Lori says…I’m thinking of getting OCC’s Nail Lacquer because it’s Vegan. How do they make it vegan? Will it be as good as a regular polish?
The Right Brain responds:
According to OCC’s website their products are vegan because they don’t contain “animal-derived ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and more).” I’ll let you in on a little secret–it’s not that hard to make a nail polish without these animal derived ingredients.
Nail polishes don’t contain many animal ingredients
Consider that nail polishes primarily consist of polymers, resins, and solvents. A few of these are derived from plant sources (ethyl alcohol can come from corn and stearic acid used in some esters comes from coconut oil, for example) but most of which are derived from petroleum. WHAT? A vegan product contains synthetic petrochemicals? Yep!
Bully for them for taking a stance in favor of defenseless animals. But to be honest, this vegan product is not much different than a regular, animal-hating nail polish. But hey they’re not charging you that much more for this brand so as long as you like their colors (our personal favorite is called “Captain Howdy”) , then go for it.
OCC Vegan Nail Lacquer Ingredients
Ethyl Acetate, N-Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acryates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone | May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Bismuth Oxychloride, FD&C Yellow #5, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #34, Ferric Ferrocyanine, Mica
Image credit: http://www.occmakeup.com/