A manicure without the chemical hangover? Reviewing Scotch Naturals 

I bet you thought switching to natural makeup and beauty products meant giving up the good stuff, like nail polish. Fortunately, a bunch of like-minded geniuses didn’t want to miss out either, so they created a fantastic range of salon quality, water based, safe and non toxic nail polishes. Hurrah!

Scotch Naturals Nail Polishes

Scotch Naturals Nail Polishes

About the Company: Scotch Naturals

Scotch Naturals is a nail polish brand built on the philosophy of being non-toxic. Its formula contains no harmful chemicals such as ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals.

It also delivers a kids polish line of safe polish called “Hopscotch Kids Polish” which my 8 year old niece loves.

You know that heavy chemical smell that nail polishes normally have? Well Scotch Naturals don’t smell at all!!!!! It’s incredible. No toxic, stink or head spins from the fumes.

They have two lines: Water Based and NaturaLaq. NaturaLaq is their newest range (launching this month) and tipped to be even better (no base coat required). Unfortunately I only have the Water Based products so far so that’s all I can tell you about today. I’m super keen to try their new range though.

They are an American company, but their products are readily available in Australia from holistic beauty wholesalers.

Scotch Naturals nail lacquers are:

  • nature-based
  • cruelty free
  • gluten free
  • fragrance free
  • toxin free
  • paraben free
  • phthalate free
  • biodegradable

How to: Apply Scotch Natural nail polish in 3 Simple Steps

This is my little range I already have. Unfortunately I only have 3 shades so far, as well as the base and top coats (absolutely essential I should add).

Starting from the left: we have the Base Coat, So Little Time, Highland Fling, Whisper and the Top Coat


Step 1: Base Coat

To increase the staying power of ANY nail polish, you must apply a base coat first. Scotch Naturals water-based range is no different.

***** Their new range doesn’t require a base coat though, which is super awesome.

Unfortunately the base coat does start clumping up around the brush pretty quickly, it did this to my brush after the 2nd or 3rd time I did a manicure. scotch base

Is this a massive problem? No, not really. Sure the brush doesn’t apply nicely, but the formula is quite thin (not much thicker than water) so you can still smear it on with not much effort. It will dry just fine, and by the time you’ve applied all the other layers you will still end up with a perfectly smooth nail. The main reason I’m mentioning this is so you don’t freak out when your brush looks like this too.

Step 2: Apply the Colour

I’m using a gorgeous shade called So Little Time. It’s a soft, shimmery purple that is a little sheer.

scotch 1 coat This is after just one coat, so as you can see it’s still really faint and quite sheer. I apply 3 coats to get the colour I like. Generally you will need 2 to 3 coats to get your colour to really stand out.

Let each layer dry between coats. It will only take a minute or two, but you still need to be patient.






Step 3: Give a final coat with the clear Top Coat

This is what locks your colour in and makes your nails shine. After the colour your nails appear quite matte. This is a little hard to capture on camera thanks to the shimmery nature of the colour I’ve chosen, so you will have to take my word for it. Despite the lengthy process of applying all the coats, the Top Coat is a must. If you skip it your colour will just wash off and wont look as pretty.IMG_4353.JPG

My Verdict

The positives:

  • Made of non-toxic ingredients
  • Great colour range – and even more being added
  • Great coverage
  • It doesn’t stink, mainly because it’s solvent-free
  • Dries fast
  • Fine texture, as smooth to apply as any good salon-quality lacquer
  • Easy to remove (Scotch Naturals make a soy-based remover)
  • Vegan
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Biodegradable and hypoallegenic

The negatives:

Some colours may separate in the bottle, because the polish has no chemical emulsifers (this is a good thing). Simply turn the bottle upside down (lid on of course!) and gently roll it between your hands to allow the colour to mix again.

While your new polish will dry to the touch in minutes, it’s not quite as tough as it’s toxic counterparts. It will last the day, (provided you don’t try and do renovations on your house that day… smart one, Abi) but don’t expect OPI-style longevity. ALTHOUGH the new range is expected to outlast the original range.

I do love this brand and their range. I will be trying their NaturaLaq range as soon as I can because their products have been great and can only get better.

Available from:

  • Directly from their website (best if you’re in the US)
  • shopnaturally.com.au if you’re in Australia – Bonus: they’re clearing out the original water based product to make way for the new range so you can pick yourself up a bargain right now.
  • All good health food shops

A pot of nail polish will set you back around $21 (Shop Naturally has them on sale right now) and the remover around $16 (AUD).


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