By Contributor Allison Baltzersen

I guess I lived a sheltered life.  While I went to many sleepovers as a child of the 1980s, I don’t recall any fruit-scented, easy-to-peel nail polish like Bo-Po (which stands for “Brush On, Peel Off”).  I was missing out.  This stuff is pretty cool.

Let me first tell you what this polish ISN’T.  Bo-Po polish is not intended for long-term wear.  It is intentionally designed to easily peel off, especially when hands are soaked in warm water (now THAT old trick, I do remember from my early sleepovers, but that is for another post).  Bo-Po is designed specifically for little girls who want to practice applying polish but want to easily remove the evidence of poor aim.

Bo-Po brushes on like typical polish, but dries super fast.  The more coats applied, the easier it is to peel off later.  Since my toddler is a little young to apply the polish herself, I painted her nails at her direction (note the color scheme).  We tested the following colors: Pinkie Swear, Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, Razzmatazz and OMG.

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My daughter was careful throughout the afternoon to not bump her nails against any hard surfaces, so the paint stayed on nicely until bath time.  Within a few minutes of soaking in soapy water, however, the polish fell right off without effort.  Since this polish is some sort of inorganic polymer, I felt funny letting the little colored bits of polish pollute the water system, so I fished out the bits to throw in the garbage.  Is this stuff eco-friendly? Not really, but it does eliminate the need for toxic nail polish removers so it gets a point there.

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In addition to the polish being fun to apply, quick-drying, and easy-peeling, it smells nifty.  Each bottle has a pleasant fruity scent.  And on top of all of that, the bottles are spill-proof.  I didn’t outright test this claim by tipping the bottles upside down, but the company stands behind this selling point, so I’ll take their word for it.

Bo-Po comes in ten shades that are little-girl friendly, all at a very reasonable price.  Order online ( or use the website to search for stores that sell Bo-Po near you.  While you are on the site, you can take a walk down memory lane with the very nostalgic web design and study the ingredient lists for the polishes before purchasing.


Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

Allison Baltzersen is a mother of two baby girls and blogs about her bumblings through green parenting over at Funny Shade of Green.