When we think about chemicals in our beauty products, we mostly likely will label nail polish under that characteristic. With its signature strong scent, long list of chemicals and lack of strong regulation (as opposed to say lipstick or mascara), nail polish is likely one of the most un-natural products in your stash. That said, most companies are attempting to develop formulas that are less intense, more body-friendly and free of some of the stronger complex chemicals.
There are quite a few companies that make formulas that are 7 free – meaning formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, and resin. Often, this means the products are cruelty-free as well. While plenty of companies are taking steps to modify their formulas, we wanted to share a few of our favorites. Along with the better formulas, these companies all make products we love to use—with great brushes, smooth application, and longer wear.
As one of the first companies to actively work on a 7 free, cruelty-free polish line, Pacifica has been a long time favorite of ours. All of their nail polish is made in the USA and offers excellent coverage in two coats tops. While they don’t have the largest color selection, all of their shades are instant classics. We particularly love the opalescent blue Tourmaline shade – it’s one of their best sellers and frequently sells out on their website.
Founded in 1986, Zoya has quickly become one of our favorite polish brands of all time. Along with offering a flawless formula with stunning long wear and easy application, Zoya provides a vast range of colors. It’s the first 10-free formula and doesn’t contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, xylene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, ethyl tosylamide, lead, and animal cruelty. Their collections constantly offer some of the trendiest, most stunning colors.
Ella + Mila
With their adorable elephant packaging, Ella + Mila is another 7 free formula (in this case it includes sans toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPHP, and xylene). We love their classic color collection, they have a wide range and also offer a line of creamy, high-quality lip colors. One of our favorite things about Ella + Mila is that they have a series of Mommy & Me kits that include one full size and one mini size polish in complementing colors.
This month, we’re featuring a few of this great company’s products – as they carry beautiful cosmetics, fantastic hair and skincare and a line of absolutely stunning nail polishes. Along with no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients, they’re entirely cruelty-free. They only carry 29 colors including a top and base coat, but the hues are stunning and highly pigmented.