Ughh…I really hate to break this one to you all…really, it hurts…but I gotta do it…
Conventional nail polish is often packed with chemicals and super toxic ingredients, especially for kids and pregnant women, so I wanted to share some safer alternatives to make your wedding day a bit more high vibe and health conscious.
First off...the bad stuff. Nail polish often contains Toulene, a chemical found in gasoline, which is known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness. The CDC warns it can cause central nervous system problems. Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen used to preserve dead things (yuck), is found in many nail polishes.
And finally, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a chemical banned in Europe and known to cause reproductive problems, particularly in boys, shows up frequently. It’s classified at the highest danger level by the Environmental Working Group because it can cause organ problems and endocrine disruption. WTF?!
And unfortunately, with that soup of chemicals sitting on our nail beds, they are absorbing into our bodies.
So, here are a few non-toxic nail polish options that have been recommended. I personally haven’t tried them all, so I would LOVE to know what you all think!
Acquarella is ranked 1/10 on the EWG database (10 being very dangerous). It’s a bit spendy, but it stays on nails without a strong chemical smell. They also have a great non-toxic nail polish remover.
Honeybee Gardens is another that has tons of colors. Free of many dangerous chemicals and given a low rating on the EWG website, it can be removed using vodka!
A great option for kids is a brand called Piggy Paint. Doesn’t stay on nails too long, so probably not a great idea for the wedding day, but the kiddos will love it.
Ella + Mila are currently developing the Love Collection, “an array of dreamy colors that promises to spread pretty polishes to all those in love.” Never tested on animals and 7-free, meaning they avoid the harshest chemicals.
To remove all these Karma Organic makes a great non toxic nail polish remover.
Give these a try and let me know your feedback! And if you have any suggestions or products that you’ve found, please comment below!
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