One of the things that can be most off putting things about a product is the scent. How many times have you carried on scouring the shelves for a more fragrant smelling alternative once you’ve encountered a whiff of something unpleasant? For me it’s anything even vaguely banana-y. From smoothies to body lotion; If it has even been in the same county as a banana I run a mile! This months one from the vault is a product that revolutionised my nail polish removing…
Elegantly packaged in long, slender glass bottles (perfect for recycling!), the first thing that hits you is the smell. Unlike pretty much every nail polish I have encountered, this has a pleasant scent; a slightly sweet but highly condensed lime – somewhat reminiscent of a packet of Opal Fruits. I won’t say I love the scent, but it is a darn sight nicer than the rest!
Fresh Therapies recommend pairing the remover with lint free nail wipes rather than cotton wool to remove polish, so as to cut down on product wastage. Initially slightly sceptical, I used cotton wool on my first polish removal session and it was only on the second use that I tried out the dry wipes. Although I am unsure as to actually how much product was wasted by using cotton wool, it certainly feels like you need less remover when using the wipes.
But how does it perform? I have been testing out various polishes of late, giving the remover an opportunity to work its magic on varying degrees of finishes and colours. All have been removed with relative ease, the one exception being metallics; which do take a little more elbow grease – however this can also be said for many conventional removers. In all honesty, it probably does take a few moments longer and a little more rubbing to remove polish from the nail than with a conventional remover, but the result is much preferable and much gentler.
The remover coats the nails in a slight oily residue, however this does dissipate over a short space of time leaving the nails feeling hydrated. I have very dry nails and find that most removers do have a drying effect on them, however it has not been the case with this.
Produced using food grade and plant-based ingredients, the result is a natural remover that is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. Gentle on the nails it is ideal for use during pregnancy (to remove your 5-free polish of course), it is a safer alternative for younger nail polish fans.
It is worth noting that is is not suitable for use with false nails.