Our Rating: 2 / 5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Some of the least toxic nail polishes around
- Available in more than 60 colors
- Company uses FSC certified recyclable boxes and soy ink
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Ingredients:||Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, stearalkonium hectorite, silica, benzophenone-1|
May Contain: Aluminum powder, bismuth oxychloride, oxides, Red 34, Red 6, Red 7, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxide, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, mica, titanium dioxide, Violet 2
Gabriel Cosmetics is a big cosmetics company that has taken the hint from smaller companies and created a line of 10-free nail polishes (View Price on Walmart) formulated without: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates and animal by-products.
This doesn’t mean Gabriel Cosmetics nail polish is perfect, though. It still contains trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate and benzophenone-1, which are ones to watch out for in nail polish. Furthermore, these polishes contain ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, and isopropyl alcohol, which aren’t quite as bad but are still best to avoid. And, finally, these polishes use some FD&C and D&C colors, as well as mica of unknown origin, and aluminum powder and ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, none of which are ideal.
Still, these are some of the least toxic nail polishes around. They offer more than 60 colors, with bottles of 14 mL costing $8.50 each. Their Ephemeral Beauty Nail Collection includes 5 colors, costing $8.50 each, and is described as “A poetic and magical embrace of nature’s elements; light, water, air and vegetation that offers serenity and plenitude.”
Knowing your nail polish doesn’t contain some of the most common carcinogens in polish certainly helps promote serenity, as does Gabriel Cosmetics’ recycle program. This program is a partnership with TerraCycle and aims to reduce waste. Put simply, if you return any 5 eligible Gabriel Cosmetics containers, you can receive a lipstick of your choice. The returned containers are collected by the company and sent to TerraCycle to be turned into new products.
Gabriel Cosmetics also do their bit for the environment by using FSC certified recyclable boxes and soy ink. They encourage customers to make use of the refillable nature of their powder compacts to reduce waste and use biodegradable packing peanuts (Pelaspan Bio) made from vegetable starch, without any risk of ground water contamination.