The difference between 3, 5 & 7 free nail polish
Did you know that the chemicals in mainstream nail polishes can affect your health? That's why it's important to choose natural! With 5-free, 7-free and 10-free nail polish options, you need to read on to learn the difference!
- Sydney, 19 February 2016 - By Irene Falcone -
Have you ever considered that the nail polish you apply to your nails could have an impact on your health? Mainstream nail polishes can contain harsh chemicals that are considered toxic. Here on Nourished Life we have a large range of beautiful toxin-free nail polishes. You may notice that in nail polish description they have numbered labels e.g. 3-free, 7-free or 10-free. These are actually an indicator as to how many chemicals have been removed from the nail polish formulation!
Decoding Non Toxic Nail Polishes
In mainstream nail polishes there are three chemicals that are particularly dangerous. The first is Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) which is an ingredient often used in plastics to make them more flexible. According the US Environmental Protection Agency, DBP could potentially have dangerous effects on developmental growth, reproduction and is in fact toxic. The Second chemical is Formaldehyde which according to the National Cancer Institute is a possible carcinogen, meaning it could cause cancer. The third chemical is Toluene which is a highly hazardous chemical found in petroleum that could also be toxic with prolonged exposure (according to the US Environmental Protection Agency).
So when nail polishes are listed as 3-Free this means that they are free of those three nasties!
5-Free nail polishes also do not contain those three ingredients, but in addition also tend to not contain Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor either (Camphor is actually a nasty that can cause your nails to yellow and dry out).
7-Free nail polishes go even further and tend to also remove the ingredients Ethyl Tosylamide and Andxylene.
Here on Nourished Life we stock Kester Black, an Australian range of 5-Free nail polishes. I absolutely love their French Manicure set for creating a perfectly polished, long lasting, 5-Free classic manicure!
We also have a great selection of 7-Free nail polishes from the brands Butter London and Pacifica. Please note that not all Butter London nail polishes on the market are 7-free, however the selection stocked at Nourished Life are!
One of my favourite Butter London colours is the Butter London 7-Free Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Flusher Blusher. I love this colour because it’s the perfect pink to fool everyone into thinking you’ve had a manicure! The Butter London formula has some great ingredients that encourage longer, stronger and healthier nails. It looks just like a gel and even lasts up to 10 days without chipping or fading!
Pacifica is another brand that does some beautiful 7-Free nail polishes. Two of my favourite colours are Fluorescent Sunset and Pale Blue Eyes. The formulation is easy to apply and chip proof too! The brush used to apply the polish is 100% vegan which actually gives a more precise application.
10-Free nail polishes are rare to find but also remove any parabens, fragrances and animal ingredients. For a nail polish to be labelled as 10-free they need to have all 10 of these ingredients removed! However some 5-free or 7-free nail polishes are vegan too despite this not being a requirement. In fact if you're looking for a specifically vegan nail polish then try Butter London, Pacifica, 100% Pure and Kester Black!
100% Pure has a very large range of 10-Free nail polishes which we proudly stock here on Nourished Life. One of my favourite shades is Watermelon because it’s a gorgeous fruity colour that is ideal for summertime! Another favourite of mine is Velveteen which is the perfect classic nude!
We also stock Pure Poppet nail polishes, a range of toxin-free nail polishes for kids. Available in a range of fun, bright colours, these polishes are water-based and odour-free. Perfect for little ones aged 4 and older! I love the shade Issy Pink, a bright, girly pink that little girls just adore!
Finally, if you are using a beautiful natural nail polish then you need a healthy polish remover! I absolutely love the Fresh Therapies Nail Polish Removers. The liquid nail polish remover works fantastically to remove all types of polish, except for those used on fake nails, and does not contain any artificial acetone, instead working to nourish your nails, cuticles and hands! We also stock Fresh Therapies' handy Nail Polish Remover Wipes, which are perfect for quick and easy polish removal especially if you're always on the go like me!
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