Saved by the gel: the most in-demand hand sanitisers 

By Mhairi Mann

Mar 16, 2020

Here are the most covetable, bacteria-busting hand sanitisers to help avoid Covid-19, which are also soothing, scented and a pleasure to use 

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

Count on Aesop to create the chicest and most beautifully scented hand sanitiser on the market, created using a signature mix of old school alchemy and state-of-the-art technology. Dubbed as the aristocracy of hand sanitisers, 58-62% alcohol content is mixed with plant-based, hydrating properties for a super-practical, antiseptic gel that is also a pleasure to use. It is housed in a trademark eco-friendly brown plastic bottle, which is available in a handbag-friendly 50ml size. 

£7-£33, aesop.com

Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer 

Katie Sturino founded Megababe beauty in the US to confront the health issues woman were too timid to talk about, including thigh chaffing and breast sweat. Its Rosy Pits natural deodorant at one point amassed a 13,000-person waitlist. The Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitiser mixes alcohol with sweet almond, marula oils and citrus for a hydrating and naturally scented formula, presented in Megababe's signature playful, retro-style packaging. This indie beauty brand ships to the UK. 

$6 for 50ml, megababebeauty.com

Isle of Harris & A.S. Apothecary

The Isle of Harris Distillery in Scotland is providing high-strength alcohol to local businesses in the western isles to create hand sanitiser. These include A.S. Apothecary, which is also gifting sanitiser to care homes and vulnerable individuals in the community. A potent mix of 70% alcohol is blended with mint, rosemary and lavender essential oils for an invigorating, fresh fragrance. 

£5.25 for 25ml, asapoth.com

Byredo Rose Rinse-Free Hand Wash

The alcohol content in this Byredo rinse-free hand wash is only 30%, meaning it does not prevent the spread of infectious diseases. You can however mix it with a less salubrious sanitiser, to keep hands clean, fresh and beautifully perfumed. It is made using Turkish rose petals, raspberry blossom, white musk and patchouli for a divinely fragranced formula that is sensual and hydrating. This rinse-free hand wash is also available in woody Vetyver and Tulipmania, often dubbed as a floral scent for anti-florals. 

£25.00 for 30ml, byredo.com

 Margaret Dabbs Hand Sanitiser

Margaret Dabbs, purveyor of the acclaimed medical pedicure, has created a unique antibacterial gel enriched with hempseed oil and white water lily, to keep fingers fresh and hydrated. Available in a supersized 200ml bottle, it is brightly scented with uplifting mandarin and geranium to create a lasting floral aroma.

£25.00 for 200ml, margaretdabbs.com