Check out these ecologically friendly stunners!
1.) Julep originally started out as a small chain of salons in Seattle, Washington that owner Jane Park founded to provide customers with high-quality, “clean-green” nail treatments. She developed a line of “4-free” nail polish for her salon business. Julep’s Nail Vernis are free of carcinogens such as formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, and DBP, but they, etc… Their full line of beautiful shades are also incredibly long-lasting. For spring, we are loving Julep’s top coats like the “Ani” (shown top) which is a boho/periwinkle frenzy matte glitter polish that is super festival chic. We like to pair it with the classic “Ava” (shown center) a ballet slippers pink hue that is so everyday we can’t stand it, and don’t get us started on “Annabelle” (bottom). This floral bouquet matte top coat looks amazing on it’s own or paired with anything really. Polishes retail for $18.00.
2.) Butter London has been an obsession of ours for years now. If you haven’t heard of this British-based nail polish, now is the time to try it! Their branding is gorgeous, their colors are stunning, and they are truly eco-friendly. Their polishes are all non-toxic and “3 free” since so they’re formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DPB or parabens. They are a staple backstage at fashion week, super popular amongst celebrities and have ultra cool Britishnames. We love the new spring color’s they collaborated on with Pantone. Check out (from top) “Calypso Coral” “Bodacious” and “Greenery” for all of the spring/summer feels. The company has now expanded into equally eco makeup. Polishes retail for $15.00.
3.) Priti NYC is another gorgeous line of non-toxic polishes that follow the “3 Free” formula (no toluene, dibutyl phthalate, or formaldehyde). Kim D’Amato founded the line while pregnant with her first child. She had switched to organic food and health products and wanted to go green all the way. The line supports local organic farms to help decrease the use of harmful chemicals in manufacturing. Although they offer over 100 polishes, they are best known for their incredible array of neutral colors. You must check out this vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, made in USA line. Our fave for spring is “Day Flower” (from top) and their top selling “Coronation.” Polishes retail for $15.00.
4.) Scotch Naturals actually goes by the name “Scotch Naturals WaterColors” as they use NaturaLaq technology, a water-based production method, containing only H2O acrylic polymers, and natural colorants. They are hypoallergenic, 100% biodegradable, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, and obviously free of toxins and chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, butyl and ethyl acetates. The three key ingredients in their polishes are castor oil, shellac and alcohol. They tout themselves as not following the “3-free” or even “5-free” model but rather “ALL Free.” You will fall in love with all of the colors in this line of cruelty-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, non-toxic, parabens and phthalate-free, biodegradable line. Phew. That’s a lot of freedom! Check out (from top) “Stiletto” the perfect vibrant spring color and “Seaboard” an absolute gem! MSRP: $15.00
5.) We’ve been fans of Sparitual for a while now. They’ve been at the forefront of the non-toxic nail polish game since the beginning of the craze. Their nail lacquers are vegan and free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. The brand, which now offers a multitude of other beauty products, uses only certified organic ingredients free of synthetic herbicides, pesticides or GMO’s as well as utilizing ecologically responsible packaging. Their new collection of limited edition colors are so crazy cool we cannot contain ourselves… nor can we pick a favorite. Here are a few of their stunning shades, there are so many more on their website that you HAVE to check out. (from top: Allegory, Beyond Love, Flutter, Affection, Groove, Living Mystery, Sea Glass, Out Loud, In Service)
Polishes retail for $12.00.
While NARS, Essie, Deborah Lippmann and many others are following suit with their “3 Free” colors, you’re sure to find many non-toxic options when visiting your manicurist. Just check the label!