Brand: Scotch Naturals
I came across a new-to-me brand of natural nail polish while browsing my favorite online drugstore (my referral link) and picked up a bottle when it was on sale.
I’m not generally swayed by sweeping cosmetic claims of being “all-natural” and “chemical-free” (um, what?) and similar, but hey, the color looked pretty online! To their credit, Scotch Naturals only claim to be free of “harsh chemicals”, though they are not too specific about what those are.
While the lacquer doesn’t have the typical strong “nail polish” smell, it does have an odor which reminds me a little of paint (albeit the water-based type).
The packaging is quite pretty: a slim, curved rectangular bottle with clean lines. I think it’s one of the nicest nail polish bottles I’ve seen in a while! It just makes me want to collect all the pastels!
Unfortunately, the polish formula of Loch Lomond, the pastel turquoise cream that I chose, is a little lacking. It’s on the thicker side and I found it a bit difficult to apply evenly. I’m sure part of the reason for this is due to the fact that it is a pastel, which are notoriously difficult polish shades, but I’d consider this a little bit more streaky than average. Even with three coats, it didn’t spread the way nicer polishes do, and it dried with visible streaks.
I think this is a total shame, because the color is beautiful! It’s a cream finish, but if you look really closely, there’s a hint of very fine shimmer that gives the polish a lovely glow. The turquoise is like a light version of Tiffany blue, and very appropriate for an Easter manicure. A+ for the color, C- for the formula. I wouldn’t mind trying a non-pastel color in the future, just to see how much of the formula issues are down to the color.
I do have to give them additional kudos for the brush, though. It’s slim and slightly flattened, like the Essie brush but a bit thicker/bigger. Nice.
Scotch Naturals Premium Nail Lacquer retails for US$15 and is 0.36 US fl oz / 10.5 mL. It is made in the USA.
The lacquer is free of “phthalates, parabens, and toxins”. The ingredients are: “alcohol denat, shellac, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, +/- CI77891; CI15850; CI77742; CI77491 (iron oxide); CI 19140, CI42090 (lake); and/or mica”. The polish is not vegan due to the presence of shellac, which is produced by the lac bug.
I do want to note that for some reason, my bottle of polish has a slightly different ingredient list from the one on the official site’s FAQ:
Scotch Naturals is based out of Phoenix, AZ, USA.