I’ve searched high and low for a cruelty-free nail polish remover but couldn’t find any that specifically stated that they were cruelty free. I ended up finding several products that claimed to be natural or made with natural ingredients and then e-mailing the company to ask if it tested on animals. Representatives from both Fisk Industries, Inc., (owners of the Barielle brand) and La Fresh Group wrote back and said that neither their finished products nor the ingredients were tested on animals. So I happily purchased nail polish remover from each and plan to review both.
Barielle makes hand and nail care products that are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)—chemicals that are suspected to be harmful. Instead, its products are made with keratin, proteins, vitamins, and oil and plant extracts. They make nail polish, and, of course, polish remover. I tried the Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover. There’s not much distinct about the polish remover itself: it works great, doesn’t dry out my cuticles, and the 4 fl. oz. bottle will last a long time. It’s on the expensive side ($10), and the bottle is made of glass, so it doesn’t travel well (but that’s what the La Fresh wipes are for!). And it’s not available in drug stores or grocery stores. Luckily, you can buy directly from the company’s site and on Soap.com.
All in all, though, the Barielle polish remover is pretty unremarkable. But isn’t that a good thing for an “alternative” product to be? It doesn’t smell like patchouli. Or stain your fingers green. Or require 18 uses to do a good job. In other words, this product fits right in with all the other products on the shelves. Which, for consumers, is important. It’s just nail polish remover with the amazing added benefit of being cruelty free.