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No Miss nail polish--- is it really safe?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'd like to buy my daughter some natural nail polish.  Our nat. foods store sells No Miss, and I like the list of whats not in it, but am wondering about the safety of the ingrediants they do use.  Does anyone know?  thanks!

post #2 of 10

Hm....let's see, according to the No Miss website, this is the list of their "new and improved" ingredients.  (Ingredients and No Miss comments are in data collection is next to that, not in italics)


  • Nitrocellulose - a fiber used for viscosity -- Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there have been a lot of studies done on this ingredient.  Skin Deep Cosmetics Database gives it a rating of 0 (low hazard) but it also has a 90% data gap.  I did find this abstract on a 1986 study of nitrocellulose and water quality which says, "The available data on the human health effects and mammalian toxicity of nitrocellulose generally suggest that it is virtually nontoxic."
  • Ethylacetate -- This one is rated 4-5 (moderate hazard) in Skin Deep depending on usage.  According to a 1988 study published in IRIS, it is highly toxic to rats if ingested in high doses.
  • N. Butyl Acetate -- This one has a 1 rating in Skin Deep.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol - solvents used to dissolve Nitrocellulose -- This is rated 4 (moderate hazard) in Skin Deep.  The primary concern is irritation of the skin, eyes, or lungs. 
  • Also may contain: Mica, made from sand -- rated 2 (low hazard) in Skin Deep for persistence and bioaccumulation.
  • Cosmetic titanium dioxide (white) -- 1-5 (depending on usage) rating...I gather this one is more about occupational concerns rather than consumer usage.
  • Cosmetic iron oxide blue (indian paint pot grey/blue) -- rating of 1, again for persistence and bioaccumulation.
  • Iron oxides -- same as above.
  • Earth born colors made from rocks
  • Zinc oxide from the earth, used to promote drying and to deflect harmful UV rays from the sun -- 1-3 rating (depending on usage) with main concerns of allergies, persistence and bioaccumulation, and occupational hazards.  Zinc oxide is pretty common in natural personal care products that have some sort of UV protection.


Skin Deep doesn't have a rating for No Miss, but they give another nail polish called Acquarella Nail Polish a rating of 1 (low hazard).  The ingredients on this one are styrene/acrylates copolymer, acrylates copolymer, mica, iron oxides, and water.


I guess after going through the ingredient list...I might opt for something that's water based like Suncoat or Honeybee Gardens.  But I'm sure No Miss is definitely way better than traditional stuff.

post #3 of 10


agreed with stins -- sure that No MIss is way better than traditional stuff.   not sure if you saw my review, but i think it's pretty good stuff  :)

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I very much appreciate all the info---its very helpful, thanks!   

post #5 of 10
I've used Honeybee Gardens and Acquarella; the only difference I could find was colour choices (Acquarella uses FD&C as well as D&C colours; Honeybee uses ultramarine blue, carmine, mica, iron oxides, and/or titanium dioxide).  Well, that, and price (Aq. is $18, HG $5.95) and customer service (I'm going through a nightmarish process trying to get red nail polish from Aq. via Amazon).  I used HG's clear under and atop Ac's Plasma, and used my old-fashioned method for month-long chip-free pedicures: coat of clear, 2 coats of red, 2-3 coats of clear (whether with traditional or acrylic "water" based polishes, this takes a few days).

As far as I know, of all of the "natural" and water-based nail polishes, only Acquarella has true red; the other brands either aren't true red, or mixed with shimmer.

I haven't tried No Miss, because at the time (last year) it had a smell.
post #6 of 10
I used to use a lot of traditional nail polish until about two years ago. No Miss does have a smell similar to traditional polishes; however, this is due to the alcohol content.When compared to other mainstream brands it work great if not better. I used to only use O.P.I.  I loved it because it didn't chip, but when I learned what was in it, I immediately stopped using it. No Miss is just as good and it stays just as long and longer if there's a top coat. I find that with water-based polishes, even when I put a base and top coat, they still seem to change colour and almost wipe of completely. Plus No Miss has so many colours to choose from!
post #7 of 10

People may not be aware that the Environmental Working Group's ( Skin Deep Database lets you enter the ingredients for products that they don't already have so you can get a "provisional rating."  I have found that many "natural" products rate worse than something I would use when I do this.  The EWG rates Honeybee Gardens polish a "2" and Acquarella a "1"   which are good ratings (it is possible some shades may vary, but not that I am aware of).  For those who don't like buying through Amazon, Spring Morning Bodycare  also carries some shades of Acquarella.

edited to remove link - russ

post #8 of 10

There is not really any "natural" nail polish. However, water-based safe nail polishes for kids include Hopscotch Kids and Keeki Pure & Simple, which has a score of 1, low hazard in the EWG Skin Deep database.

post #9 of 10

I also agreed with stins. I might opt for Honeybee Gardens. Rest upto you. There are so many product available online. Do search for it.

post #10 of 10

Oh wow.  I just looked up both sites.  I'm going to try nail polish from both and sampling some of the foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow from honeybee gardens.  Thank you!

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