Fancy-Schmancy Hand Sanitisers I Fancy

I remembered my first waterless hand sanitiser. It was a small green bottle from Dettol, smells like a hospital and dehydrated my skin everytime I used it. But it’s a convenient item to have with me in my purse, especially when I’m in public loos that *gasp* do not have liquid soap.

We sure have come quite a way from harsh hand sanitisers though. Brands like Crabtree & Evelyn, Jurlique and L’occitane have come up with their versions of hand sanitisers that smell amazing and do not feel as though you’ve just dipped your hands in a pool of alcohol.

Here are some of my favourites:

Fancy-Schmancy Hand Sanitisers I Fancy

Jurlique Moisturising Hand Sanitiser Natural Antibacterial (AU$10, 50ml)

Jurlique Moisturising Hand Sanitiser Natural Antibacterial

Jurlique Moisturising Hand Sanitiser Natural Antibacterial Ingredients

This was the first fancy hand sanitiser I purchased. It smells very typical of Jurlique products; it’s very, err, herbal-y (I’m stuck for a better word mmkay?). It contains Australian Bush Mint, a known natural antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredient and Safflower Oleosomes to enhance the skin’s protective barrier. It doesn’t leave my hands dry at all after application, and smells great. It comes in a small bottle (smallest of the three, as you can see in the picture), and is very travel-friendly.

It also comes in a larger bottle that comes with a pump at 175ml.

Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Gel (AU$5.95, 50ml)

Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Gel

Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Gel Ingredients

I bought this on sale many months ago, and in hindsight, I think I should have gotten a few more in different scents because of the sale price :P. If you like their handcreams in the Gardeners collection, you will love the hand sanitiser too because they smell the same. Unfortunately it also smells quite strong, not of alcohol, but of the Gardeners fragrance, which Tim finds a tad heavy (especially when I use it in the car). I’ve also used this on the train and have a few heads turned at my direction. I hope it was in a good way, and not “geez louise, where on earth did that stink come from?” Gulp. Time to get another scent :P

It’s the most moisturising sanitiser of the three, and the one that does not leave the hands feeling tingly from the alcohol, unlike the other two.

It comes in 4 more scents – Citron, Lavender, Rosewater and La Source.

L’occitane Lavande Hand Purifying Gel (AU$9.95, 50ml)

L'occitane Lavande Hand Purifying Gel

L'occitane Lavande Hand Purifying Gel Ingredients

I received a tube of this for review a few weeks ago. It’s the only hand sanitiser I’ve seen that does not come in a bottle, but in a squeezy tube. If you love the soothing scent of lavender, you’ll like this one. It’s enriched with lavender essential and aloe vera. It’s not as moisturising as the one from Crabtree & Evelyn, but I think it smells better :)

Unlike hospital-grade sanitisers, these fancier versions don’t leave the hands feeling dry and tight. It also leaves your hands smelling good. Still, with all hand sanitisers, they do contain a lot of alcohol to eliminate germs, so please use them sparingly and only when needed. As good as they smell, these do not replace hand creams.

Are you a fan of waterless hand sanitisers? What’s your favourite?

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12 comments… add one

  1. Jess

    Oh… gotta love the design of the Jurlique one! :)
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    1. Tine

      Jess: Me too. Typical of Jurlique, eh? ;)

  2. LeGeeque

    I love them! I carry a bottle of C&E one in Lavender with me everywhere I go. At work, I have a pump bottle from Purell and I have one in the car as well.
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    1. Tine

      LeGeeque: I have the same Purell pump bottle in the car as well! Although I do wonder if the heat would affect the alcohol content in the sanitiser though. We keep ours in the glove compartment.

  3. rinnah

    I did not know that C&E did hand sanitisers. Need to check it out stat! :P
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    1. Tine

      Rinnah: Oh do check them out. They’re cheaper and have more variety too :P

  4. beetrice

    I’m loving my Body Shop Pink Grapefruit hand sanitiser…smells EXACTLY like the body wash! :D
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    1. Tine

      Beetrice: Ooooh there’s one by The Body Shop? Gotta check it out! :)

  5. Sukie

    I didn’t know L’occitane did a Lavender-scented hand sanitizer!! O.o I love L’occitane and their Lavender range but the slightly steep price tag will probably put me off purchasing this though.. I usually use Carex’s Aloe Vera Hand Sanitizer as it has a fresh scent to it and isn’t overly drying like those hospital-grade ones!
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    1. Tine

      Sukie: It’s very new in Australia, just launched I think. Oh I have the Carex Aloe Vera and before I tried these fancy hand sanitisers, the Carex was my favourite because like you said, it wasn’t too drying. Plus it comes in a pump, which is convenient.

  6. Stephanie/Yukaeshi

    Nice! Due to my mild OCD I always have a bottle of hand sanitiser with me- usually it’s Dettol, which means I have to apply hand cream afterwards to counter the dryness. I saw the Jurlique one before and am tempted to try it even more now after reading your review :P Though I would love to try out the L’Occitane one hmm!
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    1. Tine

      Stephanie: Do try it out, it’s pretty good. I wouldn’t recommend skipping hand cream even with these, but at least it’s not as strong as Dettol :)

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