Luckily now days there are plenty of nail polishes you can feel good about using.
Many nail polish brands are cruelty-free, but what about being vegan too? Only because a brand is cruelty-free it doesn’t mean that it’s vegan too.
Cruelty-Free VS. Vegan
The main difference is that cruelty-free means it hasn’t been tested on animals. But it may still contain an ingredient derived from animal which wouldn’t make it vegan.
So you may ask what makes a nail polish be vegan? A nail polish labeled “vegan” means there are no animal products in the polish itself. Some common ingredients are beeswax, fish scales to get that shimmery color, or shellac which is a by-product from lac bug. Ew!
That’s why I made this short list as an easy access in case you’re looking for both options in one brand. The good news is that more brands keep appearing on the market that are vegan!
Some of the brands I avoid buying are Essie, OPI, Revlon, and Sally Hansen.
3-, 5-, and 7-Free
Another thing I just learned is what “3-free” in nail polish means. At first I thought it was referring to 3 nail polishes for free and you paid for shipping lol.
But this actually means the toxicity of the formula. The three most commonly known hazardous chemicals are Dibutyl Phtalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, and Toluene. So if it’s free of these chemicals then it would be considered “3-free”. The number denotes how many toxins have been removed from the polish. You will notice other nail polish brands mention “5-free”, “7-free”, etc.
Now I know what it actually means, haha!
So here it goes…
15+ nail polish brands that are vegan:
A.Dorn is a cruelty-free nail polish brand that is “4-Free” and 100% vegan. They have a nice, simple bottle design. A few of their shades can be found on Amazon.
This brand is on the pricey side and from the reviews they say it doesn’t have a strong chemical smell. It is available in a lot of colors. Aquarella nail polishes are water-based, free of harsh chemicals, vegan, and even wheat free. They also make a non-toxic nail polish remover.
Beauty Without Cruelty
As the name implies, Beauty Without Cruelty is a cosmetics brand that doesn’t test on animals. All of their products, and their Attitude Nail Colors line is 100% vegan!
I like Deco Miami because they’re from South Florida too! Their packaging is so cute with gold tones. Their nail lacquers are made in the USA. They are “8-Free” and 100% vegan.
Known for their cruelty-free brushes, and cosmetics. Furless Cosmetics ships worldwide and also makes their own nail polishes! Their elegant line of nail lacquers are “4-Free”, and their products are 100% vegan. Their nail polish is long wearing, fade resistant and is free from toluene, formaldehyde, carmine, and dibutyl phthalate.
Gabriel Cosmetics is mostly known for their skincare and makeup. They have a nail collection with over 50 shades. All of their polishes are vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic and “10 free”. Free of: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates and animal ingredients.
I know Julep mainly for their cosmetic line, but they also offer nail polish! Their ail polish products are fast-drying, long-lasting. It’s “5-free”, and vegan-friendly.
LVX‘s nail polishes are inspired by runway looks from top fashion designers. They even collaborate with designers for Fashion Week runway presentations. It has a long wear formula, and chip resistant. They’re also “5-Free”, 100% vegan, and all products are produced in USA.
NCLA is popular for polish but also for awesome nail wraps. Their nail lacquers are made with love in California, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and “7-Free”. Contains NO Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, or Xylene.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
One of the first cruelty-free brands I heard about when I changed to this lifestyle. OCC has so many fun and unique polish colors. They are quick-drying and super long-lasting. They are “5-Free” and everything in the line is 100% vegan!
A brand I recently discovered. They offer non-toxic nail polish, and it’s “5-free”. It’s free of formaldehyde & formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), the allergens of camphor and all potentially dangerous ingredients.
Pacifica is a brand I really enjoy using for makeup, and perfume. I have talked about Pacifica in my Favorites video. They offer a diverse range of trendy shades in nail polishes. They are available at Target and online. Their products are “7-Free”, and 100% vegan.
PRITI NYC is a trendy cruelty-free brand that works with designers for Fashion Week runway projects, and they regularly come out with new seasonal collections. Their nail polishes are vegan, and cruelty-free. Some of the ingredients they avoid are: Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phathalate (DBP), Toluene, and Camphor.
Piggy Paint now also makes a more sophisticated polish for adults, SOPHi. Like the children’s version, these polishes are odorless, vegan, and made without the harsh chemicals. They claim the whole line is durable and chip resistant.
SpaRitual is a zen-inspired nail lacquer brand. The polishes come in a variety of peaceful, New Age colors. They claim their nail polishes have a superior dry time, coverage, and adds shine to each nail.
NAIL POLISH FOR KIDS
Play Love Laugh (Hugo Naturals) is a child-friendly nail polish line from Hugo Naturals. As natural as it gets, their formula is made from fruits and vegetables. It’s vegan, non-toxic,and odorless. Perfect for kids, expecting moms, and even pets! Made in the United States.
Piggy Paint is another adorable vegan nail polish made for kids. The nail polish for kids is water-based which makes it free of harsh chemicals and eco-friendly. It’s cruelty-free, odorless, safe to use during pregnancy, and for nursing moms. It’s made in the USA, and comes in fun colors.
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
NAIL SALON IN MIAMI
In a few weeks I will have my first appointment at the Luv Nail Shop salon. All of their nail polish brands are vegan-friendly and “5-free”. Not to mention from their Instagram photos this salon looks chic, modern, and nicely decorated. They offer manis, pedis, non-toxic products, and so much more. I can’t wait to go, and update this post after my visit!
They are in Wynwood, and even close to GLAM Vegan where they offer plant-based meals. Yum!
UPDATE 10/2/18: I went to Luv Nail Shop salon a few days before my Guatemala trip to have nice nails. I got a mani, and a pedi. When I walked in I was offered a beverage to drink but I just got water with no ice. It was a two hour process, and I felt relaxed the whole time. Only thing the water was so hot for the feet. The lady that did my nails was so nice, and gentle. I enjoyed the experience, and it’s a place I will be going back to, and that I recommend. My mani lasted about a month, and to this day I still have my pedi. Wow!
Good for your nails, the animals, and the planet
Keep an eye out for these bad ingredients and in no time you’ll be making choices that are all-around better.
When you buy cruelty-free and vegan products you’re voting with your money to less animal testing. And when you buy 3- and 5-Free nail polish, you’re also protecting yourself and your family from toxic ingredients.
For these type of things I rather buy online to make it easy to find vegan options. At a store it can be tough to figure out on the spot whether it’s vegan or not. So use this list as a guide, and you can save it in your bookmarks to visit this page again, and again.
Choosing vegan gives a voice to animals, and the earth. And at the same time you make your nails look good while doing it!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NAIL POLISH COLOR?