Review Week: Battle of the Eco-Friendly Paints Pt. 2: Mythic Paint

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two in a series of reviews of three eco-friendly paint options. Lots of companies are now making paint like this. Some are from companies that make traditional paint, but have added a low-VOC line. Others are from companies that were founded on the principles of sustainability. Either way, what you really want to know is how well they perform. How many coats does it take to get good coverage? Read on to find out.

Mythic Paint

Mythic is unique in that it is a paint company that carries only zero-VOC, non-toxic, low-odor paint. For me, at least, this created the expectation that they would be the best in the business. I recommended Mythic Paint in many of the rooms in my Green Rooms in a Box series because of this expectation. I also love knowing that buying their products means supporting a company that takes sustainability very seriously — it is their lifeblood. My color of choice was interior flat in “Piquant Pink,” a color that is reminiscent of cotton candy. We painted my daughter’s room a combination of this color and a deep orange from Olympic paint.


We got fancy in my daughter’s room and decided to paint some stripes in white and orange in addition to the pink. This meant a lot of careful measuring and taping before we even cracked a can of paint open. This also meant there was little room for mistakes with the one gallon of pink we had to work with. As it turns out, we had nothing to worry about. Mythic Paint went on smooth and fast, and we would have been OK with just one coat if we chose to. We chose to go over with a second coat only to make the finished color a little darker. The coverage was even and the paint barely dripped or splattered as we were rolling it on. We painted all the walls except for one large stripe in orange and two small ones in white (shown in the photo below), and we were still left with about a third of a gallon of paint.

Mythic Paint - low-odor, zero-VOC, non-toxic


My expectations for Mythic were high in this category. After all, if low-odor paint is all you make, it stands to reason that this should be an area they excelled in. Thankfully, my expectations were met. While I wouldn’t call it “no-odor”, the smell was very minimal. We painted the whole room without even opening a window, and the door was also closed for much of the time, although the vents were open for air circulation. My mother-in-law says she could smell it, but my husband and I could barely smell it at all. So from my personal perspective, it lived up to Mythic’s low-odor claims. This was true for the primer as well.


Unlike a lot of other companies who make low-VOC paints, Mythic’s colorants are also free of VOCs, so the entire paint is zero-VOC. This makes the 1,200+ color palette even more impressive. I was, however, a little wary of selecting my color online. I need not have been concerned. It was very true to the screen color, and I wound up with exactly the color I was looking for.

Availability & Price

Mythic is sold by independent retailers across the nation. You can use their dealer locator tool to find one near you using your zip code. I searched a couple of zip codes, and it looks like the brick and mortar buying options are limited right now, as only a few paint dealers are carrying it. But you can also purchase Mythic Paint directly from the company’s website, which is a feature that’s sometimes tough to find in the paint industry. This means that even if you can’t find a local dealer, you can still take advantage of Mythic’s great performance. It is, however, the priciest of the three eco-friendly paint options I tried. You definitely have to work Mythic into your budget at the beginning of a project.

Overall Performance

Mythic was am impressive as I expected it to be. It comes with a premium paint price point, and it lived up to my expectations of a premium paint. The coverage was great, the odor was minimal and I love the values that the company stands on. Mythic would likely be my first paint of choice for future projects, although I’d definitely have to consider the cost before making a final decision.

Why It’s Green:

  • Contains no-VOCs (without colorant)
  • Non-toxic
  • Very low odor
  • Company specializes in eco-friendly paints

Price: $41-63/gallon

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14 comments… add one
  • Avatar Andy August 7, 2011, 10:04 am

    great review that pretty much echoes my findings. Client didnt even know I was in next room spraying the interior eggshell, no spatter with exterior satin latex, coverage is way better than advertised on can, and it may be premium price but it just works. The system is no nonsense, high performance and makes for efficient working, and for us, labour cost is way more of an issue than material costs, so win-win.

    • Avatar mary October 5, 2011, 4:28 pm

      I have had GREAT trouble with the odor of mythic paint. I am chemically sensitive and even after months of applying the paint the odor makes me ill. I am not getting any help from the company at this point. BEWARE, BEWARE.

  • Avatar joan December 2, 2012, 2:24 pm

    No color is true when compared to a color viewed on a computer screen, every screen interprets color differently, that is a fact. It’s best to go with a color swatch. I am a computer tech and I’ve studied light, color and design.

  • Avatar Jennifer February 5, 2013, 2:40 pm

    I am a muralist and a painter, and a designer. I LOVE mythic paint and I cannot smell it at all. I can tell in contrast to opening up other brands, the ammonia smell in them is very strong. There are no chemicals in mythic, so I cannot understand what the other lady is smelling…

    • Avatar Rochelle July 30, 2015, 1:53 am

      She may have MCS, multiple-chemical sensitivity, so a regular person like you or me wouldn’t notice any smell whatsoever but people with MCS have such a high sensitivity that it makes it next to impossible trying to find things that won’t make them ill. My mum has MCS so I am researching these non-toxic paints to see if I can find one that won’t make her sick.

  • Avatar alan charney May 21, 2014, 8:29 am

    We own a small hotel that caters to people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, (MCS). When I found Mythic I thought I found the holy grail of paints, I had great success with it at first. About 1 year later I painted a room in my house with it last October 1913. Now May 1914 the room still smells. I have tried everything to kill the smell. Washing them down and airing out with fans for months for months. Nothing works. I have also had trouble with their out door paint. It was not used for about a month. When I tried to stir it the stick went in about 2 inches and hit a very compacted mass. I could not stir it. This happened with another can. When the dealer called the company they could not explain it. Do not use Mythic Paints. I will have to tear down the walls in the room I painted.

  • Avatar alan charney May 21, 2014, 10:38 am

    I already left a comment. Did you get it? Mythic has changed it is not longer safe, odor free. The outdoor paint, if left to sand, becomes so thick it can’t be stirred.

  • Avatar Kara June 8, 2014, 4:21 pm

    Mythic paint does faintly smell like old milk, although not as badly as regular paint. Anyone who remains in the same enclosed space in which emissions are present will eventually stop smelling the fumes, because they become desensitized to the smell.

    VOCs are emissions that can be sourced from “normal” activities like cooking as well as carbon-based chemical substances. It’s possible the additives to the titanium dioxide are causing the odor.

  • Avatar Sydelle July 21, 2014, 11:21 am

    If you’re interested in buying Mythic Paint, I ordered mine online from Non Toxic Paint Supply’s website and got it the next day, free delivery included! Great company and great service. Hope it helps!

  • Avatar Jude July 29, 2014, 8:31 pm

    I have used Mythic and found it to be terrific, some small odor that dissipates quickly, best paint I have used.

  • Avatar frank August 9, 2014, 7:39 pm

    too high a price, and not great coverage. Try Ben Moore Aura, same no VOC, no odor, but better coverage, with lower price. It’s a marketing ploy to people who don’t know much about paint but want to be “eco-friendly”, “green”, etc. PT Barnum paint: for suckers.

    • Avatar C. Bennett April 15, 2015, 11:34 pm

      many paints claiming to be low or no voc end up with them after pigments are added that are not Voc free. if you go for a normal brand that claims no voc, check what their added pigments have. And don’t add pigments with VOC’s to even Mythic and expect it to still be VOC free and low odor.

  • Avatar Non Toxic Paint Supply May 13, 2015, 7:59 pm

    There is so much misinformation out there about safe paint that we would advise every single person reading this to do their own hands-on and nose-in research. Some of these comments must be from people who have not actually used the product or for whom odor and safety is not a concern. We can truthfully say this after using and selling Mythic Paints for almost seven years with only a handful of random complaints…

    1. It covers better than virtually every paint when you compare it by purchase price.
    2. Their primers are good, cheap and are also non toxic and have no health warnings.
    3. All their paints are as good as any name brand paint out there.
    4. Black Label satin paint is as close to an oil finish out there and you can still breathe.
    5. It is virtually odorless, even in colors and the fussiest noses still come back for more.
    6. It is actually more durable and not expensive at all. Performance Guaranteed.
    7. It has been out the better part of 20 years and was developed to be better and safer.
    8. It touches up well and is the most consistent paint we have ever seen.
    9. Stores must use approved colorants, be experienced and maintain their equipment.
    10. People are loyal to the product once they try it for good reason.

    Here at Non Toxic Paint Supply, we are happy to answer questions, mix and match colors and ship paint all over to schools, hospitals, facilities and families!

  • Avatar Lelsey December 2, 2015, 6:04 am

    Mythic is made by Ace Hardware, it was called American traditions when it first came out. Mythic is a Marketing company. You state the colourant are VOC free and yet the paint is only VOC free without colourant?
    Mythic is a good name!!

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