Review – Little Ondine Nail Polish Has No Smell
As you know, I have a severe chemical sensitivity, which means I can’t be around anything that smells. Nail polish is one of those things. I developed my intolerance to the smell of it when I was about 13/14, when my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome symptoms started to get really bad, so the only thing I have been able to do for 16 years is avoid it entirely. That means not being in the same house as anyone using standard nail polish either, as it’s that strong. I found a company called HoneyBee Gardens a few years ago and thought that was great, but the polish would just chip off so quickly and you would only get half a days wear, so it was a waste of time. It didn’t look very realistic either, so I quit wearing it and just stopped looking.
I used to love painting my nails when I was young and I love the look of pretty colours, so I was always a bit gutted thinking that I could never have nice nails again. Since then, Adam and I went looking online and we came across a company called Little Ondine, which is a US based nail polish brand that is entirely odourless (it has zero smell!) and made of natural ingredients. I was a little skeptical so I made sure to check out YouTube videos and even watch the demonstrations on QVC, then read the comments after. Everyone said there’s no smell at all, so I ordered my first kit from QVC (this one – on sale) and waited for it to arrive.
Once I received it, the packaging looked professional, and it looked like normal nail polish, so I was excited. Before opening the lid though, I had my mum open it and sniff it as I was apprehensive in case it did smell, but she said she couldn’t smell a thing. I cautiously sniffed at a distance, moving it closer to me each time, and I can guarantee there is no smell. So if you’re dubious about it like I was, I can reassure you, it’s odourless. I’ve sniffed all of the normal plain colours and they are completely fine, the only one’s I noticed a tiny little scent on were the large glitters, but that I believe is down to the scent of the glitter and it’s minimal. When I say a tiny scent, I mean just a tiny little hint of something plastic – it’s nothing like nail polish, and I have an extremely acute sense of smell.
So, Who Are Little Ondine?
Little Ondine couldn’t bear the thought of covering nails with chemicals. Especially those toxic chemicals painted over our cars which is actually in standard nail polish! I never knew that, so I was shocked! We wouldn’t put that on our skin, so we shouldn’t put it on our nails. So, the brand innovated an all-natural, water-based formula which allows for bold, colourful expressions on your nails, so no one has to sacrifice health for beauty again! How amazing is that? The actual Little Ondine polish itself is made up of water, clean resin, and colourants, so it’s a nice formula completely free of toxins. No formaldehyde, acetates, toluene or alcohol. They source for natures finest minerals to present a natural glamour of bold, brazen and happy colours.
How To Apply Little Ondine Nail Polish
So, how do you apply it? It’s super simple! Just clean your hands/nails with soap and water to remove any oils, then dry them. I then apply a clear base coat (you don’t have to) and then apply two coats of colour. Sometimes I might need three if I’m going for a more solid look. The polish dries in less than a minute, so applying the colours is really fast. I then finish it off with a top coat. If you do spill any on your skin, wipe it off right away while it’s wet, so that it doesn’t peel. Then, once your nails are dry, don’t get your hands or feet (if you painted your toe nails too) wet for an hour. So it is good to do it before bed or when you’re relaxing. The reason you can’t get them wet is because the polish dries harder over the hour, as it’s resin, so if it gets wet, it can make it soft and peel. This is of no trouble to me though as I find it relaxing doing my nails anyway as I always do it while resting, never in a rush as these things take time to make perfect. If you want pictures and more info, you can check their how to use page.
How To Remove Little Ondine
The no smell application isn’t even the best part though, to get the Little Ondine polish off, all you do is peel it! I was excited about this as using nail polish remover itself is disgusting and it smells worse than actual nail polish, so I can’t stand the stuff. With Little Ondine, you just push an edge, then the whole colour on the nail peels off. It takes a second! This also means that the polish is more gel like and doesn’t chip, so it’s a great alternative to gel nails too. The only thing I would suggest is to not leave the colours on too long as I have noticed my nails underneath can peel a little bit when you peel the polish off, but that’s because it’s been stuck to the nail for over a week. It’s also good to leave a break sometimes between applications so you can moisturise and keep your nails healthy, as it is with any nail polish, not just this one.
Why I Love It So Much
Since I loved my first kit so much, I ordered some glitters as well. Then I got in touch with Little Ondine via social media to thank them for making such an amazing polish and to find out more about the brand. They happily sent me 5 other colours to try as well, including the Mermaid Blue and that is the most gorgeous shade I have ever seen! Since getting their polishes is a little difficult in the UK now due to US to UK importation, I’ve quickly bought up all the colours I wanted, and Feel Good Matters (a store I used to buy the Sweet Peach from) was kind enough to send me the pink/glitter twins set as well, to test out. I’ve now amassed a collection of 21 Little Ondine nail polishes! I’m actually so excited to do my nails now that I’m changing the colour twice a week, ha ha.
Even if you don’t have a chemical sensitivity, I would recommend Little Ondine to you! It’s much better being made from natural sources and having no smell at all, so much healthier! Plus, the ease of removing it is amazing, so I literally have no negatives apart from it can dry out your nails a bit when removing, but that’s only minimal and I mention it as I’m always honest. I’m sure you can tell just how much I am loving it right now as you’re seeing me actually with pretty nails in my outfit shoots now! I don’t want plain nails anymore! They will be a new colour each week and that excites me! I’ve been using Little Ondine for just over a month and my mum has also swapped to it too since it doesn’t smell, and as we live together, odourless nail polish for her too is ideal as she doesn’t have to wait for me to leave the house for a period of time. I’m in love, so a huge thank you is going out to Little Ondine for making such a fantastic product! I wasn’t paid to write this review, it’s genuinely coming from my heart as I’m elated with joy now that I can have pretty nails again!
If you’re in the UK, Feel Good Matters still has some stock, as does QVC on sale, so you can purchase from there, otherwise if you’re in the US, you can purchase directly from the Little Ondine website! Australia – link here. Have you tried Little Ondine?
Oh my gosh – thank you for sharing this brand! The smell of nail polish AND the remover is what puts me off painting my nails so this is a brand I’ll have to look out for 🙂
Of course! So glad I could introduce you to a new brand 😀
I love painting my nails but you are absolutely right about the smell! I have never heard of little online before will look into it. For me painting my nails is a relaxing treat and I always love the afterwards when both my fingers and toes look so beautiful!
Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com
So glad I could tell you about it!
So going to have to check this nail polish out. My husband hates the smell of nail polish.
This will be perfect for him then!
Oh what a shame they are US based! I’d love them, but we have rules about nail polish, we aren’t allowed to send it in the mail, and we have new laws where you have to pay more if you get things from overseas. Otherwise I’d be all for this – while I don’t need to avoid the scent of nail polish I do love how easy this is to remove – I hate having to remove my nail polish when it chips!
Hope that you have a great weekend ahead of you 🙂
Away From The Blue Blog
They are a US company, but they sell worldwide! I have a link here to an Australian company and they have a huge selection! https://rstyle.me/n/c7cc65mype I hope that helps, Mica 😀
So many great colors! I like the glitter :-*
Melanie / Goldzeitblog
It’s a pretty one!
Usually when I see products that make new claims about “no odor” or “no xyz-free”, they usually make some major sacrifice to do that. Or they make a very limited collection. But these colors are fantastic, and the removal has me going yes, please! Great review!
I feel the same way, I’m always dubious about it, but Little Ondine isn’t like that at all, I can’t stop raving about it!
Wow Great Collection
Glad you like them!
So glad you did this. I hate the smell of nail polish and remover I will definately be ordering some of these, the colours look amazing x
So glad I could help spread the word!
They’re sooo gorgeous dear. Love the glitters, so fab!
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Glad you like them!
Thank God for this brand! I have sensitive nose, I rarely would paint my nails cos’ of the smell! I loved the colors and the removal process, gotta check out the brand asap!
Hope you’re having an amazing week!
Ankita | Real Girl Talks
So glad I could let you know about it! It’s truly great!
Do you have a swatch of the color starstruck on your nails?
Hi! I don’t, unfortunately that’s one colour I don’t own.I found some on Google though. Looks gorgeous!
This is so interesting. I’ve tried a brand called Color Street that is already in forms, yet is real polish. But because it comes in the forms, it doesn’t smell either. Yet, I notice that after a week, it’s starting to wear off with all of my typing….
Oh that sounds interesting! I will take a look at them too!
Hey thanks for the heads up on this, going to check them out for sure. I love that they do not have load of chemicals in them, and great review!
Yeah, it’s brilliant! I love it!
In love with the colors of this nailpolish *.*
They are great!
Variety of colors and all the colors are beautiful.It is easy to remove from nails. Like this stuff, I think I should try this nail nailpolish.
It is really good!
I am in Canada and also have MCS. I used to paint my nails all the time and LOVED having them look nice. Then developed MCS and haven’t found a good solution since then. I tried a few different natural polishes and the colours weren’t vibrant and the removal process was tedious and their chemical-free removers were pointless (I usually just used the products on my toes and kept adding more layers of paint as my toenails grew out and then scraped and filed the polish off in the winter).
Do you know of any places that sell this polish and are either in Canada or ship to Canada? Alternatively any chance there are brick and mortar stores selling this stuff that I could find when I am across the border?
They are sold in the US, definitely, but I don’t know about the shipping rules to Canada, did you check? It sucks doesn’t it, having MCS, it’s really hard! This has been a god send though, I wear their polish weekly!
It looks like they just closed their business at the end of January 🙁
Noooooo! That’s so sad! 🙁