Non-Toxic Natural Nail Polish: 36 Brands Reviewed

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In May of 2011, a group named Environmental Defense in Canada released an article aptly titled: “Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metal in Face Makeup.”

They researched 49 different items — from foundations to mascaras.

Although heavy metals are not listed on the labels of our cosmetics, the results of this study concluded that face makeup is laden with hidden heavy metals:

  • 96 percent contained lead
  • 90 percent contained beryllium
  • 61 percent contained thallium
  • 51 percent contained cadmium
  • 20 percent contained arsenic

In truth, this article does not really answer the question above about the necessity of non-toxic nail polish. We don’t smear polish on our face.

 

Chemicals in Nail Polish

A 2015 study demonstrated that chemicals can (and do) leach into our bodies, even though they have minimal contact with our skin. The study, which was co-authored by researchers from Duke University and EWG, detected the presence of a common nail polish chemical called triphenyl phosphate (TPHP or TPP) in the body of every woman who participated in the study.

Many scientists recommend ignoring such data since the consequences of low dose TPHP (a suspected endocrine disrupter) remains unknown in humans.

However, I find these results troubling based on previous TPHP studies performed on animals, which demonstrated possible TPHP interference with hormone functions. In these animal studies, triphenyl phosphate exposure resulted in reproductive and developmental irregularities.

It has also been suggested that TPHP “interacts with a protein central to regulating the body’s metabolism and production of fat cells. Scientists are conducting more investigations to discover whether, in fact, TPHP contributes to weight gain and obesity.” (1)

 

The Naked Truth

According to EWG, 49 percent of the (more than) 3,000 nail polishes and treatments being studied contained TPHP. If that was not bad enough, EWG stated that some companies use this chemical but don’t disclose it on their labels (it was discovered during the research).

The concentration in each nail polish tested (which contained TPHP) ranged from 0.49 percent to 1.68 percent by weight.  With clear polishes having the highest concentration.

Additional Studies

But, this was just ONE study, right?

Actually, there are more:

 

What Can You do?

Besides the chemical mentioned above — TPHP — there are other toxins in nail polish. The big six are formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, camphor, and parabens.

So what can you do?

Be diligent and do your own research.

There are non-toxic natural nail polishes available and yes, most of them will cost more than the $2 brand at the corner store. However, I am of the opinion that my health is worth it.

 

My Research

I researched the internet for non-toxic natural nail polish brands.

I then checked these brands against the EWG (Environmental Working Group) database. In addition, I checked for reviews on Amazon. Finally, I checked Amazon reviews with Fakespot to see if those reviews were legit.

I hope you find a brand you like and can afford.

Please if you have a review of your own leave it below.

 

Non-Toxic Natural Nail Polish Brands

 

1. Acquarella

EWG rating: 1

Amazon reviews: 3.6 stars out of 267 reviews (70% a 4 star or above)

Fakespot Grade: B — adjusted rating 3.5

Acquarella: water-based, cruelty-free, and they have a money back guarantee.

This is my favorite brand (plus it is made right here in Tucson).  They offer over 70 non-toxic natural nail polish colors which cost $16 a bottle (yes, pricey). They often have sales and I wait for these before buying. My oldest daughter and I share the colors.

These colors wear VERY well and I am hard on my polish. There is no strong chemical smell at all.

Acquarella website or on Amazon.

 

 

2. Suncoat

EWG rating: 1

Amazon reviews: 3.4 stars out of 20 reviews (55% a 4 star or above)

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3.5

Suncoat: water based.

They offer three different polish: peelables ($11 and 13 colors), suncoatgirl ($8.50 and 25 colors), and classic water-based polish ($11 and 23 colors).

Suncoat offers a great selection of colors and my daughter has used some of them.  She does not like this brand very well because she says the polish chips too easily. She added that it wears better on the toes than the finger.

Suncoat website or on Amazon.

 

3. Piggy Paint

EWG rating: 2

Amazon reviews: 3.6 stars out of 703 reviews (65% a 4 star or above)

Fakespot Grade: B — adjusted rating 3.5

Piggy Paint: water-based, and cruelty-free.

This was the first natural polish brand we tried. The wear was nice but my daughter did not like their color choices, although they seem to have added some. Piggy paint offers 34 colors and a bottle cost $8.

Piggy Paint website or on Amazon.

 

 

4. Keeki

EWG rating: 2

Amazon reviews: 3.2 stars out of 75 reviews (57% a 4 star or above)

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3

Keeki: water-based, 7-free, and cruelty-free.

Keeki offers 32 nail polish colors for about $10 a bottle. I have never tried this brand so I am not familiar with it at all.

Keeki website or on Amazon.

 

 

5. L.A. Colors Color Craze

EWG rating: 2

Amazon reviews: 3.8 stars out of 15 reviews (73% a 4 star or above) ~ The reviews were for a kit. Singles had either no rating or a rating of 1.

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 4

L.A. Colors Color Craze: No info.

Apparently, you can find this brand at places like Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Family Tree. They offer around 70 colors.

On a positive note, a bottle costs under $3.

L.A. Colors Color Craze website or on Amazon.

 

6. SOPHi

EWG rating: 2

Amazon reviews: 3.9 stars out of 10 reviews (70% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 4

SOPHi: water-based, cruelty-free, and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or ethyl acetate.

I discovered that SOPHi and Piggy Paint are made by the same company.  Piggy Paint is geared toward children and SOPHi toward adults. SOPHi offers 24 nail polish colors for about $8 a bottle.

SOPHi website or on Amazon.

 

7. Butter London

EWG rating: 3

Amazon reviews: 4 stars out of 679 reviews (72% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: D — adjusted rating 2

Butter London: No info

Butter London offers 75 colors of nail polish ranging from $15 to $18. Not the cheapest and not the best rating according to EWG.  In all fairness, I have not tried this brand and I am therefore not familiar with it.

Butter London website or on Amazon.

 

8. Pacifica 7-Free

EWG rating: 3

Amazon reviews: 4 stars out of 32 reviews (75% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: B — adjusted rating 4

Pacifica: water-based, cruelty-free, and 7-free.

I have also tried this brand BEFORE researching it further. I was disappointed to find out it only had a ranking of 3 with EWG. Moreover, it smells quite strong of chemicals.

Pacifica offers 27 colors for around $9 a bottle.

Pacifica 7-Free website or on Amazon.

 

9. Zoya

EWG rating: None

Amazon reviews: 4.3 stars out of 1373 reviews (80% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A a — adjusted rating 4.5

Zoya:  contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, and lead.

Zoya offers an impressive 455 colors for about $10 a bottle. That’s plenty of choices. I have never tried this brand even though I have tried their nail polish remover which ranks a 3 with EWG. Their polish is not listed on the site (EWG).

This brand has great reviews on Amazon.

Zoya website or on Amazon.

 

natural Nail Polish

 

10. Honeybee Garden

EWG rating: None

Amazon reviews: 2.8 stars out of 44 reviews (41% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3

Honeybee Garden:  water-based, contains no FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde.

Honeybee Garden offers 19 color choices for about $13 a bottle and no rating on EWG.

Honeybee Garden website or on Amazon.

 

11. Scotch Naturals

EWG rating: None

Amazon reviews: 1 star out of 1 review

Fakespot Grade: not enough data

Scotch Natural:  no info

I could not find much information on this brand except for the fact that one bottle is $60 on Amazon?!?!?  The website was down and I could not find further information. Certainly, if the price is accurate, there are cheaper brands – as good if not better – for a more reasonable price. At this price, I would not even try it. I already find my favorite brand on the pricey side as it is.

Scotch Naturals on Amazon.

 

12. No-Miss

EWG rating: None

Amazon reviews: n/a

Fakespot Grade: n/a

No-Miss:  n/a

Not impressed. No-Miss offers 24 colors for about $8 to $12. I found their site bot very user-friendly and no EWG rating. Just a personal opinion. For all I know, it is a GREAT polish.

No-Miss website.

 

13. Benecos

EWG rating: None

Amazon reviews: 5 stars out of 1 review

Fakespot Grade: not enough data

Benecos: cruelty-free, vegan and 5-free (toluene, camphor, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin).

Benecos offers 21 colors for about $11 a bottle. There are only 5-free and have no EWG rating.

Benecos website or on Amazon.

 

14. Nubar

EWG rating: None

Amazon reviews: 3.5 stars out of 42 reviews (66% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3.5

Nubar:  They are only 3-free (toluene, phthalate, formaldehyde).

I found less than ten colors on their site but a slew of them on Amazon. This brand is only free of toluene, phthalates, and formaldehyde. Each bottle is about $7 or less.

Nubar on Amazon.

 

15. Priti NYC formerly Gaiam

EWG rating: 3

Amazon reviews: 3.8 stars out of 16 reviews (69% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3.5

Nubar:  They are only 3-free (toluene, phthalate, formaldehyde).

Priti gives you a lot of color choices: 109 to be exact. Each bottle is about $16. They are certified Vegan and said to be free of chemicals.

Note: their site said they offer 80 colors but I counted 109!

Priti NYC website or on Amazon.

 

16. SPA Ritual

EWG rating: 6

Amazon reviews: 4.2 stars out of 81 reviews (81% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 4

Spa Ritual:  They are vegan and free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.

With about 190 colors to choose from Spa Ritual offers a great vegan collection.  It is also the brand used at the Eco-Spa my oldest daughter and I go to on occasion. For this reason, I was very disappointed to discover that this brand is not as clean as I thought with a ranking of only 6 with EWG.  Each bottle is about $12.

I do hope that our spa will be willing to change brand to something cleaner.

SPA Ritual website or on Amazon.

 

17. 100% Pure

EWG rating: 6

Amazon reviews: 4.1 stars out of 14 reviews (86% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 4

100% Pure:  They are vegan and free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, and phthalates.

100% Pure offers 41 colors for about $12 a bottle. This brand only has a rank of 6 with EWG.

100% Pure website or on Amazon.

 

18. RGB

EWG rating:  (old formula) 1-6

Amazon reviews: 3.9 stars out of 51 reviews (68% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 4

RGB:  They are vegan, cruelty-free, fair trade, and free of acetone, TPHP, formaldehyde and they say more chemicals as well but there was no ingredient list on their site.

RGB offers 42 colors for $18 a bottle. Their old formulation was ranked on EWG from 1 to 6. I could not find any information on the new formula.

RGB website.

 

19. Sheswai

EWG rating:  none

Amazon reviews: n/a

Fakespot Grade: n/a

Sheswai:  no info.

I was only able to find 9 colors and each bottle was $16 dollars.

Sheswai website or on Amazon.

 

20. LVX

EWG rating:  5

Amazon reviews: 3.9 stars out of 40 reviews (738% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: D — adjusted rating 1.5

LVX:  no info.

With over 100 colors, LVX has a large selection of fashionable colors. A bottle is about $18.

LVX website or on Amazon.

 

21. Kure Bazaar

EWG rating:  none

Amazon reviews: ranged from 1 to 3 with only 1 review per color

Fakespot Grade: n/a

Kure Bazaar:  Their site states that their nail polish is 85% natural but I could not find an ingredient list.

With 70 colors Kure Bazaar offers an impressive color palette. Each bottle is about $16. These polishes are free of toluene, synthetic camphor, phthalates, and formaldehyde.

Kure Bazaar website or on Amazon.

 

22. Tenoverten

EWG rating: 3

Amazon reviews: 3.7 stars out of 6 reviews (67% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3.5

Tenoverten: cruelty-free, vegan and 8-free (formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and triphenyl phosphate).

Tenoverten offers 39 colors for $18 a bottle.

Tenoverten website or on Amazon.

 

23. Deborah Lippman

EWG rating: 2

Amazon reviews: 4.3 stars out of 111 reviews (83% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3.5

Deborah Lippman:  The site claims the nail polish is 7-free. I did not find a list of ingredients.

Deborah Lippman offers a very wide palette of colors: over 220 not counting the collections. The bottle range from $18 to $20.

Deborah Lippman website or on Amazon.

 

24. La Couleur Couture Beauty

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: n/a

Fakespot Grade: n/a

La Couleur Couture Beauty:  vegan, cruelty-free, halal, and 10-free (paraben,  formaldehyde, toluene, diutyl phthalate, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, phthalates, and fragrances.)

They offer 35 colors for about $13 a bottle. Their store is Canadian.

La Couleur Couture Beauty website.

 

25. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

EWG rating: 2

Amazon reviews: 4.4 stars out of 2 reviews (100% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: n/a

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics:  vegan and cruelty-free. I could not find more information on their ingredients.

Their site only offered two colors. Amazon carried more. One bottle is $10.

Website or on Amazon.

 

26. JINsoon

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: 3.7 stars out of 6 reviews (67% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating 3.5

JINsoon:  vegan, no animal testing and 5-free ( formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, camphor, and formaldehyde resin).

With around 70 color choices, JINsoon offers a nice selection. Each bottle is $20.

JINsoon website or on Amazon.

 

27. NCLA

EWG rating: 3

Amazon reviews: 4 stars out of 2 reviews (100% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: n/a

NCLA:  vegan, cruelty-free, and 7-free (formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, TPHP, and xylene).

NCLA has a wide selection of about 159 colors as well as many collections. The bottle ranged from $16 to $18.

NCLA website or on Amazon.

 

 

28. Mineral Fusion

EWG rating: 6

Amazon reviews: 3.9 stars out of 489 reviews (69% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: B — adjusted rating 4

Mineral Fusion:  vegan and  5-free (formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, camphor, and TPHP).

With around 65 colors, Mineral Fusion offers a nice color selection for about $9 a bottle.

Mineral Fusion website or on Amazon.

 

 

29. Sante

EWG rating: (old formula) 6

Amazon reviews: 1 star out of 1 review (0% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: n/a

Sante: organic, vegan and only 3-free (formaldehyde,  toluene, and rosin)

Sante only offers 12 shades for $12 to $19.

Sante website or on Amazon.

 

30. Ella + Mila

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: 4.3 stars out of 48 reviews (88% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: C

Ella + Mila:  7-free (toluene,dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPHP and xylene).

Great color palette with 121 choices. Each bottle is $7 to $10.5.

Ella + Mila website or on Amazon.

 

 

31. Sonia Kashuk

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: 4 stars out of 40 reviews  (77% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating of 4

Sonia Kashuk:  vegan, cruelty-free, and 4-free (formaldehyde, toluene,TPHP, and DBP).

They have a nice selection of 128 colors and each bottle is $10.

Sonia Kashuk on Amazon.

 

 

32. Karma Organic Spa

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: 1 star out of 1 review  (100% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: n/a

Karma Organic Spa:  I could not find confirmation of their ingredients.

You can buy this brand at Target. A bottle is less than $5.  They do not have a huge selection.  I could not find a website for them.

Karma website or on Amazon.

 

 

33. CND Vinylux (only)

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: 4 stars out of 2659 reviews  (73% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A —  adjusted rating of 4.5

CND Vinylux:   5-free (formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor).

Vinylux is a gel-like hybrid polish which offers 62 shades.  A bottle is around $10.50.

CND website or on Amazon.

 

 

34. Essie

EWG rating: 5-6

Amazon reviews: 4 stars out of 2659 reviews  (73% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A — adjusted rating of 4

Essie:   3-free (DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.).

A huge color palette of over  320 colors for about $9 a bottle.

Essie website or on Amazon.

 

 

35. Ginger and Liz

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: n/a

Fakespot Grade: n/a

Ginger + Liz:  vegan-friendly, and free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBPs, or toulene.

They offer 48 colors for $12 a bottle.

Ginger and Liz website.

 

 

36. Julep

EWG rating: none

Amazon reviews: 3.9 stars out of 20 reviews  (80% a 4 star or above).

Fakespot Grade: A with an adjusted rating of 4

Julep:  free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBPs, or toulene.

They offer over 100 colors for $14 a bottle.

Julep website or on Amazon.

 

 

 

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