What's in Nail Polish?

Nail polish has a LOT of ingredients. Here's why.

Watch for more on the color of lipstick and weird non-Newtonian fluids.

Join MIT-trained chemist and science educator George Zaidan as he tries to recreate everyday household products like toothpaste, lipstick, or shaving cream using only natural ingredients … and no recipe! He’ll have to decode long lists of intimidating chemical names, figure out what they all do, try to find natural substitutes, and then cook up the do-it-yourself versions in his chemistry lab (kitchen). While George may or may not succeed, we'll all learn something new and surprising about the products we take for granted every day.

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Credits:

Editor: Daniel Carbone
Graphics and Animations: Per Hoel
Illustrator: Brett Paci
Overlays: Ceri Riley
Director of Photography: Adam Morrell and Emily Wathen
Theme Music: Pickup Stix
Additional Music: Faster Does It, Fluffing a Duck, and Vibe Ace (Kevin MacLeod)
Created and Executive Produced by: George Zaidan and Elizabeth Choe


For National Geographic:

Vice President, Digital Video: James Williams
Executive Producer: Danielle Steinberg
Producer: Will Halicks
Associate Producer: Milaena Hamilton
Associate Producer: Lindsay Benson
Special thanks to Stephanie Atlas, Lisa Covi, Dan Steinmetz, Rebekah Barlas, Nicola Overstreet, Anna Kukelhaus, Kelsey Taylor, Gabe Bullard, Becky Little, Teresa Tate, Brett Weisband, Liane DiStefano

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