How to Label your Indie Nail Polish

How to Label your Indie Nail Polish- Listing Your Ingredients

Do not fear if you are unsure about how to label your polish. It can be quite daunting when you look at all of those strange chemical names and wonder how am I going to list these on my ingredients label? Do not worry you are not alone. So let's get started.

What order should I list my ingredients in?

Whenever you compile an ingredients list the largest quantity of ingredient is listed first. Below is the ingredients list for a nail polish suspension base. The first ingredient is Butyl Acetate which is a commonly used solvent in nail polish. It is the main ingredient or the largest quantity ingredient in the nail polish suspension base so it is placed first on the ingredients list. The last ingredient on the list is N-Butyl Alcohol. This is the ingredient with the least percentage within the nail polish suspension base therefore it is written at the end of the ingredient list.

In our example we will add some mica powder to the nail polish suspension base. How would this additional ingredient be listed?

This is where you need to know the percentages of each ingredient in your base. For the nail polish suspension base mentioned above the ingredients and percentages are as follows.

Note on product percentage ranges

Usually ingredients lists obtained from suppliers or manufacturers are presented with percentage ranges. Percentages ranges are used by manufacturers protect their product formulations.

Butyl Acetate – 25 - 50%

Nitrocellulose – 10 – 25%

Ethyl Acetate – 10- 25%

Acetyl Tributyl Citrate – 5 – 10%

Isopropyl alcohol – 5 - 10%

Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer – 5 – 10%

Silica – 1- 5%

N-Butyl Alcohol – 1 – 5%

Let's say we have 10mls of nail polish suspension base and we want to add 1 ml/gram of mica powder . Where will we put it in the list? Well if we have 10mls of base and 1 ml/1grm of mica powder the mica is roughly 1 tenth of the base or 10%.

So our mica falls within the 5-10% range.

If we want to work it out exactly this is what we do -

10ml (base) + 1ml (mica) = 11ml/gram (total capacity of your nail polish)

So the total capacity of your new polish is 11ml and the mica powder makes up 1ml of this total of 11ml. The percentage of mica powder in your nail polish can then be worked out by dividing 1ml by 11ml


Therefore our added mica powder is 9% of the ingredients so we place it as follows -

Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Ethyl Acetate, **CI77019 (Mica)**, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl alcohol, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Silica, N-Butyl Alcohol

So our mica powder quantity of 9% is greater than the suspension base ingredients which have a 5% but less that 10-25% so it is written between the ingredients that are in the 5-10% range and the 10-25% range.

This example can be used this to work out how to list ingredients for liquid pigments, glitters and any other ingredients.

Note: The information in this article is provided for information purposes and readers should consult the relevant sources for further guidance.

Note: This article is a work in progress and will be added to and updated when appropriate.


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