It’s winter. Everyone’s getting sick, and you don’t want to be next. So you reach for the hand sanitiser. But wait! Before you slather that stuff all over your hands, and probably your kids’ hands, too (because who wants sick kids?), what’s actually in that stuff?
Today I’m smacking down two hand sanitisers, and in the interests of fairness, I’ve chosen two alcohol based ones.
Squeakie Natural Hand Sanitiser
Ingredients: Pure Milk Whey Alcohol 62% (the active antibacterial agent), Purified Water, Rosehip Oil, Bladderwrack Extract (Sea Kelp), Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Oleic Acid (Omega 9), Palmarosa Oil, Lime Oil.
The ingredients in this are pretty straightforward. There’s alcohol to kill the bugs. Then there’s some moisturising ingredients like rosehip oil, seaweed extract, aloe vera and glycerin. The palmarosa oil and the lime oil both smell good, but they also have extra antibacterial and antiseptic properties. There’s nothing to be concerned about in this list of ingredients, and it’s been tested and it kills 99.99% of germs.
Price: 75mls for $8.95 (Available at Hello Charlie)
Aqium Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Gel
Ingredients: Alcohol, aqua (water), glycerin, panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), acrylates /C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, aminomethyl propanol, parfum, limonene, butylphenyl methypropional.
The Aqium starts with alcohol again, and then there’s some glycerin and panthenol for skin moisturising. Then we’ve got some acrylates to give it that gel feel. The aminomethyl propanol balances the pH, but it’s also an irritant. Perfume is an irritant, too, as is limonene. And finally, the butylphenyl methypropional is a fragrance ingredient, and it too, is associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.
Wondering why your hands are getting dry and irritated in winter? It could be because you’re using a hand sanitiser like the Aqium.
Price: $3.50 for 70 mls
It’s more effective to wash your hands than it is to use a hand sanitiser. But we’re all busy. You’re out and about, and you’re touching stuff that you don’t really want to touch, but there’s nowhere to wash your hands. Hand sanitiser is a good choice in these situations, and it’s certainly better than nothing. Don’t use it too often, though, and choose a good one, or you’ll end up with dry, sore and irritated hands.
If you’re looking for a safer hand sanitiser, check out our Cheat Sheet on Safer Hand Sanitisers. Or you could just jump straight over to Hello Charlie to shop our tried and tested range of natural sanitisers!
Do you use a hand sanitiser? Have I made you think about which one you’re choosing? Share your thoughts!
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