I explained in my post on Makeup Remover that the government does not regulate any of the beauty products we use on our bodies. That’s why I feel it’s even more important that we educate ourselves on the ingredients we use everyday. If you enjoy painting your nails like I do here is a great Guide To Non-Toxic Nail Polish. I hope you find this information useful!
I want to first mention that no nail polish can truly be non-toxic. Nail polish is a paint, which is usually comes from synthetic dyes. Not to mention the nail polish remover that is out there are filled with other harmful toxic chemicals. I generally do not wear nail polish unless a special occasion or if it’s sandal season (that wasn’t always the case though)!
Below I have compiled the ingredients that can be found in most drug store/salon nail polishes. These are the ingredients that have been removed from nail polish formulations (depending if they are 5 / 7 / 10 Free). I reference EWG’s Skin Deep Rating system which you can read about HERE (10 is most toxic). I think you will be shocked as I was about most these ingredients!
Formaldehyde – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 10: Function is cosmetic biocide, denaturant, preservative
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 10: Function is fragrance ingredient, plasticizer, solvent
Toluene – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 10: Function is solvent
Camphor – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 2: Function is denaturant, fragrance ingredient, plasticizer
Formaldehyde Resin – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 3: Function is to form shiny, durable film on nails
Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 5: Function is plasticizer
Xylene – EWG’s Skin Deep Score is 8: Function is fragrance ingredient, solvent, masking
Parabens – There are many different types of Parabens average EWG Skin Deep Score is 7: Function: fragrance ingredient, preservative
Phthalates – There are many different types of phthalates average EWG Skin Deep Score is 1: Function: skin conditioning agent, solvent, plasticizer
Animal Ingredients – There are no ratings on EWG’s Skin Deep website. Depending on your views of using animal products in your personal care/beauty products this may/may not raise a red flag to you.
Now onto the List of Non-Toxic Nail Polishes! I have tried one brand from each category and truly feel like they are just as good as the traditional polishes you find in nail salons or drugstores.
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5 FREE: Free of *Formaldehyde – DBP- Toluene – Camphor – Formaldehyde Resin*
7 FREE: Free of *Formaldehyde – DBP- Toluene – Camphor – Formaldehyde Resin – TPHP – Xylene*
10 FREE: Free of *Formaldehyde – DBP- Toluene – Camphor – Formaldehyde Resin – TPHP – Xylene – Parabens – Phthalates – Animal Ingredients*
*Only some of the 100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish colors are 10 free, check ingredients to be sure
I hope you found this Guide to Non-Toxic Nail Polish useful! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these and how you like them!