8 Non-Toxic Nail Products that Will Keep Your Nails Beautiful and Healthy

From polishes to nail polish removers.

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The beauty industry as a whole has been moving in a cleaner, more sustainable direction for quite some time now. More specifically, the nail industry has made it a point to start creating more non-toxic, transparent formulas.

In recent years, we've seen an uptick in brands promoting 5-, 7-, and 10-free formulas, meaning they're made without the potentially harmful chemicals that once overpowered traditional nail care products, such as formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

If you're ready to make a swap in your nail care routine and opt for products that don't use chemicals that are known to absorb into the body and have potentially negative effects, then keep reading. Here, we rounded up non-toxic nail products, ranging from polishes to removers, to try for beautiful and healthy-looking nails.

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color


This vegan, cruelty-free formula is made without harmful ingredients and helps make DIY manicures easier and faster. It's a one-step treatment that acts as your basecoat, nail color, and top coat to minimize the use of products and let your nails breathe. It's also made with nourishing ingredients, like argan oil and vitamins C and B5, and is available in 14 shades with matte and shimmer finishes.

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish


One of the worst things about any manicure is waiting for your nails to dry. Luckily, this formula offers a quick fix—literally. It's a 100% vegan and 8-free formula that dries in just one minute. 8-free means you won't find any of the following ingredients: toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or triphenyl phosphate. In addition to the fast-drying results, we love the wide range of color options. There are 40 shades to choose from ranging from neutrals, bright hues, and unconventional colors, like acidic yellow and muted grey.

Tenoverten The Foundation


All of Tenovertens polishes and care products are cruelty-free, vegan, 8-free, and even recyclable. If you're looking for a nail care product that's good for you and the environment, then try this base coat-meets-nail strengthener. It's formulated to strengthen weak, brittle, and thin nails while offering the moisturizing benefits of vitamin E.

Pear Nova BRWNGRLMGC Classic Collection

Pear Nova

Pear Nova is a nail care brand all about celebrating and representing people of all skin tones. The brand offers a range of gel and classic nail lacquers that are vegan, cruelty-free, and of course, 10-free formulas. We love this collection of nude nail polishes that offers a color to match light and dark skin tones.

Dermelect Resist Nail Bite Inhibitor

Dermelect Resist Nail Bite Inhibitor + Restorative Treatment

For those trying to kick their nail-biting habit and restore the look and feel of their nails, opt for this clear nail polish from Dermelect. It's a 5-Free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free formula that's also made with keratin peptides, safflower, and vitamin E to strengthen and moisturize the nails.

OPI Nature Strong Natural Origin Nail Lacquer


The Nature Strong nail collection is OPI's first plant-based and natural-origin nail lacquer. It's also 9-free and offers up to seven days of wear and shine. There are 30 colors to choose from including everyday neutrals to bold and bright shades.

ella+mila Soy Nail Polish Remover


Excessive exposure to acetone in nail polish remover can cause dehydrated and weak nails. Instead, opt for a soy-based nail polish remover, like this one, which is free of acetone and alcohol. The formula works to remove nail polish while also nourishing the nails thanks to the inclusion of vitamins A, C & E, as well as lavender essential oil.

Olive and June Cuticle Serum

Olive + June

From polishes that are 7-free to serums and balms that are vegan and cruelty-free, Olive & June is a nail brand with tons of good-for-you products. One of the most popular is their cuticle serum, which is conveniently packaged in a pen format to offer mess-free and controlled application. Gone are the days of applying cuticle oil and feeling greasy after. This formula is hydrating yet fast-absorbing and lightweight. It's also dermatologist-tested and fragrance-free.

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