Less Toxic Nailpolish Pt. 3 – Water-based nail polishes


There are also a few water-based nail polish brands out there, the most known ones being the four noted below. I myself have no experience in using water-based polishes, but there are some reviews out there that might be helpful to decide if they are an option for you.

  1. Aquarella [$16.00/12.5ml]
    • What Acquarella Polish does NOT contain: Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde like derivatives, Toluene, Ketones or any petrochemical solvents, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) or other phthalates, Polyurethanes or Polyurethane film-formers, Parabens or Camphor, Mercury, Lead, FD&C or Coal Tar (Lake) products in our colorants, Gluten or wheat by-products, Any aromatic hydrocarbons.
  2. Honeybee Gardens [$12.99]:
    • odorless, non-toxic earth-friendly formula; long wearing fabulous colors; Contains NO:FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde
  3. Scotch Naturals [$15.00/10.5ml]:
    • Vegan, Cruelty-free, Gluten Free, Fragrance Free, Toxin Free, Paraben Free, Hypoallergenic
    • 45 shades
    • US based
  4. Suncoat [$9.99]:
    • In Suncoat water-based nail polish – the chemical solvents (toluene and acetates etc) are replaced by water. Suncoat water-based nail polish contains ~70% water. When applied, water vapor is released in to the air, not chemical fumes.
    • environmentally friendly
    • does not dry or discolor nails
    • virtually odor-free
    • non-flammable
    • Mineral pigments and natural ingredients

More information:


(1) Aqua (CAS: 7732-18-5), Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer. May contain: CI 77489 (CAS: 1345-25-1), CI 77492 (CAS: 51274-00-1), Mica (CAS: 12001-26-2), CI 77891 (CAS: 13463-67-7) and/or CI 77499. Product contains no hazardous components under current OSHA definitions. European Union: None of the components of this product are listed in Annexes II, III of Directive 2008/42/EC or 76/768/EEC

(2) Water, water-miscible acrylic, polyurethane formers and thickeners, non-ionic soaps. May contain: ultramarine blue, carmine, mica, iron oxides, and/or titanium dioxide

(3) water, acrylic polymer emulsion, +/- CI15850, CI77492, CI77499, CI77289, CI77891, and/or mica

(4) Aqua (water, ~65% in formula), acrylate copolymer / styrene-acrylate copolymer (~28% in formula) Other ingredients (all under 4%): propylene glycol n-butyl ether, dipropylene glycol dibenzoate. Pigments/colorant: may contain [+/-] mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ferric ferrocyanide, iron oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), chromium oxide (CI 77288), carmine (CI 75470)


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