Why Natural Earth Paint?

Why should I mix my own paint when I can buy paint pre-made? We believe that the extra step of mixing the powdered paint is well worth the peace of mind of knowing you are using the safest and most sustainable paint on the market.

Our Natural Earth Paint for children contains only three ingredients, and the Earth & Mineral Pigments contain only one ingredient.

Most pre-made paints on the market contain a variety of toxic chemical stabilizers, petrochemicals, fillers, and preservatives. That's the "fast food" approach that the mainstream paint industry thinks that consumers demand, but we disagree! Our customers deserve better.

What makes Natural Earth Paint Canada more eco-friendly than conventional paints?

Quality Natural Ingredients
We source our pigments and natural ingredients from businesses across the globe, but they have plenty in common—each one is small,family-owned, and harvests its ingredients sustainably.

Safety Tested
All of our paints, pigments, and supplies have been tested by government-certified toxicologists and are third party tested. They are certified non-toxic, so you can be sure you’re not introducing more toxins into your home, studio space, and local environment.

Earth Friendly Packaging
We use locally made, 100% post-consumer recycled packaging,home-compostable pigment pouches, and recyclable glass and aluminum bottles for our products.

Green Facilities
We operate out of a fully solar-powered facility in Southern Oregon that also serves as a community bubble-wrap drop-off site. Additionally, all of our packaging is created in a wind-powered facility.

Sustainability Certifications
We’re committed to a truly eco-friendly business model as reflected by our prestigious Gold certification from Green America, the highest rank for a green business.

Your Contributions
We believe being eco-friendly means not only creating a sustainable business, but also a sustainable world. That’s why we give a portion of our profits from each purchase to organizations like One Tree Planted, Rogue River Keeper, Green America, and many more.

Are you a Canadian company?

Natural Earth Paint Canada is a 100% Canadian owned small business that brings original Natural Earth Paint products to Canada exclusively. Like yourself, we believe creating art that also preserves our health and the environment. We share in the values and work that Leah Fanning - creator of Natural Earth Paint - has been doing for many years as a fine artist and eco/health conscious parent. When you buy from Natural Earth Paint Canada, you are supporting a small business in Winnipeg, Manitoba!

Purchasing, Shipping, & Returns

What is your return policy?
We work diligently to maintain our reputation for quality and value. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with a purchase, we will gladly accept a return or exchange for products purchased as long as the item was purchased through our website shop.naturalearthpaint.ca.

All return and exchange requests must be made within 30 days of product receipt. Upon receipt of your qualified return we will issue a full refund of the purchase price of the item, less the cost of shipping. Please allow 10 days for processing. Exchanges are subject to a 20% restocking fee (before taxes).

If you are sending back products, you may want to consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. Please contact us at info@naturalearthpaint.ca before returning any purchases.
What is your shipping policy?
Packages are sent using Canada Post. They are tracked and insured up to $100. Once your package is shipped (same day or the next day if in stock), we will send you an email with the tracking number.

 If you require rush delivery or have a large/heavy order, please contact us. We will try our best to get your package to you the quickest and best way possible. Let us know of any specific delivery needs and we will gladly give you a quote on shipping cost. 
I have a question about an order I placed, and I can’t find the answer here . Who can I talk to?
If you can’t find the answer to your question on our FAQ page, please contact us at info@naturalearthpaint.ca - we’re happy to help with your order.

Safety & Quality

Where do your pigments come from?
We purchase our pigments from small quarries in countries across the world, including the USA, France, and Italy, depending on where that colour pigment is prevalent in the ground. We manufacture our paints in Ashland, Oregon.
What are the ingredients in your paints?
Our Natural Earth Paints contain corn starch, gum arabic & natural earth & mineral pigments. Our Earth & Mineral Pigments contain only one ingredient—natural earth & mineral pigment!
What are the ingredients in your Natural Face Paints?
Our Natural Face Paint contains distilled water, natural clay & mineral pigments, organic castor seed oil, Certified Organic beeswax, Certified Organic Shea Nilotica (Fair-trade Shea butter), glycerin (from coconut oil), cetearyl alcohol (from natural vegetable oils), carrageenan seaweed, olive-mulse (olive-based emulsifier), and 1% Optiphen (aformaldehyde-free and paraben-free preservative).
What is your packaging made from?
We use locally made, 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, home-compostable pigment pouches, and recyclable glass and aluminum bottles for our products.
What ages are your paints suitable for?
Our Natural Earth Paints are suitable for children of all ages, while our Complete Eco-Friendly Oil Paint Kit and our Earth & Mineral Pigments are best suited for adult artists.
Can my child or I eat your paints?
Although they are non-toxic, our paints are not intended for consumption. However, our Natural Egg Dye Kits are FDA approved for use in food!
Are your products vegan?
All of our products are vegan except for the Natural Face Paint, which contains organic beeswax.
Are your products free of nuts, dairy, and gluten for people with allergies?
All of our products are free of gluten and dairy. Our only product containing nuts is our Refined Walnut Oil, but it is not processed in our facility.
Are your products cruelty-free?
Absolutely! None of our products are ever tested on animals.
Where do you find the ultramarine blue and ultramarine purple pigments?
The blue and purple pigments are our only pigments that have been fired and manipulated to get their vibrant color. Each is composed of 90% natural earthen clay and 10% man-made, non-toxic minerals (which are heated in an oven to a high temperature to create their vibrant color.)

Throughout history, blues in nature were very rare and usually made with precious stones like Lapis Lazuli. These stones are now unsustainably harvested in Afghanistan, so we have found a beautiful and non-toxic alternative.
What is Titanium Dioxide made of?
Titanium dioxide occurs in nature as the well-known mineral, Rutile. Rutile is the second most abundant mineral in sand. It has been processed to extract the pure white mineral that we use in our paint kits.
Have these products been tested for health safety?
Yes, all of the paints, pigments, and supplies have been tested by government certified toxicologists and are also third party tested. They are certified completely non-toxic.
Is it toxic to breathe the pigment dust before mixing it into oil paint?
It’s not healthy to breathe any type of dust into your lungs, even if it is non-toxic and natural (like our pigments), or even dust from a dirt road! When mixing your paint, use caution to avoid creating clouds of pigment dust.

If you gently scoop the pigment onto a palette and carefully mix it with oil, no dust should be created. Some people who are extra sensitive or concerned about dust can wear a Niosh certified mask for greater protection. You can see specifics on how to mix your paints safely here.
Do your paints wash off skin, furniture, clothes, etc.?
Our paints wash off of skin very easily—for extra help cleaning up the hands and body, especially when using oil paints, our Pinerite is the perfect all-natural solution. Our paints also wash off of hard surfaces, but they may stain clothing,carpet, or fabric.

How To Use

Which paints are suitable for wood?
You can use the Natural Earth Paint Kit, the Complete Eco-friendly Oil Paint Kit,or the Natural Acrylic Medium on wood. The children’s Natural Earth Paint Kit is a water-soluble paint that dries quickly—it’s not a prfessional-grade paint, but it’s still beautiful and opaque.

With this method, you should seal the wood with our Natural Varnish or Acrylic Medium to make it waterproof since the paint will rub off if it gets wet.

Another option is using the oil paint from our Complete Eco-friendly Oil Paint Kit (pigment mixed with walnut oil)—it makes an archival, beautiful, professional, non-toxic paint!

This paint is oil-based, so it takes 4-7 days to dry to the touch. Using the Natural Acrylic Medium, you can mix the medium with our Earth & Mineral Pigments for a vibrant acrylic paint that dries faster than oil paints
Can I use these pigments for air dry clay?
Yes! You can check our recipe for naturally colored air dry clay here
How long do your oil paints take to dry?
On average, it takes about 4-7 days for oil paint to dry, but it may take shorter or longer depending on your conditions.
Can I use your Earth Paints as Face Paint?
Earth pigments have been used by most indigenous cultures to paint their faces and bodies for thousands of years. Our Natural Face Paints are made with cosmetic-grade pigments and organic ingredients and are perfect for any kind of body painting.

However, the children's paints contain gum arabic and cornstarch, which are safe ingredients but can be drying or irritating to some individuals’ skin with prolonged contact. We recommend using our Natural Face Paints instead because they’ve been specifically formulated to nourish the skin while providing vibrant, skin-safe color.
How can I use your Natural Varnish?
Our Natural Varnish is perfect for sealing canvas, wood, stone, paper, crafts, and more. Brush it on a completely dry surface with a wide, soft brush, and let dry. Clean your brush with rubbing alcohol, and enjoy your durable, glossy, non-toxic artwork!
Can I dye or paint my clothes with your paints?
Yes! Earth & Mineral Pigments can dye fabric along with a mordant to set the color to the fabric. Most commercially-available mordants are potentially toxic, but we have tutorials for making permanent, non-toxic, and natural fabric paint and fabric dye from soybeans.

Alternatively, you can also use our Natural Acrylic Medium to create permanent fabric paint by mixing it with any of our Earth & Mineral Pigments!
Can I paint my walls with your paints?
Yes! You can paint murals or decorative art on your walls with either the Natural Earth Paint Kit (water-based) or the Complete Eco-Friendly Oil Paint Kit (pigment mixed with walnut oil).

You can also follow our wall mural earth paint tutorial and mix the Earth & Mineral Pigments with wheat paste as a binder, or use our clay house paint tutorial.
Can I paint on metal, concrete, or exterior surfaces with your paints?
For metal and concrete, you should use an oil-based primer on the surface first—there are many online resources on the topic. Our paints are not intended for exterior surfaces or heavy exposure to harsh weather unless sealed with our Natural Varnish or Natural Acrylic Medium.
How do I store mixed paints, and how long do they last once mixed?
How do I store mixed paints, and how long do they last once mixed?

Wholesale & Partnerships

Do you have an affiliates program?
Yes! You can sign up for our US affiliates program here and our Canadian distributor’s affiliates program here. We do not have affiliates programs outside of the US and Canada at this time.
Do you have wholesale rates?
Yes! Please send us an email with your business name, website/social media links, and contact information to info@naturalearthpaint.ca
Can I buy your paints in bulk?
Yes! Our Earth & Mineral Pigments are available in up to 450g quantities, and our Natural Earth Pigments come in quart-sized containers as well.
Do you donate to nonprofits, fundraisers, or events?
Because we are a small, eco-friendly business that uses all-natural, sustainably sourced ingredients and materials, we are limited in what we can donate.

However, we would be happy to offer 50% off all Natural Earth Paint products (shipping not included) and coupon cards for fundraisers. For more information, please email us at info@naturalearthpaint.ca


What is the difference between the Natural Earth Paint Kit and the Complete Eco-friendly Oil Paint Kit?
The Natural Earth Paint Kit is water-soluble - the powdered pigments are mixed with water to create paint, and that paint cleans up with water.

This kit is intended for children of all ages, along with adults who enjoy craft projects. The Complete Eco-friendly Oil Paint Kit is for adult oil painters.

Artists mix these pure, powdered Earth & Mineral Pigments with Refined Walnut Oil to create oil paint with the same method used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance before tubes of paint were invented.
Who would benefit from using the Complete Eco-friendly Oil Paint Kit?
Oil painters who are sensitive to or simply want to avoid exposure to solvents (white spirit, mineral spirits, turpentine), heavy metal toxins, petroleum-based pigments, and toxic preservatives.

Students and teachers in schools and colleges where the practice of oil painting is prohibited because of the terrible-smelling solvents and the heavy metal toxins notorious in conventional paints such as Lead White or any of the cadmium colors.

Artists working in shared studio space where the buildup of solvent fumes could lead to an acutely dangerous concentration of vapors. Artists who work within a small home environment and wish to reduce the odor of oil painting.

Artists who want more vibrancy and luminosity in their paintings without fillers and preservatives to dull the color. Artists on-the-go who frequently travel by air and need a painting option that’s easy and safe to carry with them (make sure your liquids aren’t in your carry-on bag, though!)

Earth-conscious artists who want to protect the planet, take control of their materials, or mix their own paints like the Old Masters of the Renaissance.