A slick of nail polish can be the perfect finishing touch to make you feel your best, but many mainstream polishes contain unnecessary, harsh ingredients. Non toxic nail polishes are designed to be kinder on the nails, so I've put together this guide to the best toxin-free nail polishes in a range of hues.
In Spring and Summer time, there's nothing like slipping your feet into open-toed sandals and admiring your fresh coat of nail polish or wearing a bright, summery pop of colour on your fingernails. But have you ever thought about what's actually in your nail polish?
Non toxic nail polishes are designed to be friendlier to your nails, leaving out the harsher ingredients which can damage the nail and cause discolouration. In a range of beautiful shades from deep black to bright coral and neutral nudes, there are hues to suit every skin tone and colour preference. It's important to remember that there's no such thing as a truly 'natural' nail polish, but these formulas do not contain unnecessary ingredients and are designed to care for nails while providing a long lasting finish.
What is toxin-free nail polish?
Have you heard of 3, 5 and 7-free nail polishes? There are three particularly questionable ingredients that can be found in most mainstream nail polishes, including Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene and Formaldehyde. If your nail polish is 3-free, that means it is free from those three ingredients. If your nail polish is 5-free, you can count out those three plus Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, which can often be the cause of that yellow colour you are left with when it's removed. 7-free nail polishes are free from all of these as well as Ethyl Tosylamide and Andxylene.
Best natural toxin-free nail polish
nails by Nourished Life - Black Knight
A dramatic classic black shade, the nails by Nourished Life - Black Knight, is a smooth, opaque and quick-drying formula with a satin finish. Worn on its own, this deep black shade makes for a great statement nail colour, or it can even be used as a base for creative nail art. Vegan, 7-free and Australian made, this bold shade can be changed to a high shine finish with a quick swipe of top coat.
Benecos Happy Nails Nail Polish Hot Summer
I also love the Benecos range of nail colours, which are all 5-free and designed to not leave a telltale yellow stain behind. For a bright pop of coral red, I love the shade Hot Summer, which looks fantastic against tanned skin. Gluten Free and Vegan, this bright, bold coral shade is formulated to be long lasting and chip resistant.
nails by Nourished Life - Naked Peach
For the warmer months, I can't go past the shade Naked Peach for a gorgeous, bright pop of colour. In a creamy and opaque formula, this peachy provides a high shine finish and dries quickly, and looks amazing on tanned skin tones.
nails by Nourished Life - Strawberry Mylkshake
With a deliciously creamy formula, the nails by Nourished Life - Strawberry Mylkshake is a stylish, water-permeable nail colour in a beautiful shade of cool mid-pink (think strawberry milkshake). Brushing on smoothly, this nail polish gives nails an opaque, high-shine finish, drying quickly and providing lasting colour. Who doesn't love a strawberry Mylkshake? We certainly do!
nails by Nourished Life - Bondi Icebergs
An icy cool mint, the shade Bondi Icebergs is a pale green hue which also looks great against sun kissed skin. Long lasting with a high shine finish, this cool, opaque shade is inspired by the colours of Bondi and makes a great summery nail colour.
Benecos Happy Nails Nail Polish Blue Sky
A cooler, more subtle tone of blue, the Benecos Nail Polish in Blue Sky is a beautiful pastel blue that looks gorgeous and soft against any skin tone. Chip resistant and long lasting, this gorgeous hue is a great choice for young girls and is also Gluten Free and Vegan.
nails by Nourished Life - I Like to Mauve it, Mauve it
In classic, feminine mauve, the nails by Nourished Life - I Like to Mauve it, Mauve it is a creamy, opaque nail polish that beautifully elongates fingers for a flattering finish. With mauve being the new neutral, this high-shine polish will give you an on-trend edge for any occasion.