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Decoding 5, 7 and 10 free nail polish – what you need to know

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5, 7 and 10 free nail polish… what does it mean?

The terms 5 free, 7 free, 10 free and even 12 free are often thrown around in the nail polish world… but what does it even mean? We like to keep you all informed and in a position to make the most educated decision- especially when it comes to beauty products and your health. It can often be hard to decode all the chemical names and choose what your best option is- so we are explaining the complete truth behind these commonly used claims.

An important thing to remember when choosing your polish, is that all these labels are purely marketing terms. There is no organisation or regulatory body who governs the use of these terms- it is just different companies employing terms that work best alongside their branding and message. Yes- you read correct, no brand goes through any testing or registration to be able to use the terms 5 free, 7 free or 10 free nail polish.

So what does it all mean?


This means the nail polish is free from 5 potentially harmful chemicals found in many generic nail polish formulas. These chemicals omitted are formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toluene and the allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin.


As well as the 5 ingredients omitted from 5-free nail polish, 7-free also forgoes ethyl tosylamide, and xylene.

8- Free, 9-Free, 10-Free etc

As you can imagine, 8, 9 and 10 free nail polish brands continue to add ingredients into their omissions list- including being free from fragrances, parabens and animal derived products. The reality of the ever-increasing ‘free’ list, is that it is never ending. It is important to choose a polish that is free from these nasties- as there are definite links to health side effects that your body is much better off avoiding.

So what is our current position on all of this?

We originally launched as a 7-free nail polish- but have since changed our bottle design and removed it from our marketing. Why? We haven’t changed our formula, but don’t believe it is necessary to limit ourselves to a number or ranking. We are free of all the nasty chemicals and allergens, do not contain any animal derived products, fragrances or parabens, and we are also Benzophenone-1 Free– an often-overlooked endocrine system disruptor. If there was an official body governing what defines 5, 7, 10 free etc, we would definitely align ourselves. However as there isn’t, at the moment we could say we were 15-free and include plastic cap free, sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, fat-free and carb-free! You get the idea, it’s a never ending game!

For the foreseeable future, we will continue to create the same amazing nail polish, without any “x-free” labels and you can be rest assured it contains zero of the nasties!

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