7 Non-Acetone Nail Polish Removers To Try For Healthier, Happier Nails

Karina Hoshikawa

Regardless of whether you love getting your nails done at the salon or have your at-home manicure setup on lock, removing your polish shouldn't mean damaging the health of your natural nails in the process. If you're looking for a gentler option than the acrid, no-nonsense stuff found at the drugstore, then a non-acetone formula is for you.

Here's where we (and our award-winning, editor-approved product picks) come in. Naturally, a gentler formula may not work or feel exactly the same as what you're used to using, but the advantage is that they're usually less drying to your nails and cuticle area, and can even have nourishing benefits, too.

There's one small catch, though: "I would just warn that you don't want to apply nail polish directly after an oily remover," editorial nail artist Miss Pop tells Refinery29. "It will not last." Fellow NYC-based nail artist Julie Kandalec concurs, adding, "Non-acetone removers leave significant traces of oils on the nail, which you may have to remove with alcohol or acetone." (That said, life hack: They're a game-changer if you spill polish on hardwood floors, according to Kandalec.)

However, if you don't mind a little elbow grease, then these seven non-acetone nail polish removers — including one of our brand-new 2019 Beauty Innovator Award winners — will be a welcome addition to your beauty stash.

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Mavala Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover


"Years ago, I had tried a few 'natural' nail polish removers, and frankly, I wasn't impressed," Miss Pop says. "But I decided to take a chance a few years ago when I saw this one at a pharmacy in Paris. To my surprise, it was hydrating and effective." While we'd never pass up a trip to France, you can also readily find Mavala's pro-approved formula on Amazon Prime.

Mavala Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover, $, available at Amazon

Tenoverten Rose Polish Remover


In addition to being acetone- and paraben-free, this Beauty Innovator Award winner is totally vegan. Oh, and did we mention it smells like a rose garden?

Tenoverten Rose Polish Remover, $, available at Verishop

Ella + Mila Soy Polish Remover


Ella + Mila's top-rated gentle polish remover boasts an impressive 4.9 star rating (out of 546 reviews!) on Target, so you know it's good. Plus, the lavender essential oils bring the salon vibes to your at-home nail care routine.

ella+mila Soy Nail Polish Remover, $, available at Ulta Beauty

Côte Takeoff Polish Remover


Los Angeles-based brand Côte may be best known for its ultra-chic array of ten-free polishes, but this gentle nail polish remover is one formula not to sleep on. The stuff is infused with ingredients like rosemary leaf extract, aloe vera juice, and glycerin to leave nails feeling nourished, not dehydrated.

Côte TakeOff Polish Remover, $, available at goop

Londontown Kur Strengthening Lacquer Remover


Londontown's strengthening nail polish remover is as effective as it is chic: According to savvy Ulta reviewers, it removes polish as quickly as acetone-laced formulas, and instantly upgrades any bathroom cabinet #shelfie.

LondonTown Kur Strengthening Lacquer Remover, $, available at Ulta Beauty

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover


This Amazon Prime-able nail polish remover retails for just $7 and change (for a generously-sized six-ounce bottle, no less), so if you're looking to try out an acetone-free formula, this is a great place to start. (And while you're at it, feel free to restock your TP.)

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover, $, available at Amazon

Barielle Non Acetone Nail Polish Remover


Show your cuticles some T.L.C. with this non-acetone nail polish remover, which removes polish while conditioning with vitamin E. (P.S. It also comes in towelette form.)

Barielle Non Acetone Nail Polish Remover, $, available at DermStore

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