26 Homemade, Non-Toxic Nail Polish Shades

Nail polish is all the rage these days. Not that painting ones nails is some new form of cool (I still remember thinking my mom’s nails were permanently red in the 90s) but the trend has, in the last couple of years, really blown up in a new way. Now we have not only the regular ‘ol manicure and acrylic nail tips, but the uber-popular gel nails, which promise to last two weeks. Tons of options for personalization and custom designs have sprouted and nails have even made their own unique splashes at Fashion Week in NYC this month.

As I checked out nail salons in my new LA neighborhood last week, I began to wonder about homemade nail polishes. I typically buy everything that I can handmade, but hadn’t even thought about looking into mom & pop polish makers. To my excitement, there are plenty out there on the web! These awesome shops create 100% hand-mixed lacquers that are free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP. Try finding that at your local salon! No store-bought franken-mixing means that homemade polishes will contain less chemicals and will typically dry faster than most salon nail polishes. You’re also gonna get way more bang for your buck, as most handmade polishes last longer and come in bigger bottles. Interested? Check out my roundup of awesome polishes in a variety of colors (note: there’s a lot of glitter involved… the internet loves sparkle, it seems!). Each polish comes from a different shop, so be sure to click the shop names to see what else you can find. Enjoy!



Banana beach from Wonder Beauty Products.

Girls Gotta Eat (gold glitter) from Serum No. 5.


Coral Splash from Styler Design.

Beneath the Blue from Glimmer By Erica.


Zera Grey from The Hungry Asian.

Limited Edition “Celebration” from Model City Polish.


Historically Inaccurate from Starry Earth.

In the Shade of the Moon from Chaos and Crocodiles.


Mars Metallic from JK Nail Polish.

Minty Gum from Imperial Nail Lacquer.


Asphalt from Aqua Daisy.

Chimera Yolks from Just the Tip.


Seppuku (With a Frisbee) from Nail Pattern Boldness.

Book Smart Beauty by All That Glitters.


Like Lovin’ the Dead (Halloween Edition) by Nostalgic Lacquer.

Orange Cherry Pop by C Varnish.


Electric Neon Blue by Emily De Molly.

Nome King II by A Rhyming Dictionary.


Karina by Shimmer Polish.

Dangerous Driver by Darling Diva Polish.


Wallflower by Kiss Your Elbow Polish.

Band Geek by KB Shimmer.


Typewriter Keys by Pahlish.

Pink Speckled by Paris Sparkles.


Goblins Grave by Gloss ‘N Sparkle.


Moonlight Bay Matte by SoFlaJo.




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Mia B
Mia B26 days ago


Steve Yakoban
Steve Yakoban2 years ago

Probably better than commercial products, but they are not chemical free. Some do not disclose ingredients so be wary.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Forwarded to those who need to see this and are interested. Thanks for posting.

Chris C.
Chris C4 years ago

OMG! UGLY! I just hate blue, black, grey, yellow nails - makes one look sick. Hate sparkles and the fake nails with pictures on them! UGH UGH UGH!
I've let my toe and finger nails go naked this year!

Arpita S.
Arpita S.5 years ago

Thanx for giving us such a useful information on home made non toxic nail polish. now i can easily use my own home made nail polishes .Also I want to add something that i recently wrote an article on Craziness for nail polish . If u r creazy for nail polish then I think this will also help you...

Traci Phillips
Traci Phillips5 years ago

Thanks for the tip!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago


Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago


Er F.
Er F6 years ago

I thought this was going to teach me to make my own homemade nail polishes, not just show me different shades.