All about toxins in nail polish

If you are a regular nail polish wearer you may be exposing yourself to some serious toxins. They can infiltrate your skin, can get into your mouth and ultimately into your bloodstream. Make sure when you are choosing a nail polish (especially nail polish for kids), that you look for a polish that has a ‘number-free’, so at least you are reducing the amount of toxins you’re exposed to.

Some nail polishes claim to be 3-free, 5-free, 7-free or 10-free. The higher the number the better. Here is a list of what is NOT contained in each of these options:

  • 3-free polish does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.
  • 5-free polish does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor.
  • 7-free polish does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, parabens or xylene.
  • 10-free polish does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene and does not contain parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients.

The Safe ‘n’ Beautiful Snails kids nail polish that we sell is 12-free: without Dbutyl Phthalte, Toluene, Formaldehyde​, Formaldehyde Resin, Parabens, Camphor, ​Perfume, MIT, Amyl Cinnamal, TPP, MEHQ, Animal derived ingredients.

So why does Lilee sell nail polish when it has so many unnatural chemicals?

I’ll be honest I’m not a nail polish wearer myself, I haven’t worn it for at least 5 years now. I was finding that my nails were getting dry and brittle, and my big toe nails had these huge grooves in them, so I decided I needed some time out from it…. and I haven’t gone back. Even though I have recently bought some breathable, 10-free nail polish, I can’t bring myself to put it on after so many years!

However, my kids love putting on nail polish and I’m not going to tell them they can’t. It’s a form of self expression that they enjoy. So, I had to look for the safest nail polish I could find for them. There’s no way I’m using an adult nail polish on their delicate nails (or Mr 2’s hands because there’s not much actually going on nails there, let’s face it!), so I’ve found some great brands that I wanted to share with other parents who also have creative kids that want to have some fun with kids nail polish, kids play makeup and kids face paints.

What are the important things to look for in a kids nail polish?

As well as looking for products with the least amount of chemicals, I have made sure that the kids nail polish that I stock in the shop are washable or peelable because even though it may be annoying for adults to keep reapplying;

  1. Kids like to keep trying different colours so you want it to be easy to get off
  2. You shouldn’t use a nail polish remover, ever, on kids nails
  3. Nail polish shouldn’t stay on a kids nails for more than a day so they can breathe and grow naturally.