Yes it actually does matter that your nail polish be free of some very harmful toxins that are used in lots of the commercial brands.  Automatically one thinks of the fumes.  And that is true, the fumes are bad.  Actually just sitting in a nail salon is a bad idea for lots of people especially those with respiratory issues ( I once passed out in a nail salon!).  But a recent study  by Duke University and EWG researchers(click) has found toxins in urine taken  after women have applied nail polish with TPHP (sometimes listed as TPP). This is a pretty big deal since people have generally assumed that the fingernail is not absorbing anything and that only slight contact with the cuticle might be a problem.  The researchers suggest that the preliminary procedure to the polish application may render the nails softer and more absorbable.  At any rate, now would be a good time to stop using anything but the non-toxic brands.  And there are so many with huge color range that it really isn’t any kind of style sacrifice.



This brand Suncoat has a range of ‘peelable’ polishes that you can peel off and avoid nail polish remover altogether.  Brilliant idea!  The polishes are water based and free of the bad stuff.  Some of the bad stuff being animal testing.  Lets not forget that there are lots of things going on with these unhealthy commercial products other than their affects on our bodies.  Make sure to look for cruelty free and even minimal packaging or recycled packaging etc.   Most of the non-toxic brands go the distance and that is worth your support on any and every level.

Here is a link to a Prevention magazine article that lists 20 non toxic brands.  The article was written before this research so it is not quite accurate about the risks but the list is great.  I have found that the non toxic brands actually chip less and are more beautiful.  Maybe because they have better karma!



This is a super high fashion brand that is 7 free, cruelty free AND vegan!  It shows up on runways and in fashion magazines all the time.  Bravo LVX !

  • 3 free – No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde
  • 5 free – No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor
  • 7 free – 7 FREE is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.