Big-name hand sanitizer brands may still be sold out at most stores, but several beauty brands have launched their own hand sanitizers during the pandemic to meet growing demand.
According to the CDC, hand sanitizers contain ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or both to kill bacteria and viruses on your hands. Alcohols have long been known to kill germs by denaturing the protective outer proteins of microbes and dissolving their membranes.
There are also organic hand sanitizers that have several benefits to use. They’re easier on the skin, as the alcohol in non-natural hand sanitizers can be harsh on the skin. The alcoholic content in non-natural hand sanitizers also dries out your skin quickly, prompting your hands to start aging. Natural hand sanitizers use essential oils so your skin gets moisturized while it’s being cleaned.
Of course, washing your hands is always better- the CDC even made a helpful guide on how to wash your hands most effectively.
Purell truly was having a moment at the beginning of the pandemic. But now these beauty brands are stepping into the limelight. These are our top favorites.
You might recognize this brand name from their circulating Instagram posts that advertise hair growth serums. And now they’ve added hand sanitizer spray to their lineup. The 75-percent isopropyl alcohol spray is quick-drying and moisturizing. Bonus: it includes ingredients like organic aloe vera and marula oil to help moisturize your skin without leaving a sticky residue (you know the feeling). Vegamour is also giving back to the community. 20% of proceeds from every $16 bottle will be going to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, which provides aid to organizations that are leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community.
The 65% alcohol gel also contains hyaluronic acid, a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and always ethically-made. Plus, there are three great scents so you can pick your favorite when ordering. They’re also giving back, as $1 of each hand sanitizer sold goes to The Robin Hood Relief Fund which provides emergency support to neighborhoods in the NYC area.
The nail polish brand is all about the hands, and adding the new hand sanitizing spray is no exception. Made with only four ingredients including 75% alcohol, the spray is vegan, cruelty-free, and there are no fragrances or oils added. The company also announced that its first batch of 10,000 units will be donated to the City of Los Angeles with a special emphasis on serving the city’s at-risk homeless population. The brand also includes that your purchase helps support continued assistance to first responders and vulnerable populations across the community.
Yes, you can now buy an indie-inspired hand sanitizer.
The ingredients are 62% ethyl alcohol, with water, organic glycerin, lavender and tea tree essential oils. To give back to the community, the brand is offering this temporary product at a choose-what-you-pay price, with three options: $5.48 (the cost to make the product), $7.23 (including overhead), or $9.99 (additional support for the business). Purchases are limited to three per person due to increased demand.
This brand is best known for its cult-followed anti-chafe stick and natural deodorant. Now a vegan hand sanitizer is its trending product. According to its website, Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer is FDA-approved to kill 99.9% of germs and meets the CDC’s recommended 60% alcohol. The vegan formula uses plant-based alcohol and nourishing botanicals instead of the usual filler to leave hands soft, not stripped.
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