How much do you know about animal-derived ingredients lurking in your nail polish bottles?

While most of you might have heard of vegan donuts, vegan brownies and vegan nutella, vegan nail polish sounds like a foreign concept to some.

Is it just another beauty trend that needs to die like right now? Seriously not.

Vegan nail polish is the saving queen for our compassionate mer-babes, who are committed to maintain a beauty routine without any form of animal cruelty.

Who would have thought by swiping on a coat of shiny nail polish, you could also paint with crushed beetle shells and fish scale? We aren’t kidding.

As someone who has gone though the journey of switching to a vegan beauty routine, we know first-hand that navigating your way through isles of pretty nail polish bottles to any mindful consumer isn’t exactly an easy task.

To help you make informed choices, here we list the common three animal-derived ingredients that may be hidden in the conventional nail polish formula.

Three common animal-derived ingredients in nail polish:

Carmine, commonly used as a red pigment in nail polish and lipsticks, is derived from the shells of the female Cochineal insect (that’s right, bugs!).

Guanine, a crystalline material obtained from fish scales, is commonly used in nail polish for its shimmery effect.

Perfumes – the exact ingredients in perfumes are not required to be disclosed in most countries. Animal-derived ingredients that are likely to be used to make perfumes include Musk oil (dried secretion painfully obtained from musk deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, and otter genitals), shark liver oil and Ambergris (derived from whale intestines).

When you look at potential non-vegan ingredients in general cosmetics, the list goes on with chemicals such as Lanolin, Squalene, Beeswax, Keratn, Tallow and Retinol all lurking in your beauty cabinet.

What is vegan nail polish |

What is vegan nail polish?

Vegan nail polish simply means that there are no animal-derived ingredients present in the formulation of that nail polish.

If a nail polish is certified vegan-friendly, it also means that it is cruelty-free. This is because using animal-derived ingredients to formulate products is a form of animal cruelty.

How to check if your nail polish is vegan-friendly?

Do a thorough beauty cabinet audit and carefully read the ingredient lists. Look for the above commonly used animal-derived ingredients as the first step. Hint: this could be a long process to go through each product label but it’s totally worth it. Get a few BFFs together with smoothies in hand might make the job a little bit more enjoyable!

Check if the company is certified vegan. Common accreditation groups for vegan cosmetics include, Choose Cruelty Free Australia, and Vegan Society. Note that a company could be certified vegan by any of these accreditation bodies even without displaying their logos in their packaging. Any company who wants to take out the option of using the official ‘certified vegan’ logo is usually required to pay a licensing fee on top of the accreditation fee. Some companies might choose to get accredited while they might not want to take out logo licensing. A trustworthy place to check if the company is indeed accredited is to refer to the list or database published by the respective accreditation group.

If you’re in doubt about any ingredients or the certification requirements, always contact the company to clarify.


So if crushed beetles and fish scale aren’t really what you want in your manicure, take a bold step towards making a  mindful change and swap to vegan nail polish.

We promise you’ll never look back!

Here at Julisa, we’re wholeheartedly committed to bring you professional grade vegan nail polish without using any of those cheap, cruelty-fueled non-vegan ingredients in our formulation.


Rest assured that Julisa Vegan Nail Polish is FREE of:



any other potentially animal-derived ingredients including perfumes

We replaced Carmine and Guanine that are commonly used in conventional, non-vegan nail polish formula with Mica, which is a naturally occurring type of mineral dust.


Julisa Vegan Toxic Free Nail Polish

Our vegan accreditation:

Our beautiful range of vegan-friendly nail polish is accredited by certified cruelty-free and vegan

Choose Cruelty Free Australia certified cruelty-freeJulisa Accreditation

Mindful beauty is what inspires us to create Julisa, and we’re dedicated to maintain our vegan-friendly commitment as we grow our range.

We guarantee you won’t have to sacrifice quality and head-turning shades on your fingernails in the name of mindful beauty.

Ready to make a mindful change?

We invite you to try us out and let us know how you love our certified vegan nail polish formula! Be the game changer you want to be.