There’s no easier and cost effective way to update your look than a shiny new coat of nail polish. 

It’s a self-care ritual that never fails to lift spirits.  But, traditional formulas have been criticized for being full of toxins that are harmful for your body.

The five commonly used hazardous chemicals in nail polish to watch out for are:

  • Toluene – a volatile chemical neurotoxin commonly found in paint thinner
  • Formaldehyde – a component of tobacco smoke, this known human carcinogen is used for embalming
  • Formaldehyde Resin – less toxic derivative of formaldehyde that can cause skin irritation
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) – Banned in the EU, DBP has been shown to be toxic to the reproductive system
  • Synthetic Campor -this irritant has been linked to causing nausea and seizures

Awareness for nail polish toxins has sparked many brands to change their formulas to be “3-free” (made without Toulene, DBP, and Formaldehyde) or “5-free,” (made without everything above).  Thankfully, toxin-free doesn’t equate to bland color choices.  Scroll down for the season’s fresh colors all provided by polish brands that are proudly “5-free.”


Loredana Matte Gray by Zoya

Gray is a great staple color to take you from fall to winter.  This season adds a matte finish twist to the staple gunmetal gray that will give your fingers a steel-like polish.


Commerce Midnight Blue by Tenoverten

A grown-up and sophisticated reincarnation of last year’s sporty electric blue.  The rich hue will pair just right with your lush and cozy cashmere sweaters.



Laughing to the Bank by Deborah Lippmann

There’s no going wrong with a classic red to kick off the holidays, but why not try its often ignored holiday-color pal, green?  With just a hint of shimmer, this supple hunter green confidently embodies holiday glamour.


Tea Rose by Jin Soon

Not quite ready for the temperatures to drop?  This sweet and light coral is muted just enough for fall to accent your nails with a touch of sunshine.


Fuji by Kure Bazaar

Try this fresh take on Radiant Orchid, 2014 Pantone’s Color of the Year.  Paris-based non-toxic nail polish brand Kure Bazaar takes the tricky purple color and adds just the right splash of whimsy.


Baby Blue Eyes by Priti NYC

Coveting winter whites? Take it a step further and break the rules with winter pastels.  It’ll be easy to stay warm, but look cool with this pretty, icy blue shade.



Toast by RGB Cosmetics

Dusty Rose is a trusted fall stand-by, but consider this creamy taupe this season.  With just the right mix of brown and white, this is the perfect shade for on-point minimalists.

For a more in-depth read on toxins in our beauty products, go check out Skin Deep’s Cosmetic Database.

What are your favorite non-toxic nail polishes for the fall season?
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