Nail Polish Is Pretty...Toxic

Alex Rumman


Ready for a crazy fact: Women in the US apply an average of 168 chemicals to their faces and bodies every single day, according to research by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. And nail polish can be one of the most toxic beauty products around because many contain harmful chemicals like toulene, formaldehyde and DHB. Here are some better-for-you nail polish recos from some cool companies:

Care2 Healthy Living recommends:

  1. Piggy Paint, non-toxic, odorless, kid-friendly, kid-colored, water-based formula.
  2. Honeybee Gardens, an alternative to solvent-based nail polish, water-based, odorless, removes with rubbing alcohol.
  3. No-Miss, does not contain the three-to-avoid above, and also does not contain camphor.

For more from Care2, click here.

Wellness Mama says to check out:

  1. Scotch Naturals, colors were great and didn’t have a strong smell.
  2. Acquarella, is definitely pricey so it isn’t one I would use regularly but it stayed on nails and didn’t have a strong chemical smell. It is available in a lot of colors and my daughters wanted all of them. They are also water based, free of the chemicals listed above and even vegan and wheat free. They also make a non-toxic nail polish remover.
  3. Suncoat, another non-toxic option with an EWG rating of 1. The interesting thing about Suncoat is that it peels off easily so no nail polish remover is even needed. This ended up being fun for the girls but it also didn’t last long on their nails since they had so much fun peeling it off.

For more from Wellness Mama, click here.

Ella+Mila give you scoop on brands free from the top 5 most hazardous toxins:
If you want to be super safe don’t just avoid polishes free of the “Big Three” (DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene), aim for one free of all five hazardous chemicals (Big 3 + Camphor, formaldehyde resin):

  1. Zoya, also vegan
  2. RGB, also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and fair trade
  3. LaCC, also cruelty-free, vegan, and made without gluten, parabens, and xylene

For more from Ella+Mila click here.

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Photo cred: @krisatomic
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