Organic nail polish brands


  • What are the major safety concerns of
    mainstream & "natural market" nail polish ingredients?
    1. Chemical Fumes:
      Solvent-based nail polish formulas use aromatic chemicals that
      quickly evaporate, leaving behind a hardened coat of paint. Most
      people realize it is probably unhealthy to inhale nail
      polish fumes, but few people understand why. So, a simple
      explanation may be in order. Environmental chemicals do not
      simply bounce off our bodies in a neutral fashion. In order to
      prevent damage, our bodies have to efficiently process them.
      Most chemical that you inhale, will be absorbed into your blood
      stream, deactivated by your liver and expelled from your system
      (via your colon, urine, or sweat). Noxious chemicals like the
      ones found in solvent-based nail polish can place an increased burden on your liver. The more chemicals you are exposed
      to, the harder it is for your liver to function efficiently.
      Overwhelmed livers can set the stage for a variety of health
      problems. It is generally recommended to limit your toxin
      exposure when possible – switching to a safer nail polish brand
      is a great start.
    2. Dibutyl Phthalates:
      Prevents nail polish from chipping. Prenatal exposure to
      phthalates has been shown in animal studies to cause birth
      defects.  Phthalates also improve absorption of topical
      ingredients into the skin (this is a negative quality when used
      in formulas that contain other chemical ingredients).
    3. Toluene and xylene:
      Petroleum-based organic solvents that are toxic and may be
      linked to cancer.
    4. Formaldehyde:
      Noxious chemical – highly toxic to the liver and carcinogenic.
  • Which "natural" nail polish brand is the

    We compared the ingredients of several "natural market" nail
    polishes and determined that
    Honeybee Gardens Water-Based Nail Polish was the safest
    currently available. Their are two types of nail polishes;
    water-based and solvent-based. Solvent-based formulas exist in both
    the mainstream market and natural market. Due to the volatility of
    their chemical fumes we automatically eliminated the solvent-based
    types as safe options. Water-based formulas seem to be a much
    healthier choice. As of this writing, there are two water-based
    formulas available; Honeybee Gardens (USA) and Suncoat (Canada). We
    posted the ingredients of each nail polish we reviewed below;
    • Water-based "Natural" Formulas:
      (Found at local health food stores)

      1. Honeybee Gardens Water-Based Nail Polish (Safest Nail
        Polish Formula)
        : Contains:

        water, water-miscible acrylic acid,
        polyurethane film formers and
        thickeners (soy-based film formers), non-ionic soaps
        (coconut-based). May Contain: iron oxides and/or titanium

        • Pros: Odorless, No
          nasty fumes, non-toxic
          earth-friendly formula, long wearing fabulous colors, No
          FD&C colors, toluene-free, dibutyl phthalate-free,
          paraben-free, xylene-free, formaldehyde-free, and
          acetate-free. Acrylic acid base: an

          odorless, colorless blend that is non-toxic to both humans
          and animals
          studies show no dermal reactions or irritations).
        • Cons: Contains
          polyurethane – There are many types of polyurethane, some of
          which have been linked to cancer in animals. However, Honeybee
          Gardens uses a soy-based less toxic
          polyurethane blend.
      2. Suncoat Water-Based Nail
        : Aqua (water,
        65%), acrylate copolymer +
        (28%), other ingredients (all under 4%); Dipropylene
        glycol, n-butyl ether dipropylene glycol, diethylene glycol,
        dibenzoate, mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide.
        • Pros: Chemical
          fume-free, Odorless, Phthalate-free, Paraben-free,
          Toluene-free, Formaldehyde-free, Acetate-free.
        • Cons: Contains
          acrylates copolymers. Acrylates copolymer improve the
          absorption of surrounding ingredients into the skin (this is
          a negative quality when used in formulas that contains
          chemicals). Contains other chemical irritants such as
          dipropylene glycol, diethylene glycol, and dibenzoate.
    • Solvent-based "Natural" Formulas:
      (Found at local health food stores)

      1. Sante Nail Enamels: A
        solvent-based nail polish. Contains
        Ethyl Acetate,
        Butyl Acetate
        Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer,
        Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol,
        Stearalkonium Bentonite,

        Acrylates Copolymer,
        Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, [+/- Mica, Titanium
        Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Tartrazine,

        D&C Red 7 (FD&C
        Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric ferrocyanide,

        D&C Red 34 (FD&C
        , Tin
        • Pros:
          Free of Dibutyl Pthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde. NO
          colophony (rosin); NO synthetic preservatives; NO synthetic
          fragrances; NO color lakes.
        • Cons: It is a solvent-based
          nail polish (acetate) which creates chemical fumes during
          application and while drying. Also contains acrylates copolymers
          and artificial dyes. Acrylates copolymers improve the
          absorption of surrounding ingredients into the skin (this is
          a negative quality when used in formulas that contains
      2. Earthly Delights – Classic
        (toluene & formaldehyde-free):
        Contains: Ethyl Acetate,
        Butyl Acetate
        , Nitrocellulose,
        Polyester Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate,
        Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Camphor,
        Benzophenone. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, D & C Red #6 Barium Lake,
        D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake,
        D&C Red #34 Calcuim Lake,
        FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Ferrocyanide
        Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Guanine.
        • Pros:
          Free of Toluene and Formaldehyde. No acrylates copolymer.
        • Cons: It is a solvent-based
          nail polish (acetate) which creates chemical fumes during
          application and while drying. Contains dibutyl phthalate
          (can cause birth defects). Also contains artificial dyes.
    • Mainstream Nail Polish Formulas
      Provided for comparison.
      1. Revlon Super Top Speed Chrome
        Quick Dry Nail Polish:
        Ethyl Acetate,
        Butyl Acetate
        , Ethyl Alcohol,
        Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Amyl
        Acetate, Sucrose Acetate
        Isobutyrate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearlkonium Hectorite,
        Diacetone Alcohol, Dimethicone, Diemthicone Copolyol, Triacetin,
        Dipropylene Glycol, Dibenzoate, Phosphoric Acid, Citirc Acid.
        May contain: Mica, Aluminum Powder, Red
        No. 7 Lake
        , Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide,
        Red No. 6 Lake, Red No. 34 Lake,
        Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Yellow No. 5
        , Bismuth Oxychloride, Guanine, Carmine, Chromium
        Oxide Green, Manganese Violet, Violet No.

      2. OPI
        Classic Shades Nail Lacquer:

        Contains: Butyl Acetate,
        , Nitrocellulose,
        Ethyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde
        Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Isopropyl
        Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Camphor, Benzophenone-1, Mica,
        Cl 77163, Cl 77019, Cl 77891

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