Olive Ave Polish Ingredients - non-toxic nail polish

While no nail polish can guarantee absolute safety, we've poured our hearts into selecting a formula we trust. Olive Ave Polish is founded on three core values - one of which is transparency. In the spirit of transparency let's talk about ingredients!

See below a list of each ingredient in our base and a link to information on the safety and uses of each ingredient according to the Environmental Working Group. 

Experience firsthand how our commitment to transparency shapes every brushstroke. Join me on a journey towards healthier, happier nails, rooted in genuine care and passion.


What does it mean for nail polish to be 21-free?

Fun fact - did you know that there is no standard definition of what 21-free means (or 3, 5, 10, or 15-free for that matter!)? As you're shopping for nail polish we encourage you to look beyond the catch phrases and pull up an ingredients list!

Here's a list of the 21 ingredients Olive Ave Polish is committed to NEVER including in any of our products. 

Animal derivatives, Toluene, Benzene, Xylene, Formaldehyde releaser, Formaldehyde resin, Phthalates, Cyclic Silicones, Camphor, Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), Glycol ethers of series E, Hydroquinone (HQ), 4-Methoxyphenol (MEHQ), Triphenyl Phosphate (TPP), Nonylphenol ethoxylated, Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxyde, Chromium Oxide Greens, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carcinogenic mutagenic reprotoxic (CMR), Synthetic fragrances, Ethyl tosylamide

So... what is in it? Here are our primary ingredients:

 Ingredient What is it?
Butyl Acetate


Environmental Working Group Rating: 1 

Ethyl Acetate


Environmental Working Group Rating: 1


Film former - partially derived from cotton

Environmental Working Group Rating: 1 

Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer

A copolymer of three ingredients used as a plasticizer.

Environmental Working Group Rating: 1

Acetyl Tributyl Citrate

Plasticizer - partially derived from corn

Environmental Working Group Rating: 1

Isopropyl Alcohol


Environmental Working Group Rating: 2 

Stearalkonium Bentonite

Suspending agent -  derived from clay

Environmental Working Group Rating: 2 


Ingredients that make up less than 2% of formulas by weight

Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer 

Film former

Environmental Working Group Rating: 2


Opacifying agent

Environmental Working Group Rating: 1-3 (determined safe for use in cosmetics that are not inhalable like sprays or powders)


UV Absorber

Environmental Working Group Rating: 4 

*This ingredient is in most but not all of our products. A full list of which colors do not contain this ingredient will be published in summer 2024. A partial list of products without this ingredient include: Quick Dry Top Coat, Breeze, and Cirrus

Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate  


Environmental Working Group Rating: 1


Please note that each color also has specific colorant ingredients which are not included in the base ingredients listed above.