Natural Nail Polishes

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sparitual_believeYou’ve heard the good, the bad and the ugly about nail polishes.

But you just don’t care. You still opt for that convenient Fire Engine Red to match your fab personality. You are awesome.

Well, we’ve got some news for you: You don’t need to go sans color to pain the town red. Cross our hearts and hope to die.

Conventional nail polishes contain large amounts, typically around 70-percent, of chemical solvents such as toluene, acetates and alcohol. Once applied, they seep into the air. And that, my friend, is what you breathe …air.

While “natural” nail polishes can still contain chemicals which can be naughty to your health and the planet, we’ve scoured out some of our favorite nail polishes that may not be saints, but are free of the scary three: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, and then some.

Air dry. Apply second coat.

Acquarella. Acquarella is a non-toxic, water-based alternative to conventional polishes with more than 20 hot colors to choose from. No formaldehyde, phthalates or chemical solvents and absolutely no animal byproducts … Meow$18 at

Zoya. Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP and camphor-free, Zoya’s colorful collection of 300-plus vegan polishes cover every color of the rainbow. Named after
the chicks they’d be in the flesh, Zoya’s formula won over Women’s Healthmagazine as the “longest-lasting polish.” Feeling a bit neutral this weekend? Opt for Betty. But if you want to set off some fire alarms, think Gweneth. $7 at

SpaRitual. Spa Ritual’s new Summer 2010 collection entitled Kaleidoscope has really got us finger paintin’ crazy. The line of safe nail lacquers – which are DBP, formaldehyde and toluene-free with no synthetic dyes, parabens or petrochemicals – come equipped for action in eco-friendly packaging. $10 at

Color you bad, baby.


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One Response to “Natural Nail Polishes”

  1. April 1, 2014 at 2:45 am #

    What about nail polish remover? I used to love painting my toenails but stopped after a health crisis that got me worried about parabens, phthalates, triclosan, etc. I’m familiar with the Spa Ritual brand, and it’s great. But what about removing it?

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