Welcome to the newest wave in non-toxic nail polishes: "5-free." These brands have removed formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene from their mixes along with the allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin—all potentially dangerous ingredients that could do everything from disrupt your endocrine system to cause cancer. While the odds are slim that polishes containing these ingredients will hurt you (polish sits on top of your nails, which aren't made of living tissue, so it's not likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream, says Ella Toombs, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Washington, DC), you could still get a whiff of the fumes or make contact with your skin while applying. So why risk it?
We hunted down 20 fantastic 5-free brands, along with our favorite color for each. Happy (safer) painting!
19. Ella + mila
Our favorite color: Lust in Love
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