There are cuticle oils, salt scrubs, hand masks – but now there’s a whole new (and delicious smelling) way to pamper your digits. Indie brand Forever Polished specializes in “mani bombs” that look like tiny cakes, cupcakes, and macarons – and smell just as good. We were intrigued, so we talked to the face behind Forever Polished, Ashley Martinez:
Nail It!: So, what’s a mani bomb anyway?
Martinez: It’s a soak used to soften and moisturize your skin and cuticles. They are packed with oils, butters and salts that are great for the skin, cuticles and nails. Drop them in and watch them fizz up! Mine are all handmade. I mix all ingredients in to a mixing bowl add great oils, fragrance and/or essential oil. They are then packed into a mold and set to harden overnight.
What’s your best seller?
We have a few top sellers. Nars is my personal favorite! It’s fruity with hints of spice and musk. Pink Sugar smells just like cotton candy with hints of jasmine and musk. The Mermaid Box, created in collaboration with Kirby from The Mercurial Magpie, is a huge hit as well! The box is pack with all ocean-scented mani bombs (fun fact: there’s actually kelp added into each of them):
+ Ocean Breeze: Fresh floral with hints of ocean mist. Oh, and there’s glitter!
+ Sea Salt & Drinks: Rice flower, citrus peel, cotton blossoms, night-blooming jasmine, azure sky ozone, grey sea salt, bamboo leaves, vanilla bean, and sheer musk.
+ For the Love of Ariel: Clean ocean scent with notes of daylily, sea spray, watery floral and musk. And glitter.
+ Sea Kelp and Mermaid Tears: Blend of agave, sea kelp, ocean breeze, citrus zests, sparkling bergamot, dewy cyclamen and soothing sandalwood.
I saw you have mani bombs that look like macarons.
They come different scents but last month’s featured flavor was Cookies & Cream with Mulberry filling. The outside smells like rich cookie dough blended with milk chocolate chips, vanilla, brown sugar and a hint of rum. The filling: dark cherry and ripe strawberry blended with tangerine, orange and mango. The filling means they have a slower fizz but it also makes the water silky! So, how do you use them?
Fill a medium to large bowl with warm water. Drop the mani bomb in and let it fizz. This is when oils, butters, and salts are released. You can soak while the mani bomb is still fizzing. Rub hands together to exfoliate if the mani bomb has jojoba beads. Soak for 10-15 minutes. You don’t want to soak for too long. When done, pat hands dry and avoid washing. Right after a soak is prime time to softly push your cuticles back and to add cuticle butter or oil to your nails. Use them up to once a week!
Should you wait to paint your nails after a soak?
I recommend soaking at night and then painting the next day. This will give time to let all oils soak in to nails and hands. If you do want to paint nails after using a mani bomb, remember to clean the oils off the nail plate (with polish remover) to prevent lacquer from peeling.
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Images: Ashley Martinez