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What is Bio-Based Acetone?

March 22, 2019

Chances are, while you might spend minutes thinking about what color to paint your nails, you probably haven’t given much thought to the nail polish remover you use. Sure, there’s acetone and non-acetone. But what does it all really mean? How do companies even make acetone? And does it even matter? (Yes!)
Not surprisingly, acetone isn’t exactly something manufacturers bottle directly from nature. In fact, most acetone is produced from petrochemicals. The most widely used method is called the cumene hydroperoxide process. It’s utilized in 85% of global acetone production and it produces undesirable byproducts like benzene, toluene, xylene and other aromatic hydrocarbons.

Benzene is carcinogenic and over exposure to it increases the likelihood of developing leukemia and other blood disorders. And while there is presently no conclusive evidence that toluene and xylene are carcinogenic, they are potentially endocrine disruptors, suspected of causing hormonal changes to young children and birth defects in the developing fetus.

There are, of course, other ways of producing acetone. Take isopropyl alcohol dehydrogenation, for example. While this process isn’t nearly as popular, it does not produce aromatic hydrocarbon byproducts. Unfortunately acetone from this process is hard to find in the U.S.
This leads us to Dazzle Dry’s preferred method: bio-based acetone.
Unlike acetone made from the cumene hydroperoxide process, Dazzle Dry’s bio-based acetone is produced through a proprietary fermentation process using raw plant materials (such as American-grown corn) as primary feedstock.
Because of this greener process, bio-based acetone does not get contaminated with byproducts like toluene, xylene or other aromatic hydrocarbons. In fact, to ensure that all Dazzle Dry solvents are as clean as possible, we analyze each and every drum that enters our manufacturing facility before it can be used for production. We’ll even return drums to their original supplier when they do not meet our standards – and no one is everhappy about that.
So why do we go to all this trouble? Because Dazzle Dry believes that beauty and wellness should go hand-in-hand. That’s why we exclusively use bio-based acetone in our cult-favorite Lemongrass Nail Lacquer Remover, inspecting each supplier batch to verify that they are indeed free of aromatic hydrocarbons.
Does it take more time? Perhaps. But do we believe in it? Absolutely. Because what you use to clean your nails, is just as important as what you use to paint them.