Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover: Does Organic Nail Polish Remover Actually Work?

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I have used acetone-based nail polish remover all my life.  To me, Karma Natural’s Nail Polish Remover made from soy bean oil just seemed like a foreign entity to me.  I thought, there was no way this is going to work.  Boy, was I wrong!

Let’s start from the beginning.  When I went to purchase my RMS Beauty Nail Polish, the sales person gave me this nail polish remover to remove the nail polish I had tested in the store.  I was shocked that it not only took off the nail polish, but left my nails even a little bit moisturized.

Karma Organics is an American brand that creates organic and environmentally-concious products, including nail polish and skincare.  This nail polish remover comes in three scents: unscented, tea tree oil, and lavender.  It contains only 3 ingredients: propylene carbonate, soybean oil methyl exter, and tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E).  As stated on their website, this product is non-toxic, free of petroleum ingredients, derived from farm crops, and packaged in 100% recycled glass bottles.

Sounds super good for you, but is it actually any good?  I am happy to answer, “Yes, it is!”  Dab it onto a cotton ball and let it soak for a couple seconds on each nail and the nail polish comes right off.  What I love most is that after the removal, your nails don’t look completely dry and lifeless.  Your fingernails might feel a little oily which is a feeling you might have to get used to.  I usually just wash my hands afterwards and my nails feel great.  One small con is that even though I bought the odourless one, the smell is still pungent.  I guess, you can’t expect a solvent to smell like fresh air.

VERDICT:  I love how my nails feel after using this polish remover, which is not something I usually can say.  I think I am hooked.  I can’t go back to use acetone-based nail polish removers.

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Review: RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Honest

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I went through a phase of wearing nail polish so much that my nails started peeling.  To boot, I got so used to inhaling the fumes, that I couldn’t even smell the scent anymore.  I finally thought “this could not be good for me,” and decided to take a nail polish hiatus.  I just didn’t know it would last for a couple years.

This year, I finally thought that my toe nails looked a little bare, and decided to go for a formula that was a little more natural.  However, I was told by the salesperson at my local natural beauty store that most natural nail polish don’t last long.  Not sure if this is true, but I always get sucked in by those salespeople.

She indicated that the next best option is a “non-toxic” formula in which she recommended RMS Beauty’s Nail Polishes.  I got the colour Honest, which is like muted coral colour.  The creative aspect of this nail polish collection is that all the shades are already colours in their makeup collection.   So if you already own other RMS Beauty makeup items, you can totally do the “matchy-matchy” thing.

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I find that most drugstore nail polishes are usually 3-free, which means free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, and Toluene.  In comparison, the RMS Beauty Nail Polish is 6-free.  Even though it is says it is a 6-free formula, they list a bunch of other ingredients that it is also free of.  The list is pretty long so I will just link it here.  Plus, it is also cruelty-free and vegan.

So how  does it preform for a nail polish?  I think it applied really well. As it claims, the application was pretty streak-free and settles and even outs well.  The brush was a pretty standard width (a good comparison would be the Essie brush).  I felt like the application was pretty similar to many less toxic nail polishes.

It is pretty opaque with one coat, but even better with two coats.  I wouldn’t say it was super shiny though, but you could always amp that up with a top coat maybe.  It lasts a good 4 to 5 days on my nails with minimal chipping.  Not really a con, but if you expected a more “non-toxic” scent, this isn’t it.  It still has that traditional paint thinner nail polish scent.  Plus, it is priced at $15 USD, which is a little more than the average drugstore nail polish.

VERDICT: I would recommend this nail polish to anyone looking for a less toxic formula.  It measures up to many other more toxic brands out there.

Summer Essentials Haul

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I must admit I am not a summer person.  I much prefer fall.  I don’t enjoy being sweaty and hot.  However, I must say I love finding an excuse to purchase some summer essentials. These are just some of things I purchased recently because I really needed them.  🙂

ILIA Moondance Powder with SPF 20

I first heard about this powder through the lovely blog The Healthy Haus and when I saw it in the store, I just had to get it.  I find that it is really difficult to top up your SPF every two hours especially if you are already wearing foundation.  This has a twist-up brush which dispenses the powder from the tubular container (great to bring on the go).  The packaging is beautiful, and it is also supposed to bring some luminosity to the skin.  Plus, it is great to use simply as a powder to take some of shine away during the day.

Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers

I think a lip balm with SPF is always a good thing to have during the summer.  I decided to try these from Juice Beauty.  They come in a pack of three shades: Naturally Clear, Playful (a rosy shade), and Joyful (dusty pink shade).  They smell like berries and provide a bit of a tint to the lips.

schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Bergamot + Lime

I have been really into natural deodorants the last few years and this deodorant usually comes in a jar.  I just recently found out that they came out with a stick version. The jar version is a little fussy in that you had to dip your fingers in to grab a small amount and massage into your armpit area.  This deodorant is great for every day use and stands up pretty well even if you walking around casually on a summer day.  On initial application, clumps to go off the stick, so you do sometimes have to massage it in.

RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Honest

To be honest, I haven’t worn nail polish all that much the last few years.  I used to be a nail fanatic and wore nail polish all the time.  However, my nails got so weak and breakable that I went on a detox and never looked back.  Since sandal season has started, I can’t help craving a bit of colour on my toe nails.  I actually didn’t know that RMS Beauty made nail polish.  Each colour in this 6-free formula matches a shade in their collection.  So far, it smells like regular nail polish, but the salesperson told me that the formula is non-toxic. She said that is really difficult to find a natural nail polish with good performance.

Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

For sunscreen, I figured that I since I am applying it all over my body, I usually choose something natural.  This product is certified natural and 98% organic.  This is actually a repurchase.  Even though this sunscreen is for kids, I bought this sunscreen last year and loved the creamsicle scent.  It is quite a thick cream and takes a little more time to blend it. Otherwise, I really enjoy it!

Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover

I was introduced to this nail polish remover by the salesperson that sold me the rms Nail Polish.  I find that all non-toxic nail polishes pretty much still smell like nail polish. However, this is such interesting experience because it is primarily soybean oil based, so it doesn’t smell or feel like more traditional nail polish remover.  It totally works though!  I haven’t tried it on other nail polishes, but since it also moisturizes the nails, it is a lovely new addition to my collection.