8 Best Non Toxic Nail Polishes For Kids

Dive into the world of safe and vibrant nail colors for kids! As a mom of 3 girls, this is an important one for me. I have tested out all the brands below on my two older girls and, with their help, am sharing all the details. Discover our top picks for the best non toxic nail polishes, perfect for creative play and peace of mind.

Painting nails is part of the Mommy/daughter bonding experience, but who wants to create a spa-like experience in the garage? How is it that opening a small bottle of nail polish can leave such a big smell in its wake? That smell, even if it can be isolated, isn’t harmless, and is a sign that chemicals are present. With my picks for the best non toxic nail polishes for kids, that will be no more!

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SuncoatGirl Non Toxic Nail Polish

Best Non Toxic Nail Polish For Kids

SuncoatGirl is my top pick for a non toxic kids nail polish because they check all the marks.  While I want my kids to paint their nails, I don’t want to be exposing them at such a young age to so many chemicals. Suncoat really created a product I can feel good about when painting my kids nails!  I love that they don’t have a smell, they’re water based so way less chemicals and they dry quickly.  These are the things I look for in a kid’s clean nail polish.  I also love the gift sets they offer, making it a great gift for kids when they get several nail polish colors. 

What to Look for in Non Toxic Kids’ Nail Polish

Key Ingredients to Avoid

If you’ve searched for non-toxic nail polish, you’ve likely come across terms like, 3-free, 5-free, 7-free, 10-free, 15-free and beyond, this denotes the number of chemicals the polish is free from. While 3-10 are generally the same across all brands, once you get past 10, there doesn’t seem to be a set standard.

Generally, a nail polish that is 7-free or beyond is going to be more suitable for children.

Many conventional nail polishes are now free of the toxic trio: Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

5-free means it doesn’t include formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and it’s also free from camphor and formaldehyde resin.

7-free – formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, plus xylene and triphenyl phosphate. 

9 free- formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, acetone.

10-free and beyond can differ from brand to brand

Child's hand wearing non toxic nail polish
Always check the ingredient list of a nail polish- they can still have toxic ingredients even if they exclude some of the heavy hitters.

Certification and Safety Standards

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan 
  • Water-based vs solvent-based

Cruelty-free nail polish means that the polish has not been tested on animals, whereas vegan nail polish means that it does not contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products. I think we’d all feel better knowing that carmine beetles weren’t used to create the red dye of our nail polish. 

Water-based nail polishes don’t have the stink factor like solvent-based nail polishes. While the water content can vary from brand to  brand, they generally don’t have a smell to them because they contain less chemicals.

You can also check to see how the nail polishes rate in the EWG Skin Deep database.

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Child's hands wearing multiple non toxic nail polishes
I found that each brand of nail polish applied a little differently to my girls’ nails!

Tips For Best Nail Polish Application For Kids

  • Shake the bottle well.
  • Paint nails in 2-3 strokes per coat. Between each coat, give your child something to do by having them wave their hands or ask them to wiggle their fingers, or better yet, use a hair dryer to really speed up the drying process!
  • Allow a minute or two between each coat. 
  • Apply a top coat.

Are non-toxic nail polishes as long-lasting as conventional ones?

Most non-toxic nail polishes won’t last as long as conventional gel nail polishes. However, with proper nail prep, application, and care, you can usually squeeze a solid week out of a non-toxic nail polish. 

Best Non Toxic Nail Polish For Kids

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What’s your favorite non toxic nail polish for kids? Share it below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


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