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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


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