I don't paint my nails but when I paint them on them themselves I usually don't stray far from my tried and tested brands and colors. The same goes if I take my nails to the salon. I never really thought about the nail polhes I use other than their shade.
But recently, I took a crash course on nail polish ingredients and learned more about the benefits of vegan and "clean" poles. I’ve heard the terms “5-free,” “7-free,” and so on before, but I don’t really know what that means, poles are free of chemicals and ingredients. The most scary thing I've learned that I never really thought of before? There are animal products in some nail polishes!
“Vegan nail polish does not use any animal ingredients or pigments, such as carmine (a red pigment derived from cochineal insect shells), guanine (derived from scales). of fish and used for its shimmery effect), and oleic acid (derived from animal oils and used to thicken and add shine), ”explains Barry Shields, managing partner at Nailtopia .
Even if you do not subscribe to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, there are advantages to choosing a vegan nail polish. “The main benefit of vegan nail polish is that your nails are exposed to fewer harsh chemicals, and no animals are harmed in the production and testing process,” Shields says. “For Nailtopia in particular, our poles are loaded with natural AHAs and PHAs, which help get the ' good for you ' vitamins in our formula to help strengthen the harden, and condition the nails and cuticle. "
Credo's product development manager, Allie Compton, adds that many vegan nail polishes do not contain certain ingredients and harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, phthalates, and toluene. “Harmful formaldehyde resins are often used in conventional formulas to strengthen and repair the nail, but in some vegan formulas, often naturally derived nail strengthening and conditioning ingredients such as vitamin B5 and vitamin A, " he says.
And what do those terms mean-5-free, 7-free, 8-free, etcetera. Compton said free claims are determined by brands and they are not officially regulated or held to any standards. But overall, Shields said, "X-free means it's formulated without a certain number of toxic substances known to be harmful. One of the biggest dangers with these harmful substances is the inhalation of their fumes. "
Here is a general baseline for the components, according to Shields.
5-Free: The formula does not contain the following ingredients: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor.
7- Free: The formula does not contain the following ingredients: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene.
17-Free: The formula does not contain the following ingredients: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, acetone, phthalates (including DBP), parabens, triphenyl phosphate, substances of animal origin, styrene, bisphenol A, glycol ether of series E (glycol ethers derived from ethy lene oxide), nonylphenol ethoxylate, sulfates, triclosan.
And you don't have to worry about vegan nail polishes that aren't as good as regulars. Many of the formulas have long wear life and durability . “Many of the ' toxic ' ingredients found in conventional nail polishes are added as inexpensive plasticizers, thin paints, and hardeners, but many non-curing substitutes are widely available. available used by vegan brands and ' clean ' nails, "Compton said.  For best application, he recommends making sure your nails are completely clean and dry before applying the first coat for better longevity. “Use a mild, non -nondrying hand sanitizer, such as Credo ' s Hand Sanitizer Spray on your nail to remove any traces of oil or residue from your nail before applying the polish,” she says. . "Definitely use a topcoat to further protect your polish and add shine. After your polish dries, make sure you use a good hand cream or cuticle oil on your hands to prevent quick cleaning of your polish. . "
Check out some of our favorite brands of vegan nail polish below.
" Nailtopia is specifically 100% vegan and does not use animal derived substances or harmful chemicals that may hurt the nails, "Shields said. "Our formulation is plant -based, biosourced, superfood infused, all -free, and nontoxic. We also don't test animals, making our brand cruelty -free and Leaping Bunny Approved!"
All Olive and June nail polish is free, vegan, and cruel. They’re surprising because they’re so durable, and they have a gel-like finish, so it looks like you’ve got your nails done in the salon. Try the Poppy bottle handle to make painting your nails easier, especially if you have shaking hands!
J. Hannah is quickly becoming our favorite cool-girl polish brand. The shades are subtle and sophisticated. They are also non -toxic and non -cruel.
Smith & Cult has wide choice of colors, from nudes to metals. The poles are 8-free, vegan, and nothing cruel. Plus, the packaging is chic with a gold top.
 Tenoverten has about salons in New York, but if you can’t get to them, you’ll still enjoy home non -toxic, long -lasting home poles. Each polish is no 8, vegan, and cruel.
Nails Inc. has a range of vegan, cruelty, and 21-free nail polhes called Plant Power. There are a ton of colors and topcoats to choose from, and the poles last a long time. The glass bottle also has a recycable and eco-friendly wooden lid.
JinSoon the polish some of my favorites because the shades are so beautiful, and they work well on conditioning nails. Your nails will be left looking shiny and with rich color. The formula is 9/10-free and vegan-friendly and has a UV filter to protect against fading or staining.
No matter what look you are looking for, you will find a shade that works with Orly ' s nail polhes. Grabe. You get everything from neons to sparkle to classic neutrals. They are 12-free, vegan, and have never been tested on animals.
NCLA nail lacquer that is 7-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. In just two coats, you get perfect, salon coverage.
For a gel-like manicure without UV lamp and removal process, by Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro polishes the real deal. The formula is 10-free, vegan, and nothing cruel. In addition, the poles contain nourishing ingredients such as night primrose, keratin, biotin, green tea extract, aucoumea, and rice protein to condition and protect nails.
Compton said that Priti NYC Priti ] is one of her favorite brands of vegan nail polish. The poles are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPHP, xylene, and parabens. The best news? There are over 80 shades to choose from.