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About Us


Black Dahlia Lacquer is a hand-crafted, vegan, and 5-free nail polish line created by a mother-daughter team. Our company, based in Austin, Texas, has also pledged to remain cruelty-free. We do not test on animals and only work with supply vendors who have also committed to refrain from testing on animals. Additionally, we will not work with stockists, either in the US or abroad, that require animal testing. Our commitment to remain vegan means our polish does not contain ingredients such as carmine, a coloring comprised of insects, often found in red, pink and purple pigments, or guanine, essentially fish scales, which can be used to add shimmer or iridescence to polish. We are certified cruelty-free by the internationally recognized Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program and by PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies. We've also been approved as cruelty free and vegan by Logical Harmony.


Deanna, who spent the previous 20 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist, and Aubrey, currently a nursing student, decided to turn their passion into a business when they realized they wanted to do more than just make nail polish each weekend. 
Obviously there's no "school" for learning to make polish. So how did this come about? Deanna wanted to do something different that still involved creating. Aubrey was preparing to go off to college. It just so happened that the two of us had a lull in life at the same time. What started as a hobby and a creative release soon became a dream job. Aubrey has since stepped back to focus on her nursing studies, but you'll find her around on occasion, such as during product launches

Named after Deanna's favorite flower; the opening of this store was a chance to channel our creative energies and share our passion with others. We hope you love our polish as much as we love creating it. Questions or suggestions? Deanna can be reached by e-mail at deanna@blackdahlialacquer.com. 



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