Unlisted Brand • HoneyBee Gardens Nail Polish Remover • Nails
|Would buy this product again.||50%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I am making my best effort to no longer purchase products that have harsh chemicals, toxins, petrochemicals, dangerous preservatives, etc. I came across this one online-haul day an decided to go for it. I hate how normal remover strips my nails and dries out my cuticles.
When it arrived in the mail, I was shocked to see how little the bottle was, afterall I spent almost $8 on it. But, after one use, I was amazed at how well it performed. it's a somewhat oily consistency that does wonders for my nails. And it really removes the polish extremely well. Even obstinant glitter polish is no match for this.
I only have to use 1 cotton pad soaked with about 2 tips of the bottle and all 10 nails are clean. Truly amazing stuff, because I'd end up using 3-4 soaked pads with the 'normal' remover.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I just tried this polish remover after many months of considering purchasing it. Having avoided the chemicals in nail polish for a number of years, I didn't need any removers but now that I've started exploring less toxic options I realized I had nothing to take off my first new polish with. The retail price tag seemed a bit much for me and I hadn't been able to find reviews so I was skeptical - but I found this stuff for under 7 bucks at vitacost and had to try it.
I had recently tried a glittery polish by Julep and was concerned about removal - even with normal acetone removers, glitter polishes (3 coats, by the way) are always so hard for me to take off. With the Honeybee Gardens remover, I barely had to rub. And the hard-to-get corners came clean using just my finger tip. So for functionality this remover gets high marks!
Scent: A faint smell of alcohol, but nothing so overwhelming as your typical acetone remover. Once you start using it, it has that hawaiian tropic-esque beachy smell, which I really enjoy. My SO actually walked into the room while I was using it and commented on how good "something" smelled.
Texture: Gentle, oily feel more common in cuticle oils than nail polish removers.
Concentration: I put my cloth over the top of the bottle and just tipped it once to saturate and this was actually WAY TOO MUCH. So I was an oily mess after using that one dab to remove polish from both fingers and toes but that's great because it means this little bottle will last FOREVER once I figure out how to use less.
Packaging: Nothing essentially wrong with the bottle, I would just prefer glass or another, more eco-friendly material. This bottle is plastic.
Some notable drying to the nail and cuticle area once this is rinsed off. Still much less drying than any other remover I've used, so it's not even worth taking away a lippie.
UPDATE 6/5/12: Have now used this polish to remove 2 different Zoya polishes - one of which was extremely dark and I feared it would stain - and had just as much success as with the Julep mentioned above. However, I recently purchased HoneyBee Gardens own nail polish and found I had the most trouble removing this! Weird. However, I had other qualms with the HBG polish, so I;ll review that separately. I still think this remover is great since it works wonders on other brand polishes.
OVERALL: Will absolutely buy again (if I ever need to!). I feel far more comfortable using polish again now that there are less toxic polishes on the market AND a great, efficient, more natural remover. * Will update again after removing other brand polishes.*
UPDATE 2/18/2013: Over the past year or so I have gotten more into polishing my nails so I used the remover much more often and used up the bottle. It turns out it is VERY drying if used often (I remove polish about once weekly). My nails started to peel badly and the surrounding skin and cuticles got extremely dry and flaky.I wasn't sure what was causing this until I ran out of HBG remover and used a random drugstore one I had on hand instead. My hands and nails are healing rapidly and I haven't changed anything else so can only assume the dryness was from this product. Too bad, I wanted to love it since it's natural and has less of the offensive polish remover smell, but it's not worth it for the damage it did to my nails. Won't be repurchasing after all.