Japanese Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Traditional nail polish has acquired a bad rap, mainly due to chemical ingredients and harsh odors. Chemicals in standard formulas could potentially enter the body through your nail beds. Scary! Keep away!

A study conducted by Duke University, Boston University, and the Environmental Working Group published in Environment International further proved this idea. In the study, they had women paint their nails. Afterward, they tested their levels of triphenyl phosphate (a typical nail polish ingredient), and it turned out that every single woman tested positive for the chemical. 

But there are options without particular harmful chemicals and potentially dangerous ingredients.

What makes a nail polish non-toxic?

Most non-toxic nail polishes are three-free, meaning they do not contain formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Beyond that, polishes go as far as being nine-, or 10-, or even 14-free. And they last as long and look as great. 

Here are some ingredients included in regular nail polish, and their adverse effects:


Used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity.

Formaldehyde Resin:

Helps polish adhere. Allergen and environmental toxin.

Triphenyl Phosphate:

A plasticizer used to make polish flexible and durable. An endocrine disruptor and possible marine pollutant.


(methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): A class of preservatives commonly used to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies.


(DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause congenital disabilities.


A petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause congenital disabilities.


Japanese Non-Toxic Nails

Let’s be real. Who doesn’t want long, healthy, and beautiful nails? In between washing the dishes and nail-biting (thank you 2020 anxiety), unfortunately,  that’s not always the case. Sometimes, it’s also good to give your nails a break and let them breathe. But the best part of the week is when we pamper ourselves with beautiful nail art in a relaxing atmosphere. It is even more exciting when your nail salon offers all-natural and organic mani and pedis. 

We got lucky and stumbled across a Miami hidden gem location called Mano. Mano is a nail art salon offering Japanese manicure and boutique hybrid inspired by hand-made things. The tools, polishes, oils, and creams are all made with natural ingredients. Some most commonly used ingredients include pearl powder, beeswax, jojoba oil, bamboo extract, yang-ylang oil, and more. Mano carries over 200 non-toxic Japanese gel polishes and mixes in unique items like the crushed mother of pearl shells, delicate studs, and organic shapes. Their talented nail artists can also create any custom look based on your vision and preferences!

The whole idea behind this manicure is to restore your weakened and damaged nails to their natural glow and get funky with some gel nail art. Ladies, we guarantee you will see excellent results right after the first application of this manicure. Your nails will grow faster and thicker than ever, and they will last you a minimum of two weeks, although there are plenty of clients that go three to six weeks. 

Meet Monique Magnaye, founder of Mano


My Journey began when:            

The journey of getting to where I am today is definitely composed of many moments of trial and error, crushing goals and of course disappointment, but I believe all of these things are so necessary! My background is in interior design and branding, and while I have worked in several different fields, my gut always told me to stay in the creative realm and find a way to mix in my love for building community and connecting others. After working for a few different small to medium sized companies and always pouring my all into building the brand, the bottom line was that it would never really fulfill me because it wasn’t my own company. Then in the Spring of 2019, everything changed for me after a trip to Cuba and I decided to just invest in myself and learn how to make this idea that had been brewing in the back of my mind a reality. Throughout all the jobs I’ve had in my career, I realized that it was all lead with using my hands, and that I was actually the happiest when I was creating with my hands. That’s really where the idea for Mano was born, and I knew I needed to create a space that celebrated purposeful hand use.

I begin my day:            

With a glass of ice water, checking e-mails (I know it’s not good!), and then me or my fiance will burn some palo santo to raise the good vibes for the day while we get ready for work.  If I have some time I’ll make a smoothies bowl and do a 10 minute meditation before heading out the door.    

I’m currently loving: 

In love with creating 3D fruit nail designs using our nail art goodies like real crushed shell pieces, dried flowers, studs,  etc.  A few weeks ago we used pearl studs to make cherries, used thin gold wire for the stem and then little tear drop shaped studs for leaves.    

I harness my power by:        

Making time to go to the beach, dinner with friends, and remembering to express gratitude.  

My long-term vision:     

Definitely growing the Mano brand with 1-2 more Mano locations, continuing to expand our message and purpose with special collaborations/experiences and perhaps a curated line of wellness/lifestyle Mano merch.