My Favorite Safe Nail Polish Brand

I’m not even lying when I say it had been YEARS since I had taken the time to paint my nails. I think the last time was back in 2015 and then maybe some French tips for my wedding in 2016. As a mom of two toddlers (and expecting) I’m lucky enough if I find some time for a shower. I just never made it a priority.

Initially I stopped wearing it because I was a paranoid pregnant person that googled ingredients in everything I was exposing my unborn child to. Due to the toxic ingredients, nail polish was a huge no-no in my book at the time. Then after pregnancy I thought, if wasn’t willing to put it on my body while I was pregnant, why would I want to expose myself to those toxins now? I never really put it back on after that.

However, my oldest baby is now 3 and her grandma started tossing around the idea of painting nails. At first, part of me was like “Noooo! Not my baby!!!” but she really wanted to get her nails painted so I began my research again, this time trying to find the safest nail polish out there.

If you weren’t already aware, the majority of nail polishes are filled with toxic chemicals. To name just a few of the worst – toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde. Toluene is known to potentially cause birth defects and developmental problems in the children of the pregnant women who were exposed to it. The dibutyl phthalate is known to cause birth defects in lab animals and formaldehyde is just a straight up carcinogen. Even labels that read toxin-free, are not always being so truthful.

Enough with the scary facts because I found a polish that I can feel good about – ORLY nail polish!


ORLY, specifically their Breathable Treatment line is 13free, which means it does not contain the 13 most common toxic chemicals found in nail products! That’s almost unheard of. Sure, there are some 7-free, 8-free and even several 9-free brands out there but 13-free is reaching a whole new level!

Orly offers a ton of fun colors, you only need 1 coat (maybe 2 if you’re a sloppy painter like me), AND the price was so fair compared to other brands ($9.99). I got two during a B1G1 50% off sale at my local Ulta to give them a try and you can bet I’ll be going back for a few more shades!

This polish is vegan, never tested on animals, no base coat or top coat required, and it allows your nails to breathe, even nourishing them with Argan oil, Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C!

I think as a parent we can all agree that we want what’s best for our kids, and why not ourselves too?! I’ve finally found a polish that I can feel comfortable using on myself and my girls! Mom win! To celebrate, here is an awkward hand photo. Sure, I rock a messy bun 90% of the time, but at least my nails look nice and I’m not having to sacrifice my health!


The color pictured is “Almond Milk.”

xxoo Kate

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