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14/11/13: Jacava Nail Polish

"Eight-free??  What's eight-free?"  That was my first thought when I read about the line of nail polishes by Jacava London.  I've heard of three-free and even featured a couple of four/five-free polishes on this blog, but eight-free was something unknown to me.  

So what is it?  Jacava London claim to be free of -deep breath - DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Cellophane, Parabens, Phthalates and animal ingredients.  They're a relatively new brand, and before their introduction, I hadn't heard of them.  Described as luxury nail polishes, the colours are made in the UK with a design headquarters in (not surprisingly, given the name!) London.

I chose to review Jacava Nail Polish in City Heights*, described as a smoking hot taupe.   I was initially drawn to some of the amazing pinks they have, and an ocean green, but looking at my collection I decided a taupe was probably a more interesting addition.

Good for me?
I have to admit that although the first time I read the list of what they were free-from I was impressed, the more I thought about it, I realised I hadn't ever been aware of parabens, pthalates or cellophane being in any of my less-free-from polishes.

After duly searching google, I discovered that some polishes do contain parabens.  But applying the same categories that Jacava do to theirs, Mavala  and Zoya both appear to be 8-free too, despite being marketed as less.  So I'm still a little confused about whether this polish really is any better for me than some of those brands as the name 8 free suggests.  But obviously it's worth bearing in mind that nail polish is never going to be completely natural!  

The polish itself applies very well, and after two coats is pretty much good to go.  It lasts and only began chipping today (after four days of wear) and I've had a couple of compliments while wearing it.  It's a minx of a colour to photograph, but I think the photos accurately show the pink-grey it leans toward - it reminds me of mushrooms!

The Jacava printing on the bottle is made from 22ct gold which is a luxurious touch, although I would prefer a heavier/more solid wand - the plastic gold doesn't quite match up to the real gold branding and glass bottle.  However, I really like the finish of the polish and the fact that the brush reaches all the way to the last drop at the bottom of the bottle, so if I can get to grips better with the ingredients then I may consider purchasing another colour.  This sea green looks amazing!

Good for you?
If you're looking for a simpler nail polish (from what I can gather looking at the ingredient list vs other lists on other polishes I own) then in terms of the number of ingredients/number of ingredients I don't recognise there are other polishes to choose from.  Honestly, it depends on what you're looking for in a nail polish.  I think if you want a nice vegan colour without the main toxic ingredients often found, then this is a good brand to choose from - and they are clearly going in the right direction. :)

Jacava is available from Amazon and Feel Unique for £14.95 and their website can be found here. (Where they are currently offering a bestsellers collection - three polishes for just £25.)
What do you think - are you interested in being "Jacava'd"? 

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Ingredients:  Ethhyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid, Nitropentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Copropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Triphanyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Petanyl Disobutyrate, N-Butyl Alcohol, Steralkonium Hectorite, Diocetone Alcohol, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1. (Taken from bottle, not found on website - might have missed it, let me know if you spot'em!) 

* PR sample.  Opinions are all my own, based on my experience of the product.


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  1. I love this colour! I do get confused by all these 'free' nail polishes though! x

    1. Glad it's not just me that finds it confusing! Thanks for stopping by :) x

  2. I don't wear nail varnish, but the colour is nice! :-) xx

    1. Is that a health choice, or just not a fan? I didn't really wear them until a few years ago when I became a little bit obsessed :) x

  3. I didn't realise that Mavala had a less chemical formula as well. They are a bit more purse friendly too :)

  4. Nice to know a brand that cares about its users. Just a note, though, I think you'll find that Mavala are not '4 free' - they have one of the four chemicals under a different name, but it's still the same toxin - Sneaky Sneaky!

    1. Ah, okay that's interesting.

      On Mavala's website it has them as being free from "parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal"? But has them also as not including DPB... It's very confusing to know what categories are being applied when a brand says they're 3-free, 4-free etc, as they don't always seem to be the same 3, 4, 5 that other brands talk about.

      Thank you for your comment, definitely off to investigate more :) x


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