11 Hand Sanitizers You Can Buy Right Now That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin

updated Jun 8, 2020
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As the weather warms up and we start spending a little more time outdoors, it’s still imperative to put on a face mask and carry hand sanitizer with you, especially if you’re not going to be around a sink for proper hand-washing. And with mainstream options still hard to come by, it’s time to look for equally potent alternatives. Thankfully, a ton of indie beauty brands have launched their own hand sanitizers that are formulated keeping CDC guidelines (at least 60 percent alcohol) in mind but have taken it up a couple of notches further by adding in soothing and hydrating ingredients that won’t dry out your skin or strip if of essential, natural oils. As a bonus, most of the companies are also donating sanitizers to communities in need or giving back a portion of their sales to non-profit organizations and COVID-19-related relief funds. Below, 11 options to shop for soft, germ-free hands!

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1. Vegamour Hand Sanitizer

If you’ve been trying to get your hands on the plant-based beauty company’s hand sanitizer for a while, now’s your chance! Their moisturizing formula is made with 75 percent alcohol as well as organic aloe vera and marula oil that nourishes skin while keeping it squeaky clean. And if you hate that astringent smell that dominates the majority of hand sanitizers, Vegamour’s sanitizer also has notes of calming lavender and lingering orange peel. Pick between 6-oz. ($16) or 2-oz. ($6) bottles, and 20 percent of the sales will go toward Project Angel Food, which delivers meals to individuals affected by life-threatening illnesses throughout Los Angeles.

Buy: Vegamour Hand Sanitizer, $16

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2. Touchland Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Mist

Hate the goopy texture of hand sanitizers? Touchland’s chic hand sanitizer mist is totally worth considering. It’s incredibly light and gets absorbed rather quickly, but still, each mist contains a healthy dose of ethyl alcohol with a blend of soothing aloe vera, radish root, lime, and lemon essential oils. The dermatologist-tested formula comes in seven fruity scents, and there’s even a fragrance-free option. Shop for individual mists, or save a little money and get the bundle of three, five, or twenty. And if you want to get really fancy, Touchland also sells silicone mist cases with key rings! Keep in mind that orders are taking anywhere between one to three weeks to get shipped out.

Buy: Touchland Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Mist, $12

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3. CHI Hand Sanitizer

With 77 percent ethyl alcohol, the Texas-based hair-care brand’s sanitizer can kill 99.99 percent of germs. Since it’s also packed with aloe vera, the formulation is gentle on the skin and leaves your hands hydrated and moisturized. The brand has also donated up to $1 million worth of hand sanitizers to their home city of Houston.

Buy: CHI Hand Sanitizer, $12

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4. by Humankind

Rather than throw away old hand sanitizer bottles, fill them up with by Humankind’s formulation, which has 65 percent alcohol and hyaluronic acid, an ingredient in beauty products that helps skin retain moisture. The personal-care brand is known for its sustainable and recyclable packaging, and the hand sanitizer is no different. Packed in an 8-oz. recyclable aluminum bottle, it’s available in eucalyptus, grapefruit, and unscented versions. One dollar of each hand sanitizer sold also goes to The Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps NYC-area individuals living in poverty.

Buy: by Humankind Hand Sanitizer, $20

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5. Captain Blankenship Hand Sanitizer

Made with 70 percent organic ethyl alcohol, this hand sanitizer has delicious herbal notes like cinnamon, thyme, peppermint, lemon, and clove. Additionally, it’s packed with aloe vera to leave your hands calm and nourished.

Buy: Captain Blankenship Hand Sanitizer, $10

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6. megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer

The folks behind the mega-popular anti-chafe stick launched a hand sanitizer that’s been perpetually sold out for months and is finally available at Ulta Beauty. The all-natural, vegan formula includes 62 percent alcohol, which kills up to 99.99 of percent germs, while a blend of citrusy and calming essential oils like lavender, sweet almond, mandarin oranges, and marula keep skin nourished and hydrated.

Buy: megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer, $6

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7. ORLY Hand Sanitizer Spray

Nontoxic nail polish brand ORLY was one of the first few indie beauty companies to launch a hand sanitizer. Their formulation exceeds the CDC’s recommendations for alcohol percentage and is made with 75 percent isopropyl alcohol. The potent formulation also packs in glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, and purified water. It’s a great pick for anyone allergic to essential oils or fragrances. Plus, a percentage of the proceeds help support first responders as well as COVID-19-impacted communities.

Buy: ORLY Hand Sanitizer Spray (pack of 4), $20

8. Herbivore Hand Hero 75% Alcohol Hand Purifying Gel

The cult-beauty brand known for its skin-care products created a hand sanitizer for their staff that only recently became available for purchase. The 2-oz. bottle looks as chic as it is effective. Made with 75 percent alcohol, the powerful formula also includes hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing aloe vera. Choose between a bright grapefruit scent or a dreamy lavender. The brand is donating 75,000 hand sanitizers to communities in Seattle and New York.

Buy: Herbivore Hand Hero 75% Alcohol Hand Purifying Gel, $12

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9. TONYMOLY Alcohol Aloe Hand Gel

Known for their fun face masks and beauty products, the Korean beauty brand’s hand sanitizer formula is particularly hydrating for those of us with dry, flaky skin. A blend of 62 percent alcohol kills germs while ingredients like aloe and witch hazel help calm any existing inflammation and leave skin gently hydrated and moisturized.

Buy: TONYMOLY Alcohol Aloe Hand Gel, $10

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10. Pipette Hand Sanitizer

This very affordable and fragrance-free option comes from the clean beauty brand known for its baby-care products. The formulation is made with 65 percent ethyl alcohol and sugar cane-derived squalene oil, which has hydrating and soothing properties. Pick the 8-oz. or snag the jumbo 32-oz. that’s available for preorder. Additionally, the brand is also donating 32,000 bottles of their sanitizers to medical communities in New York and California.

Buy: Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $5

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11. Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer

Just like their widely popular pure castile soap, Dr. Bonner’s lavender organic hand sanitizer can effectively kill up to 99 percent of germs without stripping away any moisture from your skin. The formula is simple yet effective: organic alcohol, organic glycerin, and organic lavender oil!

Buy: Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer, $5

Did we miss your favorite hand sanitizer? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll keep updating this list!