Vegan nail polish brands


I have to share with you that I removed my nail polish a few weeks back after doing research on the chemicals that come in those pretty little bottles. My nails and toes were naked for weeks when my sister noticed and made a comment about how I was lacking a pedicure. I mentioned that I removed the paint because I didn’t want to absorb the toxins anymore. She replied “Stephanie…. I don’t want to call you a hippie….but you’re soo close. You are riding that fence!”

If being environmentally conscious and wanting to live a toxic-free life makes me a hippie…. then peace, love and vegan polish baby.

I, like most women, love pedicures and manicures, especially in the summer. I’m not going to lie, the thought of giving up painted nails forever was a bit much. I could have grabbed my bucket of polishes and had a full on proper burial for those beauties (see end of post on discarding old polish). I was sulking for a few days after I read the terrifying articles about the chemicals. Then, after a pep talk from my husband (who ironically is a chemist), I met up with my best friend Google and hunted down some nail polish that I could be excited about. I wanted to share with you the brands that I found and the polish + natural remover I purchased and LOVE!

Eco-friendly, non-toxic, vegan polishes:

Priti NYC – These polishes were developed by Kim D’amato. The idea to create a healthy nail polish came to her when she was pregnant. She has since developed a wide variety of colors, removers, moisturizers, top + base coats, glass files and even polishes specifically made for little girls. The polishes are “5- free” (free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor – all known carcinogenic ingredients). I ordered a bottle of the shade Bovey Belle Carnation and the Soy Nail Polish Remover (Lemongrass scent) and both are wonderful! I received my order super quick too!

Scotch Naturals – They are “3 Free” as well and free of ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals. Their products are Vegan, Cruelty-free, Gluten Free, Fragrance Free, Toxin Free, Paraben Free, Hypoallergenic and Biodegradable. They offer a wide variety of awesome colors and removers. Check them out!

Aquarella  – This company makes safe, non-toxic, water-based polishes. Their products are made in the U.S.A and they offer a money back guarantee. They offer a variety of polishes, removers, moisturizers and conditioners.

Butter London – This brand also has a wide range of polish colors that are “3-free” (dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde). They even offer glitter colors, which is awesome.

Organic GlamOrganic Glam offers polish that is free from DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde. They also offer quite a selection in color, top coats, base coats and a corrector polish as well.


*UPDATE: Since writing this post, I have discovered that E.L.F products claim to be vegan and “3-Free” (Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)) as well. I haven’t done much research on them or tried them yet.

It goes without saying that vegan, non-toxic nail polish is definitely a financial investment compared to the $1 polishes sold mainstream. One bottle of polish + remover with shipping was close to $27. BUT, I can sleep with ease knowing that I’m not wearing a cancer causing pigment day in and day out. And, it’s one less bottle of toxins getting into our eco-system. Ladies, we can save the world one pedi at a time! Ok, that may be a little dramatic, but every little bit helps!

Oh and a follow-up to my sisters comment…. She called to let me know that she removed her polish and is going to go vegan. It took all of 24 hours for that little fun fact to sink in. Mission accomplished!

Now, for those of you who make the switch to vegan polish, don’t throw out your old bottles! You can recycle them HERE! They will dispose of the chemicals in an environmentally friendly way. They also handle other chemicals too.

So, there, enjoy a toxin-free, eco-friendly summer
full of psychedelic color!

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