polish? Please comment below.

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