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Nail Polish Drying Sprays

Could this be the answer to my dreams?

How far can my impatience take me? That’s what I was asking myself as I was tempted for the second time this week to buy Onyx Professional 3.2.1 Dry. I even had it in my hand this time. I am down for anything that can cut my nail drying time in half. Or more than half really. I’m looking for a miracle! Even though I’m looking for some magical fix, I’m not sure I want to use something that is potentially harmful.

I have an issue with most things that come in an aerosol can. I can thank my lovely grandma for that. My grandma lived with my family for a while growing up, and I am still haunted by her incessant use of household sprays, like Lysol.  She didn’t just spray them, she pressed down on the nob and held it for what seemed like an eternity, until no more spray could come out. Then she would do it again! There would be an obvious thick haze of spray that lingered throughout the house for a while, and I’d be gasping for air and trying not to inhale the fumes.

I”m still traumatized.

With those fond memories still fresh in mind, I decided to read the label on the back of the Onyx can. In my opinion, if there is some type of aerosol that dries nail polish, then it must have something serious in it. Did I really wanna go down that rode again?  Two of the first ingredients that I noticed was butane and propane.

Say what?!

That is what they use to light barbecue grills and put in lighters and stuff. Not for me. Basically, I’m spraying chemicals onto my nails, and fingers all in the name of dryer nails. Those chemicals could be seeping into the pores of my skin and potentially cause all sort of problems. 

I decided to do some research. What I found is that pretty much any product that is sprayed from a can contains those two ingredients, such as cooking spray (gasp!), aerosol deodorant, hair spray, and computer cleaner. According to


“Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the safety of Butane, Isobutane and Propane and has placed these ingredients on the list of direct food substances affirmed as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). Isopentane has been approved as an indirect food additive for use in the manufacture of foamed plastics.

The safety of Butane, Isobutane, Propane and Isopentane has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert (CIR) Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated scientific data and concluded that Butane, Isobutane, Isopentane and Propane were safe as a cosmetic ingredients under present practices of concentration and use. In 2002, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on these ingredients and reaffirmed the above conclusion.”

“As aerosols, Butane, Isobutane, Propane and Isopentane are greatly diluted in air when discharged and it is estimated that, as propellants, they would remain on the skin no longer than 10 seconds. Because they evaporate quickly, these ingredients, even in foam products would not remain in contact with the skin longer than 10 seconds. Such a short period of contact makes the absence of sensitization, phototoxicity, and photosensitization studies unimportant. Furthermore, exposure standards have already been set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and most of the substance is volatilized before it can come in contact with the skin.”

I’m not as wary of trying the spray after reading that. Especially if propane and butane are found  in items that I am already using, just wasn’t aware of. I’m still not 100% sure that I will purchase, but it’s still a thought.

Have any of yall used any nail drying sprays, and if so did they work?

You can find out more information about propane and butane and the article I read at


Taking It Off: Acetone Vs. Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover


Author Note:

 As I did research for this article, I started to find more topics discussing the health aspects of acetone vs. non-acetone. I’m no scientist, or health fanatic, though I do like to be aware of what I’m putting into my body( I have just begun to have some interest in chemicals that are used in everyday beauty products thanks to the information I’ve found on natural hair care boards). The science of acetone or non-acetone and the health aspects of each one I will leave for you to read and decipher on your own. I will leave links to some informative articles at the end of this post.

I love my nail polish, but I hate removing it. Taking off nail polish is a tedious task that I could really do without. Today I wanted to fling my nail polish remover soaked cotton balls across the room after struggling to remove my Jesse’s Girl Polish . I shouldn’t have to be able to bench press 360lbs. just so I can scrub off some nail polish, Okay!  

That’s what I get for using three coats plus a topcoat….

Anyway, that got me to thinking about  nail polish remover in general.  Such as what is the best type of remover? Which remover takes off polish the quickest?

There are plenty of options out there, though I always end up standing in front of the nail aisles trying to decide between acetone or non-acetone. Then I have to figure out  in what manner I want to remove my polish. You have the regular ol’ liquid remover that comes in a bottle, then there is kind that you can dip your finger into a remover soaked sponge in a container, or the simple nail polish remover wipes. I’ve used all three and for whatever reason I keep breaking out my cotton balls and remover bottle. 

When I decided to investigate the subject, I figured that the form that the remover came in made the most difference. And in some aspects, I still believe that it does play a role. But, after looking deeper into the subject, I found out what is most important.

What I found is that the active ingredient in the remover determines how effectively it will remove your polish. Since acetone and non-acetone are the  most prevalent removers I find and the only ones that I have used, those are the two I focused on, though I realize that there are  more options available besides those two.

So the question is, which one works best?


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