You might consider yourself to have a green thumb but if your nails are covered in harmful chemicals, you might be doing more harm than good.
Many gel and acrylic nails are non-degradable, meaning they can leave a lasting and damaging impact on the environment after you’ve decided to switch up your nails. In addition, many nail polishes and nail removers are considered hazardous toxic waste that sit in landfill and leak toxic checmicals into the soil.
Numerous nail polish brands have transformed their forumulas to be either 10-free or 3-three. This means that it doesn’t include some of the most harmful leading nail polish ingredients. The big ten ingredients are the toxic trio (formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate) camphor, formaldehyde resin, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, fragrance, and animal by-products. There was however a study that showed that many of the toxic components that were phased out from some nail polishes were replaced by equally bad equivalents. Always check the ingredients list.
Ama Quashie, the co-owner of AMA – a new natural nail salon in south London, says that this new angle at our manicures is here to stay, “There’s an increasing number of brands leaning towards the natural route because customers are becoming more aware of what they’re putting in and on their bodies.”
Switching out your regular polish for a more natural and less toxic alternative is a important step towards a more sustainable beauty lifestyle.
Ethical brands to look out for:
Kure Bazaar’s nail polishes combine an eco-natural formula with vibrant on-trend colours that their customers gravitate to. They work to preserve the vitality of your nails, keeping them healthy and looking stunning.
Zoya’s range of planet friendly nail polishes are non-toxic and breathable while also being vegan and cruelty-free. A win for us, and for the animals!
Benecos is a budget range that doesn’t cheap out on their ingredients or their values, using only certified, resource-conserving and organic ingredients. They make an effort to remove paraffins, silicones and mineral oils that do not benefit your nails from all of their products.
Butter London’s objective is to offer non-toxic nail polishes without having to compromise on the colour, quality, or performance.
Nailberry strives to deliver nail formulas that they are not only proud of but are 12 free, vegan, cruelty free & halal.