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Even if you’ve never stopped to think about the ingredients in your nail polishes, chances are you’ve read a handful of scary headlines exposing the potentially harmful chemicals hiding inside your favorite shades.

As a result of the growing concern over health risks in the nail-polish industry, many brands have successfully eliminated many potentially harmful toxins. Additives long used in traditional polishes are slowly but steadily finding their way out of most nail polishes.

Unfortunately, there are so many hard-to-pronounce toxins and so little governmental regulations to warrant a “non-toxic” seal that things are starting to get confusing. There are tons of buzzworthy marketing claims being used by nail polishes companies like “five-free,” “ten-free,” and “seven-free,” that things are getting even more complicated. This is basically just a short way of stating how many hard-to-pronounce toxins you will not find in their polishes.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide which level of the non-toxic nail polish scale you feel comfortable with. As long as your polish is free of the most concerning ones: formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene. To help you find healthier nail polish, we’ve broken down some healthier nail polishes you should try. Scroll through to see the prettiest and healthiest nail polish shades we can’t wait to wear.

A bottle of baby blue No.45 nail polish next to a bottle of red Sundays Nail Polish
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Sundays Nail Polish

Nail care that makes you feel and look good. Sundays number one priority is your wellbeing, which is why they bring 100% toxin-free nail polish.

10-free formula

Non-toxic formula

Vegan

Cruelty-free

A bottle of Orly healthy nail polish
Image by Orly / Instagram
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Orly

Famous for making breathable nail polishes - not that your nails need to breathe to stay healthy. But, their nail polishes are permeable to allow oxygen to keep your nails hydrated. It also helps that they’re infused with vitamin B5 and Argan oil to maintain them in their top shape.

12-free formula

Cruelty-free

Vegan

Bright baby blues nails holding a bottle of Ella & Mila Nail Polish
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Ella + Mila

A nail polish brand that’s keeping it as transparent as possible. They don’t include seven harmful chemicals and toxins in their products. But also continue looking for ways to start formulating all-organic nail polishes.

7-free formula

Cruelty-free

Vegan

Woman holding a few bottles of Pure Bazaar healthy nail polish
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Kure Bazaar

Self-labeled the first French non-toxic nail polish, this eco-friendly brand features polishes made of wood pulp, potato, wheat, and cotton for natural, long-lasting results. Slowly, but steadily, this nail polish brand is taking over our natural hearts.

10-free formula

Vegan

Natural and non-toxic

Female hand with bright orange nails holding a bottle of Jin Soon nail polish
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Jin Soon

A trendy nail polish brand you’ve definitely seen in magazines and salons before. Their nail polishes are eco-friendly yet long-lasting, formulated with high-tech polymers that give you that shiny finish you adore.

10-free formula

Non-toxic formula

Vegan-friendly

Cruelty-free

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Smith & Cult

Their distinctive nail polish bottle will definitely get your attention. Known for delivering chip-resistant colors that shine for decades in over 30 beautiful shades, there’s no way you can go wrong. As they say, “go easy on the planet, go hard on nail art.”

8-free formula

Vegan

Cruelty-free

Two different colored female hands holding the Cote nail polish bottle
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Côte

A favorite among natural beauty lovers, Côte is on a mission to deliver toxin-free nail polish and treatments that are good for you and the environment. They’re also one of the very few natural brands offering a wide range of bold colors.

10-free formula

Gluten-free

Vegan & Cruelty-free

Hand-poured in the US

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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