Traditional nail polish has a terrible reputation due to chemical ingredients and a strong odour. “Nail polishes include solvents and some compounds that, if inhaled in high numbers, might cause health problems and discomfort,” explains Sabina Wizemann, a senior chemist at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab.
The good news is that nail polish formulas have greatly improved since this article was published. There are alternatives to the harmful chemical, as well as other potentially hazardous compounds, resulting in “nontoxic” or “normal” nail paint.
What ingredients makes a nail polish non-toxic?
“Products are fast removing ‘toxic’ components from formulas, and some companies are already offering vegan and gluten-free options,” Wizemann notes. Formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate are all absent from the majority of non-toxic nail polishes.
Beyond that, polishes may be nine-, ten-, or even fourteen-free. Here’s a rundown of what’s (thankfully!) lacking from the breakdown of what’s missing (thankfully!) from those formulas:
- 5-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor
- 7-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene
- 9-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, acetone
- 10-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, acetone, TPHP, TBHP, gluten
Here is the list of Nail colors which are good to your nails.
Orosa’s nail lacquer has all the good things. It has a quick-dry formula, week-long wear, and fresh color. The vegan and cruelty-free formula is made without 14 controversial ingredients which are good for your nails.
Made without: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, triphenyl phosphate, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, MEHQ/HQ, MIT, palm oil, parabens, animal-derived ingredients, and gluten.
Sundays’ nail colors are also made without harsh chemicals which makes your nails healthy. These nail colors will make your DIY manicure a breeze thanks to its easy-to-use brush for a fuss-free application.
Made without: TPHP, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, and tert-butyl hydroperoxide.
Zoya has been a pioneer for nontoxic nail lacquers, starting with a 3-free formula, followed by a 5-free formula. Now it’s officially 10-free. Looking for a super specific shade? There’s a good chance Zoya has it with 400 colors to choose from.
Made without: Formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor, ethyl tosylamide, TPHP, xylene parabens, or lead.
You get all the long lasting shine without a long list of harsh ingredients. And not only are Côte polishes free of “toxins,” but their in-salon experience is also focused on healthy environment and nails.
Made without: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, TPHP, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, and gluten.
Aila, which was founded by a podiatric surgeon, places a major emphasis on nail health. The lacquers are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and available in a rainbow of colours and neutrals.
Made without: Parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, triphenyl phosphate, xylene, bismuth oxychloride, ethyl tosylamide, methylisothiazolinone
hydroquinone monomethyl ether, and plant derivatives.
Try these Non-toxic nail colors and give your nails life and thank us later!!