3 October 2012

Suncoat Nail Polish Remover Gel Review

Nail polish is one of those iffier products for the naturally-inclined consumer.  There are healthier choices - water-based or without the worst chemicals (formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP) - but none are completely natural or chemical-free.  True confession time:  Nail polish remover is one area where I've yet to find a healthier option I'm fully satisfied with.  I only paint my toenails and I've been known to just let the polish chip off or shamelessly paint over it with a new colour.  When browsing iherb one day, I came across Suncoat's Nail Polish Remover Gel and I was intrigued enough to order it, fingers crossed, and give it a try!

Product Description: The first natural nail polish remover gel in the market. A one-of-a-kind product made from corn & soy, this gentle gel is earth friendly, nontoxic, non-drying to the nails. Free of petrochemicals, alcohol, acetone, and acetates. Biodegradable. Ideal for home use, great for travel.  Safe and effective. Works with all nail polishes, water-based and conventional.
Suggested Use: Squeeze a dab of gel onto each nail.  Spread around nail surface with a tissue or cotton ball.  Leave on for two minutes.  Rub off.  Wash hands with soap and water.  Repeat as necessary.

Ingredients: ethyl lactate, methyl soyate, glycerine, silica, vitamin A, biotin

Price: $9.99 from Suncoat, $6.11 from iherb, or $6.17 from Vitacost

My Opinion: Suncoat's own line of nail polishes are water-based, but since the company claims the remover will work on both water-based and conventional polishes, I decided it was worth trying, even though I don't have any water-based nail polishes.  I was also convinced after watching this video, where it seems to effortlessly remove regular, solvent-based nail polish.  I followed the same technique as in the video, but unfortunately, my results were not as positive.  I used this to remove a No Miss nail polish I had on my toes, and I had to reapply at least five or six times on each nail to get the polish off, which, all told, took over an hour of concentrated scrubbing.  It also left the skin around my toenails dyed pink (the colour of the nail polish) until my next shower.  On the bright side, it's completely non-drying to the nails, as the company claims, and, unless you stick your nose right up to it, it's odorless as well.

Trying to show the thick gel texture
The Bottom Line: The ingredients are much better than a regular acetone nail polish remover and I love the idea of the gel consistency.  It did eventually get my nail polish off, but the amount of time and effort involved just isn't something I'm willing to put in to remove my nail polish.   That said, I haven't tried it with water-based polishes, so perhaps it would work beautifully with them.  

For now, I'm still on the lookout for an effective healthier nail polish remover.  Do you have any to suggest?  I'd love to hear what you use :)



  1. Aren't we just so spoiled? Lol. I can't see myself scrubbing for hours just to get some polish off of my toes not only because I'm a bit lazy but because I'm used to just getting it done in one swipe. I'm still hoping I can find a more natural alternative tho

  2. A little spoiled maybe:) I'm willing to scrub a little, but this got a bit ridiculous. I've also used No Miss' remover, which works much quicker than this one, but I just couldn't stand the smell - nail polish remover + weird vanilla - and it hangs around all day. There must be a better option out there!

  3. I wonder if you left it on the polish for a while if it would sink in and work better?

    Otherwise, this just sounds ridiculous.

  4. It says to leave it on for 2 minutes, but I did leave it longer too. It definitely needs the 2 minutes - without that it does nothing - but leaving it on extra time didn't make any difference for me

  5. boourns! I'm still using my chemical filled remover for the same reason. I am beyond lazy and refuse to spend too much time painting or removing lol. Great review xo

  6. This is the only remover I have at the moment. I'll have to keep testing out other healthier options I think!

  7. Interesting! I never thought about a natural nail polish remover before. Too bad it didn't work all that well. I also did not realize that there are water-based nail polishes out there. I am always learning interesting things on your blog!

  8. I also tried the remover gel recently, but with water-based nail polish. The first time it didn't work so great. I had to re-apply multiple times like you did. But then I got some helpful hints, which made it work much better.

    For the best results: Use a large dab on each nail. Leave the gel on for 5-10 minutes. Then push the polish off with a cuticle stick. This works much better than rubbing it off with a cotton round! The second time I used the gel it only needed one application to completely remove the water-based nail polish.

    Scotch Naturals is another brand of natural nail polish remover that works on both water-based and regular nail polish. I've had good results with that brand.

  9. Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely try them next time :)

  10. The ingredients are very healthy, to bad that it doesn't work properly. I am using acetone free nail polish remover and I don't know any healthier product to remove nail polish. But I am quit interested because I am painting my nails very often!

  11. Acetone free is a good start! What brand of remover are you using?


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