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Your Guide to Toxin-Free Nail Polish

A slick of nail polish can be the perfect finishing touch to make you feel your best, but many mainstream polishes contain unnecessary, harsh ingredients. Non toxic nail polishes are designed to be kinder on the nails, so I've put together this guide to the best toxin-free nail polishes in a range of hues.

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In Spring and Summer time, there's nothing like slipping your feet into open-toed sandals and admiring your fresh coat of nail polish or wearing a bright, summery pop of colour on your fingernails. But have you ever thought about what's actually in your nail polish?
Non toxic nail polishes are designed to be friendlier to your nails, leaving out the harsher ingredients which can damage the nail and cause discolouration. In a range of beautiful shades from deep black to bright coral and neutral nudes, there are hues to suit every skin tone and colour preference. It's important to remember that there's no such thing as a truly 'natural' nail polish, but these formulas do not contain unnecessary ingredients and are designed to care for nails while providing a long lasting finish.

What is toxin-free nail polish?

Have you heard of 3, 5 and 7-free nail polishes? There are three particularly questionable ingredients that can be found in most mainstream nail polishes, including Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene and Formaldehyde. If your nail polish is 3-free, that means it is free from those three ingredients. If your nail polish is 5-free, you can count out those three plus Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, which can often be the cause of that yellow colour you are left with when it's removed. 7-free nail polishes are free from all of these as well as Ethyl Tosylamide and Andxylene. Breathable nail polishes are water permeable and actually allow air to reach the nail as well as coating them in rich colour, so you're left with the same beautiful finish without smothering the nails.

Best natural toxin-free nail polish

Life Basics Breathable Nail Polish Black Knight
A dramatic classic black shade, the Life Basics Breathable Nail Polish in Black Knight, is a smooth, opaque and quick-drying formula with a satin finish. Worn on its own, this deep black shade makes for a great statement nail colour, or it can even be used as a base for creative nail art. Vegan, 7-free and Australian made, this bold shade can be changed to a high shine finish with a quick swipe of top coat.

Benecos Happy Nails Nail Polish Oh Lala!
I also love the Benecos range of nail colours, which are all 5-free and designed to not leave a telltale yellow stain behind. For a bright pop of hot pink, I love the shade Oh La La, which is like a hot pink lipstick. Gluten Free and Vegan, this bright, bold pink shade is formulated to be long lasting and chip resistant.

Kester Black Petra
A 5-free, Vegan formula, the Kester Black Nail Polish in Petra is a beautiful neutral sandy pink shade that really does go with everything. With a natural finish, this subtle hue is perfect for everyday wear for a more muted yet elegant look.

Life Basics Breathable Nail Polish Naked Peach
For the warmer months, I can't go past the shade Naked Peach for a gorgeous, bright pop of colour. In a creamy and opaque formula, this peachy provides a high shine finish and dries quickly, and looks amazing on tanned skin tones.

Butter London 8-Free Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer Fruit Machine
For those who prefer a bright bubblegum pink shade, the Butter London 8-Free Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Fruit Machine is the prettiest shade of pink for a pop of bright colour. With nail-strengthening ingredients such as Bamboo Extract, this creamy, high shine formula is also Gluten Free and Vegan.

Kester Black Nude
A great option for a French Manicure, the Kester Black Nail Polish in the shade Nude is the perfect neutral tone for subtle nail colour. Translucent in colour, this sheer pale shade can be used as a priming base colour or worn alone with a top coat for a classic, everyday finish.

Life Basics Breathable Nail Polish Bondi Icebergs
An icy cool mint, the shade Bondi Icebergs is a pale green hue which also looks great against sun kissed skin. Long lasting with a high shine finish, this cool, opaque shade is inspired by the colours of Bondi and makes a great summery nail colour.

Benecos Happy Nails Nail Polish Blue Sky
A cooler, more subtle tone of blue, the Benecos Nail Polish in Blue Sky is a beautiful pastel blue that looks gorgeous and soft against any skin tone. Chip resistant and long lasting, this gorgeous hue is a great choice for young girls and is also Gluten Free and Vegan.

Butter London 8-Free Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer Jolly Good
A gel-like lacquer, the Butter London 8-Free Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Jolly Good is a bright, opaque coral shade that is perfect for the warmer months. With a high shine finish, this vibrant orange-coral shade is designed to be long lasting and shock resistant to prevent fading, breaking and peeling.

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