Last Updated: June 17, 2021

6 best natural nail care products.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 10 min read

Whether you go to the salon for your nail polish or pamper yourself with a home-based mani-pedi, it’s important to care for your fingernails — and toenails, too. Grove knows that maintaining healthy-looking nails can be a challenge. Household chores and outdoor activities easily cause nails to weaken and become brittle, which leads to nail chipping and breakage. Not to mention conventional nail polish and gel nail polish can weaken your nail enamel too.


A consistent nail treatment using natural nail care products — from hydrating cuticle oil with the best natural nail polish to non-toxic nail polish remover — will help to strengthen, rather than split, your nails.


Check out our list of the best natural nail care products below — they’re eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and kinder to your hands and feet.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Terra Beauty Bars Nail Polish

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Set up your own at-home manicure station and stock it with this fabulous Terra Beauty Bars Nail Polish in al your favorite shades. This natural nail polish is free from ten nasty chemicals found in many of its competitor polishes. Plus, you can choose from classic colors such as No. 5 French White Sheer and No. 8 Soft Pink, as well as trendy hues …

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0.10 oz
$12
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2. Terra Beauty Bars 7-Piece Manicure Kit

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The Terra 7-Piece Starter Nail kit comes with 7 essential nail products and tools to make your natural at home mani & pedi simple, easy and lasting.

What's included:

  • Unscented 100% Natural Cuticle Oil crafted with ultra nourishing and pure Jojoba Oil and Coconut oil
  • Crystal Nail File (made out of glass + nano technology to gently seal …

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Seven Piece Set
$32
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3. Terra Beauty Bars Soy Plant Based Polish Remover

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A Grove exclusive you won’t want to miss, this Terra Beauty Bars Soy Plant Based Polish Remover is a mighty plant-based polish remover to help nourish nails instead of tackling them down with harsh chemicals while you take off old colors. It’s acetone-free, alcohol-free, vitamin-enriched with vitamins A, C, and E, and infused with lavender …

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4 oz
$12
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4. Naturally London Rosehip Hydrating Cuticle Oil with Willow Bark

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An easy-to-use cuticle pen that conditions dry cuticles and promotes healthy nails, and skin. A beautiful combination of hydration and moisturization to heal dry cuticles and soften, which promotes healthy nails. This gel-like oil is handcrafted with skin soothers like aloe, lavender and rosehip.

How to use:
Twist bottom of pen and brush oil …
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0.13 oz
$22
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5. Terra Beauty Bars Growth Base Coat

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Made in the USA, Terra Beauty Bar's vegan exclusive GROVE nail care line features salon quality, beautiful and staple colors for all seasons. These polishes are always vegan, cruelty free and 10-free (sans 10 toxic ingredients normal in nail lacquer). The polish does not contain: Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), …
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0.10 oz
$12
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6. Terra Beauty Bars 2 in 1 Top and Base Coat

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When it comes to creating salon-quality polishes sans any toxic ingredients, Terra Beauty Bars really nailed it. Terra Beauty Bars 2 in 1 Top and Base Coat is a mani-pedi must-have with a dual purpose. It can be used as a base coat for a shiny, natural look or as a top coat to seal and prolong polish.

From soy plant-based nail polish remover to …

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0.10 oz
$12
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FAQs

How do you take care of your nails?

Sure, taking care of your nails keeps them looking good, but caring for your nails isn’t just about making them pretty. Nail care also helps to prevent hangnails and other problems, such as snags and rough edges.


For a flawless manicure, we recommend using a manicure kit like Terra Beauty Bars 7-Piece Manicure Kit and following these 8 easy steps:


  1. Clean your hands (or feet), including under the nails, and make sure they’re dry
  2. Apply nail polish remover as needed — see how-to’s below
  3. Moisturize and soften your cuticles with a cuticle oil treatment, gently massaging the oil into each nail bed
  4. Use a cuticle stick to push back this natural skin barrier. To prevent irritation and infection, do not cut your cuticles!
  5. Trim your fingernails and toenails with a nail clipper. Start at the corners and clip toward the center of your nail to avoid splitting and tearing.
  6. Use a nail file to smooth and shape your nails, and rinse away any particles
  7. Buff your nails with a buffer block to remove excess oils
  8. If you prefer, select your favorite natural nail polish, starting with something like Terra Beauty Bars Growth Base Coat before adding color and sealing it with a top coat. Or, keep it simple with a clear coat.


How long does it take for nail polish to dry?

You may be ready to get up and go in minutes, but your nails can take some time to set, depending on how many coats of polish you apply. Typically, it takes 1–2 hours for nail polish to finish drying, especially if you use a natural, formaldehyde-free polish. Don’t be fooled by the appearance of dry nail polish — that may just be the top coat! If you don't wait until nail polish is fully dry your beautifully polished nails can smudge.


Painting on a layer of nail polish that’s too thick may also cause the polish to smear. To prevent scratches, dents, and nicks on freshly polished nails, apply a thin coat of polish to each nail. Be sure to allow your nail polish to dry before applying another coat.


To speed up the nail drying process, set your blow dryer on the cool — never hot — setting, then hold it half a foot away from your nails. After about five minutes, your mani or pedi should be dry.


How do you remove nail polish?

Traditional acetone-based nail polish remover tends to remove nail polish faster than natural, non-toxic alternatives, but it can also dry out your nails, cuticles, and the skin around your fingertips. Consider using an acetone-free, alcohol-free option to nourish your nails while removing old nail polish color like this Terra Beauty Bars Soy Plant Based Polish Remover, which actually conditions your nails — without the nasty chemical smell and strong fumes.


To remove nail polish effectively:


  • Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad with polish remover and immediately place it on each nail, one at a time
  • Let your nail absorb the natural nail polish remover for at least 20 seconds before wiping it with the cotton ball
  • Repeat the process for multiple layers of polish or nails decorated with glitter
  • Be patient! The thicker the polish, the more you’ll need to rub the nail before your nail polish is fully removed


What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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