Non-Toxic Nail Polishes



Lately I've been thinking about every little thing I eat, drink, breathe, and put on my body. I definitely don't want to put "The Toxic Trio" ingredients often found in nail polish on my fingers. The three main toxic ingredients that I plan to stay away from are: Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde. An even healthier step is to find "5 Free" polishes made without: Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. 

All these awful chemicals can cause a plethora of issues from skin irritation to more serious reproductive problems, along with allergic reactions and nervous system side effects. Why, why, do they even sell these products? 


Top 5 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid:



  • Dibutyl Phthalate: Also known as DBP, Dibutyl Phthalate keep nail polish from chipping. It is an endocrine disruptor, toxic to the reproductive system and is linked to obesity.
  • Toluene: Toluene helps nail polish go on smoothly and is toxic to the nervous system as it can impair breathing, cause nausea, cause developmental damage to the fetus, and is linked to malignant lymphoma.
  • Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a huge carcinogen and normally used to embalm dead bodies.
  • Formaldehyde Resina:  similar to Formaldehyde, but not as toxic. This chemical is used as a nail strengthener, but also a skin allergen and can cause dermatitis.
  • Camphor: Exposure to Camphor in large doses, especially through inhalation, can be toxic and cause irritation, nausea, dizziness, and headaches. When ingested can be linked to seizures and in rare cases cause liver damage when applied to skin.

3 Free Nail Polish: No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde

  • Butter London: Butter London nail polishes are non toxic and “3 free,” so they’re formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, or parabens. Butterlondon.com 
  • Essie: Essie is the ultimate color authority offering a line of superior nail polishes. The fashion-forward shades with an exclusive award-winning formula  provides flawless coverage along with outstanding durability and a chip-resistant formula. All Essie nail polishes are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free. Essie.com 
  • Ginger + Liz: A line of vegan-friendly, non-toxic polishes with no Formaldehyde, Resin, DBPs, or Toulene. Gingerandliz.com
  • Julep:  Julep Nail Color is “4-free” and does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. Their professional chip-resistant formulation is fast drying and highly pigmented. Julep.com
  • Le Metier de Beaute: Le Metier de Beaute specifically formulates their nail lacquers to be 3-Free without formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Proposition 65-compliant. Fortified with strengthening proteins and hydrators, Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquers are highly pigmented for rich, glossy color that is long-wearing and chip-resistant. Lemetierdebeaute.com
  • Nars: NARS Nail Polish imparts incredible luster and a fresh, fashion-forward accent to any beauty look. An advance polymer system provides extended wear and a durable, chip-resistant finish. Toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free. Narscosmetics.com
  • OPI: Since  2006 OPI is proud to be a 3-Free brand, meaning their lacquers do not contain Formaldehyde, DBP or Toluene.  Since reformulating its entire line of nail lacquers and nail treatments, OPI will continue to provide their customers with the best quality and safest products.Opi.com

5 Free Nail Polish: No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor


  • Acquarella: Acquarella Nail Polish hydrates the nail, helping to prevent nails from chipping, peeling and yellowing commonly associated with harsh conventional nail products. It’s nail polish without the dreadful smell of chemicals since it’s the world’s only truly safe nail polish that is both water-based and non-toxic. No Formaldehyde, Phthalates or chemical solvents of any kind. Acquarella.com
  • Chanel: Classic and trend-defining shades in an exclusive formula that strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers high-shine colour. Applies evenly without streaking. All Chanel nail products are formaldehyde-free, toluene-free and DBP-free. Chanel.com
  • Deborah Lippmann: Deborah Lippmann products contain no Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor or DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). No animal testing. Luxury treatment-enriched nail polish with Biotin, Green Tea Extract. Deborahlippmann.com
  • Dior: Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer is the first nail lacquer from Dior featuring a gel-like finish and extended wear with shades inspired by Dior Couture.  The exclusive Dior nail care formula is free of harmful ingredients typically found in nail lacquers (including Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin & Camphor) and instead features pure resins, PVB polymers and coated pigments technology. It is also formulated with Ionic Sicillium, which strengthens the Keratin network in the nails for a smooth surface, while PVB polymers enable the texture of the lacquer to fuse with the nail. Dior.com
  • Hopscotch Kids: Hopscotch Kids™ WaterColors is the premier non-toxic, kid-friendly alternative to solvent-based nail polish. Our water-based formula is free of the harsh, smelly chemicals that most nail polishes contain, helping condition your little one’s nails with long-lasting, vibrant color. Hopscotch Kids go beyond “3 free” and “5 free” nail polishes as we have replaced ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, alcohols and heavy metals with water and acrylic polymers. Hopscotchkids.com
  • Jin Soon: JINsoon is a performance range of nail polishes and nail care essentials inspired by Jin’s high-fashion work with models, editors and photographers. Formulated with a revolutionary double-patented process, the polishes deliver intense color payoff and a long-lasting finish in a single coat. The entire range is 5-free, created without toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, camphor, and formaldehyde resin. Jinsoon.com
  • Karma Organic: Karma Organic’s Award winning nail care products are toluene, formaldehyde and phyhalate free. The non toxic organic nail polishes are also cruelty free and vegan. Karmaorganicspa.com
  • Kure Bazaar: A natural-based formula that is resistant, long-lasting, fast-drying, has super shine with great colors to choose from. Kure Bazaar found a formula with 85% of natural-based ingredients. Kurebazaar.com
  • NCLA: NCLA is proud to be a 5 Free luxury nail lacquer, meaning they are not only 100% free of DBP, toulene, and formaldehyde, but also of camphor and animal testing. Shopncla.com
  • Nubar: Nubar is completely cruelty-free, and it is made without animal testing or without animal products. This brand meets all of PETA’s guidelines for cruelty-free products. There are no carcinogens in Nubar’s nail lacquers and a host of other nail supplies which are safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Bynubar.com
  • OG Organic Pharmacy: Non-toxic nail polis, free from DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde that is also  Fast-drying and long-lasting. Salon quality finish without compromise. Theorganicpharmacy.com
  • Piggy Paint: Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paint…it’s as Natural as Mud! Non-toxic, odorless, kid-friendly, kid-colored, water-based formula. Piggy Paint is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. Piggypaint.com THE WIFE Favorite: For Kids
  • Priti NYC: Completely non-toxic nail polish and also “5 Free” (no toluene, dibutyl pthalate, or formaldehyde). and completely safe for kids. Pritinyc.com
  • RGB:  Aiming to bridge the gap between green beauty and luxury cosmetics within the nail space, RGB is a modern product line. RGB’s formula removes harmful carcinogens often found in nail color. The chip-resistant and high shine nail colors, contain no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor, making it a Five Free Formula. Rgbcosmetics.com
  • Scotch Naturals: The full name of these polishes is actually “Scotch Naturals WaterColors” and they are, in fact, water-based, containing only H2O, acrylic polymers, and natural colorants. They’re also hypoallergenic, 100% biodegradable, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, and, of course, free of toxins and chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, as well as butyl and ethyl acetates. Scotchnaturals.com
  • SpaRitual: Try SpaRitual nail polish for a toxin-free and colorful nail polish experience. Experience a vegan manicure made with no animal products, toxins, or chemicals that are harmful or dangerous. SpaRitual is also eco-friendly as well as colored with natural dyes and packaged with recycled products. www.sparitual.com
  • Sun Coat: Suncoat water-based Nail Polish is a revolutionary advance! Suncoat water-based nail polish contains ~70% water. When applied, water vapor is released in to the air, not chemical fumes. Thus Suncoat water-based nail polish is.Phthalate free, FD & C dyes free. Sunncoatproducts.com
  • Ten Over Ten: The vision for Ten Over Ten… to help people take care of their nails in a healthier way. The importance of long term nail health permeates through the brand. They make 5 free, cruelty free, beautiful and honest nail care products. Tenoverten.com
  • Uslu Airlines: Uslu airlines nail polishes dry quickly and have an amazing staying power.They are 5-free… That means no formaldehyde, no dibutyl phthalate, no toluene, no formaldehyde resin and no camphor. Usluairlines.com
  • Zoya: Zoya offers over 300 colors to choose from and they strive to be free of the three chemicals and other toxins. The vegan-friendly brand was one the brands Eliminating toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP from its polishes. Zoya.com
Here are a few of my favorite brands and colors! Have a glowing and safe weekend xo Wen 





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