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10 FREE Nail Polish - What You Need To Know

10 free nail polish

Recently I’ve decided to start investigating non-toxic beauty products for no other reason then, why put shit on my skin when I don’t put shit in my body?

Seems obvious right.

I try to live a healthy and balanced life filled with nourishing whole foods free from preservatives (most of the time!) so it seems contradictory to use skincare and makeup with ingredients I can’t even pronounce every single day.

But please note, I don’t live a 100% clean lifestyle. You can read more about what a balanced lifestyle means to me here.

After a bit of Insta-stalking I found non-toxic nail polish seemed like the easiest win. At least that would be a simple switch and a good starting point for this new direction.

I’d been following a couple of brands that boast they are 7 FREE or 10 FREE and I was like great. That sounds fabulous! Just what I need.

As desirable as this promise sounds... I had no idea what it actually meant! So after some digging and the purchase of too many nail polishes, here’s a breakdown of what 10 FREE nail polish means as well as some non toxic nail polish brands you can go check out yourself.

What Does 10 FREE Mean?

10 FREE refers to the exclusion of 10 of the most toxic ingredients that are commonly used in regular nail polish brands. While at this stage there’s no 100% natural nail polish, making the choice to go 10 FREE is a great start.

Here are the 10 ingredients you want to avoid.

  1. Formaldehyde - let’s start with the nastiest one of all! This chemical is used as a nail hardener but the there’s actually been links to cancer.
  2. Toluene - used in paint strippers and glue, this is the chemical that gives people a high when they sniff it. So it must be good, right?
  3. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - commonly used as a plasticiser which makes product more flexible but is thought to cause reproductive issues.
  4. Camphor - synthetically sourced from turpentine oil which is used to strip paint.
  5. Formaldehyde resin - although formaldehyde resin hasn't been linked to cancer like regular formaldehyde, it's a skin allergen known to cause dermatitis.
  6. Xylene - is a compound found in petroleum products and is used as a solvent for paints and paint thinners.
  7. Parabens - a type of preservatives widely used in cosmetics to protect against bacteria which has been suspected of interfering with hormone function.
  8. Fragrances - a synthetic ingredient that has been known to cause external and internal irritation.
  9. Phthalates - these guys are produced from tar oil or coal and are generally used to flavour a cosmetic product and who knows why that’s even needed in nail polish?!
  10. Animal ingredients - The best bit, brands that create non toxic nail polish are generally vegan with emphasis on sourcing ingredients that are free from animal testing.


10 free nail polish

Guide To Non Toxic Nail Polish

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 don’t contain parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients.

Does Non Toxic Nail Polish Work?

Hell yeah it does! I’ve personally tested out Hanami and Kester Black and while yes, they do chip, every other nail polish chips on my nails. They have great opacity and full coverage with just the same vibrancy you’d expect from Sally Hansen herself.

Australian Non Toxic Nail Polish Brands

Hanami (10 FREE)

Kester Black (10 FREE)

Sienna (7 FREE)

Life Basics (7 FREE)

Zoya (5 FREE)


Would you try 10 FREE nail polish?