Skip Nav
DIY Beauty
8 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Create With Black Liquid Liner
Beauty Trends
Halloween Eye Makeup So Scary You Won't Even Need a Costume
DIY Beauty
Every Fantastical, Fabulous Tim Burton Makeup DIY You Need For Halloween

Is Your Favorite Polish "Three Free"?

Is Your Favorite Polish "Three Free"?

Eliminate one more question to ask yourself when picking your polish — not only choose the right shade, but know if the bottle you grab is free of the toxic trio! We've talked about the chemicals — toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate — when greening our home manicure. And now there's an cheat sheet to know which brands are safe at the shop or salon.

The National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance surveyed product manufacturers and found that 74 percent of polishes were entirely "three free." Yay. If you're curious whether your favorite brand is in the clear, print the downloadable card — it's as easy as one, two, three when you cut, fold, and save the wallet-sized sheet as a reference.


Around The Web
Join The Conversation
passthatversace passthatversace 7 years
Can someone clarify on how the 'blue label' on the Essie polish looks like (to indicate Three Free?)? I just got a First Base Base Coat that has a blue label on the bottom, yet formaldehyde is on the ingredient list on the box :(
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
revlon and loreal both are, yay! now i wonder if rimmel is.. since its not on the list..
LexzCW LexzCW 7 years
Yes, can you please verify Essie because on their website it says, "Contains No Formaldehyde, DBP or Toluene." So now I'm confused :(
Evalicious Evalicious 7 years
Ick! Seeing the rack of nail polishes at a nail salon grosses me out. Along with the thought of sharing utensils and foot baths. I use my own utensils and nail color every time.
ekl79 ekl79 7 years
i love essie. i'm going to switch to opi for now.
ChelsLivE ChelsLivE 7 years
This is good news, so thanks... But I'm with brilliance13, Essie!!! That's most unfortunate. Glad to hear Chanel is on the good list!!! But I'll mos def keep this in mind and spread the word!!!
softchickenyou softchickenyou 7 years
i thought Essie was three free for awhile now.... b/c some people were complaining that Essie's new three free formula still needs some tweaking.... please verify that for us, Bella!
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
uhh most of my nail polishes are essie. .. darn
makeupmonkey makeupmonkey 7 years
Bella, this is great thanks. What about the MAC nail polishes?
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
good to know! OPI and Chanel both ok!
infraredflower infraredflower 7 years
Noooo, not Essie!!
infraredflower infraredflower 7 years
Noooo, not Essie!!
Why Won't My Gel Manicure Come Off?
How to Get Nail Polish Off Clothes
Best Holographic Nail Polishes
Cheese Nail Art
Male Nail Polish Trend
A Manicure That Will Last on Vacation
Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds