How is nail polish chemistry?

There's this stuff, you've probably heard of it, that you can put on 10-20 specific places on your body, and it stays there, and it can be different colors. That's right, it's nail polish! What is nail polish? It sticks, but it's obviously not just glue right? It's colorful, but it's clearly not just paint right? What chemistry is going on in nail polish? How is it strong and long lasting? How does it dry so quickly? So many questions, let's get into it! PS. Some of you fellas may be thinking this won't interest you, but we'll bet the chemistry is more interesting than you'd expect!

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There's this stuff, you've probably heard of it, that you can put on 10-20 specific places on your body, and it stays there, and it can be different colors. That's right, it's nail polish! What is nail polish? It sticks, but it's obviously not just glue right? It's colorful, but it's clearly not just paint right? What chemistry is going on in nail polish? How is it strong and long lasting? How does it dry so quickly? So many questions, let's get into it!

PS. Some of you fellas may be thinking this won't interest you, but we'll bet the chemistry is more interesting than you'd expect!


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References from this episode
  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-october-10-2018/Nail-polishes-with-n-free-labels-are-not-necessarily-free-of-toxic-compounds.html
  2. https://cen.acs.org/articles/86/i32/Nail-Polish.html
  3. https://www.compoundchem.com/2017/04/06/nail-polish/
  4. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Nitrocellulose#section=3D-Status







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