Scotch Naturals Water Based Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Scotch Naturals

Stepping away from all the holiday collections sometimes feels so refreshing and natural…Oh yes, natural as in Scotch Naturals Nail Polish!

Scotch Naturals is a new nail polish line that features 26 water-based eco-friendly non-toxic colors. They are not only big-three-free, but also contain no ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone or heavy metals. Personally I don’t mind a little heavy metal in my system, if ya know what I mean.


Scotch Naturals is also:

Cruelty Free
Gluten Free
Fragrance Free
Toxin Free
Paraben Free
Made in the USA!

Scotch Naturals 2
Hot Toddy, Ceasefire

Scotch Naturals 3

Scotch Naturals Hot Toddy
Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy is a deep chocolaty brown taupe. It’s got a cool greyish aspect to the undertones. It’s truly a gorgeous color, really shiny and luxurious.

The formula was actually very very similar to a regular polish. I kind of expected it to be maybe watery, sheer, lumpy or thick and unmanageable, but it felt and acted very much like a normal polish. The color was super opaque, I only needed two coats.

Scotch Naturals Ceasefire

Ceasefire is a dark olive green creme. This is a really dark green, but not so much as to look “un-green” indoors. I love my olive greens and this is a really nice deep one.

I feel like the formula was good with this one also but you can see very tiny bubbles in the finish. I think that’s more my issue than the polish though because I didn’t wait long enough in-between coats.


Pretty good stuff! I really liked both the colors I reviewed and found the formula to be pretty great as well. For some reason I am also in love with how simple the bottle label is. The one stickler for some people will probably be availability and pricing…

Availability: Select salons and stores and online only.

Pricing: $14.99 each.

How do you feel about non-toxic nail polish compared to regular big-three-free polish? Does it matter to you?



  • November 9, 2011

    I haven’t heard of this brand before. Hooray for new product! :)
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  • November 9, 2011

    I’ve been interested in water based polish since I’ve had that spell of horrible peeling with my nails. I’ve tried a couple brands but without much success. These look promising! Hopefully they ship to Canada. I’d love to try these!
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  • November 9, 2011

    It’s kind of intriguing, but the price and the unexciting colors makes me reluctant to give them a try.

  • November 9, 2011

    I think it’s awesome that this polish exists, especially since the formula seems to be good. I also like the variety of colors they have. 14.99 though? That’s a bit steep for me.
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  • November 9, 2011

    I really don’t care what they call this, but for me this is not nail polish. It’s water-based so it will be diluted in water. So no washing your hands or taking showers.
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    • November 9, 2011

      Hi Viktorija,

      No that’s not true at all actually. It doesn’t come off in water any easier than a regular nail polish. They say to let it fully dry for a couple hours before prolonged water exposure, but everything else is like other polishes.

      • November 9, 2011

        Perhaps they’ve improved the formula :) When I tried one of their polishes from my friend a couple of months back, it basically started dissolving in warm water and falling off in chunks
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        • November 9, 2011

          Oh no! Had it been dry for hours like they suggested?

  • November 9, 2011

    So it comes off with regular polish remover?

    • November 9, 2011

      Hi Donna,


  • November 9, 2011

    Ceasefire is my kind of colour, too. I’m very interested in this brand – heard good things about them, and I like how they’re a healthier, safer option than typical nail polish. I’d be interested in trying these if they ship to Canada.
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  • November 9, 2011

    How does it wear? Can you get a week out of it? I always wear 4-free polish, but I’m still nervous about the chemicals it includes…

    • November 9, 2011

      Hi Sarah,

      I never comment on wear because no brand stays on me without chipping more than 2-3 days.

      • November 9, 2011

        I can relate – I have some major chipping problems too. But some polishes I can get maybe 4 days and others are a disaster the very next day.

  • November 9, 2011

    That’s a very nice green indeed, but yeah, $15 each is pretty steep for somebody who doesn’t really care about putting scary things on her nails. And if they really take a couple hours to fully cure…well, I’d probably be putting Seche on top of it anyway, so…

    • November 9, 2011

      I was thinking the same thing. I was wondering how they interacted with my typical base and topcoats and then I realized… what’s the point of using water based polish if I’m still using Stickey and Seche?

      Also, I rarely wear any polish more than once and it’s not like I’m going to purge my stash and make the complete switch to water based, so I doubt that having water based polish on my nails for all of 2 or 3 days would make a big difference, health-wise.

  • November 9, 2011

    Hot Toddy is pretty.

  • November 9, 2011

    Wow. i am really impressed that these non toxic little guys seem to work so well.

  • November 9, 2011

    But honestly… a metallica polish full of toxic stuff would be so much sexier in my eyes ;-)

  • November 9, 2011

    Their packaging is fabulous. Like a fine spirit, or an antique. Genius.

    • November 9, 2011

      I agree! It’s a beautiful bottle. Too bad the polish totally flaked right off my nails the moment after it dried.

      • November 10, 2011

        Oh, that just sucks. It really sounds like these are dodgy in the “wear” department. Too bad, as they’re a great idea. Anyway, sorry you spent $ on something that flaked right off- but thank you for cluing the rest of us in!
        There is undoubtedly some good nail polish karma that you’ve accrued!

  • November 9, 2011

    I bought some a couple of months ago to use on visiting nieces whose mothers are paranoid about chemicals. Haven’t tried them yet. I also bought their polish remover.

    For myself, I don’t care about even being 3-free. As long as I have reasonable ventilation when applying or removing polish & don’t eat the stuff or peel polish with my teeth, I’ll take my chances. I’m more worried about ingesting the sunscreen in lipstick when I eat.

    • November 9, 2011

      I’m trying to get pregnant, so the 4-free stuff is important to me.

  • November 9, 2011

    Looks cool, interesting idea. The price is a bit steep though. I will spend that much on a DL polish or others but I do wonder how long it lasts. I think for someone who really wants or needs to eliminate chemicals it’s a good choice.
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  • November 9, 2011

    I like Hot Toddy, very nice color! Does Ceasefire bubble? The swatches look like it has some air bubbles.
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    • November 10, 2011

      Hi TeeMetric,

      I wrote about that if you read the article…

  • November 9, 2011

    Awesome! I always love being introduced to new brands :)

  • November 9, 2011

    I work in Haven Spa in Soho and we carry Scotch! I have queen of scots and seething jealousy!

    but wear time is a real b#tch

  • November 9, 2011

    Oh Ceasefire is beautiful. I’ve never heard of this brand. I don’t care about the natural aspect. I still don’t see how any polish could be natural.

  • November 9, 2011

    I wonder how long these will last on nails.
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  • November 9, 2011

    I used to be so natural in most every way, i.e. all my beauty products are edible and I eat only organic food, but now I am wearing polish laden with chemicals! I tried this product and it didn’t work for me at all. I had the royal blue color, and it just flaked off immediately. I was super bummed, because if it worked for me, I would have purchased the entire line.

  • November 9, 2011

    LIke the Hot Toddy color, and nice to hear about the brand, but $15 seems like a lot.

  • November 10, 2011

    They have a kids line, Hopscotch Kids, with the most adorable bottles! A little more expensive than Piggy Paint ($11.99), but I might have to try a bottle or two for DD (and me, lol).

  • November 10, 2011

    I adore Ceasefire:)
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  • November 10, 2011

    I like both of these colors a lot!!! Look how LONG your nails are! They look great!!!!

  • November 10, 2011

    Thank you! I truly enjoy the commentary and take all your comments to heart. I am OBSESSED with creating the safest polish on the market but one that will also compete with the conventional based polishes on the market in adhesion, wear and color selection. Keep the comments coming as I am always in contact with my lab fine tuning and recreating our technology.

    For those wanting longer wear from our polishes, you will be happy to hear we are introducing our new base coat in the next week or two. Cheers! Ginny Cardenas

  • November 11, 2011

    The price is bit high, and the colors are not all that exciting, so I think I’ll pass

    I’m glad this type of polish exist, but why make it “Gluten Free”, is it edible too..LOL

  • November 15, 2011

    I LOVE the idea of non toxic polish.. totally in love.
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  • November 16, 2011

    I bought one of their polishes just last week. Kiltlifter. Awesome name. Haven’t tried it yet. I don’t care that much about toxic and stuff…but I love cruelty free stuff!
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  • November 22, 2011

    It’s kind of weird that the only chemical that is proven to strengthen nails is actually formaldehyde-and now it’s on the “no no” list. Cosmetics cannot penetrate past the first layer of skin-if they did they’d be drugs and subject to completely different regulations. This is something companies don’t actually want you to know-that their face creams don’t actually erase wrinkles. So “3 free” isn’t important to me because the chemicals aren’t going into my body through my hands or nails. If you chew your polish off maybe you could be concerned.

    I bought “Sula” brand polishes, they were “peel off” and I think water based and really really horrible formulas. Certainly Scotch naturals is making a valiant effort but those (to me) are pretty nasty looking colours for nail polish-poop brown and poop green

    • November 22, 2011

      I don’t worry that much about the chemicals penetrating my nail bed. I worry about breathing them while I polish, and about touching my skin with the dry nails. I read that the chemicals are bioavailable (not that I completely understand what that means) for a few days after they are dry. My primary concern is breathing though – even if I do it in a ventilated space, I don’t trust that I’m not giving myself a dose of whatever whenever I do my nails. But yeah – ironic that formaldehyde is what makes those nail strengtheners work!