Your Nail Polish Could Kill You
Don’t let your nail polish slowly kill your body. Here are the top 15 non-toxic brands.
1. Acquarella ($16/bottle) uses a unique water-based system that is odorless, toxin-free, and dries in 5-10 minutes.
2. Honeybee Gardens ($13) is water-based but dries in 4-6 hours, low VOC, free of FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde and removes with rubbing alcohol.
3. Scotch Naturals ($15) lacquers are not just “three-free” or “five-free”, but claim to be “all-free” — ie. 100% free of all phthalates, parabens, and all toxins. Their quick drying technology has left out the noxious odors while still allowing for salon-quality durability.
5. Suncoat ($9) makes water-based polishes that are non-toxic, kid-safe, have won awards, and are made in Ontario, Canada at their own facility. They also created the first water-based low-odor, eco-friendly, peel-away nail polish featuring natural colors and mineral pigments instead of synthetics — no nail polish remover needed (which makes it great for traveling). It gets harder to remove the longer you leave it on, so it’s recommended that you remove it (by soaking your fingers for five minutes and then peeling it off) after two or three days, so you don’t damage your nails.
6. LVX ($16) makes a long lasting, chip resistant and gel-like formula that’s “five-free” and made in the USA.
7. Peacekeeper ($8) is made without dyes, formaldehyde, toluene, or phthalates. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is the first cosmetics line to give all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues.
8. True Natural ($11) is “five-free”, odorless, made in Germany and comes in some pretty funky colors.
9. Priti NYC ($15) polish is “five-free” and comes in a range of sophisticated colors.
10. Safe Nail Polish ($11) is non-toxic, odorless, dries in 5 minutes and made in the USA.
12. SpaRitual ($6.50 – $15) polishes are “four-free” and come in a huge range of colors.
13. No-Miss ($8) says they “use natural resources to develop non-chemical, non-cancerous products without harming the environment”.
14. RGB ($18) polishes are “five-free” and have a very high-fashion feel.
15. ZOYA ($9) has an enormous array of colors — the largest we’ve seen. They also claim to be the first to remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from their formulations. (Note: in the study by California DTSC, Zoya was free of the “toxic trio”, but had high levels of Acetone.)
…and here’s my favorite non-toxic nail polish remover (it smells like lavender!): Organic Lavender Nail Polish Remover
Can’t find them at the drugstore? Check Whole Foods, your local health food store, or buy them online. I recommend ordering one bottle from each and seeing which work better for you. Each one has a different formulation, and while some may smell toxic (toss those ones in the trash), others won’t. Some take a long time to dry, and some dry quickly. Some will chip quickly and some will be super durable. Some will be easy to remove (some even peel off!), and yet others may be harder to remove. Keep trying these brands until you fall in love.
Not sure what to do with your old, toxic nail polish? Here’s a great idea.
Test them out and let us know what you think in the comments below!