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Benecos natural nail polish remover review

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I’ve been wanting to change my regular nail polish remover for a while as I was sure an eco-friendlier alternative was out there. Who’d have thought that I just needed to look for one – doh!

After trawling through the options available, I found this little beaut from Benecol. Made from (mostly) natural ingredients, I decided to give it a whirl. Below is my honest and unbiased review, I hope you find it useful.

What the brand says

“This Natural Nail Polish Remover gently removes nail polish while the nourishing ingredients protect and help to strengthen nails and skin. Acetone free and enriched with natural lemon and orange peel oil, nails feel clean and moisturised without the nasty smell of chemicals.”

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Cost & Packaging

I purchased the 125ml bottle from Amazon which cost me £8.05 with free delivery. As usual, the price does jump around a bit so check on Amazon for the current price. The bottle came directly from a 3rd-party seller on Amazon and was packaged inside a cardboard box with folded paper to stop it sliding around.

The bottle has a screw-top lid and the instructions and ingredients are clearly listed on the back. The back of the bottle also says that it can be recycled.

It’s quite a small bottle as you only get 125ml, but I find that to be a plus as it’s easier for me to transport and/or take up and downstairs in my pocket.

Photos showing the removal of nail polish using Benecos natural nail varnish remover
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Application

After taking the lid off, the top of the bottle has a small hole for dispensing the polish remover – think vinegar bottle! This is such a good feature as my regular removers all have wide, open tops which isn’t great for someone like me as I spill everything I touch. The smaller hole means you can apply the remover to a cotton wool pad easily and reduces spillage.

My usual method for applying varnish remover is to hold a loaded cotton wool pad over a nail and then give it a bit of a rub. I found that this method doesn’t work too well with this remover so I changed tactic and just went for the rubbing action. This worked a treat and removed the polish without too much effort which surprised me as I thought it would take longer due to there being fewer chemicals in the product.

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Application

After taking the lid off, the top of the bottle has a small hole for dispensing the polish remover – think vinegar bottle! This is such a good feature as my regular removers all have wide, open tops which isn’t great for someone like me as I spill everything I touch. The smaller hole means you can apply the remover to a cotton wool pad easily and reduces spillage.

My usual method for applying varnish remover is to hold a loaded cotton wool pad over a nail and then give it a bit of a rub. I found that this method doesn’t work too well with this remover so I changed tactic and just went for the rubbing action. This worked a treat and removed the polish without too much effort which surprised me as I thought it would take longer due to there being fewer chemicals in the product.

Results

This nail polish remover worked a treat with little effort. The smell is a bit strange but far better than inhaling the usual, and long-lasting, smell of my regular polish (Essie ‘Good as Gone’).

The product left my nails a little oily, which I liked as acetone-based removers really do dry my nails out. I also found that I used far less cotton pads than I usually would – less waste is always a plus. I also found that the cotton pads were not sticking to my hands as much as with other removers, and the removed polish didn’t end up all over my fingers either.

How did Benecos polish remover do?

  • Effectiveness 90% 90%
  • Environmental impact 85% 85%
  • Smell 85% 85%
  • Kindness to nails 90% 90%
  • Price 40% 40%

I feel that this nail polish remover is a much better choice than my regular one and it’s better for my nails. Downsides are the cost and the packaging – although you can recycle the plastic, it’s still not the best way to help the environment and £8.05 is quite expensive for 125ml.

Video review of Benecos Natural Nail Polish Remover

YouTube video coming soon!
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I’m working on a YouTube video review for this product. When it’s ready, you’ll find it here. In the meantime, scroll down the page to read the ingredients list.

Lotil ingredients list

ethyl lactate, alcohol, glycerin, aqua (water), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, limonene**, citral** * from certified organic ** natural fragrance *** made using organic ingredients

Manufacturer: Benecos.

Manufacturer directions: Apply a small amount to a cotton pad and gently wipe over the nail until all polish is removed. For extra soft hands apply Benecos hand and nail cream.

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