The average manicure has gone from wardrobe staple to a style statement all its own. Tricked out nails walk the runways of Fashion Week and enter boldly into the board room. Lacquer lovers have their way at the cosmetics counter with high-end designers releasing bold color palettes to spark up an outfit or simply bring a smile to a rather dull day.

But there might be a small price to pay for our endless supply of nail polish affection.

Three chemicals widely used in nail polish, known as the “toxic trio,” have been linked to adverse side effects on developing children. The toxic trio culprits include the chemicals dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). Lucky for us, many of our favorite brands have phased out the use of these not-so-glamorous chemicals.

Stay safe and stylish with these five research-approved nail polish brands:

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  1. I think Liz and Ginger should be on this list as well as Sparitual.

  2. The Lipstick Vegan

    I have recently found “Julep” Nail care. They are 4-free and they have great colors and stay pretty well for a “natural” nail polish.

    I think they still have a coupon code “2FREE”, that will get you a total of 5 (!)polishes for only $9.99 when you sign up. It’s a great way to try their product!

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