Nail color has been around for quite some time. In fact, you’ll be pretty surprised to know that the trend dates back all the to way to 3,200 BC, where the Babylonians engaged in nail painting prior to battle, in order to distinguish rank.
Likewise, the practice was used by the Chinese dating back to 3,000 BC to distinguish class and dynasty. And ofcourse, by the Egyptians.
Only, nail color wasn’t made of the same toxic ingredients that we’re familiar with today. Not even close.
Ancient nail “polish” was made from natural ingredients such as kohl (a dark powder similar to charcoal), beeswax, and plant dyes. There was no formaldehyde, acetone or sulfates.
It was organic and nontoxic.
Nail polish today, on the other hand, is formulated with harsh and harmful chemicals, animal products and embalming fluid—which is absorbed by our body! There’s a reason why they say you shouldn’t paint your nails while pregnant.
But, alternatives are on the rise!
Both new, and long-time brands are creating health-conscious, plant based, and cruelty free nail polish.
Because being vegan, isn’t just about following a diet. It’s also about making a conscious decision about products that you wear, and place onto your body (cosmetics, nailpolish and creams).
Why You Should Choose Vegan Nailpolish & Removers
You know that really pretty, pearly shimmer in nailpolish? That, unfortunately, is a result of fish scales. Then you have certain colors, like red shades, which require the need for boiled beetles, and animal fat to achieve a preferred thickness.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it.
All the more reason to switch to vegan brands, which omit such ingredients—and focus only on plant-based alternatives instead.
Vegan alternatives do not use animal products, nor do they test on animals—which leads to pain, suffering and death.
As mentioned earlier, modern nail polish is formulated with tons of harmful chemicals. Not only do these toxins turn our nails yellow, they also leach chemicals through our nailbeds and are absorbed into our bodies. Not cool.
That’s why vegan alternatives are so much healthier. They omit harmful ingredients that are typically found in traditional polish.
Sally Hansen, for example, came up with Pure—a vegan, plant based nail polish that is free of 16 harmful chemicals, typically found in conventional nail polish:
1. Formaldehyde, 2. Formaldehyde Resin, 3. Toluene, 4. Xylene, 5. Acetone, 6. Phthalates (including DBP), 7. Camphor, 8. Parabens, 9. Ethyl Tosylamide, 10. Triphenyl Phosphate (TPP), 11. Animal-derived ingredients, 12. Styrene, 13. Bisphenol A, 14. Glycol Ether of Series E (Glycol ethers derived from ethylene oxide), 15. Nonylphenol ethoxylate, 16. Sulfate-free
Many brands have also begun to do the same with nail polish removers—omitting ingredients like acetone, and replacing it with eco-friendly, organic, and biodegradable ingredients like soy, and essential oils.
Hopefully, these trends continue—not only with nail polish, but other beauty products. Now, let’s take a look at the best vegan brands to incorporate into our manicures, which you can find on Amazon, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, CVS and many more stores now a days.
786 Cosmetics nail polishes are breathable, water permeable, and free of 11 harsh chemicals.
Sally Hansen’s Pure nail polish, is free from 16 harmful chemicals. Even their brush is made from 100% plant based bristles.
KARMA ORGANIC SPA
Karma Organic nail polish is free from 7 harmful chemicals.
This vegan nailpolish by SPARITUAL is free of 13 harmful chemicals and does not need a base or top coat!
This non-chip, vegan nailpolish by ILNP is free of 5 harmful chemicals.
This vegan nail polish by HEROINE.NYC is free from 9 harmful chemicals.
ELLA & MILA
This soy based, vegan nail polish by Ella and Mila is acetone free, and contains lavender essential oil. The Brand is certified by PETA!
This vegan nailpolish remover by Karma Organic is acetone free, and best of all, UNSCENTED!
PURE VITALITY BEAUTY
This vegan nail polish remover is plant based and acetone free. It’s safe for pregnant mamas and cancer patients!
This vegan nail polish remover is acetone free and made from soy—it’s biodegradable.
Dr .’s Remedy
This vegan nail polish remover by Dr.’s Remedy is acetone free and all organic.