When you think of hand sanitizers, we're willing to bet your mind immediately jumps to something that's either clinical (found in a doctor's office) or sickly-sweet (found dangling off your middle school backpack). The clear gels are often drying, sticky, and smell like rubbing alcohol — but they're also a no-brainer during cold and flu season, which, FYI, is
now... and overlapping with the COVID-19 epidemic. While washing your hands with soap and water is always the preferred method of cleansing (the Center for Disease Control and Prevention even calls it the "do-it-yourself" vaccine because of how drastically it protects against illness), we don't always have access to a sink. That's where hand sanitizer swoops in to save the day — and thankfully there are a crop of innovative new formulas that kill germs without sacrificing the texture and feel of your hands. In the past few weeks, we've tried our fair share of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to find the ones that not only smell great but disinfect effectively — and even moisturize, to boot. Curious? Check 'em out, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. More Than Magic Melon Mango Melt Hand Sanitizer
We could all use some feel-happy vibes right about now. A couple mists of this fruity, 62% alcohol-based sanitizer are all you need to keep hands germ-free and hydrated.
More than Magic
Hand Sanitizer - Melon Mango, $, available at
Target More J.R. Watkins Cleansing Oud Hand Elixir
This plant-based rinse-free hand wash leaves hands feeling softer than before use — and contains water and denatured alcohol to gently cleanse.
Cleansing Oud Hand Elixir, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Grove Collaborative Hydrating Hand Sanitizer
This eco-friendly formula is made with coconut oil to keep hands feeling happy, while
offer a citrusy, all-natural scent.
Hydrating Hand Sanitizer - Travel, $, available at
Grove Collaborative More Organic Chix No More Germs Hand Sanitizer Spray
This aloe vera and witch hazel-infused Amazon gem is gentle on hands, but tough on COVID-19.
Powerful Natural Hand Sanitizer, $, available at
Amazon More Hello Bello Hand Sanitizer
Also ready to toss in your gym bag or purse: this Hello Bello bottle, which has avocado, cucumber and calendula extract to keep your hands soft while you sanitize.
Hello Bello Hand Sanitizer Spray, $, available at
Walmart More Milk + honey Hand Purifier No. 08
This lavender- and eucalyptus-infused hand purifier is made with 70% alcohol, but smells like your favorite aromatherapy oils.
Milk & Honey
Hand Purifier No. 08, $, available at
Neiman Marcus More Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer
From the makers of the viral Rosy Pits deodorant, Megababe's new hand sanitizer is made with sweet almond and marula oils to leave skin soft and hydrated while being tough on germs.
Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More
This 95% natural hand sanitizer purifies hands without drying them out — thanks to glycerin, vitamin E, chamomile, and aloe vera in the formula.
Anti-Aging Everyday Defense Hand-Sanitizer, $, available at
Net-A-Porter More Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer
From the makers of your favorite
gentle face soap
comes a hand sanitizer spray that you can throw in your purse for less than five bucks. It smells like lavender and dries quickly, which makes it great for on-the-go spritzing.
Organic Hand Sanitizer - Lavender (2 Fluid Ounces), $, available at
The Vitamin Shoppe More Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash
Not only is this fresh-smelling hand sanitizer effective, but it's also beautiful. Who wouldn't want to whip it out of their purse during a long ride on the subway?
Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash, $, available at
This spray's refreshing herbal scent had us from the get-go. One spritz of the product's witch-hazel-and-organic oil-infused formula covers both your hands without leaving them sticky
Neal's Yard Organic
Defense Hand Spray, $10.50, available at
This product is currently sold out. We have reached out to Neal's Yard to inquire when the product will be back in stock and will update the story when we hear back.)
More Honest Beauty Hand Sanitizer Gel - Grapefruit Grove
Honest's aloe- and calendula-infused hand sanitizer leaves hands feeling moisturized, and the eight-ounce bottle is perfect for keeping at the office or kitchen.
Hand Sanitizer Gel - Grapefruit Grove, $, available at
The Honest Company More Touchland Power Mist
A powerful formula packed with aloe vera and essential oils is housed in this chic spray cube that can be attached to your keys or backpack. Killing germs has never looked this good.
Pink Shield 🍭, $, available at
Packed with organic ethanol to disinfect and jojoba oil to moisturize, this gel doesn't feel the least bit drying on the skin. Bonus: the orange and lemon peel oils in the formula make for an incredibly invigorating scent.
Lemon Natural Hand Sanitizer, $, available at
Quite possibly the most versatile hand sanitizer we've ever tried, you can use it as a spot treatment, aftershave, or even as a quick underarm refresher. In a pinch, we've used this on a budding pimple and can attest to its zit-zapping abilities.
Hand Refresher, $, available at
If you're still partial to sweet-smelling hand sanitizers, go for this one from Barr-Co. It smells like cookies, but doesn't feel sticky like many sanitizers do. Plus, it's the perfect size to stuff in a purse or makeup bag.
Original Scent Hand Sanitizer, $, available at
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