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5 Cleaner Nail Polish Brands

5 Cleaner Nail Polish Brands

Many of us are looking for cleaner options in our daily lives. From cleaning supplies to clean skincare. Nail polish is a tricky product that I would not consider as clean beauty. However, there are brands excluding the most toxic ingredients. Many companies are 5-free or 10-free meaning they exclude common ingredients like formaldehyde and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). Basically toxic chemicals that can be carcinogenic, can cause birth defects, etc.

Most nail polish is flammable and you should never eat it. Nail polish can get on your skin or cuticles and those ingredients absorb into your skin. You also inhale fumes in its liquid state. What you put on your nails does affect your body and I would recommend to end any nail biting habits.

I have listed 5 nail lacquers that are cleaner than most and women-owned! I also added a few non-toxic nail polish removers at the end of this post. 😘

via   Instagram

1. All Heart

  • Woman-owned by Roxana Cabral

  • Vegan-friendly

  • Certified cruelty-free & vegan by PETA & Leaping Bunny

  • PETA business partners

  • Made in the USA

  • 8-free formula [free of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate (TPHP)]

  • $1.00 from every purchase is donated to a non-profit. You can shop by cause and get a monthly or yearly subscription. Here are their current partners:


Our limited edition nail lacquers are designed with our hand selected non-profit partners. During our collaboration process we design a lacquer that identifies their cause and we create a name that emulates their mission. Every month, All Heart will release a new nail lacquer that will benefit a different partner. Join us in helping these important causes and every time you apply your nail lacquer you'll know you've made a difference.

EP’s Favorite Colors:

From left to right, All Heart donates $1.00 from each bottle to PETA, Leaping Bunny, and 4Life Animal Rescue.

2. Habit Cosmetics

  • Woman-owned by Aja Frierson

  • Here sister, Melahn Frierson, is Creative Director

  • PETA certified vegan & cruelty-free

  • Made in the USA

  • 7-free (free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPP, DBP, isobutylphenoxy epoxy resin, xylene & parabens)

  • Uses Myrrh extract which naturally strengthens nails!

  • Lists full nail polish ingredients!

  • Sustainable bamboo cap to reduce plastic use

I created Habit in 2013 when I couldn't find a nail polish brand that had everything I was looking for: a clean formula that was actually good for my nails, with gorgeous on-trend colors and exquisite packaging that looked good on my bathroom counter. After two years of development, Habit was finally born.

- Aja Frierson, Founder

Aja Frierson, Founder via   Habit Cosmetics

Aja Frierson, Founder via Habit Cosmetics

EP’s Favorite Colors:

The nudes from left to right:

Tanlines - My favorite!

Belle De Jour


3. Deco Miami

  • Woman-owned by Jules

  • “Deco is a 100% cruelty-free brand. Deco does not engage in any animal-testing, nor do we purchase raw materials from suppliers who do. All Deco products are vegan friendly and we have no plans to introduce non-vegan products in the future.”

  • Made in the USA

  • Free of DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, & triphenyl phosphate (TPHP)

  • Lists full nail polish ingredients!

  • Designed to be pretty enough to sit on your dresser

  • Have you ever finished a bottle of nail polish? Deco comes in tinier & even cuter sizes for practicality

Personally, I’m obsessed with the look of the smaller sized bottles 😍

The biggest thing that motivated me to start Deco was that I wanted to create a beauty line for 20-somethings that was run by a 20-something (I'm 25!) because I'm sick of dudes taking over the beauty counter. Having a quality and clean product is just as high a priority for me as having a real and relatable brand.

Nail polish has always been my favorite beauty product because there are no rules in the nail game, and as someone who hates being told what to do and how to be, nail polish is my drug of choice.

- Jules, Founder

Jules, Founder via   Deco Miami

Jules, Founder via Deco Miami

EP’s Favorite Colors:

4. Kester Black

  • Woman-owned by Anna Ross

  • Certified carbon neutral, Australian made & certified by Leaping Bunny, Vegan Society, Choose Cruelty Free & B Corp

  • Gender inclusive

  • Polish is halal (permissible & water permeable) so our Muslim sisters can proudly wear the nail polish too. A waterproof barrier on nails would prevent the pre-prayer ritual of wudu (washing) from being completed

  • 10-Free™ (free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, ethyl tosylamide, & triphenyl phosphate)

  • Lists full nail polish ingredients!

  • Uses recycled cardboard, biodegradable bubble wrap, & labels on nail polish remover bottles from HDPE (the most recyclable plastic on the planet)

  • Read more about their sustainable & ethical practices

  • Collaborates with local charities, and run campaigns to fundraise on their behalf. Read about their supported charities here

  • Donates $1 from every online order to one of their charity partners: Educate Girls and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

  • 2% donated to charity

Anna Ross, Founder via   Kester Black

Anna Ross, Founder via Kester Black

EP’s Favorite Colors:

5. Trust Fund Beauty

  • Woman-owned by Samara Granofsky

  • Vegan & cruelty-free

  • Read about their ingredients here

Samara started the brand in homage to her mother who passed from cancer. A side affect of chemotherapy was brittle and yellow nails. Looking for a good nail polish, most safe brands on the market offered a limited selection of colors with names that were no fun. All Samara's mother wanted a fashion forward brand that provided non-toxic, good clean fun!

A few years after her mother's passing, Samara decided to launch trust fund beauty. she combined their shared sense of humor, with her mothers want for something cool, to create this cheeky brand.

 EP’s Favorite Colors:

Non-toxic removers:

via   LVX

via LVX

Soy-based & vegan

Comes with 12 pads

Ingredients: dimethyl glutarate, dimethyl adipate, soybean methyl esters, pure jojoba oil, vitamins A, C & E

Vegan & made in the USA

Ingredients: soy methyl ester, dimethyl glutarate, dimethyl adipate, vitamins A, C, & E

Our water based nail polish remover is scented with white peach, and is packed full of aloe vera and Vitamin E, making this little remover positively Powerade for your nails. Both acetone and acetate free, this product is non-flammable and has a lengthened evaporation period (for those of us who forget to put lids on things).

What is your favorite nail polish brand? What is your go-to color?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of healthier & inclusive nail polish options 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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