Nailing it: The Best Non-Toxic Polish

Here are eight of our favourite clean, cruelty-free and vegan nail polishes. Your mani can be fierce without being harmful.

Photo by Diana d'Arenberg

Studies have shown that chemicals in nail lacquers can be absorbed into the body through our nails. Heeding the call of concerned consumers, many brands have begun to weed out harmful ingredients from their formulas.

As with all clean beauty, there is no one standard regulation on what should be excluded from nail colour formulas but common questionable ingredients include: formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and TPHP

There are a lot of non-toxic nail colours options out there, boasting 5, 8, 10-free or 12 free, meaning their formulas don’t contain a certain number of these toxic ingredients. This doesn’t mean that they’re natural, but they do exclude those chemicals which have raised red flags.

Here are eight of our favourite clean nail lacquer brands. And they're cruelty-free and vegan too!

NB. Many retailers do not ship nail varnish overseas. Check for local stockists.



The L’Oxygene range from British brand