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As we all work our way through the coronavirus crisis, it’s arguably panic-buying – a self-fulfilling prophecy, considering there are no major reported food or grocery item shortages at this stage – that’s causing the most immediate problems for most Aussies.
And while handwashing with soap and warm water is the best practice when it comes to cleanliness, hand sanitiser (with at least 60 per cent alcohol) is a decent alternative when you can’t get to running water. It’s also right up there on the most-wanted list for stockpilers – so much so that stores are putting a purchase limit in place.
Even with those limits, many supermarket and pharmacy shelves are bare. We’ve rounded up a few other places you can still buy from – if you’re quick.
Aussie beauty brand Grown Alchemist produces organic skincare and has just dropped two new products, both of which use 70 per cent ethyl alcohol along with hydrating natural oils such as rosemary and coconut.
And Grown Alchemist’s signature minimal design means the packaging is beautiful, so it’s a win-win.
In 2005, Synergie Skin started making products to protect Australians' skin from UV rays without the use of ethically questionable ingredients, and it's since evolved to stock a wide range of serums, cleansers, moisturisers, cosmetics and more.
In response to the coronavirus crisis the label has launched a sanitiser spray made with 70 per cent alcohol, glycerin, and aloe vera, so it's non-drying. $15 for 120 millilitres.
Melbourne-based Sensori+ is known for products inspired by nature and made using plant-derived ingredients. Now, it's taking that same approach to hand sanitiser.
The spray bottles comes in two scents: the citrus-heavy Gayndah Orchard and the gingery Wiruna Night. Both are available in 30 millilitre ($15) and 100 millilitre ($39) bottles, and both contain 75 per cent alcohol.
Third Drawer Down
This collection of "Hand Sanity-Zers" from Melbourne-based design shop Third Drawer Down combines art with cleanliness in a way we didn't know we needed. Each 500 millilitre pump bottle ($25), 150 millilitre ($15) or 100 millilitre ($12.50) spray dons playful artwork by artist David Shrigley or Magda Archer.
"Please go away," reads one. "I hate germs!" shouts another. Some are more reassuring: "Everything is good." That's one of Shrigley's, accompanied by not one, not two, but three thumbs up illustrations.
St Ali Coffee Roasters
Melbourne-based coffee empire St Ali has developed a hand sanitiser with 75 per cent alcohol in partnership with local water-treatment company HydroChem. It comes in 250 millilitre ($15) and 500 millilitre ($25) pump bottles, each one emblazoned with the words “Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Clean”. Timely.
Aesop, established in Melbourne in 1987, makes skincare products that are complemented by a cool, clean aesthetic. The label’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is a non-sticky formula made with mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar. It comes in a 500 millilitre pump ($50) and in a 50 millilitre pocket-size vessel ($10).
This product is currently sold out and is due to be restocked in the coming weeks.
Saba Organics’ skincare products are all made in Australia, and that includes its three-strong range of handy 50 millilitre hand sanitisers, which are all made with 70 per cent ethanol alcohol.
Prohibition Liquor Co.
This South Australian distillery is known for its small-batch craft gin, but added a juniper-scented hand sanitiser to its repertoire in mid-March.
“Being a distillery and having access to high-strength alcohol, we decided to make a small batch of our own,” the team said in an Instagram post announcing the move. “We’re not in the hand sanitiser business and don’t intend to be, but we figured if we are going to make it for ourselves, why not make a small batch for the broader Prohibition family?”
You can’t buy the sanitiser on its own. Instead, each 100 millilitre bottle comes free with a full-size bottle of gin – they start at $99 – which is pretty fitting for times like these anyway.
Local travel startup July made its name with chic, functional carry-on luggage. Now it’s handing out free Travel Well Kits – complete with two 50 millilitre hand sanitisers and two 50 millilitre mint breath-freshening sprays, all from Saba Organics and all packed into a hardy little case – with every case purchase (use the code FRESH).
You can also order the kit on its own for $50, with free shipping.
Manly Spirits Co.
This gin, vodka and whisky distillery in Sydney’s northern beaches makes spirits with foraged ingredients – such as sea parsley that washes up on nearby beaches – and now it’s making Gin Aroma hand sanitiser in the same vein.
It’s available in five litre tubs for community organisations, and 50 millilitre bottles are free with every full-size spirit purchase. There’s a limit of one of these freebies per customer.
Archie Rose Distilling Co
Bar staff who’ve been stood down at Sydney distillery Archie Rose are being brought back in to craft 65 per cent alcohol hand sanitiser. The new product uses the same botanicals found in Archie Rose gin, such as thyme, cardamom, cassia and grapefruit.
Although the first batch has sold out, there are currently around 4500 available to pre-order on the distillery’s website. The sanitiser costs $20 per 500 millilitre bottle, with a limit of one case (six bottles) per person.
Natural Supply Co
This Aussie company is all about organic and cruelty-free products, and it’s got a few different hand sanitisers in stock.
The Bondi Wash Sydney Peppermint & Rosemary Mist Spray is $16 for 50 millilitres or $30 for 150 millilitres, and is made with plant-derived alcohol and Australian bush oils. Dr Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitiser has just four ingredients – 62 per cent ethyl alcohol, glycerin, water and lavender oil ($8.95 for 59 millilitres).
Family-run perfume shop Essensorie is located in Melbourne’s Block Arcade, and all its products are made just outside Ballarat, Victoria. The company has just launched an 80 per cent hand-sanitiser spray in three sizes ($22 for 50 millilitres, $42 for 100 millilitres and $95 for 250 millilitres) made with eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and lemon essential oils.
This Queensland-based brand creates skincare rooted in aromatherapy, using essential oils and plant extracts. Its 50 millilitre hand sanitiser ($9.96) is made with tea tree, lemon and lavender oils, with a 60 per cent ethanol alcohol base.
This product is currently sold out.
This Victorian gin distillery, known for its sought-after Bloody Shiraz Gin, was last year crowned the International Gin Producer of the Year. Now it’s using the aromatic by-products of its gin distillation (aka “heads and tails”) to make hand sanitiser.
For the past few weeks the new product has only been available to frontline medical workers, but now the rest of us can get our hands on a bottle too. The one-litre hand sanitiser – appropriately named Heads, Tails and Clean Hands ($40) – contains 80 per cent ethyl alcohol. There’s a limit of five bottles per customer.
Karst Stone Paper
This eco-friendly Sydney-based company turns mining and construction waste into elegant, durable stationery. But in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s teamed up with Rescue, a personal-care supply-chain network founded by people who have lost their jobs, to make hand sanitiser.
Karst’s liquid sanitiser is formulated with an ethyl-alcohol content of 70 per cent, plus soothing aloe vera. Each 500-millilitre pump bottle is $22, and there’s a limit of six per customer. It’s available now for pre-order and will ship within 30 days.
Mr Black’s craft coffee liqueur, one of Australia’s best, makes a mean Espresso Martini. But its newest product, the just-restocked Love Thy Neighbour hand sanitiser, is a little more in demand right now (the first batch sold out in a couple of hours last week).
The 80 per cent ethanol hand sanitiser was made in partnership with Distillery Botanica on the NSW central coast. Each 500-millilitre bottle is $19.95, and the limit is three per customer.