If you are a nail art lover, and interested in traditional Japanese arts and crafts, here's something you have to check out.
I myself am not a kind of girl who spend hours to decorate her nails beautifully everyday (I rather care nothing for my nail to be honest), but I recently came across water-based gofun nail polishes. What attracted me the most is these nail polishers are produced by 260 year old company called Ueba Esou whose main product is gofun, or traditional Japanese pigments.
Ueba Esou is a Kyoto based company that produces hand made paint in beautiful colors from natural pigments. Recently, using the same process that they use to make paint, Ueba Esou developed a unique kind of nail polish containing gofun powder instead of solvent.
They use all natural, organic ingredients. There are a couple nail polishes that claim this in the States too, but this one is so natural that it doesn’t even have an odor. They dry almost instantly and can be removed with just alcohol. It’s perfect for anyone wary of chemicals in regular polish: ladies during pregnancy, children, or anyone with allergies or sensitive nails.
So what is Gofun?
- Gentle on nails
- Safe for use by children and pregnant women
- No strong scent
I haven’t tried them myself, but apparently, this nail polish isn’t as durable as regular nail polish and is sensitive to water (aka showers, baths, dish washing).
Best of all being natural gofun is kind to both the body and the environment ! :)
Ueba Esou: http://www.gofun-nail.com/ (All in Japanese)