September 8, 2019

Safer Nail Polish Alternatives

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Contributor: Valerie Neilson

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that you can make healthier choices when it comes to the nail polish you use? Conventional nail polish can be one of the most toxic beauty products with chemicals especially harmful to children and pregnant women.

AVOID THESE CHEMICALS

Consider avoiding nail polishes that contain the “Toxic 3” chemicals:

Formaldehyde
( can cause cancer when exposed to it for over long period of time )

Dibutyl phthalate
( bad for the reproductive system )

Toluene
( can be harmful to unborn fetuses )

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

Even better if you can use “5-free” (or more) nail polishes that don’t contain formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and the allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin.

Some polishes go beyond 5-free, removing up to even 9 or 10 potentially dangerous ingredients. It’s worth it to spend a little more and take care of your health. After all, health is wealth! Below are a few suggestions for safer nail polish alternatives, so you can look AND feel good about your nails:

3 FREE

Free of Dibutyl phthalate or DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.

  1. Essie
  2. OPI
  3. Sephora’s Formula X brand
  4. L’Oréal
  5. Sally Hansen

5 FREE

Free of the “Toxic 3” listed above + formaldehyde resin and camphor.

  1. Chanel
  2. RGB
  3. Côte
  4. Deborah Lippmann
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic

7 FREE

( in addition to 5-free these are made without xylene and ethyl tosylamide )

  1. Butter LONDON
  2. Olive & June
  3. ella+mila
  4. LVX

8 FREE

  1. Tenoverten
  2. Aila

9 OR TEN FREE

  1. Jin Soon
  2. Sundays
  3. Honeybee Gardens
  4. Acquarella
  5. Londontown Lakur
  6. Zoya
  7. Mineral Fusion
  8. 10+ Free Formula

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