One way to easily green up your nail care routine is to replace your nail polish remover with a natural version. Choosing a natural remover not only helps the environment but your health. They rely on water and plant based ingredients rather than chemicals that can affect the soil and water supply.
Now I know that there is a lot of concern about acetone and the possible health risks. That exposure to acetone can cause cancer. However I’ve also read that it’s more of a concern if you are constantly surrounded by it (i.e. nail techs). On that issue I suggest you do your own research but here are a couple references I found:
Cosmetic Database, National Library of Medicine
I reviewed the No-Miss remover the other day but here are some more options.
Tate’s The Natural Miracle Odorless Nail Polish Remover is a local Cleveland area brand. Located in charming downtown Willoughby, Tate’s remover is made from 100% minerals and is dye, color, fragrance and cruelty free. They claim it takes off polish 50 times faster than traditional removers but I’d like to see the tests on that. Additionally this product is a multi-tasker. It can be used as a nail conditioner, nail strengthener, callous remover, wart eliminator, and cuticle remover. ($14.58)
Suncoat Natural Nail Polish Remover is naturally derived from farm crops and does not contain any petroleum ingredients. It is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and biodegradable. ($5.99, $9.99)
Honeybee Gardens Odorless Nail Polish Remover includes horsetail extract to strengthen nails and Vitamin E & Aloe to protect and moisturize cuticles. ($6.99)
Ingredients: methanol, methyldiglycol, trimethyl hydroxypentyl isobutyrate, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, denatonium benzoate (bittering agent).
Green Manicure Tip: Due to the oils and other ingredients used in these natural removers I suggest swiping your nail with vinegar before polishing to remove any residue that could cause the lacquer to lift or peel.