Non-Toxic Nail Polish Brands


Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

Don’t let your nail polish slowly kill your body. Here are the top 15 non-toxic brands.


Healthier Choices

Following the toxic report, Butter London (whose polishes were not included in the study) quickly issued a statement announcing proudly that their company has been “the pioneering force” behind “toxic-trio-free” nail lacquer, noting that all their products are without formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). In fact, Butter followed suit after Zoya, another nail polish brand with by far the largest selection of colors we’ve seen, was the first to be “five-free” by remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from their formulations.

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

Butter London was founded in 2005 by Sasha Muir, a British entrepreneur, alongside Nonie Creme, a premier fashion manicurist in London, as its founding creative director. Both Butter and Zoya claim to be the first company to sell non-toxic nail lacquer in the US and, as such, Butter London has earned the praise and support of fashion A-listers such as Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Betsey Johnson, Vena Cava, Calvin Klein and Issa, among others. We tried Butter London polishes ($16/bottle) and, unfortunately, found them to have a strong chemical smell and chip relatively quickly.

Since then, several other boutique brands have popped up that have taken non-toxic a step further and claim to rule out not just three, but all toxic ingredients, removing the strong smell along with the other common toxins like phthalates, biphenyl A, xylene, ethyl acetate, acetone, FD&C colors, formaldehyde or colophony resin and camphor.

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

So how can you be sure you’re getting a truly non-toxic polish, and not just whitewashed marketing lies? The truth is: you can’t. Buttttt your best bet is to go for brands that have a genuine story behind them, that are water-based and odorless. Ones with mineral-based pigments (instead of synthetics) are even better.

Check out the fab colors offered by these fifteen “toxin-free” lines:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 76 Comments

  1. Chris Moris

    I will never, ever wear nail polish again! I don’t want my baby to be special or something. Avoid nail polish is not just for my future baby, but for me too.

    • Opppsss! Are you gay? Wait, what? daughter? Likeee how?

    • ariel myers

      buuuuuut you’re a dud though? like how? what even? idk.

  2. Marie

    As a mother I did some research into nail polish for my daughter. I couldn’t believe how bad mommy’s nail polish really is.
    My daughter is 2, so it needed to be extra safe, ’cause we all know kids put their hands to their mouths all-the-time.
    So I found this nail polish which should be included in your list. It’s called Bo-Po Nail Polish ( ) It has vibrant colors and it peels right off. My daughter looooooves it.
    It is water based and non-toxic. Honestly, I love doing my nails with it too.

  3. Krysty

    You are so interesting! I do not think I’ve truly read something like this before.
    So great to find another person with a few genuine thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up.
    This web site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

  4. Heather

    My mom raised me that nail polish is not a big deal for girls. Yes, Believe it or not, I never tried one. Maybe I know the reasons why.

  5. Stephanie H

    DBP is a dangerous chemical. It shouldn’t be exposed to any human being because it can harm their health. I don’t get why they lie about this chemicals, knowing that it is dangerous.

    • KZ Evans

      Everything is about money. And us girls love to buy things that we think can make us beautiful. Money is evil people will do everything just to have it, even if it means putting other people’s lives at risk.

  6. Amelia Beckons

    The American Government should be involved in this issue. It is about women’s right and protection. The problem is, our Government is more concern about the money than citizens.

  7. Jess Giraudel

    I can’t believe I’m reading an article like this. Can nail polish actually kill me? No! Are you kidding me? Lol hahaha! It’s funny, Hilary.

  8. Kathryn Gibson

    You never fail us, Hilary. This is a very helpful article, especially for us, women. I can’t believe it. Well-known companies are lying to get sales.

  9. Blanche Martina

    Wow. Thank you, Hilary, for making an article like this. I know that there are a lot of women who aren’t aware of this, and this could be a way to spread awareness about this issue.

    • Monique Malick

      I agree. Hilary is such an inspiration to everyone. You are the best! More power to Urbanette! ❤

  10. Christine Muchoe

    I’m throwing my nail polish from Cacie away after reading this. I don’ care if it’s unused, or not. I love my life, more that my nails. Lol

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