I love nail polish! But upon learning polishes contain harmful ingredients, I really wanted to find a healthier alternative so I could enjoy wearing polish without feeling like I was doing a “bad” thing!
Many “pricier” nail polish brands advertise that they’re 3/5/7-free. What does that mean? Three common chemicals found in polishes are toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde. Polishes can also contain formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPHP, and xylene. So, depending on what chemicals the nail polish company has deleted from their ingredient list, they label as some type of “free.”
I thought that was good enough and that I was safe to just look for that label. However, I discovered that most “-free” polishes still contained benzophenone. This chemical is used to block UV light. Understandable since we don’t want our polish to yellow. But what are the consequences of this?
I looked into benzophenones. They are certainly to be avoided as they have been found to be linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Unfortunately, benzophenone is also used in many of our personal care items. I highly recommend visiting their site so you can familiarize yourself with what is really in the products that we thought were “safe” for us to use.
So, after all that research, the polish I found that meets all my newly-found requirements is No Miss. No Miss Cosmetics is sold at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods. You can also order directly from their website, No Miss Cosmetics. I will advise you that some of their polish colors online look different online than in person.
I find these polishes hold up as well as Essie and OPI, brands that I used to wear. In the picture below, each nail (except for the nude shade) is only one coat. They have GREAT coverage!
written by: Kelly