My cuticles suffer a lot from nail polish removal, so inspired by loodie I decided to DIY a version of Zoya Remove+, which is popular for its ability to keep nails and skin from drying out, while quickly removing polish. I’ve been looking for a bottle of glycerin for months, even though it’s supposed to be easily found in chemists, so Sabine from Echolife kindly sent me a bottle – thank you so much!
What you need
– acetone (not pictured) – available in bulk from hardware stores
– glycerin – available from chemists; unfortunately, it isn’t stocked at Echolife yet!
– water – you can use distilled if you’re paranoid, but I am almost certain nothing will survive in acetone, so I used filtered tap water
– measuring equipment – make sure it’s acetone-safe! I’m using here a glass measuring cylinder from the lab, and a 10 mL plastic syringe which is resistant to acetone for short periods
– bottle – an empty supermarket remover bottle
The acetone and glycerin are immiscible (they separate like oil and water), but water will make them mix. I found that a volume ratio of 10:1:1.2 acetone/glycerin/water was perfect (if you don’t want to measure 1.2, 1-and-a-splash is pretty close).
Before water – 2 layers (glycerin on the bottom):
And the result?
I couldn’t detect a difference between the two in terms of polish removal strength, but look at all the dry white skin disappear! The difference was even more noticeable in person. Goodbye, white post-acetone cuticles!
Glycerin was provided for review by Echolife, which did not affect my opinion. For more information, see Disclosure Policy