Sunday, October 26, 2014

Katarina Naturals Nail Polish Remover

 *Press Sample
Hi there polish friends, welcome to Sunday.  How has the weekend been treating you?  Yesterday was the first day I ventured out for a longer length of time.  The hubby took me to TJMaxx, Kohls, and then we finished with lunch at Chipotle.  After that my friend came over for a movie.  Needless to say I was exhausted by the end of the day, although it was a really good day :)  I still won't be returning to work tomorrow but I'm still figuring out if that will be the middle of the week or next Monday.

Today I have a really cool product to share with you.  Nail polish remover is something I rarely talk about but today I have some cool removers for several reasons.  Katarina Naturals is a small company in East Lansing, MI that make all-natural nail polish removers from sustainable products like corn, instead of traditional products like petroleum.  So not only are they a local American company, they use environmentally friendly products!  They offer both acetone and non-acetone removers, let's take a look!


*Before I start, for this post I used one remover on one hand and the other remover on the other hand.  I also used a really dark staining red that would be an extra pain to remove!

First up, the acetone-based remover.  I normally use pure acetone on my nails but it is very drying and usually leaves a white area where it was used because it's so drying.  Below are my naked nails right after using the acetone-based remover, no moisturizer, no cuticle oil, nothing.  As you can see, the remover took off all of the red polish and it didn't dry out my nails or skin.

I included a bunch of pictures of my bare nails right after using the remover because I was so astonished that there was absolutely no dryness whatsoever.   Obviously I have some hang nail issues but that has nothing to do with the remover.  It removed the red with no problems and left none of the red stains behind. 

So overall the performance of this remover was great.  It removed fast and it was effective and the best part was that it didn't dry out my nails or skin.  The only problem I had with this remover was the scent.  On the bottle it says "fresh fruity scent" but I found the scent odd and really strong.  It also lingered for quite some time so if you are sensitive to smells, this is something to note.


Next up, the non-acetone remover.  I typically don't use non-actone remover, but some people prefer this as their remover of choice.  Like the other remover, this remover took off all of the red polish and left none of the red stains on my nails.  It does take longer to remove the polish, but that's true for any non-acetone remover.

I also included pictures right after using the non-acetone remover and there were no dryness issues.  I have naturally peel-y nails, so that's normal for me and not a result of the remover.  Below is a picture right after removal.

Overall, I had great results with this remover as well, I just prefer to use my acetone-based ones for time reasons.  Unlike the first remover, this one has a mint scent to it and I really responded well to it.  If I could have all my removers with this mint scent, I would :)

Overall I was pleased with both products.  Both worked well for me, especially with such a dark staining red.  I was also surprised as how non-drying both removers were and they left my nails and skin in really good shape afterwards.  The only negative I have is the fruity scent of the acetone remover, I just didn't care for that.  I am very impressed by this brand though.  

Katarina Naturals can be found on their website here and on Amazon.

*Products in this post were received for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Great review on this! Its nice to hear that it removes polish well without leaving the nails dry.

  2. I have an acetone based remover just like this but it's from the indie brand Stardust Polish. It's an 8oz bottle and it smells like Orange and Jasmine but it comes in a bunch of other scents or you can get it unscented. It works really great and I love that it doesn't dry out my nails either. This one sounds nice too.

  3. I would love to know how you shape your nails!! They look so long and elegant, but are actually not that long!! I am new to your blog and may have missed it if you previously posted it!!

    1. Hi Shelly, welcome! I get a lot of requests for how I shape my nails :) I will have a video of that coming soon, I'm just trying to figure out how to film it haha!