Much like hand washes and creams, hand sanitisers have gotten fancy. Here, we round up the formulas that actually smell nice.
Over the last year, hand sanitisers have earned a firm place in our handbags alongside our wallets and house keys. But with them often comes the unpleasantly strong smell of alcohol and sticky residue.
Thankfully, more and more brands have hit their labs to develop a new wave of hand sanitisers that not only deliver a thorough cleanse but leave our hands smelling great, too.
Here, we pick our favourite fragranced hand sanitisers – all of which have an alcohol content of 60% or above, the recommended amount from the World Health Organisation.
Sanctuary Spa Antibacterial Hand Gel Spray
Bergamot, citrus fruit, rose, jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood… sounds like a fancy candle, right? But all of these scents make up Sanctuary Spa’s hand sanitiser – enough to mask the strong scent you’d usually get from its 70% alcohol content. Plus, the spray-on packaging makes it fuss-free and safe.
Shop Sanctuary Spa Antibacterial Hand Gel Spray at lookfantastic, £4 for 100ml
this works Stress Check Clean Hands Gel
We don’t need to tell you how drying hand sanitisers can be, but this one is different. It contains hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the skin, while an essential oil blend of lavender, camomile and neroli help soothe your skin and mind.
Shop this works Stress Check Clean Hands Gel at lookfantastic, £15 for 500ml
Purdy & Figg Original Citrus Hand Sanitiser Spray
As well as keeping hands clean and moisturised, this Purdy & Figg hand sanitiser is infused with pink grapefruit, sweet orange and niaouli flower. Every time you spritz it onto your hands, the scent will deliver an uplifting boost to your day.
What’s more, this hand sanitiser comes in a chic blue glass bottle, making the perfect addition to your (office or home) desk.
Shop Purdy & Figg Original Citrus Hand Sanitiser Spray at The Drop, £16.99 for three 50ml bottles
Espa Bergamot & Jasmine No Rinse Hand Cleanser
If you’re a fan of Espa’s cult bath and body products, you’ll love this hand sanitiser. It’s scented with bergamot and jasmine essential oils to delicately fragrance your skin. Plus, it has a 60% alcohol base to ensure your hands are thoroughly cleaned after use.
Shop Espa Bergamot & Jasmine No Rinse Hand Cleanser at lookfantastic, £6 for 75ml
The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cleanse Gel
We may not have gotten to travel as much as we would’ve liked in 2020, but at least this coconut-scented hand sanitiser can make us feel like we’re on a beach with a piña colada (if we close our eyes hard enough).
Shop The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cleanse Gel at The Body Shop, £2.50 for 60ml
Haan Dew of Dawn
From the refreshing smell of freshly-cut grass to a steaming cup of morning green tea, these hand sanitisers deliver dreamy yet awakening scents while keeping your hands clean.
Shop Haan hand sanitizer - set of five fragrances at The Drop, £25.65 for five 30ml bottles
Bramley Hand Sanitiser Gel
As well as spearmint and peppermint, this hand sanitiser contains rosemary essential oils, an ingredient renowned for its natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Shop Bramley Hand Sanitiser Gel at Bramley, £4 for 50ml
Saltee Hands Sanitising Hand Gel
Despite being filled with 70% alcohol, this hand sanitiser contains a blend of natural essential oils, including uplifting neroli oil. The result? An instant mood boost every time you use it.
Shop Saltee Hands Sanitising Hand Gel at Saltee, £12 for 50ml
Jo Loves A Hand Sanitiser & Hand Lotion Duo in Pomelo
Over the last few months, Jo Malone CBE’s hands became dry and sore from excessive hand sanitising. So, she created this clever formula which combines the through cleansing of a sanitiser with the intensely hydrating properties of a lotion. Better yet, it’s scented with Jo Loves’ iconic Pomelo scent. Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out (we’re not surprised) but you can sign up to be notified of a restock on its website.
Shop Jo Loves A Hand Sanitiser & Hand Lotion Duo in Pomelo at Jo Loves, £25 two for 25ml bottles
Molton Brown Hand Sanitiser Gel in Rhubarb & Rose
Molton Brown has taken some of its most popular scents (Rhubarb & Rose, Orange & Bergamot and Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel) and added them to their 64.7% alcohol-based formula. This particular scent contains notes of rhubarb, grapefruit, lemongrass, spearmint and vanilla – and yes, it’s as dreamy as it sounds.
Shop Molton Brown Hand Sanitiser Gel in Rhubarb & Rose at Cult Beauty, £10 for 100ml
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