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Are You Woke Enough For These Toxin-Free Nail Polishes?

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We’re totally on board with being woke consumers and understanding where, how and what goes into the products that you use on a regular basis, including your nail polishes. If you’ve seen the term ‘5-free’ on some of the bottles that line your vanity, you’re on the right track. This term refers to the fact that the lacquer is free of the five known carcinogens, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor, that are typically found in your gorgeous nail paints.

Lucky for us, there are many brands that have eliminated these nasties from their products. Here are some of our favourites.

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Zoya Nail Polish
With a new range of colours every season, Zoya boasts over 400 shades — all of which are made of their toxin-free, long lasting formula. Zoya upped the ante by being 10-free instead of just five and they’re vegan-friendly too. Image: Instagram (@zoyanailpolish) RMS Beauty
Wear the brand’s iconic shades on your fingertips too, or if you want, have your lips match your nails! The world is your oyster! The nail laquers are powerfully pigmented and slide on without streaking. Image: Instagram (@greenbeautylove) Orly Breathable Treatment + Colour
While your talons don’t necessarily need to be able to breathe to stay healthy, Orly makes a permeable formula that allows oxygen through to keep your nails hydrated. The argan oil and Vitamin B5 in the mix help too. Image: Instagram (@orly) Smith & Cult Nail Polish
This cult favourite brand boasts an boasts an eight-free formulation and has a range of colours from classic to eccentric to suit your moods. Did we mention they’re cruelty-free too? Image: Instagram (@smithandcult) butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
Falling in love with butter LONDON’s shades isn’t hard but we can’t get enough of their Patent Shine collection with its eight-free formula and highly pigmented colours with a plush, glossy finish that lasts up to 10 days. Who needs a salon? Image: Instagram (@butterlondon)