“ Brand: Boots / Type: Nail Care / Suitable for: Nails „
I have been a nail biter since I can remember. It's never really bothered me to be honest, but recently I have been to get an internship and therefore going to quite important interviews. I then started to get paranoia that I'd look scruffy and dirty with my manky nails. So I decided to try and do something about it..
This product costs about £4 and is slightly cheaper than branded nail biting solution (though admittedly not by much, I have never used others though so cannot compare effectiveness...). It comes in a small box with all the relevant ingredients on it and the boots logo and product description. Inside the box is a small clear bottle with a water like liquid inside (oh god, don't drink it). Just opening it you can smell how strong it is and imagine the taste.
To apply, there is a normal brush reminiscent of nail varnish. It dries very quickly and you cannot tell there is anything on your nails, it dries completely clear and gloss free, which is good because it is very runny and therefore hard to get only on the nail.
The taste is... well... as promised really. It is disgusting. It really does make you think twice about putting your finger in your mouth to chew your nail. The only problem with this is that it does transfer very easily to other things... I went through a day where I had to wear clingfilm on my hands to prepare dinner because otherwise everything I ate tasted like this. Also, if you do touch your lips soon after applying the solution you will be able to taste it for the rest of the day... AND once the taste is in your mouth it is impossible (or very difficult) to get the taste out again for a very long time...
I have also heard accounts that if you are truly persistent with your nail biting, you can get used to the taste and it's no longer a deterrant (I don't know how this is possible, but just thought I'd pass on the warning I got from others...)
Overall, I think it's a bit pricey, but it is in the range of other brands so probably the cheapest you will get it. IT does work, in terms of it makes you think twice about biting nails but it hasn't completely stopped my habit yet, and it does require a lot of committment with reapplying it every day. Also, avoid food in the hour or so after applying it...
So I have that horrible, horrible habit of biting my nails, mine are some of the worst you could possibly see, right down so that they sometimes bleed and are often very painful. I'm really self conscious of it and had to stop my neighbours offered me use of her expensive 'nibble no more' which was a very expensive but very useful nail biting solution that stopped me! ( I have also reviewed this if you are interested!)
However I couldn't keep using my neighbours as it was very expensive so I went looking in Boots and found this which I paid for with some advantage points as I had no money and desperately needed some nails! The bottle cost about £4.50. The bottle is like a nail polish type packaging but looks more boring and medical like, the lid is white and the you can see the solution inside which has a slight green tinge (I think it is cactus extract and the taste does remind me of tequila) and is very watery. The brush is like a nail polish brush, the size and thickness doesn't matter as it doesn't look noticeable on the nails (or no nails as I have), leaving no shine or feeling on the nails.
You only need a single, quick layer on each nail which is very easy to apply, I think it's better to be slightly messy applying it as you end up covering around the nail too (at first I would avoid chewing the nails and chew the skin around my nails instead, ew I know). You can smell it on your fingers which already puts you off as it's a harsh alcoholic type smell, just putting your fingers near your mouth you'll be able to taste it and it's so disgusting it's sure to stop you. The taste also lingers in your mouth for a few minutes too meaning you won't absent mindedly do it again.
The only bad point about this product is that you always get the taste on the food you eat and you have to remember to apply it every two days as it wears off from washing you hands etc. This is bad because 1) I sometimes skip putting it on to avoid tasting it on my food and the end up biting my nails and 2) this can be tiresome and annoying if you are using it on kids and constant reapplying means you use it up faster. Jessica Nibble No More is about 3 times the cost of this Boots but lasts up to a week so is much better suited to really bad nail biters and children. Also with Nibble No More it doesn't affect the taste of your food after a days wear but you can still taste it if you go to bite your nails.
Overall this is a great product for quick fix nail biters but not so good for people like me who need something stronger and longer lasting.
Biting one's nails is a horrible, horrible habit- and one I don't have any chance of curbing unless I muster up a huge amount of willpower soon. There have been periods in my life where I have managed to grow my nails to decent lengths (e.g. at the start of university and when I had braces), but then bitten them down again during times of anxiety or boredom. Sometime last year I resolved to beat the habit once and for all so I looked for a product to help me on the Boots website and came across their 'Expert Nail Biting Solution', which I then bought in-store.
The solution is in a small 10ml bottle with a varnish brush and lid. Overall it costs £4.10, which I guess is fairly reasonable considering you don't use the product daily and it's only over a month. Its appearance is rather basic, with the outside packaging stating the products name with the Boots logo at the top and the rest of the front taken up by a woman putting her most-definitely-not-bitten nails close to her teeth.
On the back of the little box the product comes in are the instructions. You brush the solution over your nails with two coats, reapplying it every two days. As I mentioned the brush is screwed in with a lid so it's very easy to apply. Furthermore the solution is very strong- put your nails in your mouth soon afterwards and the taste (like a very strong choking, perfume smell) will immediately hit you and prompt you to immediately remove your nails from your mouth! It makes a great deterrent, especially because the solution also resists hand washes over the two days before reapplication. Therefore the taste remains there even overnight.
However it's the strength of the solution and resistance to washing that also causes problems, as it gets over your fingers and onto your food. I wouldn't eat anything an hour after applying it if you don't want the powerful taste of perfume on your snacks or dinner! This got so bad that I got too used to the taste and, once again, slowly began biting my nails again both through getting used to the taste and not wanting to reapply the solution for fear of having nasty food.
In general, Boots's Nail Biting Solution is a good deterrent to anyone determined to biting my nails - providing you have some good willpower with it too. I do use it time and again, but due to the inconvenience of it getting over my fingers and food I find it very annoying to keep using over the 30 days it suggests. Yet other people who are very determined to crack the habit will find this a more useful asset than I do.
I have been a nail biter for as long as I can remember. A male teacher at primary school once offered me £10 if I could grow my nails. Now I'm sure that would be frowned upon today or even classed as grooming, but it didn't work and 15 years later my nails are worse than ever.
I have used various techniques to stop biting: tried doing other things with my hands, chewed chewing gum, worn gloves and tried just about every product designed to stop nail biting. I have used various nail biting solutions over the years but after using them over and over I become accustomed to the taste and it stops working! Boots Expert Nail Biting Solution has now been on my bedside table for about 6 months and I've used it occasionally during that time.
Expert is a range exclusive to Boots, formulated with the latest technology and proven ingredients. All products are hypo-allergenic and have been tested to ensure that it leaves the body well cared for. Products include cleansers and toners, eye products, moisturisers, body washes and lotions.
Directions (from bottle): After washing hands, apply two coats to the nail and around the cuticle area. Resistant to hand washing. Reapplication is advised every other day.
The solution is a clear liquid which is applied much like a nail varnish. It is not clumpy in the slightest and the thin brush means that it is easy to apply to the nail and around the cuticle.
Price and availability
Expert Nail biting Solution is available in most Boots stores. This is great because there are Boots stores everywhere, however it is exclusive to Boots and you can not buy it anywhere else. It retails at £4.00 which I think is decent value for this type of product. It's also quite a large bottle compared to others that I've used with is excellent because I've been known to spill! In comparison to another nail biting solution I've used recently, Stop n Grow, which is priced between £3.00 and £3.50 it is a much larger bottle and has a far more disgusting taste so is more of a deterrent.
Does it work?
I think this is a good product and good value. You don't need much of it to cover all your nails and you certainly don't need to reapply frequently. One coat lasts at the very least 24 hours and lasts through hand washing and showers. It advises to reapply every 48 hours but I tend to do it daily to keep the full effect of the disgusting taste. I have used other nail biting solutions in the past and actually become so used to the taste that I start to bite anyway. This one, however, does not allow it because the second your hand goes near your mouth you immediately spit out and need to eat or drink something to get rid of the taste. It seems to get everywhere and seem to be able to taste it all over me when I'm not even biting my nails.
In summary, I think this is one of the better nail biting solutions I have used. I like that it is easy to paint on and that the taste is so disgusting that I have to rinse my mouth out every time I slip up! However, the main issue for me is that it is so utterly horrible that I very rarely use it. For the more dedicated among us and the more determined, I think this product would be fantastic and would absolutely stop nail biting.
My friend, has just attended her first hypnotherapy session to help her stop biting her nails. Even after one session she can tell a difference and feels less inclined to bite. It's a far more expensive way to stop but if it works I might be next in the queue!
I've been trying to stop biting my nails for as long as I can remember, and I regularly use nail biting solutions to try and stop myself. I decided to try this solution after I'd been biting my nails severely one week.
The nail biting solution:
The solution itself goes on nicely and is invisible, so it doesn't look like you have anything on your nails, unlike some other solutions which look like you're wearing shiny nail polish. Importantly it has a very strong unpleasant flavour which really deters you when you're tempted to bite and can even make you feel slightly sick if you persist in biting them. However, there is a major downside to this as when you first put it on the taste gets everywhere. If you touch your lips then you can't lick them without having the horrid taste in your mouth for hours, it's very difficult to eat food with your fingers, as even just touching an apple with the tips will get the flavour on it. I have even found that if you cook something and use your hands while doing so (in my case making dough for shortbread) the flavour can get into the food and make it rather unpleasant to eat. This is only for the first day, on the second day you'll only be able to taste it on your nails and on the third day you'll normally need to re-apply it if it's to have any effect.
The solution comes in a small nail varnish bottle. You have to be very careful with this as it can leak and cover everything near it with the solution and, much worse, with an awful taste. I left it on its side in my nail varnish draw and when I went to use it again a few weeks later all the solution had drained out, despite the lid being quite firmly shut. A good point about the bottle is that the solution does not gum up the lid making it impossible to open, unlike the 'Stop'n'grow' bottle.
It costs £3.20 from Boots, which is about the same price as other anti-nail biting products.
Although there are quite a few negative points about this nail solution, in the end it is very effective at stopping you biting your nails (if only until it wears off.)