Trend Bender: Sweetly Scented Polish Removers Thursday 31 May, 2012
With my nose’s sniffer senses dulled by repeated use of pure acetone, I’m welcoming nail polish removers that are using sweets as their olfactory protectors. Ciaté White Chocolate Nourishing & Gentle Nail Polish Remover and LAQA & Co.’s Polish Remover Pads smell so good, your nose will thank you.
When I started diving into the whole glitter top coat trend (which I still adore, thank you very much), the non-acetone polish remover I had didn’t do the job to rid my nails of seemingly budge-proof glitter. So, not knowing at the time my friend (and super-nail-tech-to-the-stars-as-in-Blake-Lively-and-Jennifer-Lopez) Elle‘s trick to glitter removal, out I went to my local Ricky’s beauty store, and begrudgingly bought a big ol’ jug of pure acetone. I figured, between removing glitter top coats on the regular and soaking off at-home gel polish, I’d be using a lot of acetone. What I hadn’t figured was how truly awful the scent of said acetone is. It’s the type of scent that makes your nose hairs curl (you have nose hairs—I know you do!), makes your eyes roll up in your sockets, makes your brain suddenly start to see stars. It is cruel punishment to your senses—and isn’t particularly good for your nails, either.
As the months have gone by, I’ve become numb to the chemical smell of pure acetone—almost forgetting about a non-acetone polish remover I once had that had a slight peach fragrance, but still, despite that “fresh” scent, came off like huffing chemicals. Almost forgetting about other polish removers that try to stifle the offensive smell with lavender. Almost forgetting that there are removers out there that don’t completely knock me out.
And then I came across two scented polish removers that are using sweets as their olfactory protector. LAQA & Co.’s Polish Remover Pads smell like vanilla, with no chemical after-scent. (They’re also packaged in a handy tin that you can toss in your purse for on-the-go removal.) And now UK-import Ciaté is unveiling its White Chocolate Nourishing & Gentle Nail Polish Remover next month, which as the name spells out, smells like White Chocolate. Both removers are of the non-acetone variety, which means that they may not be a best bet for my glitter top coat fetish, but certainly will be a nice alternative when removing regular polish—and all the while doing it sweetly.
Which scent would you rather smell when removing polish: white chocolate or vanilla?