I am always scanning for friendly nail varnish. My definition being that it is free of toxins. It is increasingly easier to find lacquers that have eshewed formaldehyde, the ingredient that is most to blame for drying out the nails so that they become brittle and, horror of horrors, ridged. But it is harder to find them without toulene (a toxic paint thinner) and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). DBP is a plasticizer that makes the polish more flexible. It is a suspected teratogen, meaning a cause of birth defects, and manufacturers of nail polish have started to phase it out.

OPI has a new range of nail laquers that are formaldehyde, DBP and toluene free. The India Collection comes in colors, such as Black Cherry Chutney or Monsooner or Later, that will bring a tropical warmth to the winter.