If you follow me on Instagram or if you have read my blog for a while you probably know that I am a manicure, pedicure, and nail polish enthusiast. Decorating one’s nails with unusual colors, glitter, designs, sequins and stones has been trendy for a while, and although it seems like the designers have lost interest in the more fun aspects of nail individualism the trend hasn’t abated. Certainly this woman isn’t ready to go back to unpolished nails anytime soon! There is a problem with my new love of colorful nails however, and the problem is keeping my nails simultaneously polished, strong, and healthy.
I’ve found some great nail products to help strengthen my claws, long-wearing polishes for natural nails, and a few great ways to keep my professional pedicures looking fresh, but recently I’ve discovered a new secret weapon in my nail polish arsenal: Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover.
Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover
My Review – The Pros
I purchased a bottle of this vegan nail potion at my local health food store. I didn’t expect it to work at all but I was feeling curious. Imagine my surprise when I found that this rather nice smelling stuff actually removes polish very well. On creme nail polish it works just as well as acetone, dissolving the polish almost immediately. Overall I was very happy with how well the Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover worked, but there’s more to this than just removing polish. The product has actually made my nails stronger, or maybe I should say it hasn’t weakened my already soft nails further. When I use this to remove polish, even if it’s a couple times a week, my nails look beautiful.
So what does the manufacture have to say about this? On the No Miss Cosmetics website they state that the remover is gentle, non-drying, and moisturizing. It’s made with all natural ingredients, smells like vanilla, contains no acetone, no ethyl acetate and is cruelty free. They also say “No more dry brittle nails!” Well, I can attest to that.
Directions, Warnings and Ingredients
Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover works very well to take off all my creme and sheer jelly polishes, but I have to work a bit harder to remove shimmer polish. The one thing the natural nail polish remover doesn’t remove that well is glitter. As I’m sure my fellow glittery nail polish enthusiasts know, glitter is a bear to remove, even with harsh chemical removers. The last time I tried to remove some glitter polish with this stuff I gave up and switched to acetone. But still, it’s just a tiny problem, and I think the pros outweigh the cons.
What About Acetone?
Pros & Cons
For years I used a basic, inexpensive, nail polish remover for natural nails, but after a few attempts at removing glitter polish I decided to switch to acetone. The stuff works really well to remove nail polish. It’s fast and effective. But after about a month my nails were a peeling, tearing, mess. I was confused. It was only after trying the natural stuff that I realized the acetone was actually harming my nails, and now I only use it for glitter-polish emergencies. The one good thing about acetone is that it’s cheap. I think this huge sixteen ounce bottle cost about a dollar at Target.
Directions, Warning and Ingredients
I don’t pretend to be an expert or a scientist, but I have read that acetone, although approved by the FDA for household use, isn’t that good for us. For more information on acetone nail polish remover check out this article by Vampy Varnish: Acetone Nail Polish Remover: Friend or Foe?
You can buy acetone almost anywhere, but it’s a little more difficult to find Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover. You can buy it online here or check out your local health food store to see if they carry it.
What kind of nail polish remover do you use?