*This article has been updated in August, 2020 for accuracy.
Antibacterial protectors that won’t dry out your hands in winter.
Flu season is here in a big way, and the bad news is that this year’s flu shot is only 10% effective against the most common strain. That means we need to be vigilant about keeping our hands free from germs. Hand sanitizers do not appeal to everyone. They often have a noxious smell and they can be very drying to your hands. Here are ones we either use ourselves or have had recommended.
Aēsop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Soap has a popular and appealing scent. It is an alcohol-based non-sticky gel with mandarin rind, rosemary and cedar which give it a lovely woodsy/citrus scent. It is pocket-sized and ensures clean, bacteria-free hands without using water. The oils prevent hands from being stripped of moisture. 1.7 oz. for $10.00.
If you prefer sprays, a good one is The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray in Grapefruit Grove. It is a plant-based sanitizer that claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs. The spray is quick drying and the glycerin and aloe leave hands feeling soft and moisturized. No rinsing required. Each bottle is 2 oz. A two-pack is $5.95.
Another spray is All Good Hand Sanitizer which is made with 100% organic ingredients. It’s so natural it can even be used as a breath freshener. It has peppermint essential oil and 62% alcohol. It claims to kill 99.9% of germs. It can be used without water, which helps keep hands from drying out. The 2 oz. size is perfect for a purse or backpack. $4.99.
Bath & Body Works Pocketbac hand sanitizers come in many scents. They are gels that clean your hands without drying them, and they smell great. They are tiny at 1 oz. each and a 5-pack is $6.00.
EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes are convenient for travel. They have sugar cane ethanol, a natural disinfectant and a wonderful lavender scent. They claim to be 99.9% effective against germs and bacteria. A box of 24 single packs is $10.84.
EO has paired with Onzie, their favorite LA-based yoga brand, for a mask/sanitizer pack. $16.99. Products you can feel good about; “For every set purchased, we’ll provide one bottle of hand sanitizer to a frontline worker in need and Onzie will make a donation to the Center For Disaster Philanthropy in an effort to assist & revive small businesses.” EO
For babies and small children who constantly put their hands in their mouths, Babyganics offers an alcohol-free plant-based hand sanitizing wipes in individual packets. They are ‘skin-nourishing and extra gentle’, and soothing to sensitive hands. Each pack has 74 wipes. A pack of two is $26.58.
Babyganics also makes travel-size foam hand sanitizer for babies and small children. 1.6 oz. pump bottles in a pack of 6 is $18.75.
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