I used to be a huge nail art freak! I had over 100 bottles of nail polish, stickers, paint brushes, glitter, all of it. I had a new design on my nails every single week. I watched hours of YouTube videos every week learning new nail art techniques. I wanted to be a nail art technician and do people nails for a living! It was my passion!
And then I started learning about the toxins I was filling my bottle with because I was painting my nails. I didn’t even realize that my body would absorb the toxins from nail polish! I started realizing that there might be connection to my use of conventional nail polish and my constant headaches and other health issues.
So I made a switch! I got rid of ALL of my nail polish and traded it in for four bottles of polish. It broke my heart! But when I started to notice a decrease in my health issues, i realized it was totally worth it! And now my passion is natural living. 🙂
What are some toxins found in nail polish?
- Toluene – In one of my pasts posts say that: “DaVita says Toluene “has been shown to cause cancer and nervous system damage. It is also an endocrine disruptor. Toluene is a potent neurotoxicant that acts as an irritant, impairs breathing and causes nausea. Mother’s exposure to toluene vapors during pregnancy may cause developmental damage in the fetus.”
- Parabens – In the same post I say that “These are preservatives used in beauty products. They can cause cancer, asthma, and are estrogen-mimicking.
- Formaldehyde – In another post I say that “This chemical can be found in many different cleaning supplies and even some beauty products. This can cause damage to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This can also cause risk of developing ALS, chest pain, shortness of breath, and cancer.”
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – According to the Wellness Mama this chemical is banned in Europe and is known to cause reproductive problems. “The Environmental working group classifies this chemical as the highest danger level and warns that it can cause organ problems and endocrine disruption.”
- TPHP – This chemical is often used to replace phthalates but it may be endocrine-disrupting and toxic to the reproductive system. “Another biomonitoring study conducted last year by Duke and EWG researchers found DPHP, the metabolite of TPHP, in the urine of 95 percent of the adults and 100 percent of the children who participated (Butt 2014).” 2
These chemicals disrupt hormones, cause damage to growing babies, and can even cause cancer. Keep in mind that these are only a few chemicals found in nail polish!
Is it really worth having health issues to have pretty nails?
Thankfully people are catching on to the fact that nail polishes are toxic and many companies are going 3 free, 5 free and even 10 free!
I have tried three different natural nail polishes and have many more I want to try!
- It lasts longer than the other natural nail polishes
- The ingredients are amazing!
- They have tons of colors to choose from
- They are expensive – $16 a bottle
- The nail polishes don’t last forever. They eventually dry out in the bottles. Mine lasted a few years, but it’s still frustrating!
This is what it looks like on the first day:
It went on really smooth and looked great! It felt like normal nail polish, but didn’t have any smell to it and wasn’t full of toxins.
After 1 – 2 days it started to chip lightly.
After 3 – 4 days
At this point I put on a fresh coat of paint! In my experience this nail polish lasts about 4 – 5 days!
With this nail polish you need to make sure you follow the instructions or else it wont work as well. You must also have the base/top coat in order for this polish to last a while!
I loved the color of this one but it definitely chipped faster than Aquarella.
- It’s more affordable – about $9 a bottle
- The ingredients are of course amazing!
- They don’t have many colors to choose from
- It chips easily.
The second day:
After 2 – 3 days:
This nail polish will last about 3 days until having to repaint.
The best part about these polishes is that they can come off with a little bit of soap, water and some elbow grease! You don’t need any toxic nail polish remover. Of course that means it will come off easier, but in my opinion, it’s worth it.
With all of these polishes, they will stay on the longest if you paint your nails at night and keep your hands out of water for as long as possible (I know it’s almost impossible). They will also last longer if you use a base coat and a top coat!
Suncoat Peel Polish
- It’s more affordable
- The ingredients are great!
- The nail polish peels off easily so you don’t need a toxic remover!
- They don’t have many colors to choose from
- It chips quickly, but that’s a price I will pay!
- The polish tends to be thin
This nail polish is really cool because you can peel it off really easy and then re-apply a new coating. The only negative is that it does not last as long and the nail polish tends to be thin (at least with the one that I have).
I don’t have any pictures of this one, but it lasts about 3 days.
I hope this helps you realize that nail polish is super toxic and that there are other amazing alternatives! You can still have nice nail and be healthy!
Are you ready to get started on your natural nail polish journey? Which polish are you going to try?