I decided to try non-toxic nail polish for different reasons. The first one being my health — because I do wear nail polish on both my feet and hands almost all the time. The second reason was to see if after a while my nails would get healthier — less prone to splitting and breaking.
Traditional nail polishes often still contain ingredients that are drying and damaging to our nails. This study done by Duke University and Environmental Working Group even suggests some of the ingredients could be harmful to our health. At least this would be more true for women who wear nail polish all the time. So I thought I’d see what non-toxic products were out there.
Well I was quite surprised to find that a multitude of non-toxic nail polish brands exist in that niche market. Most of them however can only be found on the Web.
So my selection criteria for rounding up my top 8 brands were as follows:
- beautiful colors
- wide variety of colors
- at least 5-free (damaging ingredients they do not contain)
- deliverable in Canada and the US
- decent price range
I have tried and appreciate each brand on this list. And must say that in terms of durability — contrary to what I was expecting — they last as long as the more traditional brands.
You’ll find them listed based on the number of ingredients they are free of. And since I wanted you to be able to compare apples with apples, some brands end up in a different category here than what they actually represent on their own website.
MY TOP 8 NON-TOXIC NAIL POLISH BRANDS
TENOVERTEN: In color Church. A gorgeous dark burgundy brown. The Natural Curator provides great customer service, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you want to validate a certain color before you buy online. Available for $24 CA at Thenaturalcurator.com / $18 US at Tenoverten.com.
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). Also without sulfates, parabens, are vegan (does not contain any animal ingredients) and animal cruelty free.
BUTTER LONDON Patent-shine 10x: In color Candy Floss. Apply 3 coats to get a nice even color. A curved brush applicator makes it easy to apply. The colors I received were true to what I saw on their website. Available for $24 CA at Butterlondon.ca / $18 US at Butterlondon.com.
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene and TPHP. Also vegan.
DEBORAH LIPPMANN: In color Modern Love. Great trendy color for a manicure. Also a good color if you don’t want small chips to be apparent. Available for $20 CA at Sephora.com / $18 US at Deborahlippmann.com.
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene and diethylhexyl adipate. Also free of sulfates, parabens, are vegan and without animal testing.
ELLA+MILA: In color Kiss Kiss. This is a perfect red for spring and summer. The brush applicator makes it easy to apply. The color I received was true to what I saw on their website. Great wide choice of colors. Available for $10.50 US at Ellamila.com (also ships to Canada for an added $8.75).
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, Xylene. Also vegan.
KARMA HUES – In color Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Nice opaque coral color for your summer pedicures. Available for $9.99 US at Karmaorganicspa.com (also ships to Canada for an added $18).
Free of these ingredients: TPHP, Toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalate), camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene. Also free of parabens, are vegan and cruelty free.
ADRIANNE K: In color Pink Ferrari. I don’t know if it’s the color but it is very resistant. They offer great customer service. Available for $12.50 US with free shipping at Adriannek.com (also ships to Canada for an added $9.50).
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, xylene, camphor. Also free of parabens, are vegan and cruelty free (they say they are 7-free but since they do not include TPHP in their ingredient-free list, I put them as a 6-free product).
AILA: In color Sarang. This is a perfect true red which I wore all winter. Available for $22 CA at Thenaturalcurator.com / $17 US at Loveaila.com.
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), sulfates and parabens. Also vegan and free of gluten (they say they are 8-free but since they do not include Ethyl Tosylamide and Xylene in their ingredient-free list, I put them as a 6-free product).
ZOYA: In color Marley. Trust me, this is a great color for a pedicure! The color I received was true to what I saw on their website. And they offer a very wide variety of colors! Available for $10 US at Zoya.com (also ships to Canada).
Free of these ingredients: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor. Also vegan.
After using these products for about 2 months now, I see positive signs that my nails are getting healthier. But it’s still too soon to officially conclude. So I will wait a little longer before sharing my final thoughts with you on that aspect.
But no matter what, since these non-toxic nail polish brands contain less harmful ingredients, I will definitely favor using them over the traditional ones in the future!