The beginning of the pandemic saw huge hand sanitizer shortages. And with all the Walgreens' shelves and digital aisles of Amazon emptied of their Purell, upstart manufacturers rushed to fill the void. You likely found yourself shopping for hand sanitizer from unusual brands you may have never previously heard of on strange but delightful websites. Well, just because your local drug store is are again stocked with hand sanitizer doesn't mean you have to go back to the boring stuff. The hand sanitizer you’ll get from a boutique skincare retailer, or even a distillery—hand sanitizer is mostly ethyl alcohol, after all—is just as protective as Purell or Germ-X. And often, it smells and feels a lot better on your skin.
It's worth noting that hand sanitizer isn't your main line of defense against the spread of the Coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, much more important are socially distancing, wearing a mask outside, not touching your face, and hand washing—often—for at least 20 seconds. When hand soap and a sink aren't always available, a bottle of hand sanitizer, hand rubs, or pack of hand sanitizer wipes fills the void. Just make sure it fills the CDC requirement of being more than 60% alcohol, and that the company making it hasn’t been the subject of a recall from the FDA.
If you already have a small container to reclaim (reducing single-use plastics FTW), and just want a big refill bottle of hand sanitizer, we've listed those at the bottom of this post. And, if you're looking for face masks, we've got you covered there as well.
All the Hand Sanitizer We've Found
Pipette, a company that makes shampoos and lotions for babies, is now making a fragrance-free hand sanitizer in several sizes.
Maude's unscented hand sanitizer is made in partnership with Yield. It comes in a 1-oz container that the company notes is "TSA compliant." That'll be of use when we're finally able to go on vacation again.
$12.00, Oars + Alps
Oars + Alps is using proceeds from sales of its hand sanitizer to donate supplies to hospitals in Chicago and New York. This unscented hand sanitizer comes in an unusual rectangular spray container.
Vegamour makes plant-based serums and supplements to boost hair health. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has started selling a moisturizing hand sanitizer spray. It has the CDC-recommended concentration of alcohol, plus oils to moisturize and oils for scent. The company is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from sales to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.
$9.00, Clark's Botanicals
Clark's Botanical is giving away a bottle of its hand sanitizer with any purchase. The brand is also donating bottles to hospitals in New York.
$8.00, Every Man Jack
Every Man Jack makes personal care items, including body wash and shampoo. In response to the pandemic, the company has made a hand sanitizer.
There's still some hand sanitizer stock left at Vitacost, an online seller of vitamins and health products owned by Kroger. This sanitizer is relatively inexpensive and still available in four different scents.
Sparitual is only selling its hand sanitizer in batches of four, and promises to donate proceeds from the first batch to the city of Los Angeles to distribute to people experiencing homelessness. The company is also selling a refill bottle.
This is the same sanitizing spray as the one from Sparitual, but in slightly different packaging.
$22.00, The Sis Kiss
Hand sanitizer from the Sis Kiss won't be ready for a few weeks. When you pre-order this three-pack, the company donates a percentage of the sale to a charity you choose from a short list.
$10.00, Bathing Culture
Bathing Culture's hand sanitizer spray is sold in a 2 oz glass bottle or an 8 oz recyclable plastic re-fill bottle. $1 from your purchase will be donated to DigDeep, a non-profit working to ensure that every American has access to clean, running water.
$9.00, Real Time Pain Relief
Real Time mostly makes pain relief lotions and balms, but like most other companies of its ilk, it now makes hand sanitizer. Its hand sanitizer is 70% alcohol and includes things like Aloe Vera and Chamomile to help make sure it doesn't dry out your hands.
Doji's hand sanitizer spray is sold in basically the same bottle as its natural deodorant spray. Since you'll have to pay for shipping costs, consider ordering a three-pack to distribute among your neighbors.
$15.00, St. Rose
Luxury fragrance company St. Rose's alcohol antiseptic is lightly scented with Australian sandalwood. It also includes silver, which the company says "reinforces the skin’s barrier, while boosting repair and healing."
$10.00, Primally Pure
You can buy the Primally Pure hand sanitizer either lightly scented with essential oils or unscented. Through the month of May, the company is donating all hand sanitizer proceeds to Feeding America and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Yield is a reliable source of modernist home goods like planters and candles. Considering that hand sanitizers are basically a home good now, it's not that weird that they've started making one.
Norden goods makes some excellent blankets, candles, and furniture. Its hand sanitizer is scented with sandalwood and cardamom. You can buy it in bulk—just send them an email.
$30.00, D.S. & Durga
D.S. Durga's hand sanitizer spray has the same scent profile as one of its best-selling candles.
The crowd-sourced Sanikind hand sanitizer system wants you to ditch plastic hand sanitizer bottles for good. Buy the container and you get refills at a discount forever.
$3.00, Absolute NY
Go figure, Absolute NY's sanitizer is made in Korea.
$6.00, Glouchester Bio
A small spray bottle with a fresh lemon scent.
$26.00, In Ya Hands
Pocket-sized scentless hand sanitizer in a six pack. Maybe the company’s name will remind you to wash your hands as well.
$16.00, Palm Palm
In case the unscented life is not for you, this hand sanitizer smells like some classic summer produce: cucumber and watermelon.
Earth to Skin's new line of hand sanitizer packs includes four scents: blueberry, lemon + basil, coconut + aloe, and watermelon.
$14.00, Rogue & Co
Rogue & Co's "Palm Reader" hand sanitizer won't actually help you figure out what will happen in the next turbulent year. But it will help protect you from Covid-19 when you don't have access to a sink and soap.
$5.00, CBD Living
CBD hand sanitizer might be exactly what this pandemic requires.
The most recent review on this moisturizing hand sanitizer gets right to the point. Subject: "Good." Body: "Good." Five stars.
$6.00, Humble Suds
A hand sanitizer that comes in two sizes and two scents: grapefruit + lemon and lavender + mint.
$6.00, Belli Skincare
A simple moisturizing hand sanitizer made with citrus oil.
$20.00, Healthmade Los Angeles
Hand sanitizers from Healthmade come in a bunch of different sizes and scents. You get the best value from this one, which gives you a 4-oz. pump to keep at home and a 1-oz. pump to toss and keep in your go-to tote.
$7.00, EO Essential Oils
Everyone's sanitizer comes in two scents, ruby grapefruit and coconut + lemon.
A gigantic pump bottle to keep by your door, or more likely, at the entrace to your commercial business.
A big bottle of hand sanitizer infused with Vitamin E, which Zoya says will help maintain the condition of your skin.
$10.00, Muse Health
Muse Health's hand sanitizer ships free if you order at least $25 of it, or three bottles.
$20.00, Super Sanitizer
Orders from Super Sanitizer are shipping within one to two days.
Previse, another plant-based skincare company, is selling small 2 oz. bottles of hand-sanitizers. For each one you buy, the company donates one to a healthcare center.
Marianella's soaps and beauty products are handcrafted in small batches at the company's store in New York City. Heads-up: the hand sanitizer is currently available for sale, but might take a bit of time to ship.
$10.00, Church California
San Francisco-based barbershop brand Church California makes small-batch hair products. Its hand sanitizer looks like a moisturizer (and it is quite hydrating). It's made with organic grape alcohol and includes a few scented essential oils.
Yoobi's hand sanitizer comes in 1.5 ml disposable sachets that easily fit in your pockets. For every item you buy from Yoobi the company donates a school supply to a child in need.
$15.00, Ranger Ready Repellent
Ranger Ready usually makes insect repellent for outdoor activities, but started selling hand sanitizer a few weeks ago. The company is currently backordered, but it anticipates selling new sanitizer soon.
AKings expects to ship its hand sanitizer in a few weeks, which it's selling by the bottle or in cases of six.
$2.00, Public Goods
Public Goods' hand sanitizer is produced in Illinois without the use of any parabens, which can irritate the skin. It comes in a small 2 oz. container, but at a low price—only $2.
$15.00, Salon Wax Supplies
In normal times, Salon Wax Supplies sells wax for removing body hair. The company is now selling a bottle of unscented hand sanitizer with a short delivery time (just a few days).
$10.00, California Mango
California Mango's hand sanitizer probably won't get to you until a week after you order it, but it comes in a convenient spray bottle. It's scented with aloe vera, acai, and mango.
$20.00, Eir NYC
Eir NYC has reformulated its hand sanitizing spray with a higher alcohol content, to meet CDC guidelines. You can buy it alone for $20, but the company is sending one out free with any purchase of over $30.
Megababe's vegan hand sanitizer is scented with orange and bergamot oil. The company is experiencing a lot of delays, so it might take up to 10 business days to process your order, but you'll get an email once your sanitizer has shipped.
$8.00, Klean +
The hand sanitizer from Klean + is scented with lavender and comes in a small spray bottle. The company has limited stock, but is still promising to ship orders quickly.
Maaplim's hand sanitizer is scented with bergamot, jasmine, and cedarwood. The company offers free shipping on orders over $75.
Loli's hand sanitizer, which for some reason the brand refers to as a "hand tonic," is made with grape alcohol. It comes with any order of more than $50 on the site, but you can also just buy it for $10.
$6.00, Tony Moly
Orders from Tony Moly are delayed at least a week. If you're willing to wait, these aloe water and witch hazel infused tubes are easy to just toss in your bag and forget about until needed.
$2.00, Green Goo
Green Goo's hand sanitizer comes in a tiny tube, which easily fits in your pocket. The company says that once the 1 oz. size containers are out of stock, they will be selling a 2 oz. size.
Griffo is a California-based distillery that makes tons of different sprits, including gin, whiskey, and vodka. The company has shifted all of its production to sanitizer and is shipping orders across the country.
Jao has been making hand sanitizer since 1997. The larger sizes of it's sanitizer are unavailable, but you can still get a 2 oz. bottle shipped to any address in the continental United States.
Repechage usually offers free shipping on orders of more than $25, but are pausing that on orders of its sanitizer, which is unscented.
MedZone says that it will start shipping its hand sanitizer on April 20th. If you buy it in this three-pack, you can keep one and give the other two to your neighbors.
$14.00, The Well
The Well says its hand sanitizer, infused with bergamot and ylang ylang oils, will ship by April 24th.
$13.00, Love Dirty
Love Dirty's hand sanitizer is more of a cream. It comes in a reloadable container and is meant to moisturize while it kills germs.
If you purchase any beauty products from Saie, the company will send you a bottle of hand sanitizer. It's also donating bottles to Feeding America.
Cabinet's emergency preparedness kit comes with two small tubes of hand sanitizing spray, as well as medicine to alleviate headaches and flu-like symptoms.
Skylar donated a fifth of its first batch of jasmine tea and lemon-scented hand sanitizer to the UCLA medical center in LA and Mount Sinai hospitals in New York. The next shipment won't go out until early June 2020.
$10.00, Chemical Guys
The Chemical Guys makes hand sanitizers in several different thicknesses. If you want something a bit lighter, they also sell it in a spray.
All of OH.SO's products contain colloidal silver, which the company says helps them fight bacteria.
$24.00, Ranger Station
Ranger Station is a candle company based in Nashville. Its unscented hand sanitizer spray comes in a three pack.
$23.00, Spill Kit Pro
Spill Kit sells a lot of cleaning gear and first aid kits.
$16.00, Native Atlas
The company says you only need to use a dime-size amount of this thick hand sanitizer to get full coverage on your hands.
Judy's disaster kits might be overkill if you're just looking for hand sanitizer. If you aren't looking to build out a bunker, the company has a small Dopp kit-friendly pack.
$8.00, Bath & Body Works
A company that usually makes hand sanitizers, with hand sanitizers in stock. What a concept! Bath & Body Works’ hand sanitizers are back in stock in a bunch of different scents.
Amyo makes a point of indicating that its sanitizer spray is "jewelry safe," without chemicals that might tarnish your signet ring. You can save a little money if you buy the two pack.
$12.00, Art Naturals
If you're an essential worker, Art Naturals will give you 25% off its hand sanitizer and soaps.
Noshinku's portable hand sanitizer spray containers will ship in two weeks.
$5.00, American Provenance
An unscented hand sanitizer made by a small company based in Wisconsin.
$6.00, Garner's Garden
Garner's Garden products ship for free if you spend $20.
$7.00, Selfe Steam Nola
The company says this hand sanitizer spray has a "soft earthy scent."
$5.00, Eczema Honey
A simple hand sanitizer made by a company with a cute bee for the logo.
Harizon's hand sanitizer comes in a bunch of different sizes. Regardless of which you order, it'll take 10 business days to ship.
$10.00, Elina Organics Skinscare
Elina's disinfectant hand sanitizer is so concentrated that you only need about 3 to 4 drops at a time.
$5.00, Nectar Bath Treats
Nectar is currently having a sale on all of its aloe vera-infused hand sanitizers.
$8.00, Olive Branch Wellness Boutique
This Atlanta-based wellness boutique is selling hand sanitizer in a calming lavender scent.
$5.00, Luster Products
If you'd like to purchase from Luster, you have to buy at least three bottles at a time. If you buy more than six bottles, you can get them at a discounted price.
$9.00, Lizzie's All-Natural Products
Lizzie's says its hand sanitizer is formulated to help people with eczema.
$3.00, Paula's Whipp
Paula Marie has been selling hair products under the Paula's Whipp brand for decades. Her hand sanitizer is 91% alcohol and includes castor oil.
Hand Sanitizer Refill Bottles
$20.00, by Humankind
All of by Humankind's products have minimal, recyclable packaging and generally produce no waste themselves—like the brand's bar shampoo. The company just launched a hand sanitizer refill, an 8 oz. metal bottle filled with hand sanitizer that you can pour into a small container you already have. A dollar from each sale will go to Robin Hood, an organization that funnels money to New York social service organization in need. The sanitizer is available unscented or in grapefruit.
$27.00, Sugar Creek
Indianapolis-based Sugar Creek sanitizer was founded in response to the Coronavirus crisis. If you don't want to buy the sanitizer in bulk, the company also sells their cleaning gel in a 4 oz bottle.
$20.00, King's County Distillery
King's County Distillery makes excellent whiskey in Brooklyn's Navy Yard. Since mid-March, the company has shifted its production to make hand sanitizer, packaged and sold in it's trademark 200mL handles. The company is selling the hand sanitizer with sliding scale pricing. You can get a bottle for as little as $1, which the company says covers the bottle, cap, and corn used to make it. But if you have the funds, consider donating the full $20, which covers the cost of the product as well as the overhead and lost revenue that comes from not selling it as whiskey. And while you're there, get yourself some bourbon.
The smallest size of Biosilk's aloe vera hand sanitizer is sold out, but you can still get a six-ounce, 12-ounce, or gallon-sized bottle.
$40.00, Bendt Distilling Co
Bendt also sells hand sanitizer in a smaller travel size, but its refill size offers a much better value.
$20.00, Plaine Products
A big refill container filled with peppermint-scented hand sanitizer. If you subscribe, you can save 10 percent off the full price.
$10.00, Faber Distilling Co
Faber Distilling Co is another distillery that has shifted production to make hand sanitizer. It sells 17 oz. bottles individually, in packs of 12, or in enormous packs of 24.
Griffo distilling also sells its hand sanitizer in gallon sized refill bottles.
Chi's moisturizing hand sanitizer is unavailable in its smallest size, but you can still get anything larger than a 5.7 oz. bottle.
Glowwy's 10 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer is made up of 75% alcohol (which surpasses CDC guidelines). Any bottle you order now will ship next week.
$17.00, DS Laboratories
DS Laboratories sells a wide range of hair and skin products. Its hand sanitizer comes in an enormous 17-ounce bottle, which means you'll need to find some smaller containers if you want to be able to take it around with you.
$54.00, Marine Essence Biosciences
This hand sanitizer comes in a pretty big six-pack. And the 8.5-ounce bottles are probably too big to put in a tote for your grocery runs. But it's a good choice if you're stocking up.
$42.00, Disinfect Connect
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Originally Appeared on GQ