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How to avoid dry hands & damaged nails this Winter

Winter in Australia is in full force, and with it comes the cold weather and harsh winds that can wreak havoc on our skin. One of the most commonly affected areas is our hands – they often become dry and cracked, making them sore and uncomfortable to handle.

If you do find yourself with dry hands or damaged nails this winter, don’t despair! There are ways to treat them so you can get back to feeling comfortable again. In this article, we will outline some of the best ways to avoid dry hands and damaged nails this winter. We will also discuss some dry skin causes and ways to treat these issues.

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What causes dry hands?

There are a few different things that can cause dryness in winter. The most common is the weather itself. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels can cause the skin to become dry and cracked. In addition, windy conditions can remove moisture from the skin, further exacerbating the problem. Frequent hand-washing is another of the more common dry skin causes around the hands. This is especially true if you use soap containing harsh chemicals or foaming agents. When you wash your hands, these chemicals strip away the natural oils that protect your skin. If you do this too often, it can lead to dryness and irritation.

How to avoid and treat dry hands

If you do find yourself with dry hands this winter, there are a few things you can do to treat them. One of the best and most simple things you can do is drink plenty of water. This will help to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Also, try using mild soap-free washes rather than regular soap with warm water when washing your hands. Avoid hot water, as this can further dry out your skin. It would be best if you also used a sensitive skin hand cream or lotion immediately after washing your hands. Apply it liberally, and be sure to pay attention to any areas that are particularly dry or cracked. If your hands are still feeling dry and irritated, you may want to try using a humidifier in your home. This will add moisture to the air, which can help to hydrate your skin.

Can Winter weather affect your nails too?

The answer is yes! In addition to your hands, the cold weather can damage your nails during winter. This is because the cold weather causes the nail to dry out. When the nail dries out, it becomes brittle and can break easily. The cold weather can also damage the cuticles, the protective layer around the nail. Damage to the cuticles can allow bacteria and fungi to enter the nail, which in turn can lead to a nasty infection.

Signs of damaged nails

We’ve already outlined some of the dry skin causes to your hands, which can also affect your nails, but what are some signs that your nails may be damaged? Here are some things to keep an eye out for.

  • Brittle nails that break easily
  • Irritation or bleeding around the nail and cuticle
  • Nails that are split or peeling
  • Nails that are discoloured or have white spots
  • Sore and peeling skin around your nails

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take care of your nails so they don’t become further damaged.

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How to avoid damaged nails

One of the best ways to avoid this is to keep your nails shorter, trim them regularly and file them smooth to prevent them from breaking. This will help reduce the amount of surface area exposed to the elements: just be careful not to get too carried away, as overzealous trimming can damage the nail bed.

You should also use a hand cream or lotion every day and cuticle oil at least once a day to help to keep the nails hydrated and prevent them from becoming dry and damaged. Another thing to be wary of is using nail polish remover – choose an acetone-free formula to avoid drying out your nails.

We hope this article has helped outline some of the best ways to avoid dry hands and damaged nails this winter. Remember, if you do find yourself with these problems, there are ways to treat them so that they get back to looking and feeling their best. Just follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to healthy, hydrated hands and nails in no time!

If you have any questions about any of our nail care products, please reach out. We would be happy to chat about our products and how you can achieve desired results.

Interview with Emma Seibold of Barre Body

A look into the calm and quiet home of Emma Seibold; founder of Barre Body, Bende and Glowė studio.
Nestled amongst tall trees and the Mullumbimby hinterland, this peaceful oasis will transport you to ultimate relaxation.

Emma Siebold at her home in Mullumbimby.

We met with Emma Seibold, Mother, Wife, and business entrepreneur turned leader. With her kids out the door and off to school, we sat down with Emma at her Mullumbimby home, for a moment of calm and connection.

Emma at her home office in Mullumbimby, wearing Celeste, our dark granite blue-grey crème nail polish from the Within Trio.

“I love the ocean.
I am kind.”

Hi Emma, for everyone out there, what are a few must-know points about you?

I love the ocean.
I am kind.
I am passionate and driven.
I am a mother first and business leader second.
I am exceedingly grateful for all that I have.
I think the world is a beautiful place and I do my best to tread gently on it.
I love my husband and children endlessly.
I feel incredibly blessed to be living this dream life that I’ve created.

Talk us through what drove you to start your own business?

After my son was born almost 11 years ago, I started incorporating this new form of exercise I kept hearing about from the US, called “barre” into my yoga practice, and I very quickly noticed stunning results. I had never felt so strong and fit and I was doing so, so much less exercise than previously. I can honestly say that three or four 30-minute workouts per week transformed my body and I was hooked. I knew that if I, being as devoted to yoga as I was, loved it so much, then other women would too.

From there, I decided to create Barre Body (from scratch) and not long after, our first studio opened when my son was just 6 months old. Fast forward 10 years to today and we have 7 studios, a huge Pilates and barre (and soon to be yoga) teacher training business, an online platform and three brands – Barre Body, Bende and Glowė.

I love it and I’m still just as passionate about it as the day we started it.

Emma practicing yoga at her Mullumbimby home.

“I couldn’t love my tree change more. I tell everyone that is thinking of a sea, mountain or tree change to RUN, don’t walk.”

How did you come to be in the Byron area? Are you local? Have you moved here?

I moved to Mullumbimby almost 7 years ago for a change of pace for my young family. It’s truly one of the best decisions we have ever made and I’ve never looked back. The catalyst for the move was a trip to Bali where I noticed the different energic signatures of each place we visited; Canggu, Seminyak, Gili Islands and Nusa Dua. Seminyak in particular was frantic and stressful, whereas the Gili Islands (no cars or scooters) were heavenly and I decided on that trip that I wanted that peace every day.

We bought an acre block full of trees and grass and birds and peace and I couldn’t love my tree change more. I tell everyone that is thinking of a sea, mountain or tree change to RUN, don’t walk. My set point of stress is just so much lower now that I live here.

How does who you are, what you love, and what makes you happy, help you with your business?

I am guided by love in my life and business and make all decisions through the lens of love. When I was 22, I read “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson and it completely transformed my life and has shaped every decision I have made since. In the book (which is based on the principles from “A Course in Miracles”) Marianne says that there are essentially two emotions – love and fear – and we have a choice as to how we perceive and experience the world, and so I choose to live my life with love, and my decisions and actions come from that place. It’s rather unique in the business world, but it has served me very well so far.

Emma at her Mullumbimby home wearing Celeste, our dark granite blue-grey crème nail polish from the Within Trio.

“When the chips are down, that’s when you have to dig the deepest to harvest the magic.”

Tell us about one of the most inspirational moments of your life.

My most inspirational moments are not actually that glamourous and they have all been born of the hardest times and challenges I’ve faced in my life. When the chips are down, that’s when you have to dig the deepest to harvest the magic.

What simple things bring pure joy to your heart?

Cuddles with my babies (children AND dogs!)
Being in the water – I love the ocean, the bath, a pool, any body of water really!
A brewed cup of tea in a nice cup.
Listening or reading a good book. I read passionately and get through a book a week.
Meditation and movement – of course!
My home and the peace we’ve cultivated.

Emma practicing yoga at her Mullumbimby home.

If you could spend one hour with anyone, who would it be and why?

My mum and brother. I lost them both 5 years ago and miss them desperately. I would love to tell them all about my life and children, and check in with my mum to see if she thinks I’m doing ok.

What is your number one tip for finding balance? 

Surrender. Decide what is truly important in your world and what balance looks like to you and surrender the rest. I am often asked how I “do it all” and I am very honest about what this looks like for me. If I want to be a good mum (with the caveat that the bar for being a “good mum” isn’t crazy high and I am kind to and forgiving of myself), a good-enough wife, a good boss and business leader, then I have to surrender the housework (I have a cleaner) and cooking more often than not. I can’t do it all and so I don’t try to.

Emma walking to Glowė studio.

What does beauty look like to you?

Good skincare. Natural makeup. Clean nails (if I could have a mani/pedi every week, that would be the dream). Lots and lots of sleep. Hydration. Sun protection!

How do you stay motivated and continue to grow in this ever changing and fast-paced world that we live in?

My daily movement and meditation practice keeps me grounded, and my spiritual and personal growth practices (gratitude, learning, visualisation and manifestation) keep me motivated and inspired.

“I’m not sure what is coming next for me professionally and creatively, and while it’s very unnerving, it feels like all is as it should be.”

Do you have any exciting projects in the works?

We’ve just opened our new studio at Habitat, called Glowė – a yoga, meditation, breathwork and ritual studio and I’m very excited to see that grow and evolve. I am about to go on a holiday and for the first time in 10 years, I’m not sure what is coming next for me professionally and creatively, and while it’s very unnerving, it feels like all is as it should be.

Emma at the new Glowė studio at Habitat in Byron Bay.

For more from Emma, follow her on Instagram at @emmaseibold_

Photography by Tanika Blair

Wardrobe by Aim’n Activewear and Arcaa

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Cruelty-Free & Vegan nail polish: What’s the difference

Nowadays buzz words can make looking for self-care products extremely complicated. For example, you may have heard of vegan nail polish and cruelty-free nail polish, but are they the same thing? And what do these terms actually mean?

Fortunately, being well informed helps to make the right choice less complicated and that’s where we come in. Below we outline exactly what both terms mean, how they differ and why both are better for your nail health and the environment alike.

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What is Cruelty-Free nail polish?

Cruelty-free nail polish is a type of nail polish that has not been tested on animals. Many conventional brands of nail polish are tested on animals, often rabbits, to ensure they are safe for humans, whereas Cruelty-free brands of nail polish have not been tested on animals and are therefore considered more humane. When shopping for cruelty-free nail polishes, look for brands that are certified by independent organizations such as Cruelty-Free International (The Leaping Bunny program). These companies have strict guidelines that manufacturers must meet in order to receive certification, so you can be sure that the products you’re buying are genuinely cruelty-free.

Sometimes cruelty-free products are also vegan, meaning they do not contain any animal-derived ingredients, however, it is not safe to assume that this is always the case, as cruelty-free brands can use animal by-products, such as guanine which is made from animal excrement! Thus meaning it is not Vegan. With some brands using terms like “cruelty-free” and “vegan” interchangeably, it’s important to check the label before purchasing.

What is Vegan nail polish?

Cruelty-free nail polish is defined as products that have not been tested on animals, whereas vegan nail polish is defined as being produced without any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products. This means no fish scales, bat faeces, carmine beetles (a common ingredient to make red) or shellac beetles! However, if a product is Vegan it is not necessarily cruelty free as they can still test on animals. Confusing isn’t it! And highlights the importance to do your research.

Vegan polishes are often made with plant-based ingredients, such as resins, clays, and waxes can be found in a variety of colours and finishes and are just as durable and long-wearing as traditional nail polish. Vegan nail polishes are a great choice for anyone who wants to avoid using animal products, as well as for those who are concerned about the environmental impact of traditional nail polish.

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Why choose Cruelty-Free and Vegan nail polish?

At first glance, vegan and cruelty-free nail polishes may not seem all that different from traditional polish. However, there are a few key reasons why you may want to consider making the switch.

It’s better for you

While not all vegan and cruelty-free formulas are clean, they tend to be cleaner than traditional nail polishes; without DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde, making them a far healthier choice for you and your nails. These chemicals are known to be toxic and cause a host of problems such as nausea, headaches and irritation to the skin.

You know what you’re getting

Vegan and cruelty-free brands are typically more transparent about their ingredients and manufacturing processes. As a result, you can be sure that you are buying a product that meets your ethical standards.

Spoiled for choice

In addition to these great benefits, it is also important to note that gone are the days when vegan and cruelty-free formulas were limited in the offering. In fact, vegan nail polishes are more vibrant than ever before; especially when you shop at Sienna. Whether you want a classic red or a warm yellow, there’s sure to be a colour that’s perfect for you.

So, what’s the difference between Vegan and Cruelty-Free nail polish?

Vegan polishes are free of animal products but may test on animals, whereas cruelty-free brands do not test on animals, but may contain animal bi-products. If you’re concerned about your environmental impact or what you put on your body, it is essential to do your research before buying a new product to ensure what you’re purchasing is actually good for both your nails and the environment. Next time you’re looking for nail polish, be sure to check the label to see if it is both vegan AND cruelty-free and do as much research around the brand and its certifications.

At Sienna, we are totally transparent about all of our products and we think you will love our products as much as we do! If you have any questions about any of our products or their certifications, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would be happy to chat with you more about what goes into making our products safe and ethical.

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National NAIDOC Week

Get up, Stand up, Show up!

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“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home.”

– Australian Aboriginal Proverb

Every day is a day to support our community.

Events

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1. Rita Watson Art Exhibition at TIGMI  2. NAIDOC Events

Artists

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Read

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Watch

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Nominate

If you know someone who has empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in your community and beyond, nominate them for the national NAIDOC awards.

Nominate Here

Advocate

Share, share, share. It is only by using your voice – no matter how big – that these issues are brought front and centre to our community and change happens.

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Week in Review – World Refugee Week

What do you know about Refugees?

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“Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right.

Everyone has the right to life and liberty.
Everyone has the right to freedom from fear.
Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

These human rights don’t change based on race, religion,
sex or nationality. Human rights don’t change based on
whether you seek safety by land, air or sea.”

– Craig Foster

Every day is a day to support our community. Here at Sienna we give a monthly donation to UNICEF but there are many ways to support those in the world seeking asylum.

1. Read

refugee week books to read 1.Malala Yousafzai – we are displaced 2.Behrouz Boochani - No friend but the mountains 3. Gulwali Passarlay – The lightless sky 4. Ahmed m. Badr – While the earth sleeps we travel 5. Reece Jones – Violent Borders 6. Khaled Hosseini - A thousand splendid suns

2. Listen

refugee week podcasts to listen to Right to Refuge Solidaritee, Forced to Flee UNHCR, Refugees’ Stories, Re-Settled - Displaced, Grounded

3. Watch

refugee week movies and documentaries to watch, Human Flow, flee, Fire at Sea, Three Songs for Benazir, Watan

4. Donate

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1. UNHCR  2. UNICEF

5. Advocate

Share, share, share. It is only by using your voice – no matter how big – that these issues are brought front and centre to our community and change happens. Use your voice!

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The perfect gift guide for nail polish fanatics

While it can sometimes seem like the perfect gift doesn’t exist, this is absolutely not true, especially if you know someone obsessed with nail polish! (And if you can’t think of anyone, then the nail enthusiast just might be you.) There’s no more appropriate a gift for a nail enthusiast than something from Sienna!

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When you shop at Sienna, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous polishes to choose from, including a variety of fabulous standalone colours, nail care essentials and even a carefully curated section dedicated to gifting –– we make giving the gift of colour easy!

What makes our nail polish gift sets the perfect present? Aside from being well-known for our sustainable, ethical and vegan products, our polish is also long-lasting, breathable, glossy, quick-drying and has great coverage — in other words, everything a nail enthusiast might look for in a nail polish!

So, if you’re searching for the perfect gift for that special nail fanatic in your life, keep reading for a few of our favourite nail polish gift set recommendations.

1. Care Gift Set

When you give the gift of care, you can never go wrong. Our exceptional Care Gift Set includes must-haves such as a glossy top coat, strong base coat and an elegantly functional glass nail file. Perfect for novices and master nail enthusiasts alike, these Sienna essentials aren’t just beautiful and functional — they’re also great for you, your nails and the environment. Who could say no to that?

2. Conscience Gift Set

What do you get someone who has it all? The gift of a better planet! Our eco-friendly Conscience Gift Set is the perfect solution for nail-lovers who already have an extensive range of polish but who may not know about the benefits of organic, eco-friendly polish options.

Each Conscience Gift Set comes with our range of Sienna nail essentials (base coat, top coat and nail strengthener), three polish colours of your choice, an everlasting nail file and a fabulous cotton carrying bag.

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3. French Trio Gift Set

French manicures are easy to DIY, especially when you’re working with quality polish from Sienna. Made from naturally derived ingredients and housed in gorgeously aesthetic bottles, the French Trio Gift Set is a must-have for any nail artist who’s looking to create the perfect classic look with durable, beautiful and sustainable products.

4. Sorbet Trio Gift Set

Vibrant colours made from sustainable, eco-friendly ingredients? Now that’s something new! Celebrate the creative in your life with our Sorbet Trio Gift Set, and enjoy three deliciously bold and beautiful colours that are guaranteed to impress even the pickiest nail enthusiast.

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5. Natural Trio Gift Set

Perfect for the down-to-earth nail artist in your life, our Natural Trio Gift Set is a coveted combination of some of Sienna’s most popular neutral hues. These polishes are subtle and chic yet oh-so-beautiful. Best of all? These timeless colours are gorgeous anytime, anywhere and on anyone.

6. Sienna Gift Certificate

Sometimes the best way to please a nail polish fanatic is to give them free rein over their gift — hence our popular gift card options. After all, the only thing better than owning Sienna polish is getting to choose it yourself! These e-cards are also quick and easy to purchase and send, making them the perfect choice for all you last-minute gift-givers out there.

The perfect gift:
Gorgeous, sustainable and nourishing nail polish from Sienna

Find these stunning nail polish gift sets and many more items online at Sienna today. We’re pleased to offer a huge selection of vegan, non-toxic and cruelty-free nail polish in dozens of gorgeous, unique shades. Shop by colour, finish, season or collection to find the perfect gift for the special people in your life.

Need assistance finding a certain item? Do you have questions about ordering? If so, please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can easily get in touch by calling (+61) 2 6680 2743, completing our online form or dropping by our showroom in Byron Bay at 8/4 Banksia Drive.

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The non-toxic nail polish remover redefining what a remover can do

Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to find quality nail products that did not contain harmful ingredients. But with the rise of conscious consumerism, especially in the beauty space, the playbook is being rewritten! More and more beauty companies are now shifting to clean, natural formulas.

Sienna is one such company, and our Strengthening Nail Polish Remover is second to none. It completely nails all of the benefits that a non-toxic nail product can and should have!

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How non-toxic nail polish removers are changing the nail game

Non-toxic removers are redefining the nail care landscape. Below are six ways they’re shaking things up. But be warned – after reading, you’ll never want to use traditional nail polish removers again!

1. Acetone Free

As many of you know, traditional nail varnish removers contain some pretty nasty ingredients. One of the biggest being: Acetone.

Acetone is harmful in a variety of ways so when you put some on a cotton pad, there’s a good chance you’re inhaling nasty and toxic fumes. Acetone fumes can irritate the nose, eyes, mouth, throat and lungs. What’s more, the toxic vapours provoke dizziness, headaches and nausea in some people.

In short, acetone-based nail polish removers are among the most harmful beauty products that are out there. Non-acetone removers are much safer for you and your nails.

2. No bad smells 

One of the biggest complaints we hear about nail products, is the intense smell that often comes with them! Because non-toxic nail polish removers are free from acetone, they don’t have a strong odour. As a result, you can take care of your nails without enduring the unpleasant chemical smell that we often have to.

Our Strengthening Nail Polish Remover is one of the best non-toxic nail polish removers out there. Containing both horsetail plant extract and sunflower seed oil, these plant-based ingredients have little to no smell, and certainly have a much gentler fragrance than the harsh chemicals found in similar removers in the market.

3. Healthier nails

Regular exposure to acetone can be extremely damaging to your nails. Old-style nail polish removers dry out the nail bed and the skin surrounding the nails. This often leads to weaker nails, breakage and cuticle damage.

For this reason, we created our incredible Strengthening Nail Polish Remover, which actually has the opposite effect on your nails! In fact, this magic-in-a-bottle raises the bar on what a remover can and should do. Actively nourishing your nails, as well as giving them extra strength, and when used regularly, promoting healthy nail growth. Tired of weak and damaged nails? This unique formula also hydrates nails, instead of leaving them brittle and dried out. Nail care really doesn’t get any better than this!

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4. Convenient to use

Another great thing about non-toxic nail polish removers is that they’re more convenient than their toxic counterparts.

With their harsh chemical smell, acetone removers should really only be used in well-ventilated spaces. There is nothing worse than doing your nails, and having that harsh chemical smell linger for hours afterwards!

With non-toxic removers, you can use them almost anywhere – even when you’re on the go. Keeping your manicure on point is much easier when you have a non-harmful remover on hand.

5. Carefully selected ingredients

The best non-toxic nail polish removers all have one thing in common: great care has gone into choosing their ingredients. For example, our remover is non-toxic, as well as vegan, cruelty-free and acetone-free. As a result, we have created a remover that you’ll feel good about buying, using, and recommending repeatedly.

6. Earth-friendly packaging

As well as producing high-quality non-toxic removers, some beauty companies take things a step further and provide sustainable packaging. For instance, our non-toxic nail polish removers come in chic recyclable glass bottles, and we even have an in-house recycling program, where customers can easily return their empties. Sustainable beauty has never looked better, or been easier!

Save the planet and switch to non-toxic today

If you’d like to keep your hands and nails looking their best without risking your health in the process, shop our Strengthening Nail Polish Remover today. For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Meet Sienna, the Australian nail polish brand that’s all about sustainability

There’s nothing more beautiful than a healthy planet. That’s why we are committed to creating beautiful nail polish in a way that adheres to our core principles. We’re proud to say that our 50+ nature-inspired shades of Australian nail polish are non-toxic, vegan-certified, and 100% cruelty-free. We hope that by keeping to and sharing our principles, we can inspire other Australian brands to follow suit.

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Sustainability

At Sienna, we hold ourselves to high standards regarding sustainability and ethics. This is why we create 100% vegan nail polish with a plant-based formula that includes sugar cane, manioc, cotton, corn, and other raw ingredients. We also never have and never will test our nail polish on animals. Creating high-quality vegan and cruelty-free products is our top priority. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. Sienna is incredibly proud to be accredited by multiple independent, internationally recognised auditing bodies for our ethical approach to beauty products. This list of auditing bodies includes B corp, Cruelty Free International, Vegan Society, Safe Cosmetics Australia, and more.

Healthy Planet, Healthy Bodies

Our Australian nail polish isn’t just vegan and cruelty-free; it’s also benzo-free and breathable. More notably, it’s the first glitter-free , aluminium-free, and nanoparticle-free nail polish in the world. So, why did we do this? Glitters are a pollutant that can negatively impact the environment and animal health. When inhaled, nanoparticles have the potential to cause lung inflammation and heart problems. We’ve removed these substances because the health of the planet and our customers is important to us. To make our products as eco-friendly as possible, we also use 100% recyclable packaging and operate an in-house recycling program. With the latter, we hope to encourage customers to return their empties if they choose to do so. And we accept any brand!

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Ethical Production with Green Science

Though we are a proudly Australian brand, we manufacture our nail polish in France. When researching raw ingredients and plant-based formulas, we quickly realised our products would have to be manufactured by the best in the business, and they’re in Europe. The key ingredients that form the base of our nail polish need to be synthesised through green innovation. The raw ingredients and technology we need must meet our standards for sustainable and ethical production. By manufacturing our products in France, we can ensure they’re made using the best green science in pristine facilities with complete traceability for the ingredients.

Low Carbon Footprint

One of the benefits of manufacturing our Australian nail polish in France is that it’s direct with our raw ingredients manufacturers and 100% of any wastewater is treated. This allows us to keep our carbon footprint low. We also use 100% renewable energy at our warehouse and our head office. All our power is sourced from an ethical company that is well-known for its strong environmental and community credentials.

Sienna offers both Sustainability and Quality

Sienna’s commitment to creating sustainable, 100% vegan, cruelty-free products will never change. Our use of organically derived ingredients is good for the planet, but it also results in higher-quality nail polish. Our wide range of gorgeous shades can achieve full coverage in just 2 to 3 coats. Once you try Sienna, you wouldn’t want to buy from another nail polish brand. Thinking about placing an order? We’re happy to offer free shipping Australia-wide on all orders and if you’re based in the USA, you can shop our USA website for free domestic shipping. If you have any questions about our ingredients, ethical production standards, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to call (+ 61) 2 6680 2743 or fill out our online form. You can also visit us in person at our showroom in Byron Bay at 8/4 Banksia Drive. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Classic nail polish colours to try this year

Nail polish is a fun way to express yourself while elevating your favourite looks. If you’re interested in adding a few more bottles to your collection this year, why not go for something timeless? Every nail polish collection needs colours that are non-seasonal and always trending. That way, you can wear them with confidence all year long! Overwhelmed with choices? We’re here to help! Here are four classic nail polish colours to try this year.

1. Soft Pinks

No nail polish collection is complete without at least one or two shades of pink! Soft pinks are a fantastic year-round choice. They’re beautiful but subtle, making them practical for day-to-day use. Their softness will effortlessly complement your outfits rather than overpowering them. What’s not to love?

There are so many fab shades of pink nail polish out there for people of all skin tones and stylistic preferences. If you want your pink polish to stand out, you can opt for a deeper and glossier shade. If you prefer to keep things soft, you can select shades that are much closer to white than they are red.

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2. Calming Neutrals

When listing classic nail polish colours, nudes and neutrals should not be overlooked and are an absolute must if you haven’t experimented with them yet. While some may see them as too plain, to us, these shades scream elegance. There’s something effortlessly chic about colours that don’t require much thought, are subtle enough to match anything or blend with their surroundings and still look fantastic.

While we know nude and neutral nail polishes may be understated by nature, don’t discount the power of darker shades, like Nurture, to make quite the impression and draw some eyes while still maintaining the classic look that these colours are known for.

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3. Elegant reds

There’s nothing quite like a fresh mani with a coat of glossy red. Elegant red nail polish just oozes passion and romance. You really can’t go wrong with it, whether you’re drawn to lighter and more playful shades or dark and mysterious shades.

Red may seem too bold to be worn day-to-day, but that’s not the case. Depending on the shade, your red polish can match the lovely autumn leaves, spring’s strawberries, and so much more. Another unique advantage of red polish is that it’s both non-seasonal and perfect for celebrating both Valentine’s Day and Christmas!

Red nail polish drop and hand swatch by sienna

4. Classic white

They say black goes with everything, but the same is true for white! Classic white is fantastic for when you’re going for a minimalist and low-key mani. You can match it year-round with almost any outfit. It’s one of the easiest colours to pair with multiple looks and aesthetics, making it a staple of nail polish collections everywhere.

White nail polish exudes sophistication. It’s well suited to any event, whether you’re going out for dinner or shopping with friends. This shade is also incredibly versatile. You can go for a classy full coverage look or use it to create the perfect nail tips on a French manicure. If you don’t think classic white matches your skin tone, don’t worry! There are so many different shades that offer the same elegance and versatility, including off-white and white snow polishes.

classic white nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone

Browse Gorgeous Non-Toxic Nail Polish Online

Purchase these classic nail polish colours and many more online with Sienna! We’re proud to offer over 50 nature-inspired shades of non-toxic, vegan-certified, and 100% cruelty-free nail polish. Using organic ingredients like sugar cane, cotton, cassava and corn, our polish achieves perfect coverage in just 2 to 3 coats.

If you have any questions or need assistance placing an order, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can get in touch with our team by calling (+ 61) 2 6680 2743 or filling out our online form. You’re also welcome to visit us in person at our showroom in Byron Bay at 8/4 Banksia Drive.

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How to fix dry skin around your nails

If you neglect the skin around your nails, you run the risk of infected cuticles and hangnails. As well as being painful, in extreme circumstances these infections can cause your nails to change shape, colour or texture, or even become detached. Here’s how to look after your cuticles and the skin around your nails. Read on for healthy hands and fingers, and stronger more beautiful nails.
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Cuticles

Before we tell you how to care for the dry skin around your nails, you need to understand a bit about the anatomy of your fingernails.

If you like a manicure or you’re a fan of nail polish, you probably already know what cuticles are. However, you may not know what they are for and how you should look after them. The cuticle is the layer of clear skin at the bottom of your fingernail. If you don’t push your cuticles back, they tend to overlap the base of your nail.

The cuticle is waterproof, and its purpose is to protect the new nail and the skin around it from bacteria as the nail grows out from the nail root (or nail matrix in technical speak). Although you should never cut your cuticles, you need to keep them clean and moisturised. You will also want to push them back from your nails for a bigger nail area and a better manicure.

Hangnails

Hangnails are those irritating, jagged pieces of skin that jut out from around the sides of your fingernails. For some people, hangnails are painful. Unfortunately, they can also become infected. If this happens, the area can feel warm and sore, and you may notice an abscess. An infection of the skin around your fingernails or toenails is called paronychia.
What Causes Hangnails?
Cracked, brittle skin can cause hangnails, so moisturising your hands is essential, especially during winter. Other causes of hangnails include washing dishes without gloves, swimming in chlorinated water, frequent hand washing, and nail-biting.
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Caring for the Skin Around Your Nails

  1. Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water.
  2. Soak your hands (or feet) in the water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove them from the bowl and pat them dry with a towel.
  4. Apply a cuticle oil like our award-winning Sienna Cuticle Oil and massage it into your cuticles.

Your nails, cuticles, and the skin around them will now be clean and soft. Push your cuticles back gently with an orange (cuticle) stick. We prefer to leave it at that but if you have lots of cuticle, you can now trim any excess skin and hangnails around your nails with cuticle scissors. To finish off, apply lots of your favourite moisturiser to your hands, fingers, cuticles, and the skin around your nails.

Dos
Use a sanitised nail clipper or cuticle scissors to cut off any hangnails or dead skin that is jutting out.

Ask someone to help you cut off hangnails, especially if the hangnail is on a finger on your dominant hand.

Moisturise your cuticles regularly with cuticle oil to prevent them from becoming dry and cracked.

If a hangnail gets infected make sure to see your pharmacist or naturopath for the correct medical advice for your unique skin.

Don’ts
Never cut off the entire cuticle. Make sure to leave a good amount of skin so you don’t expose it to infection.

Do not pick or rip off hangnails. A: It hurts! And B: If you are not careful with hangnails, you can damage the skin around your nails and risk infection.

Don’t bite your nails or the skin around them, or you risk hangnails.

Don’t forget your gloves in cold weather or while gardening or doing housework.

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

Finally, always moisturise your hands and cuticles liberally. At night, before you go to sleep, apply your favourite moisturiser and leave it to soak into your hardworking hands. And remember, you don’t have to wait for manicure day to moisturise your cuticles; you can also apply cuticle oil in-between times. Sienna Cuticle Oil is ethically made in France, certified vegan and cruelty-free and perfect for taking care of the area around your nails.