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What are polishes 3, 4 and 5 free? Are they more recommended than the others?

Semi-permanent, gel, acrylic… The techniques and consequent doubts that surround the world of manicure are varied. Guided by trends, they require responsible application in any case.

One of the controversies that shakes the world of manicure on a recurring basis is the composition of the enamels. Some firms have decided to provide an answer by marketing so-called “free” enamels. Discover what they consist of in the words of experts.

What are polishes 3, 4 and 5 free?

“‘Free’ means They have fewer chemical components than other brands. In traditional polish we have ‘5’ and in permanent polish we have ’10’ free. The higher the number the better, as it indicates that it is free of that number of harmful components.

As for durability, they are the same, we have managed to have enamels with fewer chemicals but that last the same, in addition to being sustainable because our enamel does not contain chemical components such as solvents, resin, etc..” the D experts explain to us. -Nails.

The number therefore corresponds to the components removed from the enamel. By not having these substances, enamels are less harmful and potentially harmful to our health and the environment. Currently, some nail polishes have 20 fewer substances. Discover the most widespread:

  • Enamel 3 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT) or formaldehyde
  • Enamel 4 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde or camphor
  • Enamel 5 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde, camphor or xylene
  • Enamel 6 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde, camphor, xylene or formaldehyde resin
  • Enamel 7 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin or parabens
  • Enamel 8 Free: without toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, paraben or traces of rosin
  • Enamel 9 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, paraben, traces of rosin or styrene
  • Enamel 10 Free: no toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, paraben, traces of rosin, styrene or benzophenone

Where to find them?

The nail polish Rubyof Lola Barcelonait’s a “8 free”, free of eight of the usual toxins. It also has a formula with diamond powder that gives shine and strength to nails. It is also vegan and cruelty free (€13).

Manucurist Paris has the line Greena range of ingredients of natural origin, vegan and cruelty-free. This “9 free” has ingredients of natural origin up to 84% and is manufactured in France, also to respect the planet.

The dark pink nail polish, wild orchid, from Benecos (€3.87). It’s an “8 free”. It is enriched with nourishing ingredients such as avocado oil to care for nails and biotin to help strengthen.

Its texture is permeable to oxygen and water, all without giving up its good drying time, its brilliant shine and its easy application with the “Big Brush” benecos.

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