The ubiquitous sanitiser is going to be around for a long time to come, but they're not all created equal, says our beauty writer
When I was dreaming about being a beauty writer for all those years, I won’t lie, I wasn’t thinking of the column I’d write on hand sanitiser. Up until last year, hand sanitiser was something I bought once a year for festival season, or occasionally used before touching a newborn baby. I would have been happy for things to remain that way, but alas, we’re living in a global pandemic, and hand sanitiser is going to be a part of our lives for quite some time.
It’s everywhere we turn. At the door of every shop, at the entrance to the doctor, at the café, the chemist and any other place you may be permitted to visit in the near future. One thing we’ve learned, however, is that not all hand sanitiser is created equal. Some are nicely scented and dry down quickly without pulverising the skin on your hands, and some smell so strongly of bad tequila that you find yourself having an intense flashback to a night you overdid it in The Palace in 2001. Not ideal when dropping your children off the crèche in the morning.
Thus, I think it’s time that we all find our own hand sanitiser. One that fits your budget, doesn’t shred the skin on your hands, and feels less like a punishment. I have found mine, and it’s called HAAN. (1) HAAN hand sanitiser comes in an array of delicious scents (my favourite is the lemony Citrus Noon), doesn’t overly dry out your hands, and comes in convenient, pretty packaging. The slim ‘pocket’ has a spray nozzle at the top and easily slides into pockets and handbags, making it really handy to keep around.
Refill pouches are available to reduce the single-use plastic aspect of our current consumption, and 20pc of all HAAN profits go towards funding clean-water projects in Africa. A 30ml pocket and 100ml refill will set you back €20.80.
Irish brand (2) Max Benjamin is also offering refills for its spray bottles, which come in True Lavender and Dodici (lavender with lemon and herb) scents. A 100ml spray bottle and 500ml refill is priced at €30. (3) The Handmade Soap Company is also Irish, and has a lovely Lemongrass & Cedarwood option (€6.95 for 100ml), while (4) L’Occitane produces a sanitiser in its signature Lavande and Verveine scents (€6.50 for 65ml).
If scented products aren’t for you, (5) La Roche-Posay’s Purifying Hand Gel (€4.99 for 100ml) is fragrance-free and non-drying thanks to the inclusion of glycerin (ideal for those with sensitive skin). This product was developed specifically in response to the pandemic, and in April, parent company L’Oréal donated 10,000 of them to frontline healthcare workers in Ireland.
I don’t know about you, but I’m taking great comfort in the little things at the moment, whether it’s supporting a business that has supported frontline workers, or using a product whose packaging adds a little beauty to my day. Every moment we can find joy or solace in is important, so why not boost your encounters with hand sanitiser by choosing one you actually like?
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