While there’s a lot of beauty buzz surrounding skin and hair care products that are free of parabens and other ingredients, what you put on your nails should be an equally important part of the conversation. The best non-toxic nail polishes are formulated without the three main aggressors commonly found in nail polish formulas: dibutyl phthalate or DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde. And beyond leaving unfavorable ingredients out of the picture, a truly great non-toxic polish will be made of a high-performance formula and come in a wide range of gorgeous colors.
Branka Tomic, Co-Founder of LVX, a high-fashion, seven-free premium nail lacquer, believes that some of the chemicals present in topical beauty products are harmful. “For nail polish specifically," she explains, "it's crucial to not only seek out brands who claim to be 5+ free, but to be aware of their full ingredient list.” So finding a polish that's five-free or 10-free is great, but be sure that you're still reading the label in its entirety if there are specific ingredients you're concerned about.
Not sure where to begin? These seven non-toxic nail polishes are available in tons of colors and finishes, so you can find a polish free of common aggressors that's still loads of fun to apply.
1. A Non-Toxic Nail Polish Based On Trending Runway Colors
LVX is known for producing non-toxic, vegan polishes that are long-wearing, chip resistant, and rich in consistency. Choose from one of three formulas — a one-coat creme, semi-opaque, or metallic. The fun part about this brand is that they release a new line of colors each season that coincide with color trends on the runway.
2. An Intensely Pigmented Polish That's Available In 32 Colors
Along with having a pure, non-toxic formula, butter LONDON’s polishes garner the added benefits of calcium and vitamins A, C, E and B5. Along with the Trend line that offers seasonal colors, the Brit brand also has a high-gloss Patent Shine X10 line for those seeking an even glossier look.
3. A 100 Percent Vegan Polish With An Extra Thick Brush
This 100 percent vegan nail polish is free of toluene, camphor, DBP, butyl phtalate, and formaldehyde and is not tested on animals. Purity aside, what really makes this polish stand out (minus the impressive choice of six finish options) is its extra thick brush that makes it easy to execute a flawless, long-lasting application that will be chip-free for days. And, you can choose from 58 amazing shades.
4. This Polish Started The Non-Toxic Movement & Now Comes In Hundreds Of Shades
Around since 1986, Zoya is the pioneer behind the first “Big Three Free” formula but has since become free of 10 chemicals commonly found in nail polish: formaldehyde, resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl, tosylamide, and lead. With almost 1,500 positive reviews, this long-wearing polish is a fan favorite, and it's available in literally hundreds of shades.
5. A Vegan Polish That's PETA-Certified
As if the little elephant on the bottle didn’t already give it away, ella+milla polishes are cruelty-free and certified by animal-loving organization, PETA. Available in over 100 hues and finishes that vary from matte to metallic to glitter, this is a polish that reviewers feel good about using on their kiddos. And, the quick-drying formula is free of seven of the main offenders commonly found it other nail polishes.
6. A Treatment Product & Polish In One
If you're on the hunt for a non-toxic nail polish but are also concerned about the longterm health of your nails, this formula is for you. Unexpected ingredients like garlic bulb and tea tree oil keep bacteria at bay while vitamins C and E encourage strong and healthy tips. No time to buff? Wheat proteins will naturally increase shine so you don't have to.
7. An Incredibly Long-Lasting Gel Polish
While you'll need the assistance of an LED or UV lamp to set this gel nail polish, its long-lasting formula (available in dozens of matte, glitter and metallic shades) will hold up for two-to-three weeks, and it doesn't require grinding or filing when it's time to remove the remains. Bonus points for anyone who is impatient: There's no drying time after application.
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