Last week I discovered Aēsop’s travel sized Resurrection Rinse-free Hand Wash. I love the Resurrection line (mandarin rind, rosemary leaf, cedar atlas) so I bought it, bringing my hand sanitizer collection to 7926 bottles.
I don’t even use hand sanitizer on my own hands. But I do use it on the boys hands after the library, doctor’s office, park… and whenever one of them gets sick, I clean toys and surfaces with it. I keep a travel sized bottle in the car and one in the diaper bag.
So here’s review of the different brands I’ve used as they compare in effectiveness, scent, feel on your skin and cost.
It smells gorgeous. Doesn’t feel sticky once the alcohol evaporates. It’s less convenient than the spray for cleaning toys, but I wouldn’t waste it on cleaning anyway. It has mandarin orange peel oil, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary leaf oil.
VERDICT – Feels great, smells amazing. Costs more than most other brands.
I love Honest Co. products, but this is not my favorite hand sanitizer. It contains aloe and botanicals to prevent drying and chapping and it does feel moisturizing without leaving a sticky residue. It also contains chlorophyll. The smell is not strong or overpowering but kind of sweet in an anti-bacterial kind of way. Honest Co. hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
VERDICT – The smell is not my favorite, but the feel is clean and fresh.
This was the first hand sanitizer I ever used. It has a strong scent and I felt like it was really doing something. It’s made with lavender oil, which I love. I like that it’s fair trade and I like the Dr. Bronner’s company philosophy.
VERDICT – It doesn’t sting, but it does feel stronger on your skin than the others. If you are cleaning toys and surfaces with it, the scent might get a bit much.
Hand Sanz is made with aloe and chlorophyll like the Honest Co. spray, and smells like the Honest Co. hand sanitizer spray too. It kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
VERDICT – Hand Sanz is very similar to the Honest Co. spray but the bottle isn’t as cute.
I really love this hand sanitizer. Like the Dr. Bronner’s spray it contains lavender oil which gives it a light lavender scent – it’s fresh and clean and lovely. It doesn’t leave any residue and it doesn’t dry your hands out either. It actually leaves hands feeling a little softer and a little more moisturized.
VERDICT – Very moisturizing and smells wonderful.
It’s a foam not a spray. Also, it doesn’t include alcohol so it doesn’t evaporate quickly like all the others. Your hands are left feeling wet for a while, which defeats the purpose if you are using hand sanitizer in lieu of washing your hands. Once it does dry, it leaves a very slight sticky residue. Like most of the hand sanitizers it kills 99.9% of germs. I have the mandarin one. It doesn’t really smell like Mandarin to me but it has a nice scent.
VERDICT – I prefer a spray, and the lack of alcohol means your hands are left wet from the foam.
My favorites are EO’s Hand Sanitizer and Aēsop’s Resurrection Rinse-free Hand Wash. EO is definitely the best spray hand sanitizer, with a great feel and smell. Aēsop’s Resurrection is not a spray and costs more than the others but it’s still my favorite. Dr. Bronner’s is great as a hand sanitizer and for use sparingly around the house. The Honest Company‘s spray is on par with the All Terrain Hand Sanz spray as an average spray, and the Babyganics foaming hand sanitizer stays wet for much longer and then has more of a sticky residue when dry.