Some months ago, a friend recommend organic nail polish remover as an alternative to the stuff I’ve been buying since I was in high school. You know the stuff ““ you probably buy it too. It’s a buck sixty-nine for a bottle and it smells like hell.
“Try it!” she said, “It smells great! It works swell! One swipe and all your nail polish will come off! It’s made from unicorn’s milk! You can get it at Whole Foods!”
The new “stuff” is Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover. Contrary to my friend’s assertion, I could not find it at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, or Rite Aid. Whole Foods stopped carrying it but wouldn’t say why. My regular manicurist actually had a bottle for the “organic manicures” they charge an arm and a leg for, but even though she hasn’t done an organic manicure in over a year, she wouldn’t let me buy it off her. Finally I tracked it down on Amazon, at a whopping $12 dollars a bottle. (Plus shipping!) The buck sixty-nine stuff lasts forever, and being cheap, suddenly it seemed like the smell was worth the cost.
I finally broke down and ordered the Karma. It comes in three scents: lavender, tea tree, and “unscented.” I went with the lavender, because purple is my favorite color. Yes, friends, this is how I sometimes shop. Even though the nail polish remover is not itself purple, I bought it for the label.
Here, you may admire my worn manicure. As you can see, I started picking at the color while waiting for my package to show up.
It took an awful lot of elbow grease to get the first nail clean. Far more elbow grease than it should have – or at least, in my experience, than it takes with an acetone remover. The entire first hand took five minutes to clean. It’s not like I had anything better to do, but five minutes seems like a long time when you’re just trying to get some polish off your nails. The second hand seemed to go a little faster, which isn’t totally my imagination, since it took about 8 minutes to be completely polish free. (Yes, I timed it.)
As advertised, Karma smelled a lot better than the cheap acetone ““ good enough that I didn’t chase anyone out of the room during my experiment. And the Slay Family sniff test found the remover had a woodsy, almost pine scent to it, instead being overly florally. (Pro tip: don’t run at members of your family with your arms out stretched yelling “Smell my nails!”)
My nails actually look well nourished at the moment, though I can’t speak to any strengthening properties using organic remover might have (another claim).
Worth it? The price tag still seems awfully steep, especially for something you’ll need to order online to get. But it worked, with a little elbow grease, and it definitely didn’t assault my sense of smell. As it is non-toxic, 100% soy-based, cruelty-free, and packaged in 100% recyclable material, you may find that the $12 dollars is worth the peace of mind. (Karma also has a line of organic nail polishes.)
Buy it here: Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover