Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably thought of hand sanitizer as no more than a convenience—if you thought about it at all. Previously used most often by professionals in healthcare settings as well as campers, hikers, picnickers, and others who routinely found themselves with limited access to clean water, the humble product began to fly off shelves in early 2020 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol as a way to avoid getting sick or spreading COVID germs to others.
Supermarkets and pharmacies around the country sold out of the stuff. Some consumers hoarded it, and 8-ounce bottles of Purell that would normally cost less than $3 were selling for $90 on Amazon as unscrupulous vendors preyed on pandemic fears.. If you were like most people, you probably stashed hand sanitizer in every bag and vehicle you own and kept a few extra bottles in the bathroom cabinet for good measure.
However, now that vaccinations against SARS-CoV-2 are readily available, you may be thinking about dumping your supply to free up valuable space for more exciting purchases. After all, isn’t that luxurious lotion, on-trend lipstick, or lush mascara more deserving of the limited real estate available in your going-out clutch? Perhaps not. Especially if you replace the garden variety hand sanitizer you relied on during the pandemic with one of these that are actually worthy of a place in your beauty regimen.
This fast-acting hand sanitizer with a rich, gel-like texture and divine scent kills 99.9 percent of germs in 15 seconds. Even better, it’s packed with vitamin E and glycerin to keep your hands soft and supple no matter how many times you need to use it. Consciously crafted, Muse Health’s hand sanitizer is cruelty-free, vegan, and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients like parabens, dyes, or synthetics. And if you’re sensitive to scents, the company’s fragrance-free version offers the same instant protection and lasting hydration.
“Unlike other hand sanitizers that dry out your hands leaving them cracked and vulnerable, Muse Health is a dual action hand sanitizer plus moisturizer. It is made with 62% ethyl alcohol and kills 99.9% of germs in as little as 15 seconds, so it still provides consumers with the same level of protection as the larger brands but with an added element of moisturization,” explains Tara Merkle, Director of Marketing for Muse Health.
2 Beautycounter Hand Savior Radiance Boosting Serum Plus Hand Sanitizer
Made with 60 percent organic sugar-derived alcohol, Beautycounter’s sanitizer product kills 99.9 percent of bacteria while scenting hands with delicate notes of mandarin and bergamot. Hand Savior also gives skin a hydrating and brightening boost with every use courtesy of a blend of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. In a consumer perception study, 97 percent of users who tried the product said that it instantly brightened hands. After four weeks of use, 91 percent said their hands looked more youthful and their skin tone more even.
3 Henry Rose Jake’s House Hand Sanitizer
Created by perfume company Henry Rose, Jake’s House hand sanitizer smells just like their bestselling scent by the same name. Rich with aromas of musk, jasmine, amber, and neroli, it’s a feast for the senses that comforts your hands with soothing and moisturizing aloe as well as vegetable glycerin, a plant-based moisture binder that relieves dry skin. Thanks to 65 percent ethyl alcohol, it kills 99.99 percent of common germs. It’s also free of parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde.
4 Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer
Available in 2-ounce bottles perfect for travel as well as a 16-ounce bottle with pump ideal for home use, this hand sanitizer contains more than 60 percent plant-based alcohol to kill 99.9 percent of germs. The vegan formula features sweet almond oil to boost collagen production, marula oil to provide antioxidants, and geranium oil for healing and tightening. Aloe locks in moisture to keep your hands hydrated, and the orange and bergamot scent will awaken your senses.
5 Biossance Squalane Hand Sanitizer
The sugarcane-derived squalane and vegan glycerin in Biossance’s hand sanitizer help to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier and give the product a luxurious, serum-like texture. With a full 70 percent sugarcane-derived ethyl alcohol base, it kills 99.99 percent of common harmful germs and bacteria. The cruelty-free, nontoxic formula is also unscented and free of parabens and PEG. Users say it keeps their hands moisturized without leaving a sticky residue.
6 Milani Rose Hand Sanitizer
If you love the scent of roses, you’ll adore this hand sanitizer. Users say the smell is lovely yet light and lingers pleasantly. A silky gel formula, Milani’s sanitizer contains 68 percent ethyl alcohol and is dispensed from a spray bottle that makes sanitizing on the go quick and easy. Moisturizing glycerin leaves hands feeling soft and nourished, and the product is vegan, cruelty free, and made in the USA.
7 Maapilim Hand Sanitizer
Essential oils are known for their soul-soothing properties, and this hand sanitizer is scented with bergamot to alleviate stress, jasmine to impart calm, and cedarwood for grounding. Together, they offer an effective antidote to the emotional turbulence of living through a pandemic. The quick-drying gel formula contains aloe vera to keep skin moisturized and 70 percent alcohol to kill 99.9 percent of germs.