Scotch Naturals — Loch Lomond (Premium Nail Lacquer)

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).

Scotch Naturals Premium Nail Lacquer in Loch Lomond

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 in Loch Lomond, swatch

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 Premium Nail Lacquer in Loch Lomond, ingredients label

Scotch Naturals is based out of Phoenix, AZ, USA.

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6 thoughts on “Scotch Naturals — Loch Lomond (Premium Nail Lacquer)

    • I have to agree with you on the price point. It certainly doesn’t match up with, say, MAC at C$14, or even the usual salon brands like Essie. I guess they’re going for that niche natural market! But Pacifica polishes are cheaper still at $9!

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  1. I’ve hated every “natural” nail polish I’ve tried. There, I said it. I don’t waste my time with them anymore. Although, I do quite enjoy those peel off types, reminds me of when I was little they had those nail polishes aimed at kids and they peeled off within minutes of application.
    I really like the packaging of this nail polish, and the shade is nice.
    well.ca is awesome!

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    • I’ve not really tried (m)any “natural” polishes in the past, probably because I didn’t think they’d be any good!

      Do the “grown-up” peel-off polishes actually stay on well? Never tried one.

      And yeah, Well.ca is the best. Their CS is fantastic, too.

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    • You, know I never really post about staying power, since I pretty much get good wear with all the major brands as long as I use my favored base & top coat! But I think you’re very right here; as a “natural” polish, it would be very interesting to see how it stacks up against the usual type of formula. Will it even play nice with my top and base coats, or would you need the “natural” ones to go with it? Great question, and I will try it out next week!

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