A little about me...

Thank you for stopping by my shop, I truly appreciate your support. Licensed esthetician, sign language interpreter, wife, mom and polish addict are just a few of the hats that I wear every day. Ironically, my previous favorite career choices were not nail polish friendly, but I've always had a crafty side and loved wearing color on my nails.

That love of polish and my creative nature sparked an idea to start making my own polish.  One day it occurred to me that if other independent makers were creating polish, why wasn't I?  I started playing around with supplies, then asked some friends to be my guinea pigs.  When I opened up an online boutique, I created my first line inspired by my hometown city of Seattle.  The polish brand took off, thanks to the support of many fellow polish addicts. Named after the common mispronunciation of my own last name, the name Joy Lacquer was born out of sheer logic.  Now it's certainly a tongue twister, on a daily basis!

In recent years, many people have sought to use beauty products that contain less potentially harmful ingredients.  If you've noticed the terms 3-free, 5-free or even 10-free being printed on various nail brands and aren't familiar with what exactly it entails, here are the details.  5-free means our polish base does not include five of the most harmful chemicals, that are otherwise commonly found in most drug store nail polish.  It does not contain Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.  These days there are also 7-free and 10-free, but it began with a handful of brands coining the term '3-free' in the early 2000's.  Thus, it became a common standard to avoid the three most toxic ingredients.  Those big three chemicals being, DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene.  The term 5-free refers to two additional chemicals being omitted, which are, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.  

Being a 5-free brand means none of the above ingredients are found in any of Joy Lacquer nail colors.  Technically we are 7-free and 10-free also.  The other potentially toxic chemicals are ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate, parabens, acetone and xylene. 

 It's pretty safe to assume that a '5-free' nail lacquer is also 7-free and 10-free, as well.  However, our labels were printed long before 10-free became a 'thing.'  The only product sold on our website that does contain one of the aforementioned ingredients is the quick dry top coat.  The top coat does contain toluene, but because it's meant to go over a nail color and would likely never be applied to a bare nail, we went ahead with this formula and it works incredibly well!

"Let the beauty you love, be what you do."