Why I don’t use Shellac at Honestly Ombré

When setting up Honestly Ombré as a Holistic Therapy company it was really important for me to ensure I could offer cruelty free and vegan products and services. I want to ensure my own personal beliefs are reflected in the ethos of my business and so I did lots of research into the best products on the market that emulate this.

For you nail lovers out there, the chances are you’ve had a gel manicure before, and this has probably been referred to as either shellac or gel. Now you might not assume there is a difference and that the words are interchangeable, but actually they refer to quite different products, so this was an important distinction to make when I was choosing the products I wanted to stock and use. I wanted to share this with you guys as it can be a bit of a minefield when choosing the salon and products that you want to support and so hopefully this can help.

An important question I get asked a lot it, why isn’t shellac vegan?

The name ‘shellac’ actually refers to where the ingredients come from, which if you didn’t know is actually the Lac bug, a type of beetle. And this means shellac is an animal derivative and doesn’t meet the vegan criteria. It is estimated that up to 300,000 Lac bugs are required to produce 1 kilogram of shellac, and so the bugs are intensively farmed and harvested on a mass scale and many are killed in order to meet the demand for shellac which has both ethical and environmental implications.

In addition to this, the vast majority of shellac products on the market are also tested on animals meaning they aren’t cruelty free, this means they are applied to broken skin, rubbed into the eyes and force fed to bunnies, dogs, cats, rats, mice and other creatures to ‘test’ the product. Yep, barbaric and completely unnecessary.

The good news is that Gel is a synthetic alternative and does not contain any animal derived products, and so meets the vegan criteria. However it’s still important to make sure the brand and company itself does not support animal testing of its products.

When I first decided I wanted to launch Honestly Ombré Holistic Therapy I started doing lots of research  into the best quality products to stock whilst meeting the ethical requirements my business is built around. And after much testing I decided that The Gel Bottle was highest quality product on the market. The Gel Bottle is a vegan and cruelty free company and clearly advertises themselves as so, which is so refreshing that the information isn’t hidden and buried within terms and conditions or ingredient lists.

The application, durability and finish of the product are unrivaled by any other product I have used, and the colour options are unreal! I couldn’t recommend the product any more, and just as a disclaimer, I’m not sponsored by the company and purchased all my own products.

If you would like to know more about Honestly Ombré Holistic Therapy you can find all the details on the Holistic tab at the top of the page! 

I hope you love the polishes just as much as I do!



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