List of Cruelty-Free, Water-based Nail Polish

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Looking for a non-toxic or odorless nail polish? Then you may want to give water-based nail polish a try!

Water-based nail polishes claim to be virtually odorless, nonflammable, safe for children, free of harsh and smelly chemicals, and comes in a wide range of colors and finishes.

I did some research and found 7 cruelty-free, vegan, water-based nail polish brands. These brands do not test on animals, anywhere in the world and none of their polishes contain any animal-derived ingredients. So that you (and your kids!) can paint your nails without harming animals or your health!

As application and dry-time may vary between nail polish brands’, we advise you to carefully read through each brand’s instructions for the preparation, application, and removal for their water-based nail colors. Just so you know what to expect since water-based nail polish are quite different from regular nail polish that we’re used to.

Honeybee Gardens – Water-based Nail Enamel

Honeybee Gardens Water-Based Nail Enamel

Honeybee Gardens’ unique water-based nail polish is free from strong chemical odors and claims to be 12-free, meaning their polish doesn’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrance, nitrocellulose resin, animal ingredients, triphenyl phosphate or benzophenone-1.

Choose from 26 of Honeybee Gardens’ water-based nail polish colors ranging from matte, shimmer, or iridescent finish.

Price: $12.99

Where to buy? Amazon

Ingredients for Honeybee Gardens’ Water-based Nail Polish: Water (Aqua), Acrylates copolymer. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77490), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007)

Piggy Paint Water-based Nail Polish

Piggy Paint Water-based Nail Polish

Piggy Paint’s advanced water-based nail polish formula claims to be safe for kids and safe for use during pregnancy. Piggy Paint polishes are vegan, non-toxic, virtually odorless, and free of all harsh and smelly chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.

Choose from 35 Piggy Paint water-based nail polish colors from matte to shimmer, and this especially cool glow in the dark version!

Price: $8.99

Where to buy? Amazon, Well.ca 🇨🇦, iHerb.com

Ingredients for Piggy Paint’s Water-based Nail Polish: Water, acrylates copolymer, neem oil. May contain the following colorants (depending on shade): Red 34 Lake, ultramarines, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, mica, red 28, yellow 10, violet 2, zinc sulfide/copper, copper flake, orange 5, and red 22.

Acquarella Water-Based Nail Polish

Acquarella Water-based Nail Polish

Acquarella nail polish claims to be virtually odorless, dries quickly in 5-10 minutes, has excellent shine and wear, without a base or top coat, non-toxic, and non-flammable. In addition, Acquarella’s “water-based formula is not only breathable, which allows for a healthier nail, but it is also water permeable without being a ‘peel-off'”

Choose from Acquarella’s impressive range of over 80+ water-based nail polish colors. They have just about every color in various finishes including creme, metallic, shimmer, and translucent.

Price: $18

Where to buy? Amazon

Ingredients for Acquarella Water-based Nail Polish: Aqua (CAS: 7732-18-5), Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer. May contain: CI 77489 (CAS: 1345-25-1), CI 77492 (CAS: 51274-00-1), Mica (CAS: 12001-26-2), CI 77891 (CAS: 13463-67-7) and/or CI 77499.

SOPHi Water-Based Nail Polish

SOPHi by Piggy Paint is the adult version of Piggy Paint’s nail polishes. With similar claims as Piggy Paint, SOPHi water-based formula dries hard and claims to be non-toxic, virtually odorless, eco-friendly, made in USA, vegan and keeps nails healthy – no more yellow or brittle nails.

The main difference between Piggy Paint and SOPHi nail polishes is the range of colors. Piggy Paint nail colors seems to be targeted more to kids with bright and playful colors whereas SOPHi nail colors are more neutral and wearable. Choose from 24 SOPHi water-based nail polish colors!

Price: $8.99

Where to buy? Amazon, Well.ca 🇨🇦, iHerb.com

Ingredients for SOPHi Water-based Nail Polish: Water,  Acrylates copolymer, Neem Oil.  May also contain the following colorants (depending on shade): Red 7, Red 34, Red 28, Red 17,  Iron oxide, Titanium dioxide, Ultramarines, Chrome Green, Mica, Violet 2.

Snails (S’N’B) Water-based Nail Polish

Safe ‘N’ Beautiful’s Snails water-based nail polish claims to be the first 12-free, washable French kids nail polish in the world. Snails water-based polishes are made with natural ingredients making their polishes virtually odorless compared to solvent-based alternatives and best of all, the polish can be washed off easily with water and soap. All of Snails’ polishes are made in France with ingredients suitable for pregnant women and young children, and the lead-free high-quality bottles are imported from Italy.

Choose from 50+ Snails water-based nail polish colors!

Price: £8 – £10

Where to buy? Amazon

Ingredients for Snails Water-based Nail Polish: Aqua, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Ppg-3 Methyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Disiloxane, Sodium Bicarbonate, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol. May Contain/peut Contenir: Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Peg-150/decyl Alcohol/smdi Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ci 73360, Ci 77891, Ci 45410, Ci 45380, Ci77007, Ci 77491, Ci 11680, Ci 77499, Ci 74160, Ci 15850, Ci 15880, Silica, Bentonite, Tin Oxide, Bis (Glycidoxyphenyl) Propane/bisaminomethylnorbornane Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate [nano], Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate [nano], Polybutylene Terephthalate, Ethylene/va Copolymer.

Color Club Water Color – Water-based Nail Polish

I have a few bottles of Color Club cruelty-free and vegan nail polishes in my collection and I had no idea Color Club had a range of vegan, water-based nail polish! Water Colors by Color Club claims to be an 18-free non-toxic, water-based formula. “Without sacrificing on color and durability, the new Water Colors collection features an odor-free formula and easy peel off removal.” 18-Free Means that this Formula is free from: Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Camphor, Coal Tar, DBP, FD&C, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde-like Derivatives, Gluten, Ketones, Lead, Mercury, Parabens, Petrochemical Solvents, Phthalates, Polyurethane, Polyurethane Film-formers, Toluene, Wheat By-Products.

Choose from 18 Color Club water-based nail polish colors.

Price: $6 – $10

Where to buy? colorclub.com or Wal-mart.

Ingredients for Color Club Water Color Nail Polish: Not listed.

Pure Anada’s Princess Polish – Water-based

Pure Anada is a Canadian 🇨🇦 cosmetic brand with a range of non-toxic, cruelty-free, and vegan nail polishes. Pure Anada also has a collection of water-based nail polish just for kids called Princess Polish. “Nothing is prettier for your little princess, than water-based, eco-friendly nail polish! Pure Anada Princess Polish is very different than regular nail polish.  It is made from a base of water, rather than harsh, smelly chemicals. This no odor, water-based nail polish is a healthy alternative to traditional, solvent-based nail colour. Perfect for tiny fingers and toes.”

Choose from 4 of Pure Anada Princess Polish water-based nail colors! If you’re buying them for a gift, Pure Anada has these adorable Princess Packs that includes one of their water-based nail colors.

Price: CAD$10

Where to buy? purecanada.ca

Ingredients for Pure Anada’s Princess Nail Polish: Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Butoxy Diglycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydroxxethylcellulose, Mineral Pigments: Ultramarines, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, OR Chromium Hydroxide Green

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