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The Best Toxin-Free Nail Polish for Summer

By Eileen Bernardi

Illustrations by  Not Flipper

Illustrations by Not Flipper


We spend a lot of time here at Wunder Stories discussing beauty products. I mean a lot. We all have our standby products, but we also love making new discoveries that we can’t wait to share with each other...and now our readers!

Nail polish is second only to moisturizer as one of our favorite beauty topics, and in springtime the former definitely takes center stage. We’ve scoured the (virtual) shelves in search of the most delightful summer colors from our favorite non-toxic brands. So without further ado...


We love this 100% sustainable brand from Australia. From packaging to ingredients Kester Black takes the future of the planet seriously while producing not-so-serious colors like this perfect candy pink. Kester Black Barbie Pink


Remember Hard Candy from the 90s, well the founder Dineh Mohajer is at it again with her cult favorite, Smith & Cult. This time around her polish is cruelty-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free and wins my vote for best packaging and the must-have red for summer 2019.

Smith & Cult Kundalini Hustle


Every summer needs a coral and 2019’s pick is this classic shade from Nailberry. This 12-free certified brand from the UK is a favorite here at Wunder Stories and no nail polish list would be complete without it! Nailberry Peony Blush


Hailing from France, Kure Bazaar offers polishes with colors that are always on-trend and also super long-lasting and resistant. This perfectly feminine rose petal pink is our favorite neutral this season. Kure Bazaar Rose Milk


côte products are made without all those nasty toxins and allergens normally found in nail polish making them perfect for you and your littles. And who can resist a little daisy yellow to usher in those summer rays. côte No. 58 Daisy Yellow


This alluring shade of blue from socially conscious brand sundays is only available Stateside at the moment, so those of us in Europe will have to hit up our friends across the pond, or visit the beautifully serene studio on our next visit to NYC… sundays No. 38

By Eileen Bernardi