I have recently been using essie naturally clean purifying nail polish remover. It's an effective, salon quality polish remover with a fresh and pleasant scent.
Essie purifying nail polish remover has an acetone based formula. It would be a gentler substitute for a 100% acetone formula. Working with the remover, I could tell there was a high concentration of acetone. It dissolved glitter polish fairly quickly. As with 100% acetone, the remover easily swept standard creme and shimmer polishes from the nail. I still needed a touch up with a freshly saturated piece of felt or cotton to remove all of the color. The first attempt at removal took away the majority of the polish and left a watercolor residue. This was easily cleaned with another swipe of remover.
Let's examine the ingredients list: Acetone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Eucalyptus Species Leaf Oil, Limonene (Sweet Pea Parfum/Fragrance), Alcohol Denat, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Denatonium Benzoate.
Glycerin is useful as a moisturizing component. Vitamins A and E are present for their skin healing qualities. I found these ingredients to help maintain the moisture levels in my nails, cuticles and surrounding skin while I was removing my polish. Essie purifying nail polish remover doesn't dry my nails and skin the way 100% acetone does.
The scent of this product is quite wonderful. While described as having a sweet pea fragrance, it seemed more like a watery botanical to me. There is a clean and aquatic mix with the floral bouquet. It may be the eucalyptus mingling with the sweet pea blossoms. The scent remained on my nails after removal. I was as entertained by this as with scented polish. When my nails are subtly perfumed, I am delighted.
For anyone questioning why a nail polish remover would be named 'naturally clean', this is part of a line of products grouped under that header. There is a purifying hand wash, hand treatment, refreshing nail cleanser, and vitamin enriched manicure revitalizer. I'm interested in trying more of this line. I do wish I had purchased the 16 oz bottle of the nail polish remover as it it will join my favorites in rotation.
Essie naturally clean purifying nail polish remover is available at essie.com. There is a 4 oz. bottle for $6.00 and a 16 oz. size for $16.00. I purchased my bottle at an Ulta retail location. The 4 oz. size is also available at ulta.com.