Soy-Based Manicure Products Pros and Cons
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Looking for a healthier alternative to traditional manicure products? Consider soy-based options! As with every type of product in the market, although it may have cons, there are pros that we can't just ignore.

Soy-Based Manicure Products

Nowadays, the number of soy-based products is increasing, and manicure products are in the mix. Unlike regular manicure products, soy-based products are gentler and more nourishing, often containing essential oils and vitamins. They are also vegan and cruelty-free, making them a sustainable choice.

Here are some of the top choices for soy-based manicures and the pros and cons that come with them.

Doodlebug's Soy-Based Nail Polish Tropical Bunny Duo

Get ready to end tantrums and meltdowns with Doodlebug's Soy-Based Nail Polish Tropical Bunny Duo! This duo includes two adorable shades, Tropical Tango and Bunny Hop, each in a 7.4-milliliter bottle. These polishes are scented when dry and offer rich, long-lasting color. They are 7 toxin-free, vegan, and cruelty-free, making them a safe and ethical choice. Plus, they dry quickly, so you can enjoy your manicure in no time. The set even comes with a child-sized, wearable bow ring for extra fun!

Pros: Their formulation dries quickly and is mild enough for kids to use.

Cons: Unlike other nail polish brands made for kids, Doodlebug's Soy-Based Nail Polish is not edible.

Lilaque Soy Gel Polish

Get salon-quality nails at home with Lilaque Soy Gel Polish. Priced at $18, this two-coat system includes a color and top coat. You can get a salon-look manicure in 30 minutes or less without having to tolerate the chemical smell of solvent-based polish. Each manicure can last seven to 14 days when applied as instructed. Choose from a variety of colors like Red Rose, Cherry Blossom, and Evergreen. 

Pros: No bad smells, whether still uncured or already cured.

Cons: You will still need acetone-soaked cotton balls for the quickest removal time of 15 minutes. 

Palate Polish Vegan Soy Cuticle Oil

Get your cuticles in top shape with Palate Polish Vegan Soy Cuticle Oil, priced at $12. This nourishing oil rehydrates and softens cuticles while healing cracked nails. Made with only four ingredients -- soybean oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and vitamin E oil -- it is a natural choice for healthy nails. 

Pros: No bad smells and effective moisturizer.

Cons: Like every other cuticle oil, it takes a few minutes before it dries up so be sure to keep still until it does so it doesn't get everywhere.

Ella + Mila Soy Nail Polish Remover

Ella + Mila Soy Nail Polish Remover is a non-toxic, acetone-free solution enriched with lavender oil and vitamins A, C, and E, priced at $11.49. It effectively removes natural nail polishes without harsh chemicals, promoting healthy, moisturized nails. Simply saturate a cotton ball with the remover, wipe your nails, and let the liquid absorb for 30 seconds before wiping off. 

Pros: Will not dry out your nails.

Cons: Not made to remove gel polish effectively.

Archipelago Soy Milk Hand Crème

Archipelago's Soy Milk Hand Crème, sold for $19.50, is enriched with soy extract, known for its rapid hydration and skin regeneration properties. This hand cream also contains dried milk solids to maintain softness and suppleness, along with natural jojoba esters for a non-greasy application. With a blend of soy, wild oats, and vetiver, this hand treatment is perfect for daily skincare, leaving hands irresistibly soft and beautifully scented.

Pros: No greasy feel on hands after it is spread evenly.

Cons: If you have severely dry or dehydrated hands, you will have to apply more often and use more product to see results in a few days.