Standard nail polish is made with harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, camphor and many other toxic chemicals. The nail polish that you’ve been wearing for years most likely is one of the most toxic beauty products in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Most of these formulas have a host of harmful chemicals. These chemicals are especially harmful to children and pregnant women.. Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel light-headed after leaving a nail salon? With the new health trend of ‘green beauty’ and using less toxic ingredients, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of non-toxic nail polish formulas. These non-toxic formulas are safe to wear if you’re a child or a mom that has to stick their fingers in their kid’s mouths on a daily basis.
When looking for non-toxic nail polishes, you’ll want to check out the ingredients list. Previously the three ingredients that we were looking for were no formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate. However, research has found that there are other harmful ingredients like formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene. So, before you check out that next polish at Ulta or Sephora, be sure to look up the ingredients on the bottle or online to see how non-toxic the formula really is.
However, we’ve rounded up some of the best non-toxic nail polishes for you so you can get shopping right away!
Look at the ingredients of Honeybee Gardens’ nail polish and you’re bound to let out a breath you didn’t know you’d been holding. This polish uses a special, water-based formula that’s 12-free, nearly odorless, and free of FD&C colors (synthetic food dyes that can be used in food, drink, and cosmetics). 12 free means their product contains NO: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrance, a nitrocellulose resin, animal ingredients, triphenyl phosphate or benzophenone-1. With 25 colors including the striking blue “Oasis,” deep black “Abyss,” and fiery red “Burlesque,”, you’re sure to find the perfect color for you.
Each RGB shade is a sharp take on a classic with a straightforward name to match. The chip-resistant and high shine formula is Five Free of harmful chemicals: No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP (dibutyl phthalate), Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor.
Their award-winning gel-like formula is clean, sustainable and luxurious. LVX nail lacquer is 7-free, vegan & cruelty-free. The lacquers are smooth and creamy, ultra pigmented, super glossy and long-wearing. LVX products are formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene & Parabens. LVX is TPHP free and Gluten Free.
Sheswai lacquer is FREE of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP’s, making it less toxic. Their caps are made from sustainably harvested wood, grown on family owned tree farms. Sheswai is the first nail polish in the beauty industry to use a custom wood turned cap, thereby reducing the use of plastic.
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