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Reviewed and rejected: Rejuvacote Nail Growth System

Reviewed by Marta October 8, 2013 32 Comments
I treat my finger nails as if they are instruments in a Swiss Army Knife, using them to prod, prise and pull at all manner of things. I use Bareille's nail growth cream to encourage the poor, ragged and chipped things to grow back. But what if I could protect them from breaking in the first place? Duri's Rejuvacote got my attention when I saw the rave reviews of hard-working people like nurses. Rejuvecote ($9.99 for 0.5oz) is supposed to be the answer for acrylic abused nails.

Perhaps I've been reading too many of my own blogs, because ever since the bottle arrived I've been eyeing it as though it's radioactive. It has all the ingredients that, if they turn up in a nail polish, I can guarantee will fry my fingers.

First of all, it has nitrocellulose. When not a nail polish ingredient, this is most commonly used as a wood finisher (for which it is much favored by guitar makers) and for smokeless gunpowder. Then there is toulene, a toxic paint thinner. Phthalates, as well as being nearly unpronounceable if you wear retainers, do horrible things to hormones and are banned from children's toys in Europe. Finally, there is formaldehyde, which is frequently blamed for drying out nails and, more worryingly, is a known toxin and carcinogen.

Ingredients: Ethly acetate, n-butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, toulenesulfonamide, formaldehyde, resin dibutyl, phthalate, isopropyl alcohol, camphor, calcium pantothenate, gelatin, hydrolized keratin protein.
  • December 5, 2016

    by Chris

    I have been using this product for a year and have not had any problems other than my nails growing long and nice....

  • October 6, 2016

    by Elaine Brand

    This article was written in2013 and since then quite a few of the ingredients mentioned have been removed as it is the law now not to have them in nail polish .Might I just mention that nitrocellulose is found in ALL nail polishes and Formaldehyde is in the air and on most vegetables including broccoli ... please google this if you don't believe me . Rejuvacote is a brilliant product . I would not advise that you use Rejuvacote 1 if your nails are recovering from nail drills and acrylic enhancements. I would start with Rejuvacote 2 and then once they have built up a little strength move onto Rejuvacote 1 .

  • February 12, 2016

    by Nancy

    Bad stuff

  • December 29, 2015

    by chris

    I've used this for 2 weeks now, and already my nails are growing...or at least growing at the same rate, but jest more protected and stronger due to the barrier of this polish that prevents breaking and peeling. So for me all good, except for some questionable ingredients, but as others have mentioned, it's kind of difficult to remove all things bad (hormones in meat, toxic chemicals, etc.), so staying with it at least for now.

  • December 16, 2015

    by Carol

    I have been using Duri Rejuvacote faithfully. The last several months my nails are getting shorter and shorter and peeling more and more so I decided to research side effects. I have every one of the side effects of using rejuvacote. I hope I can get my nails to grow again. I do not recommend this product and feel it should be banned. It has totally destroyed my nails.

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