Organic Nail Polish (Is that even possible?)

Organic nail polish may be a bit of a stretch, but I bet there is some more natural nail polish than the one(s) you’re currently using.

These are some of the substances in regular nail polish that are better to avoid:

  • formaldehyde
  • toluene
  • DBP
  • formaldehyde resin
  • camphor
  • xylene
  • parabens
  • fragrances
  • phthalates

Let’s be clear about one thing right off the bat: Perfectly natural or organic nail polish – as in ‘practically right off the tree’?

There is no such thing.

You aren’t going to find a natural substance that adheres to your nails, and stays smooth through countless show-off’s, showers, beach runs… (insert all your daily or not-so-daily activities here). All that nail polish is, can not be achieved without a good old dose of polymers, acrylics or some kind of acetate. The only solution, if you want to be totally natural, is to go bare. The second best thing would be to find a nail polish made without some of the least desirable chemicals.

The best organic skin care brands, such as Miessence, Annmarie Gianni or Tata Harper, don’t carry nail polish, and I believe that is because it is simply not possible to make within their standards of how natural (and organic) a product should be. That being said, here are a few brands of more natural nail polish, even though that doesn’t make it organic nail polish.

It was quite easy to find which substances these nail polishes are without, since the different brands are eagerly to sharing that information – except for Little Ondine, where the only thing I could find if what their nail polish does contain, instead of what it doesn’t. I suppose that’s a good thing.

Forget Organic Nail Polish – You’ll have to settle for “As Natural As Possible”

Instead of embarking on a hopeless search for organic nail polish, here’s where you can find some of the most natural nail polish: has most of these nail polish brands. The only one they don’t have is 100% pure.

By the way, it looks like a whole lot of the Sante nail polish is being rolled out, so this is the perfect time snag some peppy colors with a big discount, almost half off. Everything ships worldwide for free. Hmm – correction, these nail polishes only ship to the UK. Boooh. I really, really wanted Sante’s Metallic Gold 08If you live in the UK, enjoy. 🙂 

I’ve added the links below, to easily find what’s on Amazon for each brand. (Little Ondine and Nailberry aren’t available on Amazon, only on LoveLula.)


Free from toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin, DBP (phthalates) and camphor.

Find Zoya nail polish on Amazon.


All benecos nail polishes are free from toluene, formaldehyde, camphor, phthalates and colophony.

Benecos nail polish on Amazon.

100% pure

Free of the common carcinogens in most nail polish: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and formaldehyde resin.

100% pure nail polish on Amazon.

Kure Bazaar

Kure Bazaar nail polish colors are free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and synthetic camphor.

Kure Bazaar nail polish on Amazon.

Priti NYC

No toluene, dibutyl phthalate, DBP, formaldehyde, camphor.

Priti NYC nail polish on Amazon.

Little Ondine

Little Ondine nail polish is composed of just three natural, non-toxic ingredients – water, resin and colorants. 

Not on Amazon, only on, and can only be shipped to the UK.


Sante natural and hypoallergenic nail polishes are free of any harmful chemicals such as toluene, colophony rosin and formaldehyde and are also gluten free.

Sante nail polish on Amazon.


Free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP and camphor.

Not available on Amazon.


SpaRitual nail lacquers and nail care essentials are vegan and free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.

SpaRitual nail polish on Amazon.

China Glaze

All China Glaze nail polish colors are free of DBP, toluene and added formaldehyde. Added…? Does this mean there is also non-added formaldehyde?

China Glaze nail polish on Amazon.



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