Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your nail polish?…or wondered, but didn’t want to question, what that awful chemical smell is at the nail salon? What we put onto our skin (and nails) absorbs into our blood stream, so it’s probably at our best interest to avoid such ingredients that could potentially be toxic to our bodies. Here are three ingredients to look out for in your nail polishes.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): “The State of California and other authoritative bodies have classified dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as a reproductive and developmental toxicant, and the European Union banned the use of this ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products.” Environmental Working Group
Toluene: is a Solvent also found in gasoline. “Chronic inhalation exposure of humans to toluene also causes irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, sore throat, dizziness, and headache.” U.S Environmental Protection Agency, July 2012. It could also be listed on the label as “toluol” or “phenylmethane.”
Formaldehyde: Can cause irritation for the eyes and nasal passages as well as increased risk of asthma and allergies. It is also considered a human carcinogen by The National Cancer Institute . It could also be listed as Formalin on the label.
Click through my slideshow to see 6 Non-Toxic Nail Polish Brands that are all red carpet worthy.
Zoya 1 of 8
Butter London 2 of 8
Looking for red carpet worthy nail lacquer? Butter London is known for their "on and off the runway" clients. They offer gorgeous shades that are available in dozens of colors and, of course, there is a collection for every season and occasion!
Get it at Butter London $15
Scotch Naturals 3 of 8
This eco-friendly, vegan brand comes in a stunning water based formula. They are "3 Free" as well as free of ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals. They are truly non-toxic.
Get it at Scotch Naturals $15
Rescue Beauty 4 of 8
Rescue Beauty claims themselves to fame for being "5 Free" ! In addition to the three toxic ingredients listed above they are also free of Dibutyl, Formaldehyde Resin and they do not test on animals. I have to say I am loving their color selection. Unique to their own, but right on trend!
Get it at Rescue Beauty $20
Priti NYC 5 of 8
"5 Free", vegan and non-toxic nail polish. These luxury polishes are fast drying, chip resistant, contain a UV inhibitor and are extremely glossy. Available in over a 100 different shades, so your choices are endless.
Get it at Priti NYC $13.50
NARS 6 of 8
I have to admit I had no idea until I did the research that Nars nail polishes are "3 free". Way to go NARS!!! This made my day because I am a NARS lover all the way. Sexy polishes for every occasion!
Get it at NARS $19
Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover 7 of 8
Looking for a non-toxic nail polish remover to go with your new non-toxic nail polish? This soy based remover is biodegradable and non-toxic. It is derived from farm crops and does not contain any petroleum ingredients. I love that it comes unscented or with a hint of lemongrass!
Get it at Priti NYC $11.25 (2 oz)
Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover Wipes 8 of 8
I adore the apothecary style of the bottle, and these soy based, 100% biodegradable, remover wipes are AMAZING! You won't ever find me without a fresh mani and these wipes allow me to change up my polish when I am on the go.
Get them at Priti NYC $9.99 (10 count)
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