Ask BEAUTYCALYPSE #7: “Is Korres a green brand?”

With quite a selection of nail lacquers positioned as “green, clean, non-tox”, I often get asked why I keep using Korres of all things and if Korres are a ‘green’ brand. 


I have tried to use water-based polishes, and boy, did I want to love them!
Still, I don’t think they have quite reached the same grade of product features perfection yet as those toxic none-free formulas out there.
And that’s okay; I can live with an occasional chip and scratch, I’m not that vain after all.
However, when I need my nails to look impeccable, I choose the cleanest conventional formula, and Korres have been cutting out quite a lot of unhealthy stuff. A reader has pointed out that The Organic Glam formula looked pretty clean as well (thank you, I., I will definitely test them!) – so there’s room for adventure and Korres is not the end station of my nail polish journey 😉

To sum it up: Korres lacquers are free from 11 potential offenders and thus “cleaner”* than some of their most serious competitors positioned as “green & clean” (read more on that in the Korres post). They deploy colours and other ingredients that are not considered the safest (just look it up on Codecheck), but they do not use the worst and the really bad. Given that conventional nail polishes are synthetic products, inspired by car paint, this is already something.KorresRubyRedLimited


Korres call themselves “natural products”, but I presume that we all know that the term ‘natural’ is not legally defined/ protected.

To me, Korres is a conventional-slash-niche phytocosmetics brand that has eliminated some, but not all synthetic ingredients from their productsThey deploy quite a few palm-oil-based ingredients, which is a major flaw in my book; and a quick search on Codecheck reveals a hormonal disruptor here (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate/ suntan oil, mattifying face cream), an irritant there (Aluminum Hydroxide/ lip butter stick), even potential formaldehyde donors (Imidazolidinyl Urea/ Shower Gel), enviromental pollutants (Tetrasodium Etidronate, body soap) and several petrochemicals can be found. Some products on the other hand (last I checked, a shampoo and a face mask) are pretty neat.

Personally I’m watching Korres closely, because they have been improving formulas over time, and I would love to see it all greened up into perfection one day.
So maybe ask me again in a year! ;)”

Ladies, let’s not forget that all conventional nail polishes are hazardous waste.

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  1. Great post! I have a body lotion from Korres and it doesn’t have the best ingredients but its certainly better than mainstream. Although on the side it says No Nuts..then the main ingredient is almond oil which is rather strange. I think they’re heading in the right direction though 🙂

    • Amber, thank you ❤ Me too, I think they might be onto something.
      In fact I think some of the niche-y beauty brands would do better if they moved towards "clean".