Nail Polish Remover

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Nail Polish Remover

What is vegan and cruelty-free nail polish remover?

The term “vegan” with regard to nail polish remover, refers to products that do not contain animal derived or sourced ingredients. The term “cruelty-free” means a polish remover and its ingredients aren’t tested on animals. However, nail polish removers that are both vegan and cruelty-free don’t have any animal derived or sourced ingredients, and none of the ingredients are tested on animals.

What animal ingredients can be found in nail polish removers?

Some nail polish removers contain animal-derived ingredients like gelatin and lanolin. Lanolin is thought to act as an emollient that moisturizes nails, and gelatin is thought to strengthen nails. But the fact is these ingredients aren’t necessary; most vegan nail polish removers are enriched with nutrients such as vitamin E or Aloe Vera, that help moisturize and nourish your nails. Besides, the best way to strengthen your nails is through a strong diet.

What companies make vegan/cruelty-free nail polish remover?

We’ve personally checked with the following companies to make sure they don’t use any animal-derived or sourced ingredients in their nail polish remover, and that they don’t test their product or its ingredients on animals (all with positive results):

  • AILA Cosmetics
  • Karma Organic
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Priti NYC
  • LVX

Why should I buy nail polish remover that’s vegan and cruelty-free?

The animal-derived and sourced ingredients that are used in nail polish removers are superfluous - they really don’t need to be in there. The same goes with animal testing. Effective nail polish removers can be made with ingredients such as fruit-based, rather than harsh chemical ingredients that are tested on animals. So, why not get your nail polish remover vegan and cruelty-free?

Does buying one vegan bottle of nail polish remover make a difference for the animals?

It sure does! And it may come as a surprise to some that doing so is actually a very effective form of animal welfare activism! Here’s how it works; by purchasing vegan and cruelty-free nail polish remover, even just one bottle or pack of disposable pads/wipes, you’re telling retailers and manufacturers that there’s a market for these animal-friendly products. Demand fuels supply, and with more supply comes more opportunities for everyone (not just vegans) to purchase cruelty-free and animal-free nail polish remover, even if for non-vegans it’s just by accident! Ultimately, more cruelty-free and vegan products being purchased means less animal-derived products being purchased.

Is vegan & cruelty-free nail polish remover expensive?

In general, vegan and cruelty-free nail polish remover products are not any more expensive, or any less-expensive, than products that include animal sourced and derived ingredients and/or products that are tested on animals. Just like non-vegan/non-cruelty-free products, there are differences in the quality of the ingredients used, differences in the manufacturing processes, and different brand names behind the products; all of these factors can make prices fluctuate from one product to the next.

How do you choose which companies to list?

We keep a growing list of companies that we find, or are suggested to us, whose nail polish remover seems to be completely vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Even if they are PETA and Leaping Bunny certified, we contact these companies personally to find out which products of theirs, if any, use animal derived or sourced ingredients, or have ingredients that are tested on animals. If they assure us that their nail polish remover and related products are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans, and they can be purchased on Amazon, then we list those products here for your convenience.

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For companies that make vegan & cruelty-free nail polish remover

If you make vegan and cruelty-free nail polish remover, we’d love to feature you and your products on the “Brands We Love” section of our site! Contact us at  - info(at)getitvegan(dot)com - to find out more!


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