Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Moisturize Your Nails with Acetone ... kinda

One of the most effective solvents for nail polish removal is ACETONE.  I have previously described acetones’ positive attributes (regarding efficiency and safety) in this post.  However, if you change your nail polish often or soak off polish, acetone can eventually dry out skin.  Umm can we just look at this picture … redonk!

This is a picture from the Nail Fix Series.  I use Shellac (or other gel nail polishes) for nail breaks and after removal my hands look like they have been mummified, lol.

So what are some options for us?  How about a moisturizing nail polish remover?







Everyone LOVES Zoya Remove +, am I right?  In particular Rachel Marie ;) I will have to agree with the fact that it is a great remover.  Not only is it effective, but it is very moisturizing and great for the nails and cuticles.  However, the smell and price seriously disturb me.  For non-licensed people, Zoya Remove is $10 per 8oz ($25 per 32 oz.).    Let’s take a look at the ingredient list:

Zoya Remove + ingredients are:
2-propanone, water, glycerin, fragrance, violet 2

In layman’s terms, the Zoya Remove + ingredients are:
Acetone, water (surprised they didn’t use aqua or something fancier lol), glycerin, stink, unnecessary dye.

Considering I buy acetone for $5 per 32 oz. at the local nail supply store this is crazy!!  F U unnecessarily expensive products!  Guess what?  We can make our own moisturizing remover for way cheaper! :D

There is a lot of talk on the MUA nail boards on this topic, so you may already know that the basic recipe for moisturizing polish remover is … Acetone + Glycerin, however I have something science-y to add to this recipe with lots of pictures! 

An inherent physical property of Glycerin is that it is ONLY PARTIALLY soluble in acetone.  This is why the recipe often quoted on the nail boards is accurate and will work, BUT there is a slight problem.  If you put an excess of glycerin in acetone at some point they will NOT (and simply CANNOT) mix any further.  If anything you will see two separate solutions, similar to oil and water (or another visual ... yummy salad dressing - oil and vinegar :D) … here is an actual picture of glycerin in acetone. 


As a side note: Glycerin is more dense than Acetone so it sinks to the bottom.  Haha, I just tricked you into learning something, yay!

Now, if you have the right proportions you can get them to mix completely.











I tried to mix it well, but darn it I added too much glycerin from the start for it to mix in a miscible manner. 



So how do we fix this problem? With science of course! :)
Another inherent physical property of Glycerin is that it is completely miscible in water!  It will mix in any proportions of water and never separate.  Furthermore, Acetone is miscible in water.  So the beautiful thing is that we can jam more glycerin in acetone by adding a small bit of water!  Water helps to keep the glycerin that can no longer mix with acetone in solution.    

Add a splash of water and mix well! 

As you begin to mix, the solution will initially be hazy.

 COOL DUDE!

Want to see a video of this? click here
Here is the resulting solution after adding water to a solution containing excess glycerin in acetone and thoroughly mixing. 

Hellz yes! Cheap reproduction of Zoya Remove.










You can find glycerin in your local pharmacy.  I had problems, my eyeballs kept glazing right past it, but the pharmacist helped me find it immediately.

This one was about $7 per 6oz.















The recipe:
As a guideline only, I would say 1-2 tablespoons of glycerin per 200mL of acetone.  
Then add small splashes of water until the solution is mixed completely.  
However, you can play around with different amounts glycerin and adjust to your personal preference.  You should adjust the water amounts to your glycerin levels of choice.  Only add as much water as necessary to incorporate the glycerin because it weakens the effectiveness of the acetone.

Caution:
Although I showed you the process in a glass, that was just so that you could see the different layers.  You should do your mixing in the acetone bottle.  It's much easier and safer to mix with a cap on.  Watch your eyes and try not to get acetone in them, because I almost did.  After you mix it well in the bottle, you might want to loosen the cap to release any built up pressure, then close it back up for storage purposes. 

Another thought:
In my initial post about acetone, I mentioned that glycerin may interfere with polish adhesion.  From personal experience, I can't say this is necessarily true, at least not as true as it is for oils and waxes.  So, I kinda retract this statement, but would love your opinion or experience on the topic! 

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97 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm glad you talked about this! I think it's basically the same recipe for my beloved OPI Expert Touch, which is I think roughly half the price of Remove+, but still pretty expensive. I've been wanting to make the home version. I don't need the smell or the colorant!

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  2. Thanks for this awesome educational post!

    I admit I like the way Remove+ smells--and its pretty color. :)

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  3. Fabulous! I'm not a fan of Remove+'s scent. I do enjoy Paul & Joe's scent, but it is even more expensive per ounce. At least I think it is. I usually buy the bottles whenever I have some sort of coupon, but this mix will save me a fortune!!

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  4. Good to know! I have been meaning to pick up some glycerin for a while but keep forgetting. And I'd been wondering about the ratio - thanks for posting this!

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  5. Thank you so much for this post! I know people rave about Remove+ but it's too expensive for me, so I will definitely be trying my hand at making it myself!

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  6. YAY I can't wait to do this! I need to buy a new bottle of polish remover too!

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  7. yeesh! thanks for the info! i can't believe they sell it for so much...
    i just use normal sally hansen remover, primarily, and acetone only when necessary.

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  8. You are made of 100% pure awesome! Am bookmarking this post and so reproducing this asap! <3

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  9. You make my brain tingle. I like you a lot.

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  10. Thank so so much for this! I've been meaning to make the aceton/glycerin mixture but I was a little scared to do it before lol

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  11. OMG I would have been so scared to mix anything with acetone lol

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  12. Wow thank you so much for this post .

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  13. I'm so glad you posted this, I had heard about this combo before and have tried mixing the two together with relative success, although I just guessed at the ratio. And I did NOT know about adding the bit of water, so that's a great tip! I love your science-geekness! It's so super helpful and appreciated :)

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  14. @Nicole - Girl you are in luck. Save your cash for the pretties.

    @KarenD - Thanks! Haha, yea I know some do and that's a okay too.

    @Laura @ Sawan-Heaven - Paul and Joe, you sound Canadian :P Just think less Zoya and Paul &Joe and more Chanel! tee hee

    @Megan Harmeyer - it took me forever too, well worth it though.

    @Madeline - Uh tell me about it. I got it free with some offer they had, but trust me I would have never bought it on it's own.

    @Landa! - THANK YOU! :)

    @Elizabeth - ooo yay, perfect timing!

    @Laura - LOL, I just spit my tea. Thank you for that giggle.

    @Rebecca - Nice to have options!

    @Claudia - Awwww! Sweet ;D

    @Jaybird - LOL, I have so many one liners for that comment. I will keep it PG for the internets though. *hugs* *hands you a beer outta love*

    @Jen - Don't be SCUUURRRED! There is happiness on the other side.

    @Gotham - See above comment lol

    @Toyomi - :D You're welcome.

    @Beauty-obssessed.com - I think you will love your new acetone/glycerin mixture even more. No more dry cutes! :D

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  15. My dearest think-tank......THANK YOU!!! Ok, I admit to having slogged my way through science at school but had I a prof who explained things as entertainingly as you do, I'd be as smart as you now...lol!! I have been wanting to make my own moisturizing remover for ages now, but didn't know where to start. My question to you is: can one also mix in NATURAL essential oils into this concoction? Not only for scent purposes, but to further enhance the effect? Also, what other yummy-for-your-nails ingredients can be thrown into this soup? Looking forward to part 2!! Fab, fab post!!

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  16. i had heard so many wonders of Zoya Remove+ however im a girl in a budget & it just didnt make sense to me to spend so much on a remover when my 2.99 worked just fine. but with this post im definitely going to put my goggles on & start experimenting.! thanks you once again loodie for sharing ur knowledge with us.! i LOVE ur blog!

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  17. LOL @ your ingredient list that includes "stink." I'm totally gonna do this now. I never wanted to mix glycerine in my acetone cause I knew it wouldn't mix all the way. Yay for science! \o/
    Also, thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I ♥ your nails so hard, so your compliments meant a great deal to me!

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  18. Cool! I feel like I was in some crack, I mean, science lab. I do have to say acetone based remover is harsh but it does a fast job. It did dry out my skin and nails after doing so many blog posts, thus the resting phase at the moment. The non acetone based doesn't remove polish as quickly but it does keep the nail a bit moisturized. However, for me it does tend to make my polish bubble after application even with a base coat. So, I am stuck with using the acetone and moisturizing like my life depends on it! LOL

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  19. Thanks so much loodie, I only got the zoya remover because it was free but now I can keep making my own and refilling the cute bottle!

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  20. Ahhh I love it when people trick me into learning things!!

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  21. Genius! I'm totally making this, thank you!!

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  22. Excellent post AND you have given me an idea for my chemistry class. Awesome! I have always wanted to try Remove+, but I refuse to pay that price. Now, I don't have to!

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  23. Awesome post! I keep bookmarking your posts meaning to go back and read them, I need to get on that!

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  24. Damn and I just bought 32 oz of Zoya remove! I love a girl who uses big words like miscible! I'm doing this formula from now on!

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  25. I could kiss you for this post!! But don't be scared, I'm not gonna do that.
    I've been trying to figure out how to do this for the longest and I refuse to pay Zoya's ridiculous price.
    Thank you girl!!

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  26. Great! I love your post and your blog in general if I have not mentioned it already :)
    Keep them coming! :D

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  27. Crap and Double Crap!!! I just broke down and bought a GALLON of polish remover about 2 weeks ago (I go through it) -I really didn't want to because I knew there was a "Recipe" out there somewhere, (jump WAY back in time) like "Baldwin Sisters Secret Recipe." I want to use your recipe-I just discovered your blog about a week ago and I now have the "SOURCE" when I have a question-Thank you! Straight up info with "A" awesome photo's. (I know-I'll give the store remover away in my mani/pedi gifts to friends;) Kimmer K.

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  28. Hi!

    I´m from germany and i love your blog! yesterday night i read your self-made-polish-remover-post and the first thing today morning was going to my local pharmarcy and ordered some of this mixture...it is great! i used this today for my clean-up and my cuticles loved it!!!! Now i wait until friday or saturday and then i will see how it works for remove all polish, but i think this will also be great!!! till yet i was afraid using pure acetone, but with the glycerin inside it is wonderful! thank you for your ideas and please, please go on with posts like this!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think, adding some d-panthenol to this mixture will be very good for the nails...

    greetings from germany
    Sandra

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  29. Awesome post! I love my acetone+glycerin combo nail polish remover, and I'll never buy expensive stinky acetone in fancy bottles again! (I only ever bought the Zoya Remove to get the flipper bottle in the first place, haha.)

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  30. @ommorphiabeautybar.com - My ego likes you. :P My first thought is that if we add essential oils we may start hindering polish adhesion. However, I am certain we can add other stuff that is more moisturizing. *brain is thinking*

    @McDiaz714 - Ooo you own a pair of goggles?! You sexy chica you! Don't let the boys see you, they won't be able to contain themselves!

    @Noelie - *\o/* yay! you're welcome. I can't resist pretty fingers.

    @Olivia - Hey man it's cool, greasy fingers are all the rage.

    @♥beauxs mom - me to, me to. Now I use that little bottle a lot when I travel!

    @Kyouya - Ha ha! yes! Trickery is my middle name :P

    @T - :) awesome, have fun, be safe!

    @Sinead - Chemistry class!? Tell me more. You teach or are taking, ZOINKS I'm so excited to know!!

    @Angie - Take your time girlfriend. I'll be here for awhile.

    @Fingers - damn....damn.....damn damn, Doc Brown!

    @ChaosButterfly - But I wish you would. I won't tell a soul! lol

    @Anutka - Thank you so much! I'll keep writing until my brain dies.

    @Kimmer - LOL, damn you took that way back, I had to google that reference. Welcome! Stay awhile. :) Ooo, you give great gifts, I want to be your friend.

    @Sandra - Guten Tag! So happy to hear it has gone well so far. Keep me updated, I would love to hear your experience! Your thinking is right inline with Eugenia of ommorphiabeautybar.com (see above comments)! I know for a fact that panthenol would work and would not interfere with nail polish! A future post is definitely in order. :)

    @Solveig - Ha ha suckers! Fancy shmancy, who needs it. Don't forget to add a splash of water!

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  31. I have had a few issues with glycerin containing removers making my nail polish not adhere well to the nail. But I have found that if I wash my hands after using it (which everyone should do anyway) and then using EXFlow's EZ Bond (a pH balancing agent/primer) on the nail as directed prior to polishing, it has resolved the problem. Just my experience.

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  32. Thanks so much for this! I was thinking about purchasing Remove, but my frugal self refuses to spend $10 + shipping just for remover. I love your nails and look foward to seeing more posts :D

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  33. I do this, too, and posted a bit about how I cut it, but not science-project-wise which is great!
    Proponone just sounds better than acetone, doesn't it? IUPAC names always seem to, to me. ;)

    Sometimes I just buy the Dollar Tree polish remover and add glycerin, since they cut it so much with water to start with.

    Love your blog!!

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  34. Here's another one for you, my Great Gazoo (hey...I rhymed!) how about essential oil of Tea Tree for its natural anti-bacterial/anti-fungal qualities? (true lavender essential oil has a similar nature/qualities) Would the addition of that be negated by the acetone do you think? I REALLY want my mix to smell niiiiiiicccceeeee.....!!! Lol!

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  35. @J - Awesome! Thank you for including your experience. I hope you mean EzFlow Bond, but in any case it is just a dehydrator. A quick search for the ingredients I found it contains ... Ethyl acetate, isopropy alcohol, and isobutyl alcohol. Ethyl acetate is a popular solvent found in most polish; isobutyl alcohol is also used often. If you didn't want to purchase this product I would imagine 100% isopropyl alcohol would do just as well. A lot of people love this way of cleaning and dehydrating the nail plate before polishing.

    @Miss Blue - Thank you! I am so happy you can save some mooola!

    @Paillette - lol, "how you cut it". I love how scandalously druggie you make it sounding! OOo DT acetone, I will have to do a cost analysis. :)

    @ommorphiabeautybar.com - oh Eugenia, why do you make me use my brain?! haha, lets see, negate, no, but polish adhesion might be affected. That is really my only concern in using 'oils' of any kind. But here is the thing, I see companies use Vit. E oil all the time in acetone, so perhaps all is not lost. In the mean time just use a clothes pin for you nose. :P

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  36. I'm having a very hard time finding glycerin. But I found Vegetable Glycerin on Drugstore.com - is this the same thing?

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  37. Hi Christine - Yes, it is the same; the only difference is the source it came from. They can make glycerin from different sources, that one happens to be from a vegetable. They have animal options as well. I have no clue what I have since it does not state it on the bottle.

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  38. Great post, I really love your scientific descriptions! I headed over to my drugstore but couldnt find 100% acetone remover, but I could find a moisturising one which already had glycerin in it....so now Im wondering if there's much difference with this & the diy method you suggested? Thanks, Verity

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  39. Thanks Verity! You can check the ingredient list, but if it only lists acetone then it is more or less 100% acetone. You can certainly buy moisturizing removers with glycerin already in it that are way cheaper than Zoya and you don't have to mess with making it. That's is all up to you! I always have pure acetone on hand for difficult glitter removal, so why not make my own moisturizing remover. I find that it's much cheaper to buy pure acetone from beauty supply stores and make my own moisturizing remover, but really it's all up to you.

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  40. oooh! Speak Nerdy to me! Since I am a glitterholic (I admit, it is a problem) I have pure acetone on hand, i never thought about making a "moisturizing" batch! I always just shea butter the bejeebus out of my nails and hands, let it soak in for an hour, and then use 90% Isopropyl Alcohol on a q-tip to clean the nail...Then again I change my nail polish every other, to every third day... (again, its a problem)

    Like your blog a lot, think I have a blog crush!

    KJ

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  41. Thank you so much KJ!! Shea butter ... that sounds lovely. I need to get some and butter myself up. BTW it's not a problem ... it's a way of life ;)

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  42. What kind of dyes or fragrances would mix well with this? I know it seems unnecessary but I really love how the color shows in the bottle. I have half a mind to mix it with food coloring but I don't think that would fare so well...

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  43. Hi Katy - I am sure you can add water soluble dyes, BUT the only problem with adding dye is that it may stain your nails as well. I am sorry I don't know enough to be able to make any further suggestions.

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  44. I don't know how I missed this, but this is a GREAT article!

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  45. I so love your posts, you're a great source of inspiration (and explaining such chemistry things in a very clear way). I never tried Zoya remover (I think it would cost an enourmous sum here in Italy) but I definitely try this. I love DIY products!

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  46. Thanks Savvy!

    @maisenzasmalto - Yay, I am so happy to hear that! Oh my, I can't even imagine the shipping costs. This is so easy and cheap, and if you love DIY you will love the result!

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  47. My sister tried your recipe this morning, only she used some commercial acetone-free polish remover as the main ingredient. She says it seemed more moisturising.

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  48. Thanks for the recipe and tips! Glad I read it before I experimented with my idea - I would have had saturated mess (if my chem vocab is still good.) I was trying to figure out how to make a thick polish remover like Cutex used to make. It was a gel that would sit on the nail while it was working and caused less dryness to my cuticles. Any ideas how to make a thick and globby polish remover?

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  49. Sure! I looked up the ingredient list and it looks like one called "carbomer" is the thickening agent (as well as others, like aloe gel). Unfortunately, I am not sure how to formulate something like it. Sorry

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  50. thanks alot you are scientist

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  51. I just mixed up my first batch of this, thanks so much for this info. And FYI, I found 2oz of glycerin in the Mexican supermarket for $1.28, it was a better deal than the glycerin I found at CVS. The brand is called Jaloma, it was in the beauty section.

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  52. @Tariq - :) Glad you like it!

    @Impoverished by Polish - Ooo good to know. I will stalk the international places ...

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  53. finally found this post! bookmarked it long ago and couldm't find it... ha ha. also, found this site which may be helpful for those chemists out there wanting to add other ingredients such as panthenol and herbals that are water soluble. would imagine that one should add to the water portion before mixing with acetone. lots of really cool stuff on this site.

    www.theherbarie.com

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  54. Thank you so much Loodie! I am soo glad I found your blog! Yeah..I WAS one of those who SWORE by Zoya+ and when they had their gallons o goodness..BOUGHT IT! When I travel overseas for work and visit a favorite family in Turkey, they always grab for the zoya polish remover (travel size)..now I can just whip them up a batch THERE! Not that I mind sharing..its just when you're on the road for a month or so..you gotta travel light! AND that's 3 oz LESS of liquid I have to explain/hide going through the airports! Last time TSA counted my MASCARA as a "liquid" sheesh!

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    1. That just makes me ecstatic!! Now you can have moisturize nail no matter where you travel in the world! OH my, yes airports security can be ehm, disturbed.

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  55. Thanks so much for this! I'm not much of a chemist, so my knowledge of acetone kind of sucks, but I have to stay away from glycols because they irritate my skin. You probably know how many moisturizing products contain glycol derivatives... yes, that includes non-acetone remover! I knew enough to suspect glycerin wouldn't dissolve in acetone, so though I'd heard it mentioned on the boards, I'd never tried it myself. The water trick is ingenious and I'll try it out as soon as I have a chance to snag some glycerin.

    For the sake of argument, what about using food-grade aloe (i.e 100% aloe, not the weird alcohol gel stuff) instead of water? It's not shelf-stable as-is, but I assume the acetone would kill off anything that might want to grow in it, and I wonder if it might enhance the moisturizing properties of the remover...

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    1. Definitely try it! If you make it in small batches as need who cares if it's stable.

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  56. Thank you for the post. I found it very helpful. I've been DIYing Soak off Gels for over a year now more or less exclusively and do find it to be a bit drying especially since I've been using 100% acetone with the foil method to remove it. I mixed up a batch in a 120ml bottle of Geleration Erase that I had emptied and it worked out great. I used 10 drops of vanilla pure essential oil in Jojoba oil, 10 drops of Squalane that I had also, 1 Tbsp Glycerine one full capful of water and the rest of the bottle acetone. It worked well for soaking off my toenails so far and seemed to be quite moisturizing. My plan is to temporarily dehydrate the nail plate with 99% alcohol like always to take care of anything left behind that would cause an adhesion issue. I find it easier to tell my remover apart from my alcohol cleanser if they are colored and for the pink have used hot pink food coloring, the neon one in a tube that can be found in any grocery store. It looks at first like it won't disperse, but will given a bit of time. I haven't seen the tiny amount used contribute to any type of staining. Today I tried using a smidgen of Red #33 that I had recently gotten to make lipstick with. I think it was from DIY cosmetics and was predisolved in castor oil. It seems to have worked just as well. The essential oils jojoba and squalane are supposed to be two that are capable of penetrating the nail plate (small enough molecules they say) The vanilla leaves behind a nice scent which was my main goal, but I figure the oil can't hurt either. It does just seem to be floating in there, though.

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    1. Fantastic!! I love squalane in general. I need to get a keg of it, lol.

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  57. This is so hreat! I hadn't thought of adding glycerine in acetone and I was growing tired of my dry cuticles! Thank you!!!

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    1. NO MORE DRY CUTES! ... sorry this statement must be screamed. :D

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  58. Tea tree essential "oil" is not supposed to be oily at all, so I don't imagine it would interfere with the adhesion. If you get lavender or tea tree that leaves an oily residue, they are not pure eo's.

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  59. I live in Denmark and the glycerin I have bought actually has a recipe for nail polish remover - how cool is that? Though it actually includes isoprypol alcohol, any thoughts on that? Furthermore the glycerin contains deminiralized water, do you think it necessary to add water to the mixture then?

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    1. Wow cool!

      Sometimes I swipe my nails with isopropyl alcohol before nail polish application, but isopropyl alcohol, by itself, is not very good at dissolving polish. I would not put it in my remover.

      I would see how well the glycerin disperses in the acetone. If you can't get it to mix in completely, add a splash of water.

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  60. I just found your blog a few days a and I am already hooked! I have a bottle of Wal Mart acetone remover that I added some glycerin and 2 caps full of water. Works great! I appreciate the fact that you know chemistry. Keep up the good work!!

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  61. Thanks for the amazing recipe! Just made my first batch and it worked perfectly. I added one Tbsp. vegetable glycerin and two tsp. distilled water to a four oz. bottle of acetone. I actually like how the evaporation rate is slowed--seems easier to work with, and it cuts down on the cold sensation. :)

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    1. Yes! That cold sensation is the worst. I feel like my fingers are getting frostbite. lol

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  62. I have a wonderful secret for you (and all nail/polish lovers): Pure acetone is sold at the hardware store, for like 1/3 the cost of even beauty supply stores. Home Depot is where I've seen it.
    It does come in a rather scary looking container, and needs to be diluted with water (and glycerine if you wish), because it is so pure.
    I've been using this, but my question is since it is not cosmetic grade, is it technically all right to use?

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    1. I buy 32oz. of pure acetone for ~$5 at online beauty supply stores, that is slightly cheaper than the can from Home Depot (and alike). Pure acetone should be just that. I know sometimes they may put other solvents in there to make it more stable, but it should be listed on the bottle under ingredients. Either way, I would use both (home depot or beauty supply variety) to make the moisturizing kind.

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  63. Thank you so much for this idea! I made up a bottle and I am very happy with it. I keep a separate bottle of pure acetone, which I use to wipe down my nails before polishing. Again - awesome science here! :)

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  64. Hey there! Long time listener, first time caller. My mama told me there's no such thing as a dumb question...we are about to see if she was right!

    You recommend mixing this directly in your acetone bottle, and not having tried this yet I have a concern. My bottle is not completely transparent. Will I be able to see how much of the glycerin has already dissolved so that I know when I can stop adding water? Don't want to water it down because the whole point of buying pure acetone was for the speed with which it removes pesky polish (like glitter or soak-off gel).

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    1. LOL, I love that intro :P

      You may be able to see it. If not, hold it up to the light and see if that helps. If worse comes to worse, mix it and then carefully pour it into a glass, then check.

      You are not adding that much water (maybe 1-2Tbsp per 200-300mL acetone). This should not severely dilute the acetone. You'll see, this little mixture is still powerful! :D Good Luck!

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  65. Thank you so much for this post and the recipe!

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  66. thank you so much for this tutorial! i just made a perfect batch even more moisturizing than zoya remove. i used the beauty secrets pure acetone (280ml i think). i started with about a third of that bottle empty to allow for better mixing, added close to 3 tbs og glycerin in very small batches and probably less than 2 tablespoons of water. i progressively added more acetone to the bottle as i went along. the process took a few hours of shaking it up, leaving it alone to settle ect.

    thx again, you're the best!

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    1. Awesome!!

      No, you are the best for leaving such sweet comments! :D thank you.

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  67. Thanks for the recipe! I'm looking forward to trying this. :-)

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  68. I'm late as alllll get out! But I will be trying this out. I have veg glycerin and plenty of water and acetone!

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  69. Cassandra lee saytar_rai@hotmail.co.ukSeptember 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Has anyone tried cooking flavours? I thought maybe strawberry essence might give it a nicer smell?

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  70. I was wondering about scents too
    Hmm.

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  71. Just got back from my local Walmart and they had the 6oz glycerin for $4 and a 16oz pure acetone for $2.50 so I'm gonna try this...Thanks so much...Wish me luck!!! :O)

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  72. I am definitely going to make this remover. I had the acetone in the garage, and ordered glycerin from Amazon at a reasonable price. I love this website. I'm in a life-long battle to improve my thin, quick to peel nail. So much great info here. I'd be happy to have nails that look even half as good as yours!

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  73. Amazing! I just bought some glycerin and made this remover. This was cooler to make than half the experiments I did in my Organic Chemistry lab last semester.

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  74. Gonna try making this today. Thanks for the science answers as to why. I love knowing why stuff works and the science lesson was an added bonus!

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  75. Hi! Just found your blog and this post and had to smile.

    I've been adding coconut oil to pure acetone for years. I started doing this mainly to moisturizer my cuticles.

    My mix is about 2:1 acetone:coconut oil. Yes it is oily but that gets rubbed in well and leaves a lovely fragrance behind. When I'm ready to reprint the nails I wash my hands well then wipe the nail with white vinegar. Cuticle cleanup afterwards with the mix and my cuticles get pampered again from massaging the oil in.

    Did I mention that it smells great (if of course you like coconut). :-)

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  76. Loodie -- I am amazed at your in-depth reviews of ...everything! And I have learned so much from this site.

    QUESTION-- Can I mix glycerin with NON-acetone remover?

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  77. Loodie - awesome sauce! Now, if I can just get my mitts on some glycerin because apparently it's not allowed to be sold in my area. I linked to this post in my blog post on the foil remove method, if that's not ok, let me know and I'll pull it. Thanks!

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    I love Butter London and thinks their base and top coat are awesome. The basecoat sort of reminds me of my favorite Essie Fill the Gap which I love to use with sheer colors. As for the topcoat I actually love the butter London alot. But I find the trick is to do two coats rather than one. As it comes out much more shinner and last forever and a day! All in all im quite happy with the brand.

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  79. I make this remover too. I do add one other ingredient, 3-5 drops of rosemary oil. It smells nice and is great for cuticles. Just shake the bottle before use!

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  81. Amazing! I just bought some glycerin and made this remover. This was cooler to make than half the experiments ..Thanks nail supply

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