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ella+mila: High-Fashion Colors Without The Compromise

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Posted on September 05 2018

Born from the concept of creating an eco-friendly yet high-end product, ella+mila has become an increasingly popular brand in the beauty industry. Inspired by the twin daughters (named Ella and Mila) of one of the founders, this brand has become one of the most sought-after nail polishes. With new collections launching every couple of months, ella+mila promises trendy, high-fashion shades to their consumers. 

ella+mila has recently started expanding their product line into cosmetics. In June 2017, they launched a line of 10 liquid lipsticks, all enriched with Vitamin E and a refreshing mint scent to keep your lips moisturized and feeling fresh all day.

The driving force behind ella+mila is passion. The founders continue to strive for fashion-forward beauty products without compromise. These are just some of the benefits:

  • Chip-resistent
  • Dries quickly
  • Provides high-shine
  • 7-free; contains no Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Xylene, or Camphor. See below.
  • PETA-certified

It doesn't stop there. ella+mila's lipsticks are also vegan, cruelty-free, and don't contain the following: Paraben, Phthalates, Lanolin, or Gluten. All products are made in the USA.

What is 7-free?

Not only are all ella+mila polishes made without the 3 most common chemicals found in nail polish (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate [DBP], and Formaldehyde), they also don't contain 4 other dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, and Xylene). This makes ella+mila free of these 7 chemicals.

What are these chemicals and why are they harmful?

Toluene is colorless, water-soluble, and has a smell associated with paint thinners. Inhaling this chemical in low to moderate levels can cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, and nausea. Prolonged exposure can cause serious neurological harm.

Dibutyl Phthalate is an organic compound commonly used in plasticizer. In November 2006, it was added to the California Proposition 65. Dibutyl Phthalate is known to cause birth defects.

Formaldehyde is commonly used to preserve and embalm dead animals and humans. Inhaling Formaldehyde for extended periods of time can trigger asthma. It's also known to cause cancer.

Formaldehyde Resin is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. While it's not as toxic as Formaldehyde, it can still be an allergen.

Camphor is a waxy, flammable, white or transparent solid with a strong aroma. It acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing them to yellow.

Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) is used in plastics to improve flexibility. It also acts as a flame retardant. Studies have proven that it can affect your hormones and reproductive health.

Xylene is used as a solvent. It's colorless, sweet-smelling, and highly flammable. It's commonly used in the printing, rubber, and leather industries. It's irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.

As of right now, it's not guaranteed that nail polish can be made entirely with organic ingredients. However, ella+mila does their best to ensure their products are eco-friendly because safety is their number one priority!

Check out this tutorial on how to achieve the perfect manicure using ella+mila.

Video by ella+mila via YouTube

Shop the ella+mila collection here!

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