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Organic? Vegan? 5-Free? Click through to find out what it all means.
Due to a lack of regulations, any beauty brand can slap the word "natural" onto its packaging. Before trusting a product's claims, check the list of ingredients and research any you're not sure of.
"Organic," meaning grown without pesticides or other synthetic chemicals, is another term that's often misrepresented in the beauty industry. Look for the USDA Organic Seal, which denotes that the product is 95 to 100 percent organically produced.
Some of the best nail polish brands are now formulated without toluene, toxic dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor—all harsh chemicals. Zoya, Chanel, Deborah Lippmann and JINsoon, for example, are all 5-free.
Parabans prevent the growth of bacteria in beauty products, but they can also pose health risks to the consumers—they've been linked to breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Luckily, many brands have found effective alternatives.
Fragrance Free
Scented beauty products are enticing, to be sure, but added fragrance can irritate the skin and is often comprised of a mix of chemicals that aren't listed on the packaging.
Cruelty-free means that the product hasn't been tested on animals and is often denoted by this Leaping Bunny Logo. Visit for a comprehensive list of cruelty-free brands.
Truly vegan products are both cruelty-free and formulated without animal byproducts like beeswax, keratin and glycerin.
In addition to using ingreidents that are good for us and the earth, there are so many brands (including those featured in this slideshow) that are also dedicated to practices that better the world, be it by using recyclable packaging or supporting environmental initiatives.