Hygienic hands

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Hygienic handsThey may not be the sexiest beauty products, but these little babies definitely come in handy (excuse the pun).

I’ve never been big on hand sanitisers. Sticky, messy and smelly, they weren’t at the top of my monthly beauty buys. Well, to be fair, I hadn’t really used them up until 12 months ago. So my opinion of them back then was waaay off.

Not just for hospital wards, these antibacterial waterless cleansers have become a popular alternative across the globe. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for soap and water (hand sanitiser’s should never take the place of washing your hands properly), but it’s great to have in your handbag for those sticky moments.

In gel, foam or liquid form, most hand sanitisers are alcohol-based and contain alcohol denat. When you rub the sanitiser into your hands, this high concentration of alcohol removes the outer layer of oil on your skin and kills most of the bacteria.

For the last three months I’ve been recommending The Body Shop’s Hand Cleanse Gel, R35, to any and everyone who would listen. I love how they’ve incorporated the scents from their bath and body collections into the sanitisers, so now you can pick one up in your favourite Mango, Coconut, Pink Grapefruit or whatever ‘flavour’. (Mine’s Satsuma!)

If you’re into fruity scents, then try Oh So Heavenly’s Hula Hands Waterless Hand Cleanser, R9.99. It does have a bit of an antiseptic smell to it, but it’s more tropical than hospital. Unless you prefer the clinical smell, in which case Oh So Heavenly’s Spritz & Go, R12.99, would be a better choice. It not only keeps your hands germ-free, it can also be used on surfaces!

Image: African Focus/Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. AndreaM

    I always keep hand sanitizer in my bag. Every woman should keep one handy.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I keep the oh so heavenly waterless cleanser in my handbag always!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Love the Oh So Heavenly’s Spritz & Go

    7 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I love products from the body shop, great products.

    7 years ago •

  1. G

    As a mom, I always make sure I have a hand sanitiser in my bag, in the car and in the kitchen. We tend to forget germs lurk everywhere!!

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    So great to use on the go! I don’t feel clean is I don’t use this at least once a day

    7 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    I’d love to try the Body Shop one!

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Nice article and Yes they are great thing to have in hand bag. Being a mum of two boys , sanitizer has saved the day for me a few times.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Love the Oh So Heavenly’s
    Spritz & Go

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I love keeping a waterless hand wash in my bag. And these look so pretty as well. :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    if we could all just remember to sanatize our hand religiously, we would not be getting sick so often.

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Always carry The Body Shop handsanitiser with me but also like the Dettol one.

    7 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I love Oh So heavenly hand cleansers. The Body Shop grapefruit flavor truly smells divine.

    7 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Oh so heavenly! I love this brand and the scent is amazing! your hands feel amazingly soft and refreshed.

    7 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    I love Spritz & Go! I have one in my handbag and one in the nappy bag!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I always have one of these in my hand bag, don’t go anywhere without it

    7 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    I love the body shop products and have the grape fruit scented hand cleansing gel.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Great! I can’t leave house without having one of this in my handbag.

    7 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    I have found that some leave you hands very sticky. I tried a few and settled on the Dettol one, but going to get a Body Shop one next – they have such a nice selection of scents.

    7 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Love the waterless hand cleansers, always got in my handbag

    7 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    I like clean hands and usually wash my hands esp before eating. im finicky about touching dirty things…eeekkk!

    7 years ago •

  1. Hajira

    Because I really love my hands I would not mind spending extra

    7 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    all three hand sanitizers are really good. i carry one in my bag, leave one in my car and another in my office. they really handy to have around.

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love the nail color on the picture, cant wait to get the body shop hand wash.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Love Body Shop products….they’re so “treaty”…..

    7 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Nice article!! Never gave a serious thought to hand sanitizers.. but now that I think :-), I tend to touch my face too often not realizing that my hands are not that clean,..I am going to get them today itself,..the price tag of Oh so heavenly products is too good..

    7 years ago •

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