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Nontoxic nail polishes are made of natural, safer and less harmful ingredient therefore, causing any undesirable mess to your skin. On the other hand, regular nail polishes are packed with chemicals like zillion, toxins, carcinogens, and formaldehyde. Have you ever tried a gel manicure only to strip off half of your nail or cause discoloration? This gives your nails a gross look. Thanks to the nontoxic polish, all these problems are taken care of and the polishes work pretty well. Nontoxic polishes are gentle on the skin around the fingers meaning the chances of drying out your nails and skin which causes irritation is minimal.

For identification, non-toxic nail polish carries a ‘free’ label which commonly starts from ‘three-free’ meaning they have done away with several chemicals. The nontoxic nail polishes include:

Smith and Cult

Smith and Cult nail polishes are one of the few brands that boast an eight-free formulation with bold shades like kundalini hustle, a powerhouse red, and Stockholm. Their nail polish is non-toxic and the brushes range from medium-to-thick which glide on evenly for better coverage. The quality of the nail polish and packaging makes up for the high price tag. One coat is enough if you’re in a hurry but it’s advised to apply a couple of thin coats.


There are 66 shades of Pacifica seven-free nail polish with matte grey being the biggest rival of other brands. Pacifica nail polish is free of parabens, toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin or any other harmful chemicals. In addition to that, it’s designed for easy application and it lasts longer. Pacifica seven-free nail polish is a worthy addition to your nail collection, plus the prices are affordable.


Acquarella nail polish is completely water-based, free of toxic chemicals, vegan and emits no odor. This non-toxic nail polish doesn’t require a base or top coat, just two thin layers and you’re good to go. However, you need to prep your nails first by buffing them for the polish to adhere to the nails. Acquarella nail polish comes in 42 bright and neutral shades and you need to give it enough time to dry after application. Although the price is a bit high, it provides excellent services for a longer time.

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Ella + Mila

Ella + Mila nail formula has 100 awesome colors and finishes which are of high quality, resistant to chipping and dry quickly. Additionally, the polishes are seven-free meaning they don’t contain TPhP, xylene, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, and camphor. After application, the nail polish lasts for a long time and their prices are affordable too.


Zoya nail polish has gone above masses, producing ten-free formula and with over 1000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It offers over 300 shades to choose from with slim brushes which expands to let the bristles slide evenly over the nail. One coat of Zoya polish can last up to five days without chipping but they suggest you apply two coats for better results.

Piggy Paint

Piggy paint is made up of three ingredients: water, acrylates copolymer and neem oil which makes it perfect and safe for children and adults too. It’s nontoxic, hypoallergenic, low odor and one of the less expensive brand. The polish dries quickly and it requires multiple coats since it comes off easily if not well applied. For an excellent and long-lasting effect, we recommend you to apply base coat and top coat between coloring.

Butter London

Butter London formula is eight-free with over 47 shades and contains bamboo extract to promote healthier nails. The polish gives a glossy finish with only one coat and can last up to ten days without chipping. The brushes are short and thin thus creating a clean and even coverage finish which looks almost gel-like.

Final Thoughts

Be careful about the ingredients in the nail polishes you purchase by checking the label. When applying the polish, you should be in a well-ventilated room or space to avoid air pollution. Allowing your nails to grow helps prevent artificial nail-wearing which may contain some of the toxins mentioned above. If you use regular polish for a long time, your skin can absorb toxins causing long-term harmful effects to your body. A chemical like toluene if inhaled, can cause headaches and dizziness for a short period. However, repeated exposure to toluene can damage the nervous system. If you’re looking to switch to non-toxic nail polish, then you have all the information you need to get you started on this different kind of manicure.

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