7-Free Nail Polish | What is it & Why You Need It!
Hey everyone, welcome and thank you for coming back! Today’s topic is about my first love…NAIL POLISH!
I didn’t really start wearing makeup until I was a teenager but I have been painting my nails for as long as I can remember. It is the one thing in my life that I am OCD about. Any chipping or outgrowth is enough to drive me crazy and I won’t be satisfied until it is gone. I would rather paint my nails every couple of days than step outside with a shotty manicure…And I am definitely judging you if you do!
Just kidding but not really…There is no point in wearing half a manicure. It’s all or nothing!
On that note, take a second and asses your current nail situation. If you are wearing half a manicure, go grab some cottons balls, nail polish remover and do us both a favor 😉
Now that you nails are in an acceptable state, let’s discuss this concept of 7-Free.
It can be 7, 8, 9, etc. as long as it has some number in front of the word free. This means that the product is FREE of that amount of chemicals or harmful ingredients. For over a decade, I used OPI and Essie polishes because they preform well and have unlimited color selections. It wasn’t until my venture into healthier beauty products, that I even became aware of the 7-Free concept.
I am sure many people feel like they have never had any negative effects from conventional nail polishes and I can’t say that I have either. But I think the important thing to take away is that if you can eliminate as many harmful ingredients from your life as possible, why not? Especially since you can do it for the same price, possibly less.
Here are ingredients removed from 7-Free polishes and why they are harmful courtesy of :
Toluene is a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner. You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in or getting it on your skin, causing skin irritation. Unfortunately, inhaling high levels of toluene is said to be harmful to your nervous system and can cause light-headedness and nausea. Toluene is a toxin that may also cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women who have had extended exposure.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals. In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans). Its vapors are also irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen, a factor directly involved in causing cancer.
Formaldehyde Resin is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.
Camphor is a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.
Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) is a chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility and as a flame retardant. A handful of animal studies and in vitro studies have suggested that it could be anendocrine disrupter which affects your hormones – in particular, it could potentially affect reproductive health and lipid metabolism (that’s where the “nail polish makes you fat” headline comes from).
Xylene is irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It can cause systemic toxicity by ingestion or inhalation. The most common route of exposure is via inhalation. Symptoms of xylene poisoning include CNS effects (headache, dizziness, ataxia, drowsiness, excitement, tremor, and coma), ventricular arrythmias, acute pulmonary edema, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, and reversible hepatic impairment.
The picture on the left shows all the conventional polishes I am getting rid of (there were a few stragglers that didn’t make it in the photo). On the right is my new and improved nail box with only 7-Free brands! Feels good to purge!
So where do you start?
Luckily you don’t have to dive in blind because I have already tested and approved 6 different brands to recommend for you. In the video above, I demo the application of 5 out of the 6 and I also happen to be wearing the 6th option.
If you prefer online shopping, the brand LOOK is currently running a holiday special and all polishes are only TWO DOLLARS! That is an amazing deal that I highly recommend you take advantage of. I recently purchased 15 polishes off their site including 2 matte colors, a few for stocking stuffers, and a second bottle of the gel top coat because I love it!
Here’s part of my order, the rest is already in a special someone’s stocking! (One of the whites and the black are matte)
Even though the LOOK Gel Top Coat is probably my fave, you can’t go wrong with any of these brands.
Pacifica can be found at Target which is pretty convenient if you prefer to see them in person.
Here are the final application results and how each was achieved. I only had 3 base coats and 2 top coats so some were reused.
Below are links to each brand’s site if you’d like to explore for yourself.
Thank you so much for being here and I hope you enjoyed today’s read. I appreciate your trust and support! Stay tuned for the next one!