8 Beautiful, Natural Nail Polishes Without the Worst Chemicals

8 Beautiful, Natural Nail Polishes Without the Worst Chemicals

Vapour nail polishI confess to being something of a hypocrite: I try to eat healthy, buy as much organic food as I can, and sort of share Gwyneth Paltrow's view on crack vs. canned cheese (kidding! sort of) ... and yet I regularly rub chemicals onto my face and into my hair, all in the name of beauty! I'm not willing to give up ALL my favorite products, but I'm starting to want to explore more of the natural options out there, because there really are SO many.

I was amazed to find there are a ton of nail polish brands that don't use the main chemicals that are said to be carcinogens. Many nail polishes these days are "3-Free" (meaning no dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or formaldehyde), but others go beyond that to be "5-Free" (meaning none of the first three, plus no formaldehyde resin or camphor), and still others are even more non-toxic than that. Here are some of the prettiest options!

  • Vapour Organic Beauty 'Amour'

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    I just tried Vapour Organic Beauty's Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer and I love it! It's really rich and glossy. That's a photo of my self-applied mani. Not bad, right? ($16 at VapourBeauty.com)

  • Priti NYC 'Baby Blue Eyes'

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    Priti NYC polishes are vegan and "5-free." They've collaborated with many designers on Fashion Week beauty looks, including Stella McCartney, and when you see their chic, gorgeous colors, you'll understand why. (On sale for $9.45 at PritiNYC)

  • Scotch Naturals 'Stiletto'

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    Scotch Naturals is another brand that makes water-based polishes, and they're also free of formaldehyde, phthalates, toluene, and other petrochemical solvents. ($14.99 at SpiritBeautyLounge.com)

  • Suncoat Peelable 'Greenista'

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    Image via Suncoat

    Such pretty, rich forest green! Suncoat mineral nail polish is one of the few water-based polishes on the market. Suncoat makes a regular line of polishes, and then a "peelable" line, which means you don't need any nail polish remover! They use only natural pigments and no phalates OR acetates, which, they say, makes them an even healthier choice than polishes that are simply free of toluene and formaldehyde. ($8.99)

  • Kure Bazaar Nail Lacquer 'Catwalk'

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    French brand Kure Bazaar makes their nail lacquer with a formula they say is "up to 85% of natural origin based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes, and corn." How about that! It's also free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and synthetic camphor. And the colors are vibrant and gorgeous! ($16 at SpiritBeautyLounge.com)

  • Zoya 'Amy'

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    Zoya makes so many gorgeous colors -- it's hard to choose just one to highlight, but I really love this vibrant metallic red-orange. Zoya polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, and camphor. ($8 at Zoya.com)

  • SpaRitual 'It's Raining Men'

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    Image via Sephora

    I love this SpaRitual nail lacquer for the iridescent color, but even more for the name! SpaRitual products are free of synthetic dyes and parabens, as well as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and dibutyl phthalate, aka DBP. ($10 each at Sephora)

  • RGB Cosmetics 'Copper'

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    Image via RGBCosmetics.com

    RBG polishes are all "5-free." Isn't this rich amber copper divine? ($18.50 at RGBCosmetics.com)

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