Acetone has long been used in nail polish removers as it’s fast and effective, but it can also severely damage nails over time, leaving them dry, weak and brittle. Thankfully, a range of brands are now creating formulas free of this harsh chemical and other harmful toxins like DBP, toluene and formaldehyde (the latter which is, frighteningly, a carcinogen). Instead, these natural formulas often use a blend of plant-based oils or minerals to wipe away polish and nourish the nail bed. Ahead, we rounded some of the best natural nail polish removers for keeping your nails looking healthy.
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1. Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover
It features a blend of soybean and lavender for fast polish removal and ultimate hydrating effects.
Pros: As an added bonus, the bottle is made of 100% recyclable glass.
Cons: This formula does not work on gel or acrylic-treated nails.
2. Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover
A blend of minerals in this option helps clean nails and extend the life of color once applied.
Pros: The formula is also designed to to promote healthier tips.
Cons: It may wear off quickly if you wear it alone as a top coat.
3. Pure Vitality Beauty Natural Nail Polish Remover
Not only is this option biodegradable, but it also works to deeply moisturize the nail bed and cuticle.
Pros: It’s easy to apply thanks to a dropper attached to the lid.
Cons: You should let this formula sit on the nail for four to five minutes for the best results.
4. Ella+Mila Soy Nail Polish Remover
Produced in the U.S., this soy-based option is cruelty-free so you can feel even better about your purchase.
Pros: It’s also infused with vitamins A, C and E and lavender essential oils for moisture.
Cons: The essential oils may make it more greasy than others.
5. Dr.'s Remedy Natural Nail Polish Remover
It includes wheat protein and garlic bulb to promote strong, nourished tips that won’t chip or crack easily.
Pros: It also contains vitamins A,C and E, as well as tea tree oil.
Cons: The formula may leave a slight residue if spilled on the skin.
6. Majestic Pure Soy Nail Polish Remover
An included dropper makes using this option a breeze. The formula is also cruelty-free.
Pros: Infused tea tree oil helps moisturize nails and cuticles.
Cons: It may require a little elbow grease to use.
7. Piggy Paint Nail Polish Remover
With a more subtle scent than most other options on the market, this non-toxic formula is kid-friendly.
Pros: Aloe vera and vitamin E infusions help nails grow stronger.
Cons: The bottle may be smaller than other competitors.