Non-Toxic Nail Polish and Remover –
If you choose to wear nail polish while pregnant, there are a number of chemicals that should be avoided as listed below – note that all of these have received the highest rating (10) on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database for toxicity:
Toluene – A solvent that is used in paint thinners
Dibutyl Phthalate – Endocrine disruptors that should be avoided
Formaldehyde – A known carcinogen
If a nail polish brand does not contain the above 3 chemicals, they refer to their product as “3 free'”
Ethyl Acetate – Although this ingredient received a 4 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database website, it is a respiratory irritant and should be avoided
The following nail polish lines do not contain the ingredients listed above and are recommended options:
Scotch Naturals product line contains both nail polishes and a soy polish remover. Their nail polishes are listed on their website as:
- Fragrance free
- Toxin free
- Paraben free
- Formaldehyde free
- Dibutyl Phthalate free
- Toluene free
Per the Scotch Naturals website, the polish ingredients are as follows: water, acrylic polymer emulsion, +/- CI15850, CI77492, CI77499, CI77289, CI77891, and/or mica
The soy polish remover ingredients are as follows: methyl soyate, dimethyl adipate, dimethyl glutarate. Scotch Naturals has no rating provided on EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Check out Scotch Naturals Nail Polish on Amazon.com!
Suncoat is the only water-based nail polish manufacturer in Canada and was started by a chemist mom who was looking for safe polishes for her daughter.
Per the Suncoat website, the polish ingredients are as follows: Aqua (water, ~65% in formula), acrylate copolymer / styrene-acrylate copolymer (~28% in formula), Other ingredients (all under 4%): propylene glycol n-butyl ether, dipropylene glycol dibenzoate.
Pigments/colorant: may contain [+/-] mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ferric ferrocyanide, iron oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), chromium oxide (CI 77288), carmine (CI 75470)
This product line also contains a natural soy and corn based polish remover with the following ingredients: ethyl lactate (from corn fermentation), methyl soyate (from soya oil), vegetable glycerin, D-limonene (from orange)
Suncoat has no rating provided on EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database for their nail products. Their mascara product which is the only one listed has a rating of 2. Check out Suncoat Nail Polish on Amazon.com!
Acquarella Water Color Nail Polish
Acquarella water color products are made in the USA and are completely water based. They are vegan – not tested on animals and free of animal products. Per their website, the polish ingredients are as follows: Acrylic polymer emulsion, Water, and non-toxic colorants (No FD&C).
The Acquarella website also indicates that their products do NOT contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde like derivatives, toluene, ketones or other petrochemical solvents, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or other phthalates, polyurethanes, parabens, camphor, gluten or wheat by-products, or any aromatic hydrocarbons.
Their nail polish remover is completely water based containing no acetone, methyl acetate or other petrochemical solvents and is also vegan. The remover ingredients are as follows: water, tall oil fatty acids and alcohols (plant based), non-ionic surfactant, organic buffer. Detailed Formula Information: Acquarella Remover is a proprietary combination of a fruit and vegetable derived linear alcohol that has ester-like solvent properties with special nonionic surfactant a composed of various blended surfactants from potato, corn, palm, and cotton seed. Check out Acquarella Nail Polish on Amazon.com!
Acquarella Nail Polishes have a rating of 1 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
Acquarella Polish Remover has a rating of 0 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database