Buying Tips: Less Toxic Nail Polish

less toxic nail polish


With names that echo tropical islands, fond memories and sassy puns — who’d ever suspect those cute bottles of nail polish are filled with many concerning chemicals?

Unfortunately there isn’t an all-natural option for nail polish. But there are products that have fewer ingredients with serious health concerns. If you are one to use a polish on your fingers or toes, here are few important things to look for:

  • “3-free”: Brands that don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde
  • “5-free”: Brands that are 3-free + formaldehyde resin or camphor.
  • Never list: Barium Sulfate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Benzophenone, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimellitic Anhydride.




Ingredient List of  a Nail Polish with a High Health Rating 

Suncoat nail polish ingredient list

Take a look at the ingredient list of a nail polish that was rated an 8 in health: SunCoat’s Non-Toxic Nail Polish. You can see the complete product information and rating here >





GoodGuide’s Product Science team has rated more than 4,400 nail polish products. Check out the 4 highest health rated nail polishes:

Suncoat nontoxic nail polishSuncoat Non-Toxic Nail Polish
Suncoat’s non-toxic, water-based nail polish collection replaced the chemical solvents commonly found in nail polish with water. Mineral pigments and natural colorants make this line of nail polish non-flammable and odor-free.
Certifications: Safe Cosmetics Pledge
See the complete product ratings here

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer
Laura Mercier Nail Polish
A 3-free brand, Laura Mercier’s polish collection are made without formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Certifications: EPA Green Power Partner
See the complete product ratings here


zoya nail polishZoya

A 5-free brand, Zoya’s nail polish collection is made without toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
See the complete product ratings here


piggy paint nail polishPiggy Paint Kid-friendly Nail Polish

A kid-friendly nail polish, Piggy Paint’s line of nail polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone.
See the complete product ratings here



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