While most nail polish brands have taken action to rid their lacquers of the big bad three—Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate—this is simply not enough. There are still polishes with Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor listed among their ingredients.
The nail industry as a whole have been slow to jump on the bio beauty bandwagon. And while organic nail polishes on the market are not exactly 100% natural, they're safer than their conventional counterparts.
So to make this fashion-frenzied and fashion-forward season a safer one, let's explore five brands that bring the drama without the danger:
1. Zoya Nail Polish $8
Claim to Fame: Vegan-friendly, award-winning and long-wearing. Pregnant fashionistas can stay fashion-forward as Zoya is completely void of ingredients that can harm the fetus.
2. Nubar $7.49
Claim to Fame: In response to witnessing a relative battle cancer, Noubar Abrahamian sought to produce the highest quality nail care products that were free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (phthalate). All Nubar products have met PETA standards.
3. Dr. Remedy Enriched Nail Polish $17
Claim to Fame: Created by two doctors, it treats the nail with nourishing ingredients like tea tree oil, garlic bulb extract, vitamins C & E and wheat protein. All of these work together to protect the nail against fungus, bacteria and damage.
4. Dashing Diva $8
Claim to Fame: Non-toxic, fierce, fashionable, long-lasting and chip resistant. Makers of UV Gelife and Virtual Nails. Holds the honor of being the world's first nail spa and boutique.
5. Curtsy and Bow $15-$20
Claim to Fame: The brand's debut collection, "Yacht Club Collection" was inspired by Creative Director Melissa Huynh's Caribbean adventure. Strengthens the nails with additives and protects them from peeling and weakening.