7 editor-approved hand sanitizers that are anything but basic

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
·3 min read

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No harsh alcohol scents found among these editor-approved picks. (Getty Images)

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We’ve come a long way since March 2020, when it was nearly impossible to get your hands on a bottle of hand sanitizer — or worse, Lysol wipes. Since that time, things have normalized slightly, and brands have thankfully invested more time in creating their own versions of the clinical hand sanitizers that were once such a coveted purchase.

Personally, I’m ecstatic that there are more options than ever, meaning we can put aside the harsh alcohol-filled sanitizers that recall hospitals and doctor’s office visits.

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It’s taken some time, but a few brands have stood out among the rest as my favourite choices when it comes to keeping my hands clean and germ-free. If you’re on the hunt for a hand sanitizer refill, scroll through for seven of my top picks.

Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer Lavender

Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer Lavender. Image via Natura Market.
Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer Lavender. Image via Natura Market.

I didn’t think that it was possible to fall in love with a hand sanitizer, but here we are. Dr. Bronner’s version has become a must-have in my stash, thanks to its light lavender scent and easy spritz application.

SHOP IT: Natura Market, $7

Eucalyptus Pocket Hand Sanitizer 3-pack

Eucalyptus Pocket Hand Sanitizer 3-pack. Image via Noshinku.
Eucalyptus Pocket Hand Sanitizer 3-pack. Image via Noshinku.

Designed with a super slim profile that easily slips inside of pockets, backpacks or handbags, this hand sanitizer is super convenient for days on the go. Since this sanitizer bottle doesn’t have a cap, it’s also easy to apply one-handed.

SHOP IT: Noshinku, $31 CAD/$25 USD

No Nasties Hand Sanitizer Gel

No Nasties Hand Sanitizer Gel. Image via Lululemon.
No Nasties Hand Sanitizer Gel. Image via Lululemon.

I like to keep a large bottle of sanitizer right next to my front door, which works as an easy way to remember to clean my hands the second I get home. Lululemon’s new jumbo-sized bottle is ideal for this location, and has an energizing citrus scent to brighten your day

SHOP IT: Lululemon, $34

Mango Hand Cleanse Gel

Mango Hand Cleanse Gel. Image via The Body Shop.
Mango Hand Cleanse Gel. Image via The Body Shop.

At this point in my life I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop’s Mango Body Butter for over a decade, so the option to have the same luscious scent in a hand sanitizer was a dream come true. This version is travel-sized and vegan, and keeps hands smelling sweet and feeling clean.

SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $6

Cucumber Melon PocketBac Hand Sanitizers 5-Pack

Cucumber Melon PocketBac Hand Sanitizers 5-Pack. Image via Bath and Body Works.
Cucumber Melon PocketBac Hand Sanitizers 5-Pack. Image via Bath and Body Works.

If you’re someone who switches between multiple purses, having multiple miniature bottles of hand sanitizer is one way to ensure that you never leave home without it. I’m partial to this cucumber melon scent, which feels like summertime in a bottle.

SHOP IT: Bath and Body Works, $10 ($8 USD)

Curie Hand Sanitizer Trio

Curie Hand Sanitizer Trio. Image via Curie.
Curie Hand Sanitizer Trio. Image via Curie.

If you’re already a fan of Curie’s fruity deodorant and body spray, this set of three hand sanitizers is just one more product to love. It includes three signature scents (White Tea, Orange Neroli, and Grapefruit Cassis), and I’m partial to the Grapefruit Cassis for a burst of fruity fragrance.

SHOP IT: Curie, $30 CAD/$24 USD

Saje Hand Sanitizer

Saje Hand Sanitizer. Image via Saje.
Saje Hand Sanitizer. Image via Saje.

Soothing aloe vera and refreshing lime essential oil combine in this vibrant hand sanitizer that comes packaged in a durable aluminum bottle.

SHOP IT: Saje, $10

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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