I've said it before, and I'll say it again - organic nail polish does not exist. Due to the nature of the product (paint for your nails), it is impossible to create an organic nail colour - and if you want be truly safe, go naked.

However, when you purchase a 3, 5, 7+ Free Nail Polish, labelled "non-toxic", one generally assumes that it is simply that. Unfortunately, it isn't. 
 
Nearly every nail polish, commonly marketed or sold as non-toxic, still contains an ingredient (Benzophenone-1 or other variations, Oxybenzone) that has health concerns or links to cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation and eco-toxicity. Yikes.




I prefer to use water-based nail polish on a frequent basis, as I prefer to limit my (synthetic) chemical exposure as much as possible, but even then I don't wear it every week (your nails need to breathe, too) If you want something in a more traditional formula, that's completely fine (*updated - I recently discovered Sienna Byron Bay and will be reviewing them shortly!)

I honestly do not care if you want to use a product that contains certain ingredients - everyone has a right to use what they are comfortable with

However, I believe you have the right to be informed about what those ingredients are, and what effects they may have - not be fooled into believing that a 5 Free "non-toxic" nail polish is free of carcinogens or other toxic synthetic chemicals. 
 
In saying that, I have compiled a list of the most common brands found on your favourite green beauty websites, or marketed as "non-toxic", that contain this nasty ingredient.
Along with two of the best water-based nail polish brands, I have only found a small handful of "traditional" formula nail polish that is FREE of Benzophenone-1. Those brands and links where to buy can also be found below. 

Brands that DO contain Benzophenone-1

- 100% Pure
- Aila 
- RGB
- Sheswai 

Brands that DON'T contain Benzophenone-1 

- Acquarella (WB) 
- Little Ondine (WB) - use discount code LIBERTYGREEN on your order
- Sienna Byron Bay - use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 15% off
- Zoya*

If you feel I've missed a brand or would like to know about the current brand you are using, leave a comment below, on instagram or email me

Click to read more about Benzophenone-1, along with studies and references. 

*A note on RMS Beauty & 100% Pure: only their nail polishes are products that I would not use. Their cosmetics are otherwise as safe as you can get and RMS beauty is one of my favourite brands. 100% Pure created the nail polish to offer an alternative (10 free), but don't pretend that it IS toxin-free - the only product in the line that deviates from their "100% Pure" ethics. 

Zoya has confirmed their ingredient deck with me - their nail polish is B-1 Free, however, the Anchor Base Coat and Top Coat DO CONTAIN B-1. The Get Even Base Coat does notYou can see Beautiful Because (linked above) or email me for further details. 

I also did not find B-1 listed on Trust Fund Beauty's website, however, it was listed on several stockists. Trust Fund Beauty have confirmed that the ingredient deck listed on their website is the correct version (its free of B-1) Yay! 

there are many more 3+ free brands that contain this ingredient, but for relevance' (and space) sake I've only included those most commonly found among the green beauty community. 


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