A New (to me) Gem – Ciate Mint Chocolate Nail Polish Remover

I have recently made a conscious decision to maintain tidy nails as as much of the time as possible. Previously I did not much care if they were chipped and different lengths, as long as they were smooth – I have never been able to abide ragged nails that catch on anything and everything.

Although they are certainly nothing to envy now, I like to think they are the best they can be. What used to put me off painting them was the thought of removing the polish a few days later. I have extremely sensitive nails, and using the wrong nail varnish remover would leave me with sore nails. They would hurt – ache, really – for around 24 hours after using remover. Whether this was the surrounding skin, or the skin under the nail I have no idea. A quick Google search suggests that it was the top layer of my nails being stripped, leaving them exposed and sensitive. Is this common? I really don’t know, but I have never come across anyone else who suffers from this weird affliction. I have tried many different nail polish removers over the years, always opting for ‘sensitive’ formulations, and even acetone free. Nothing has worked, until now … (Cue dramatic music)

Ciate Mint Chocolate Nourishing and Gentle Nail Polish Remover


The Ciate Mint Chocolate Nail Polish Remover has vitamins B5 and E to condition the nails. It isn’t a new product, so perhaps I am the last to know about it (probably), but it is new to me. It also has a mint chocolate scent, that is supposed to leave nails smelling delicious. Now, firstly the smell. I took a big old whiff of it when I first used it. I can report that this was not a clever thing to do. It does smell a little of mint chocolate, but smells more strongly of nail polish remover. In addition to this, I always wash my hands straight after taking the polish off anyway, so I can’t say I am particularly fussed about a lingering smell. However, the reason I am so pleased with this purchase is that it did not leave my nails tender and aching! That, for me, is the biggest plus – and the reason that I hope I will always be able to purchase it, or something similar anyway.  It also does a good job of taking the polish off, with a little bit of persistence. It isn’t the best I have used in that respect, but that is a small price to pay for un-stripped nails.

Have you ever experienced this problem with your nails, or am I really one of a kind?  Can you recommend other gentle nail polish removers?

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