DIY Moisturising Glycerin/Acetone Nail Polish Remover Recipe

By | March 17, 2013

As you might’ve noticed, many of us Lacquerheads use a DIY glycerin/acetone remover. Why?

– It’s cheap – acetone from the hardware store is much cheaper than a little bottle from the chemist
– It’s effective – about as effective as straight acetone!
– It’s gentle – it actually stops your cuticles from drying out, like they would with plain acetone

The recipe is based off the ingredients in popular products such as Zoya Remove+.


– Acetone – available in bulk from hardware stores (e.g. Bunnings)
– Glycerin – available from chemists – it’s usually found in the laxative section
– Water
– Measuring equipment – make sure it’s acetone-safe! I used a glass measuring cylinder from the lab, and a 10 mL plastic syringe which is resistant to acetone for short periods
– Bottle – an empty supermarket remover bottle
I use 10 parts acetone to 1 part glycerin to 1.2 parts water (if you can’t be bothered being so accurate, use 1 part and a splash!). You might prefer a slightly different mixture. If it separates into two layers (like oil and water), add more water and give it a good shake.


No more dry white skin!

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Michelle has *almost* finished her PhD in chemistry. When she’s not busy slogging away at her thesis or in the pole dance studio, she’s blogging at Lab Muffin and Polish or Perish, or buying too many beauty products. 

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