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Nailed It! The Non-Toxic Mani

It should come as no surprise that conventional nail polish (and remover) contains dangerous ingredients – none of which belong on, or near, your skin and nails.

According to a recent New York Times article, “the three chemicals in nail products that are associated with the most serious health issues are dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde.” Often referred to as the “toxic trio,” these substances are classified as the most dangerous by the Environmental Working Group (a nonprofit health advocacy organization) and have been linked to a host of ailments, including respiratory and skin conditions.

Thankfully, steering clear of these harmful chemicals doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of polish-less digits. There are tons of fab non-toxic formulas! Brands are now offering 3-Free, 5-Free, and even 7-Free products, referring to the number of chemicals that have been removed. But, what do these labels even mean?

  • 3-Free = NO dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene or formaldehyde
  • 5-Free = NO dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene or formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or camphor
  • 7-Free = NO dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene or formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide or xylene

    These chemicals aren’t just hazardous to you, but to salon employees as well. In need of a pampering mani? Try an eco-friendly salon, like pH7. Located in Brooklyn, this indulgent oasis offers a non-toxic, guilt free experience. Sakaralites rejoice!

    From remover to polish to top coat, get ready to fall for these Sakara-approved picks! Naturally gorgeous nails are just a few coats away.


    Non-Toxic Nail Polish

    Check out this season’s hottest hues from our fave earth-friendly brands. And, they’re all 5-Free, cruelty-free and vegan? High five!

    Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in Smoke on the Nail

    This newcomer is changing the nail game with custom curated colors, exceptional opacity and exquisite packaging. New for fall 2015, this rich plum shade is inspired by the legendary classic rock band, Deep Purple. Whether you’re digging through vintage vinyl or backstage at a concert, it rocks!

    Priti NYC Nail Polish Lacquer in Canary Clover

    Premium long-lasting nail polish that’s organic and also contains UV protection? Yes, please! This pioneer of non-toxic polish is a beloved backstage staple. And, with colors like this glossy grey, with a subtle hint of iridescent, it’s easy to see why.

    RGB Nail Color in Cobalt

    If you haven't heard of this eco-luxury brand, you're missing. We can't get enough of this deeply-saturated blue crème. Two thin coats guarantees opaque coverage and a high-gloss polish.

    Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Bang The Dream

    Created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer (the brains behind Hard Candy), this line of high performance polish packs major personality and comes in a range of shades from dark to demure. Each has a provocative name like Bang The Dream, a metallic graphite that’s the perfect combination of edgy and elegant.

    SpaRitual Lacquer in Last Call

    This eco-conscious company continues to create products that are good for people and the planet – and their nail polish is no exception. Color experts hand-blend each hue to create superior coverage and shine. Sexy and sophisticated, you can’t help but fall in love with this dark red crème.

    Butter London Over The Moon Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer

    The brand’s latest launch is 7-Free! This 10-in-1 formula promotes brighter, stronger, healthier nails, and lasts for up to 10 days. Plus, it’s available in sophisticated, catwalk-worthy shades like this warm grey créme.


    More Mani Must-Haves

    Whether you’re venturing to an eco-friendly salon or giving yourself a DIY mani at home, no pampering polish change is complete with these essentials. Go ahead, give your nails some love with these natural alternatives…

    Surcoat Plant-Cased Nail Polish Remover 

    Take it all off with this biodegradable, vegan, plant-based formula, made from corn stock fermentation (ethyl lactate) and enriched with Vitamin E. It removes both water-based and conventional polish, has an oil-like consistency and will not dry or discolor nails. Plus, it’s packaged in a handy spill-proof container – no twisting, pouring, or fussing required.

    Tenoverten The Foundation

    Can you say multi-benefit?! This nail strengthening base coat, with horsetail grass, prolongs polish adhesion, increases nail strength, repairs soft and/or peeling nails, prevents cracking and acts as a ridge filler.

    Pacifica 7-Free Nail Polish Rainbow Gloss Topcoat

    We found the unicorn of nail products! A magical hybrid of polish and top coat, this new silver top coat, with a rainbow opalescent finish, goes on smooth and stays put.

    Scotch Naturals All Forgiving, Quick Dry Top Coat

    Say goodbye to smudges, heat lamps and waiting an hour for your nails to dry, and hello to salon-quality nails in just five minutes. This 5-Free formula forgives painting imperfections, delivers a smooth, high gloss finish and will have you ready to take on the world in no time.  


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