Adding a pop of colour to your nails can be the making of your outfit, or perhaps you just like how smart your they look with a hint of colour on them. However, have you ever taken a look at the ingredients in nail polish? Most popular brands contain ingredients that perhaps we don’t want to be putting on our bodies.

Let’s Look at the Ingredients in Nail Polish

When it comes to more natural options, you can look for 3-, 5- and 7- free products.

3/4/5/7 -Free Nail Poslihes are free from:

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) – has been linked to cancer. Health concerns include problems in the endocrine system, increased risk of diabetes in women, nausea, it’s an irritant, causes reproductive issues and has been linked to birth defects.

Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen which may cause allergic reactions and breathing issues.

Methylene Glycol/Formalin – another known carcinogen

Toluene – health concerns include dizziness, dry skin, it’s an irritant, casues headaches, liver and kidney damage, nausea, numbness, and has been linked to birth defects.

Formaldehyde Resin – it’s frequently debated as to whether formaldehyde resin poses any health concern, some say no but others list it as a toxin and may be an irritant and cause allergic reactions.

Camphor – health concerns include dizziness, headaches, and nausea. When exposed to in high amounts (not those found in nail polish) it can be poisonous, an irritant, cause seizures and even unconsciousness.

Parabens – frequently spoken about, and hotly debated, there is a lot of mounting evidence that propyl parabens are endocrine disruptors.

Fear not, avoiding harmful ingredients in nail polishes doesn’t mean that you have to steer clear of fashionable, fancy colours! Quite the opposite. For a “free from” nail polish alternative, we can highly recommend:

PACIFICA BEAUTY – 7-Free Nail Polishes


ZOYA – Nail Polishes

HJ MANICURE – Polishes


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Have you checked out the Ingredients in Nail Polishes in your collection?