Nail Polish is one of the most toxic products a woman can own in her beauty routine. And when you consider that it is usually the first cosmetic that little girls experience, it is probably one of the most important to toss. I remember my first nail polish at age eleven - pale, pink and glittery. 

It wasn't until a few years later that I began thinking about what could possibly be in that bottle of glittery goodness. Below are the ingredients of concern in nail polish - and yes, many of these are still found in 3+ Free Nail Polishes - even those by 'green' brands (see more about that here)


Known human carcinogen (yes, and it's still found in many cosmetics, or in preservatives). Skin irritant and allergen. If a product is labelled 3+ Free, this ingredient is not in the formula.

This can also be labelled as, or contained within the following ingredients: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.


Organ system toxicity. Developmental and reproductive toxicity. Respiratory irritant. Skin irritant and allergen.If a product is labelled 3+ Free, this ingredient is not in the formula.


Endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity. Carcinogen (cancer-causing) concerns. Phthalates have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products.  


Cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation and eco-toxicity. Variations: Benzophenone, ingredients containing the word benzophenone (for example benzophenone-2), BP# (for example BP2), oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium. This ingredient is still found in most green nail polish brands.

Triphenyl Phosphate

Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Ecotoxicology

Below are my safe-swap recommendations, and all are free of the above ingredients! I also have discount codes for a few!

Sienna Byron Bay
Australia (international shipping)

This Aussie born-and-bred brand is 7-Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan. They have an amazing range of colours, and the polish lasts at least a week. Best part? All ingredients rate just 1-2 on EWG Skindeep! If I want something more durable and in a traditional formula, SBB is all I will use.
Code libertygreen saves 15% off your order. Read my review.

Little Ondine
Australia / UK (Ships worldwide / use code libertygreen to save 10% off)

Yes, Little Ondine is now available in Australia!! Woohoo!
If you've been reading my blog for some time, you'll know just how much I adore this brand. Little Ondine Nail Polish is water-based, 100% non-toxic, ODOURLESS, and peels-off to remove, without any damage to the nail. They also have an incredible range of over 90 colours
If you want to read my review on this brand, just search here.  Little Ondine revolutionises nail polish. 

Little Ondine is Cruelty Free and Vegan.


Also free from all off the above, Zoya Nail Polish colours is also 5-Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan.
They have a wide range of colours, from soft pastels to bright, bold hues. 

Please note that the Zoya Anchor Base Coat and Top Coat do contain the ingredient Benzophenone-1 listed above

I hope you enjoy these safer options, and if you have any questions at all, please get in touch! (I don't bite, promise!)

Kelsey xx
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