Hand Sanitizer

Are Scented Hand Sanitizers Effective?

Hand sanitizer is an essential item, especially in busy commercial spaces, hospitals, daycares and schools, as well as office buildings. And with so many people using hand sanitizer multiple times throughout the day, the global hand sanitizer market is expected to grow to $2.14 billion by 2027! Manufacturers have caught on, and hand sanitizer products are booming. From gels and creams to colors, glitter, and scents – there are numerous brands and options of hand sanitizer available. But all these choices may make it difficult to know what’s effective and what’s less worth your time. In this article, we will take a closer look at a popular scented hand sanitizer – Bath and Body Works.

Bath & Body Works Scented Sanitizer

For more than 20 years, Bath & Body Works has created scents and hundreds of products for body care and home fragrance items. Including, hand sanitizer! Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers are formulated with 62 to 80 percent ethyl alcohol, which is in compliance with FDA requirements. Its website also states that it doesn’t use methanol in any products, assuring that their hand sanitizers are safe to use and meet all FDA requirements.

Pro’s of Bath & Body Works Scented Sanitizers

  • Popular name brand
  • Has 71 percent ethyl alcohol
  • Enriched with essential oils, shea, vitamin E and aloe
  • Kills most common germs
  • Available in many fun year-round and seasonal scents
  • Amazing fragrances

Con’s of Bath & Body Works Scented Sanitizers

  • Far more expensive than other brands
  • Available only in smaller quantities
  • Contains artificial fragrances and colors

So, while the percent of alcohol ensures that these sanitizers can be effective – they may also come with skin irritations or other side effects due to the artificial fragrances and coloring not found in a standard sanitizer.
It is best to completely avoid artificial scents in hand sanitizer products whenever possible. If you so desire, there are natural ways to add scents to hand sanitizer that are not harmful to you or the environment, such as essential oils. Contact us at 416-640-4477 or for more information.