Whether you’re a fan of negative space nail art or deep French manicures, you know there will come a time when you have to kiss your mani goodbye. And while there are plenty of nail polish removers out there, most of them have a strong chemical smell thanks to their acetone-rich formulas. But you don’t have to use an acetone-based remover to get rid of every last speck of polish.
In the last few years, soy-based removers enriched with essential oils have become a popular way to clean and condition nails. These acetone-free formulas won’t dry out your nails and feature good-for-your-cuticles ingredients. And if you have super sensitive nails, non-acetone nail polish removers are your best bet since they’re so gentle.
But not all non-acetone nail polish removers meet our strict standards. So see below for the best of the bunch.
Soy Nail Polish Remover, $11.50 at Ella+Mila
This soy-based remover has vitamins A, C and E along with lavender essential oil to moisturize and nourish your nails. It also has a subtle lavender aroma that makes it smell a whole lot better than acetone-based removers.
Soy Nail Polish Remover w/Organic Lemongrass, $13 at Priti NYC
Priti NYC’s vegan and gluten-free remover is 100 percent biodegradable. It boasts organic lemongrass essential oils for a fresh, zesty scent.
Rose Polish Remover + Hand Cleanser Cloths, $29 at Tenoverten
This pick also includes hydrating hand cleanser cloths as a special treat for your nails after you remove all that polish.
Takeoff Towel, $14 at Goop
These acetone-free pads are infused with an orange peel scent and ideal for removing nail polish on the go. The rosemary leaf extract, aloe vera juice, glycerin and alcohol formula gently cleans off polish while cleansing your nails.
Karma Organic Spa
Soybean Oil and Lavender Nail Polish Remover, $12 at Karma Organic Spa
If you have sensitive or brittle nails, this gentle soybean oil remover is for you. It won’t dry out your nails and it smells pretty great, too.