Pamper Yourself With These Nontoxic Nail Polishes

With more than $700 million spent on nail products in a year, it is one of the most rapidly growing beauty industries. Unfortunately, many nail polishes include chemicals and fumes that can potentially damage our liver or irritate our skin and eyes. Even one manicure a week can add up to a lifetime of health problems. 

The good news is that there are many brands who are formulating nail polish free from toxic chemicals, namely: dibutyl phthlate (DBP), formaldehyde as a preservative, toluene derived from tar, formaldehyde resin, and camphor which is a neurotoxin. We’ve rounded up 12 nontoxic polish and lacquer brands creating richly pigmented colors that are quick drying and long lasting, all of which are under $20. 


Non-toxic | 10-free and beyond, cruelty-free & vegan
Fall Color We Love | Bless Your Heart
Price | $17

AILA goes above and beyond the 3-free, 5-free conversation and is completely free of more than 17 of the most common toxic and troublesome ingredients in nail polish. This “subtle, sarcastic raspberry” color is perfect for those of us looking for a rich, warm color to add to a neutral fall collection.

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Priti NYC

Non-toxic | 5-free, vegan, give back, cruelty-free
Fall Color We Love | Buttercrisp Orchid
Price | $15

Priti NYC was founded to support organic farmers and decrease the amount of poisonous chemicals in nail polish, one manicure at a time. Their polishes are luxuriously glossy, fast drying, and chip resistant, along with being 5-free and non-toxic. This opaque burnt orange will be your go-to this fall season, and can be shared between both moms and children.

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100% Pure

Non-toxic | 10-free, vegan, & cruelty-free
Fall Color We Love | Pie
Price | $12

100% Pure is an award-winning natural skincare and color cosmetics company, using 100% natural ingredients. You can enjoy using their gorgeous nontoxic nail polishes knowing they’re 10-free and cruelty-free, using fruit dyed formulas. This elegant burgundy is a deep purple that’s reminiscent of Hollywood glam, and goes perfectly with any outfit all fall and winter.

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Non-toxic | 8-free, cruelty-free, vegan, made in USA
Fall Color We Love | Commerce
Price | $18

Tenoverten began as a nail salon out of TriBeCa, and today has dozens of highly pigmented polishes that promote stronger, healthier nails. Not only are they 8-free, but they are designed to be smooth and streak-free so you can easily apply at home or bring to your next manicure appointment. Their color ‘commerce’, is a rich midnight blue that is will perfectly complement your style on cooler days.

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Non-toxic | 7-free, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, vegan, made in USA
Fall Color We Love | French Rose
Price | $18

LVX blends unparalleled luxury with an eco-friendly ethos to bring you gel-like lacquers that are clean and sustainable. Their ultra-pigmented colors stand out above the rest, especially this coppery rose gold inspired by the styles of Christian Siriano and Rachel Zoe. This glossy look will be a holiday favorite!

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Non-toxic | 10-free, cruelty-free, vegan, made in USA
Fall Color We Love | No. 16
Price | $18

Sundays prides themselves on creating premium non-toxic nail polish that anyone can use. Their dedication to quality knows no bounds - they spent an entire year perfecting their formula, and it shows. Made in the USA, this deep red will be universally flattering on anyone - buy for yourself or as a gift for a loved one!

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Sugarloom Cosmetics

Non-toxic | 5-free, made in USA, cruelty-free & vegan
Fall Color We Love | Toasted
Price | $9.75

Sugarloom Cosmetics is crafted for the modern woman who loves bold colors inspired by nature. Bottled in the USA and 5-free, your nails are sure to shine with their dreamy colors. We love this warm and shimmery toasted gold - apply one coat for a soft gold, or 2 coats for a creamy and opaque look. 

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Ella + Mila

Non-toxic | 7-free, cruelty-free, made in USA, & vegan
Fall Color We Love | Island Hopping
Price | $10.50

Ella + Mila marries healthy beauty, high quality ingredients, and stunning colors with their PETA-certified and 7-free lacquers. Made in the USA, their polishes are known to be chip-resistant and quick drying for the woman on the go. Their Island Hopping lacquer reminds us of a jungle green, versatile and fitting for any occasion. 

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Little Ondine

Non-toxic | 5-free, odor-free
Fall Color We Love | Locomotion
Price | $8.99

Little Ondine is changing the game when it comes to your manicure - their water-based nontoxic nail polish can be peeled off without any harsh removers. Not only are their formulas 5-free, but they are also odor-free so you truly can apply anytime and anywhere. Locomotion is as dark as the night sky with dazzling glitter, ideal for a fun night out or for your little ones.

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Non-toxic | 5-free, made in USA, cruelty-free & vegan
Fall Color We Love | Best Friend With Benefits
Price | $16

Born out of - you guessed it - sunny southern California, ncLA formulates premium lacquers showcasing their love of fashion and beauty. Proud to be cruelty-free and 5-free, they offer variety of nail wraps, lacquers, and gel colors. This moody mauve, named after an Alanis Morrisette song, is luxurious, long-lasting, and sure to impress. 

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Non-toxic | 5-free, cruelty-free & vegan
Fall Color We Love | No. 56
Price | $18

côte promotes cleaner, safer beauty with their signature line of cruelty-free, vegan, and 5-free polishes. Their packaging is also carefully designed for easy application, using Italian glass and high-quality brushes. Inspired by sunflowers, this golden yellow is the choice for those Indian summer days. 

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RMS Beauty

Non-toxic | 5-free, cruelty-free, organic & vegan
Fall Color We Love | Curious
Price | $15

RMS Beauty is a leader in the organic and non-toxic beauty movement, crafting products that nourish and heal instead of harm. RMS’ nail polish is safe to use for all and can be easily removed with any polish remover. Curious mixes reds and corals for a super saturated tone that can be worn on hands and feet all year round. 

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