For this review I tried Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover with Soybean Oil & Lavender. Karma Naturals (originally Karma Organic) offers three scents of nail polish remover: Tea Tree Oil, Lavender, and Unscented.
I first found out about Karma Naturals remover from a reader, who suggested using it with water-based nail polishes. I am glad that I gave this acetone-free nail polish remover a try!
I purchased a 4 fl. oz. bottle of Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover. It comes in an amber glass bottle and is labeled as packaged in biodegradable and recyclable materials.
Ingredients in Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover
- Propylene carbonate- An odorless, colorless liquid used as a solvent;
- Soybean oil methyl exter- Used as a solvent in liquid separations; and
- Tocopheryl acetate- Also know as Vitamin E, common vitamin supplement.
Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover has a score of 1, low hazard, in EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Propylene carbonate is listed as a synthetic solvent with a score of 1, low hazard. Soybean oil is listed as posing no identifiable concerns. Tocopheryl acetate, which consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E), has a score of 3, moderate hazard. The main risk posed by Tocopheryl acetate is due to the possibility of contamination with Hydroquinone.
Since Karma Naturals remover contains Propylene carbonate, it is a synthetic solvent-based remover and not “natural”. However, based upon the Skin Deep rating, it still appears to be a safe nail polish remover.
The Lavender scented version of Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover has a pleasant lavender smell. I love that the scent does not seem to be masking any underlying chemical smell.
Using a cotton ball, gently rub onto nail surface until polish is completely removed. Thoroughly clean nails before applying polish. Warning: For external use only.
Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover with Soybean Oil & Lavender is highly effective at removing water based nail polish! The first time around, I used it to remove my Acquarella fingernail polish while I was on my way out the door to yoga. It removed the nail polish super quickly, but I didn’t think it was a fair test, since I had not properly applied the nail polish.
I just tested the Karma Naturals remover on Acquarella water-based nail polish that had been on my toenails for over a month. Toenail polish can be even more difficult to remove than fingernail polish, since toenails tend to be drier. In the past it has taken about 30 minutes for me to remove water-based nail polish from my toenails. With Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover it took only 6 minutes to remove the water-based nail polish! What a time saver! I only needed to use two cotton rounds to remove all the polish.
The Karma Naturals remover spread the color from the polish around onto my skin a bit, but it was easy to clean up. Just be careful not to remove polish on a surface that you don’t want to smear nail polish onto.
The nail polish remover has an oily feel, due to the soybean oil. Because of this, it is important to thoroughly wash off all of the remover before reapplying water-based nail polish. Any oily residue left on your nails could prevent the water-based nail polish from properly sticking to your nails.
I am thoroughly satisfied with Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover with Soybean Oil & Lavender. Yes it contains oil, so it must be completely washed away before repainting nails. And yes, it contains a synthetic solvent, but that solvent appears to be safe. It just makes removing water based nail polish SO much easier!
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