Washing hands is an everyday activity we do not think much about. Washing your jewelry on the other ‘hand’ is something that seems to be on the to-do list, but which is rarely done. Shinery offers an opportunity to do both at the same time.
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Shinery is a business born out of love. When founder Brea Fullerton got engaged and subsequently could not find a product that would keep her ring spotless on her wedding day or later, she developed one with the help of chemists. But Shinery does a few things very differently than the chemical-filled and inconvenient jewelry cleaners on the market.
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First, the cleaners are 100% plant-based. Shinery is proudly transparent, with ingredient lists clearly published under the description of each product. Second, the products are easy to use without removing your jewelry.
There are three primary products in the classic series. The first is Radiance Wash, which is a frothy washbasin that cleans jewelry at the same time. The other is Illuminating Pom, a soft polishing pad that brings the shine back to all types of metals. The third is Radiance Towelettes, which is a jewelry napkin for cleaning jewelry while on the go. The company offers these three products in gift combinations and has special packaging for brides up to, on and after their special day.
According to the company, Shinery offers Radiance Wash as the first combined plant-based washbasin and jewelry cleaner. The ingredients are safe for the skin, all the gemstones and all types of metals without harsh chemicals that are bad for you and the environment.
It was important to the Shinery team that the products were plant-based, chemical-free and effective. The product line aims to moisturize the skin in addition to cleansing it. Similarly, the Shinery adjusted the formula until it cleaned the jewelry without leaving streaks or film-like residue. The primary botanicals used in the cleansers were developed with this idea of being gentle enough for the skin and effective enough to provide a powerful cleansing.
The key ingredient in Radiance Wash is potassium cocoate, which is the potassium salt of fatty acids from coconut oil. Imagine the time in the lab required to discover the effectiveness of the ingredient in cleaning while adding the foaming property. Among other ingredients, potassium cocoate is combined with glycerin, a well-established natural ingredient that locks in moisture with a protective coating on the skin. Another key ingredient found in the towels sounds bad with the name decyl glucoside, but it is actually a combination of sugar and starch from coconut and glucose.
According to the company, “This gentle, non-irritating, non-allergenic, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic surfactant is responsible for the effortless removal of dirt, oil, beauty buildup and other debris that dulls the shine of your jewelry.”
Shinery products launched earlier in 2021 and can be found at Shinery.com, David’s Bridal stores, select Nordstrom stores and Amazon.com. Shiny products are made in the USA
The company offered to send me a sample product and subsequently provided me with a full bottle of Shinery Radiance Wash. It arrived quickly and the packaging for the shipment was completely in paper and completely recyclable.
The bottle is really beautiful. It’s not something I would have ever thought of, but it stands out in a very subtle way. Typically, a hand pump is a hand pump like any other hand pump. But the bottle somehow talks about quality. There is nothing flimsy about it. I was a little disappointed to see that the bottle appears to be made from a mixed material that cannot be recycled. I would like to see a solution to this in the future. The box is also appealing with a simple yet elegant label on a white background.
Both the box and the bottle provide all the essential information for ease of use. And it’s as easy as it gets. Simply leave your jewelry on, wet your hands and apply three or four pumps of Radiance Wash. Give your jewelry an extra rub with the foam and rinse thoroughly just like any other time you wash your hands.
In addition to the instructions, the box and bottle indicate that the product is non-toxic, ammonia-free, perfume-free and dye-free. Plus, both contain the full list of ingredients.
My daughter and I both tried Radiance Wash. I tried to take before and after pictures, but the details did not really come out. My daughter immediately reported a noticeable difference in the appearance of her ring. At first she said her hands felt dry. But after they were completely dried, she changed her mind and said they felt soft.
I had a similar experience. I wear four rings incessantly so I had the opportunity to see the results on different products. My little gold ribbon lined with little diamonds really sparkles. The gemstones acquired a remarkable luster. My cheap silver thumb ring looks like it has been upgraded from its dingy existence. My primary wedding ring has a thick gold band. While the middle diamond looks clean and vibrant, the difference to the gold was striking. It does not quite correspond to a professional polishing, but it is a marked improvement. The last ring is Black Hills gold with the smallest diamond. I would not say that it is a noticeable difference, but the diamond itself clearly shines a little stronger.
The convenience of not having to remove or soak my jewelry makes it very easy to use and increases the chances that I actually clean my jewelry exponentially. The washbasin part gives a really nice foam, and my hands are noticeably softer after use. The product seems to do everything it promises to do and I would be interested in trying the other products in the range.
Photos via Shinery and Dawn Hammon / Inhabitat