Are You Still Using Conventional Nailpolish?

This is Why You Need To Stop

Conventional nail polishes are one of the most toxic products we use in our beauty routine. They contain harmful chemicals that come with dreadful effects for our health. Just like fragrances and heavy metals, they enter our bodies through the skin and the breath. Although the best option would be not to wear any, we have to admit we love coloring our nails and wouldn’t want to stop either. Follow these guidelines when buying nail polish and you can avoid some of the most dangerous ones ! We included what brands we use, what ingredients to avoid and what to look out for. 

What to Avoid

Do you know what composition inspired nailpolishes as we know them today? Car paint! This tells you enough about their toxicity. The issue is that brands need to stay competitive, and for this, their products needs to meet a lot of different requirements: they need to shine, last, dry fast, be easy to apply… and so on. Of course, to achieve this, they need to use highly toxic ingredients. Below are the most dangerous ones, forbidden in the 3-FREE nailpolishes.

1. Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP is a plasticizer used to achieve a better texture and long-lasting effect, but it is known to be an hormone disruptor.

2. Toluene, also called toluol or methylbenzeneis used as a solvant and is very bad for the foetus and the nervous system. You better not inhale too much of this substance, as it also provoques headaches.

3. Formaldehyde is a hardening compound that is carcinogen and can provoke inflammations or allergic reactions in the body. 

If you want to go even further, you should also stay clear of the following ones, which are all banned in the 7-FREE products.

4. Formaldehyde Resin makes nails tough, shiny and durable but also causes skin allergies and problems linked to respiration. 

5. Xylene has damaging effects on the nervous system as well, on lungs, eyes, skin, causes throat irritations and headaches. 

6. Camphor is the one that will make your nails yellow after removing the polish. It acts as a barrier on your nails and also disrupt hormonal system, and is particularly bad when you inhale it. 

7. Rosin, also called colophon,  is used as a binder agent. It is irritant and allergen. 

Some of Our Favorites

Beige Milk by Kure Bazaar

Kure just might be our favorite. As it was created by a mum, pregnant with her first child and trying to live a better, healthier lifestyle, we feel like we can trust it all the way. The products are made with 85 per cent natural ingredients, including wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn, and they are 10-free. 

Beige Milk by Kure Bazaar

Kure just might be our favorite. As it was created by a mum, pregnant with her first child and trying to live a better, healthier lifestyle, we feel like we can trust it all the way. The products are made with 85 per cent natural ingredients, including wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn, and they are 10-free. 

April by Zoya

We like our colors like our Instagram feed, which is why neutral shades have our heart. Zoya’s formulas are vegan, cruelty free, non toxic, and there are more than 300 colours to choose from in its 5-free range.

April by Zoya

We like our colors like our Instagram feed, which is why neutral shades have our heart. Zoya’s formulas are vegan, cruelty free, non toxic, and there are more than 300 colours to choose from in its 5-free range.

Devil by RMS

We like to switch to a darker color for winter and find this one to be the perfect alternative. RMS is an all-natural brand as well and their nail polishes match their ethos, being 8-free and vegan ! As often, the downside is their price but if you want to colour your nails, you have to be picky and quality is always worth it. 

Devil by RMS

We like to switch to a darker color for winter and find this one to be the perfect alternative. RMS is an all-natural brand as well and their nail polishes match their ethos, being 8-free and vegan ! As often, the downside is their price but if you want to colour your nails, you have to be picky and quality is always worth it. 

Do's & Dont's

We might be suggesting you look out for these bad chemicals before buying, but the truth is we know that they can be very difficult to find or even to read on such small labels. We want to be as transparent as possible, so we’ve shared the brand we use, but ultimately there is no way to make sure that what they state is 100% accurate except by testing their products in a lab to know exactly which components they use. What we can do is stay informed, choose the brands that we feel are right, hope for the best, and finally : 

  • Always apply outside or near an open window not to breathe toxic vapes 
  • Avoid spreading the product on our skin as much as possible, being careful to apply it only on the nail
  • Try not to keep it more than a week on, to avoid toxic diffusion and absorption by the organism
  • Use a more natural nail polish remover

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