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14th Aug 2017

We just found out where shellac comes from and… seriously WTF?

Well, we're slightly weirded out now.

There’s nothing better than having a fresh manicure.

When we pop into our local salon for our monthly shellac manicure, we never think about where shellac actually comes from… but now that we know, we find it a bit bizarre.

After a quick Google search some research, we found that shellac is a resin which is secreted by the female lac bug.

These lac bugs can be found on trees in the forests of India and Thialand before being shipped off to numerous countries around the world.

The resin is the processed and sold as dry flakes , which is later dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac.

Mind. Blown.

And as well as making our nails look pretty, shellac can also act as tough natural primer, a sanding sealant, a tannin-blocker, odour-blocker, stain, and a high-gloss varnish.

Now there’s a little bit of Monday morning knowledge for you.