Non-Toxic Nail Care (Seriously)

I never thought I would hear words “non-toxic” and “nail polish” in the same sentence, unless that sentence was, “nail polish can never be non-toxic”. Now that consumers are finally waking up to the realities and importance of ingredients, many brands are gaining popularity due to their transparency and clean initiatives. Though there are many brands, I will be spotlighting one in particular; tenoverten.

Tenoverten started ten years ago when founders Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky decided to create salons and a nailcare line focused on the health and well-being of their employees and customers, and being 8-free (more on this later). Tenoverten is women owned, and products are available in a number of places. I personally purchase mine from Target!

Shade: Church

While I own many shades from this line, my absolute favorite is the shade Chruch. This blackened burgundy is super shiny and perfect for all your vampy needs. All polishes from this brand are named after various streets in New York! So what is this about 8-free? 8-free refers to a formula omitting 8 of the most toxic chemicals commonly used in most nail polishes on the market.

These ingredients include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde Resin
  • Toluene
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBT)
  • Camphor
  • Parabens
  • Triphenol Phosphate (TPHP)
  • Sulfates

On their website, tenoverten offers a whopping 38 shades, as well as gift sets and nail care items. If you would rather see these products in person, Target offers two different scents of cuticle oil, a quick-dry top coat, the rose remover pictured above, base and top coat, and 16 of the 38 shades.

Overall, I give this brand a 9/10. The only reason they are not receiving full marks is simply because I do find the longevity of the polish to not be the greatest. However, the opacity and overall color payoff is amazing, as is the high-shine finish. I also give the polish remover a 10/10 because of the minimal harsh smell and the quickness of removal! I seriously only have to wipe my nail a total of two times before all polish is removed. I highly suggest you try this brand out!


Hey everyone! I am so excited to start this blog! If you don’t know me in the real world, I’m Debra. I used to work in the beauty industry as a makeup artist. I still hold my cosmetology license and certification as a master makeup artist but have moved on professionally. I now work in the legal field and couldn’t be happier with my choice to leave. I also recently graduated with my B.S.B.A in Law (go me)!

During the eight years I worked in the beauty world, I made some realizations, the most profound being how toxic most of the products we use are.

I was very unhappy knowing the ingredients used are so cheap and dangerous, yet consumers are charged exorbitant amounts for these products. Over the last three years, I have made it my mission to educate myself and those close to me on the dangers of these products, as well as offering safer alternatives. My hopes with this blog are to inform you of what goes into your products, and offer tips and tricks to navitage the tricky labelling of said products.

I am extremely passionate about the environment, people, and my health. What do I mean by “people”? Well, did you know that although labor laws are okay here in the states, the countries your clothing and other goods are coming from have very little regulation in terms of child labor, slave labor, and minimum pay? Yeah, disgusting. So what if there were companies working to ensure their supply chains are socially conscious? This is where I come in; I want to help raise awareness of social issues and feature certain brands I support.

In essence, this blog is going to focus on three main issues; the environment and conservation, people and ethical companies, and health and wellness (yes, the hippie stuff as my friends call it).

I am hoping you will join me on this journey! As always, if there are products or a brand you would like a review on, please let me know! I am open to suggestions.

– Debra