Conscious beauty is something we keep learning and exploring day after day, as there’s not as much regulation in the beauty industry as we’d like. It’s complicated to get it right sometimes, but our recommendation, above all things, is to have a read of the ingredients list. Nowadays, brands are becoming more transparent on this, so if you don’t understand a word of a lengthy list, you might like to reconsider that particular product and go for more straightforward formulas.
There was a time when, to be considered a non-toxic nail polish, products would have to be 3-free (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate), but that has evolved to 10-free and even 15-free. The great news is that not only are these formulas safer for you and the planet, but they will also deliver the same luxe results as traditional nail lacquer without having to sacrifice the wear time, colour, and shine. YES!
Check out our go-to non-toxic nail polish guide and shock everyone with the results.
Our new formula is the cleanest yet. You will find renewable, plant-based ingredients on our ingredient lists from now on – right now, there is corn, cassava, sugar cane and cotton. This is a luxurious experience powered by plants. Of course, we are still vegan, cruelty-free, breathable, inclusive and free from Benzophenone -1 and micro-plastics.
With a broad selection of colours, there’s one for everyone. Our choice? The French Trio! This is a no-brainer for stunning nails all year long. All Sienna nail polishes are ethically made in France, certified vegan & cruelty-free, water absorbent, and breathable. With no nanoparticles, no aluminium, and no microplastics, these friendly formulas are perfect for the eco-conscious among us.
This New Zealand brand is nailing it with their 12-free formulas and a whole range of nail care products, all designed for you to rock a perfect mani from home. Kester is also proud to be B-Corp-certified, carbon-neutral, cruelty-free, vegan, and halal.
Our favourite shade for this season is Petra, a sandy pale pink that’s fast-drying and has a high shine for the most beautiful results. This colour will fit like a glove with your whitey/nude outfits all summer long and beyond.
The Kale’d It Nail Lacquer is a 10-Free range that uses an all-natural formula. The kale protein stimulates keratin production and leaves you with solid and healthy nails, while a few other superfoods all keep your nails healthy and gorgeous: Açai Berry, to protect; Coconut Oil, to nourish; and Sweet Orange and Pomegranate to lock in a divine shiny finish.
With more than 20 shades, the call is yours to keep it simple or mix and match if you’re a mani trendsetter. For this season, we are going with pastels and choosing the Why So Blueberry, a pale baby blue to amp your summer tan!
The only crush you need this summer is this J. Hannah nail polish, a collection not only curated with artistic influences in mind but also carefully backing the environment. The J. Hannah polish range is non-toxic, cruelty-free, and has a 10-Free stamp.
“Sustainability” must be defined to hold weight, and our customers deserve to know exactly what we mean when we use this word. It is a practice and, as such, an ongoing effort — something we are constantly striving for –– not a definitive marker of achievement.
Our pick? Akoya, influenced by classy oysters with a delicate lustre and baroque opulence. Akoya is not your regular transparent shade; its unique formula leaves a subtle golden sheen to make you shine bright and bold.
Another beautiful brand doing nail polishes the way we like it, non-toxic! Their formula is 8-Free, vegan, and gluten-free, with a range so broad and bold that we’re sure there’s an option for every one of you, whether you like it simple or prefer it boldly intense.
Personally, we love Fade the Sun, aka Metallic Papaya – a bold orangey hue perfect for the summer months. Make sure to rock a beautiful olive tan if you are going strong with this Smith & Cult long-lasting polish.
If you’re looking for a non-toxic full mani-pedi with professional results (without leaving home), Mavala has to be your pick. If there’s something this Swiss powerhouse knows how to nail, that’s for sure nail care.
All Mavala polishes are breathable as they contain a kind of resin extracted from wood to best adhere to the nail plate; with their convenient 5ml format, you won’t have an excuse to not pop it into your bag for that weekend getaway.
They also offer a vast array of over 300 nail colours in shades ranging from chic yet understated nudes to the bold and vibrant. Our pick for this season is Milky from the coral range, a beautiful hue perfect for the warmer months, from the first spring days to the hotter summery nights.
With a 16-Free formula to provide radiant, glossy, healthy-looking nails, the Sally Hansen range is made with 100% natural ingredients and includes a plant-based brush to work with its plant-based formula effortlessly.
Our pick among the 40 shades available is the Golden Quartz, a perfect match for astrology lovers!
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