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.


1. Acquarella ($16/bottle) uses a unique water-based system that is odorless, toxin-free, and dries in 5-10 minutes.

2. Honeybee Gardens ($13) is water-based but dries in 4-6 hours, low VOC, free of FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde and removes with rubbing alcohol.

3. Scotch Naturals ($15) lacquers are not just “three-free” or “five-free”, but claim to be “all-free” — ie. 100% free of all phthalates, parabens, and all toxins. Their quick drying technology has left out the noxious odors while still allowing for salon-quality durability.

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

4. Piggy Paint ($8) has a great story behind it and is non-toxic, odorless, made for kids, water-based formula without formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone.

5. Suncoat ($9) makes water-based polishes that are non-toxic, kid-safe, have won awards, and are made in Ontario, Canada at their own facility. They also created the first water-based low-odor, eco-friendly, peel-away nail polish featuring natural colors and mineral pigments instead of synthetics — no nail polish remover needed (which makes it great for traveling). It gets harder to remove the longer you leave it on, so it’s recommended that you remove it (by soaking your fingers for five minutes and then peeling it off) after two or three days, so you don’t damage your nails.

6. LVX ($16) makes a long lasting, chip resistant and gel-like formula that’s “five-free” and made in the USA.

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

7. Peacekeeper ($8) is made without dyes, formaldehyde, toluene, or phthalates. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is the first cosmetics line to give all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and urgent human rights issues.

8. True Natural ($11) is “five-free”, odorless, made in Germany and comes in some pretty funky colors.

9. Priti NYC ($15) polish is “five-free” and comes in a range of sophisticated colors.

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

10. Safe Nail Polish ($11) is non-toxic, odorless, dries in 5 minutes and made in the USA.

11. Nubar ($5) polishes are “three-free” and they list their ingredients and even publish their material data sheets publicly.

12. SpaRitual ($6.50 – $15) polishes are “four-free” and come in a huge range of colors.

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You13. No-Miss ($8) says they “use natural resources to develop non-chemical, non-cancerous products without harming the environment”.

14. RGB ($18) polishes are “five-free” and have a very high-fashion feel.

15. ZOYA ($9) has an enormous array of colors — the largest we’ve seen. They also claim to be the first to remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from their formulations. (Note: in the study by California DTSC, Zoya was free of the “toxic trio”, but had high levels of Acetone.)

Your Nail Polish Could Kill You

…and here’s my favorite non-toxic nail polish remover (it smells like lavender!): Organic Lavender Nail Polish Remover

Can’t find them at the drugstore? Check Whole Foods, your local health food store, or buy them online. I recommend ordering one bottle from each and seeing which work better for you. Each one has a different formulation, and while some may smell toxic (toss those ones in the trash), others won’t. Some take a long time to dry, and some dry quickly. Some will chip quickly and some will be super durable. Some will be easy to remove (some even peel off!), and yet others may be harder to remove. Keep trying these brands until you fall in love.

Not sure what to do with your old, toxic nail polish? Here’s a great idea.

Test them out and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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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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