Today I want to share a story about my experiences with Dr.’s Remedy nail care products. Believe it or not, this blog started as an ethical beauty website, so perhaps this is me going back to basics?
I would consider myself to be a girlie-girl, even if I’m not someone who is always caked in make-up. In fact, the only make-up I wear on a daily basis is eyebrow powder, on account of me not really having any eye-brows. I’ll wear lipstick 90% of the time but everything else? I can take it or leave it. If I wore make-up every day, how would I look any different when I’m dressed up for a special occasion? Up until the end of 2017, I wore nail polish all the time. In fact, the world hadn’t seen my real toenails since 1993 and as a result, the nail plates were looking grim. It was Christmas Eve 2017 when I took it off for good. I remember this clearly because I ended up in a lot of pain on Christmas morning. My nails looked like they were infected in some way and they HURT. It’s taken me two years of care and attention to get them looking like human nails again and I’m ready to get a colour back on them, but I’ve learned my lesson and won’t be using any old cheap and nasty rubbish on my nails. Step forward Dr.’s Remedy’s Nail Polish range.
For the avoidance of doubt, I have not been paid for this review. I received the items for Christmas in 2018 from my mother and husband, so I think it’s ok to forego the gifted hashtag in this case. I wanted to write a review about them because garlic nail polish is pretty unique and I couldn’t find any other reviews about this type of polish. So, in short, I’ve received no money or incentive to write this. If you click on the images, they’ll take you to Amazon where you can buy the products and I’ll receive a small amount of commission.
So, the selling points of the Dr.’s Remedy nail polish range are as follows:
- It is vegan friendly. Veganism seems to be a hot topic these days and vegan nail polish is no exception. You might ask what could possibly be in a nail polish that is from animals. I need to verify this with some backup sources, but shellac comes from female lac bug secretions. If you’re vegan and using shellac, are you really still vegan?
- Secondly, it’s made by foot doctors – according to their website. I mean, I don’t think the podiatrists are actually standing with lab coats hand-making the polishes so I’m not sure how they can back up that claim, but there are a bunch of people involved in the formulation and creative side of things who have a significant amount of input.
- The most important aspect of these polishes (to me) is that they are made with natural, organic, healing ingredients. Tea tree oil, garlic bulb extract, wheat protein, vitamin C, biotin, cactus, kale, grape seed extract, ginseng, lavender and safflower extract are all listed on their website as ingredients in their products. This is great because usually when I read the ingredients list of a nail polish or nail polish remover, it’s just chemicals and I have no idea what is going on. What you’ll notice about these natural ingredients, if you have any knowledge of cosmetic manufacturing at all, is that many of these are known for their anti-fungal properties, which is great if you have had a fungal nail infection. Yes, it’s gross but there’s no point being embarrassed about it. It happens.
There’s a really wide range of nail polishes on their website, so no matter what colours and shades you favour, there will be something that will suit you. There’s also vitamin tablets specially formulated for nail health and a nail polish remover available in their online store.
I have three polishes and the remover. I have one pink, one peach and a clear polish. The first one I wanted to try was the peach polish. I had put on some gold polish over Christmas and although it was only one coat, it had glitter in it, so I knew it was going to be hard to remove. This was the perfect stubborn polish to try to remove in order to test out the effectiveness of the Dr.’s Remedy Nail Polish Remover. The first thing I wanted to do was see if it smelled like garlic. Obviously, it’s still a nail polish remover so it’s never a good idea to stick your head next to the bottle and inhale but I did waft the scent towards my nose from a distance when I took the lid off. No garlic smell at all. In fact, it smells a lot like bog standard nail polish remover. It doesn’t contain any acetone either and when I saw that on the bottle, I thought to myself, “This is going to be a waste of time.” I didn’t have any faith in products without acetone if I’m honest.
Ok, my verdict is a solid 10/10. I’m not even kidding. It removed the polish really easily. It didn’t smell too strong, didn’t make me feel like I was being gassed, didn’t sting my skin and I didn’t have to use too much to get the polish off. I’m pleased with the results and will definitely use that again.
Then it was time to try the Dr.’s Remedy polish. Spring is just around the corner so I decided on the peach for my toenails. The pink is nice but it’s really pale and I wanted something I could see. The first coat went on and it wasn’t all that smooth. I had to work to get even coverage. Also, one coat wasn’t anywhere near enough. It took longer to dry than the brand I usually use, around five minutes. Then I applied the second coat, which seemed to go on easier. I didn’t have to keep smoothing it out and it brought up the colour nicely. It looked exactly like the colour in the bottle, which is important to me. I hate when it looks paler/darker on application from how it does on the bottle. Again, it took a while to dry. I’d estimate to be fully set it took around 45 minutes. That’s a long time, but it’s really my only complaint about this polish, and if you have time on your hands, it’s worth it.
I’d give the polish 8/10. It loses two points because of the drying time, but on every other aspect, I would rate it highly. The colour is nice, after the second coat it looks even, it has stayed on my nails well and I like the fact that this is a healthy option for my nails. It’s pricey at $17.95 which is a lot more than I would have usually paid for a nail polish, but again, this is a mid-range nail polish which is formulated by foot-care professionals and is full of natural ingredients that are nourishing for your nails. Is it worth that higher price tag? Only you can decide.
I should point out that the nail polish also does not smell like garlic, I’m not really sure if the polish itself has garlic ingredients although the remover definitely does. You’re not going to walk around smelling like garlic bread. I promise. Based on my experiences so far, I would recommend Dr.’s Remedy products to all individuals who paint their nails, not just those with infections.