DIY Natural Nail Polish

While it may be easier to just go to the store and buy nail polish as opposed to making one yourself, most people aren’t aware of the risk that is accompanied with your favorite color of nail polish.

Majority of the conventional nail polish that is sold in stores near you contains toxic chemicals that can have a negative impact on your endocrine system. For this reason, it is imperative to learn the facts, read the labels and do your research so you can be informed about what you could potentially be exposing yourself to.

The Truth About Your Favorite Nail Polish

There are a couple of ingredients that you should be taking into consideration before you purchase conventional off-the-shelf nail polish or using nail polish at most salons.

You should also be aware that there is new labeling on certain nail polish brands that you may see noted as “3 free” and “5 free,” which claims they do not contain some of the three to five toxins that many others do.

Here are some of the toxic ingredients that you should get familiar with:

  1. Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is an endocrine disruptor that can cause issues with the reproductive system and asthma-related problems over time.
  2. Formaldehyde is a gas that can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and skin.
  3. Toluene is a neurotoxicant that can cause a difficulty breathing and damage to the fetus of anyone who is pregnant.
  4. Triphenyl phosphate, also known as TPHP, is another endocrine-disruptor, which is often used to make plastics and can be found as a fire preventer in foam furniture.
  5. Phthalates have the ability to make plastics more flexible and are endocrine disruptors.

Even though your favorite color of nail polish might make your nails look pretty, it can also cause ugly side effects that you should really consider before getting your nails attended to. These are just a couple of ingredients to name a few, imagine how many other harmful ingredients are in your nail polish. Making a natural nail polish yourself could save you the worry — especially if you are expecting a new addition to the family.

Do-It-Yourself Natural and Safe Nail Polish


  • 4 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons alkanet root powder (for red) or 3 teaspoons ginger root powder (for neutral)
  • 3 drops of vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil


  1. Place the olive oil and choice of colored powder in a small pan on low heat. Stir until well-blended. Olive oil is perfect for damaged nails as it has the ability to penetrate the skin and nails and repair the nails and cuticles.
  2. Next, add in your color of choice. Alkanet root powder is a natural dyeing tint that has been used to add a reddish tint to furniture, lip balms, lipsticks and soap. You can also use ginger root powder, which is also natural and has the ability to prevent infections. If you wish to have a pink nail polish color you can mix the two together.
  3. Once these ingredients have been warmed, remove from heat. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the olive oil back into the pan.
  4. Add the beeswax, which is a good remedy for eczema. Allow it to melt and then add the jojoba oil and vitamin E oil, which is useful for moisturizing the skin while preventing infections.
  5. Blend the ingredients by stirring. Allow the mixture to cool a bit and apply the nail polish when it is slightly warm.

You can store your new nail polish in a clean recycled nail polish container or in a jar, just make sure you warm it up a bit before use.

Recipe inspired by Dr. Axe 

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