When it comes to manicures, nail polish remover is a necessary evil. The pungent odor will stink up the whole house and potentially harm your health. Measures have been made to combat the scent in recent years, with many beauty brands eliminating hazardous chemicals from formulas, like the solvent toluene and formaldehyde (a carcinogen), and many natural, yet effective removers are cropping up. Improvements aside, many continue to have unpleasant, however more earthy, scents.
Some removers are following in the direction of Anna Sui's and Revlon's scented nail polishes, creating pleasant-smelling formulas, from Ciate's chocolate-themed "Choc Pots" to Deborah Lippmann's refreshing lavender remover, which also helps to condition nails. Keep reading to see some of our favorite new formulas—you may have to remind yourself that these are non-edible!
Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes, $9; sephora.comA nail polish remover from an all-natural brand may seem contradictory, yet these get the job done without much elbow grease. Infused with Maran's signature moisturizing argan oil, not only are they good for your nails, but charitable. A portion of every purchase is donated to the Polar Bear SOS initiative, which aims to help prevent their extinction.
Ciate Choc Pots, $11; asos.com (more varieties available in March)It’s no surprise the nail brand behind an ice cream-themed collection and a nail polish-only advent calendar has a way of making even nail polish removal cute. Dip your fingers in a sweet mix of mint, dark, white, or orange-chocolate scented Choc Pots, which are infused with Marula Oil, B5 and E Vitamins to hydrate nails.
Deborah Lippmann The Stripper Polish Remover, $19; sephora.comThe manicure maven's cheekily named polish remover comes in a handy, no-spill bottle. Not only does this remover smell like lavender, but hydrates nails with aloe, and features anti-bacterial properties.
e.l.f. Nail Polish Remover Pads, $2; target.comYou can always rely on e.l.f. for affordable, yet effective beauty solutions. These on-the-go citrus-scented wipes will easily fit in a purse, and are only $2 for 24 wipes!
Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover, $13; pritinyc.comPriti NYC’s nail polishes have gained celeb fans like Jessica Alba and Kerry Washington. Unlike most nail polish removers, Priti’s soy-based formula is 100-percent biodegradable, kind on skin, and won't give you a headache thanks to its lemongrass aroma.