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
I did some research and found 7 cruelty-free, water-based vegan 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 preparation, application, and removal of their water-based nail colors so that you know what to expect since water-based nail polishes are quite different from regular nail polish that we’re used to.
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’ nail polish colors ranging from matte, shimmer, or iridescent finish.
Where to buy? Amazon
Ingredients: 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’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!
Ingredients: 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 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+ nail colors. They have just about every color in various finishes including creme, metallic, shimmer, and translucent.
Where to buy? Amazon
Ingredients: 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
The main difference between Piggy Paint and SOPHi nail polishes is the range of colors. Piggy Paint nail colors
Ingredients: Water, Acrylates
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
Choose from 50+ Snails nail colors!
Price: £8 – £10
Where to buy? Amazon
Ingredients: Aqua, Styrene/
Color Club Water Colors
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
Choose from 18 Color Club’s Water Colors.
Price: $6 – $10
Ingredients: 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. Made from a base of water, rather than harsh, smelly chemicals, this no odor nail polish is a healthy alternative to traditional, solvent-based nail
Choose from 4 of Pure Anada Princess Polish 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.
Where to buy? purecanada.ca
Ingredients: Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Butoxy Diglycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydroxxethylcellulose, Mineral Pigments: Ultramarines, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, OR Chromium Hydroxide Green
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