Here’s how to #shoplocal and protect yourself in one cart.
There’s no doubt that hand sanitizer has become an important item in each of our homes since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Canada – and chances are it will continue to be a staple in our post-pandemic lives, too. With global shortages of the product kicking in almost immediately, beauty brands have increasingly pivoted their production facilities to produce hand sanitizer for both frontline workers and consumers. If you’re in need of another bottle and are looking to #shoplocal right now, here’s which Canadian beauty brands are selling hand sanitizer:
Quebec-based beauty brand Marcelle has recently released the Ultra Gentle Hand Sanitizing Gel ($6.95). The antiseptic formula is made with Benzalkonium Chloride, a Health Canada-approved alternative to alcohol. making it perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin. It is also hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. The brand has also teamed up with Canadian travel essentials company Vol Privé to offer a free luxury face mask to the first 100 customers who purchase a product from the Ultra Gentle line (which also includes a hand and body gel) via Marcelle.com.
Canadian wellness brand Lotus Aroma has launched its own hand sanitizer, available in both spray and gel forms (both are $15 each). The formula – made in partnership with Canadian laboratory Dermolab Pharma – is 100 per cent natural (it uses plant-based alcohol), vegan, gluten-free and GMO-free, and is approved by Health Canada. It also contains Eucalyptus Globulus NPN essential oil, as well as lemon essential oil, both of which are known for their antibacterial properties and organic aloe vera for hydration.
Montreal based skincare boutique Etiket is now offering its own hand sanitizer. Containing 80 per cent alcohol, the formula is also made with aloe vera and organic hemp seed oil to help moisturize hands. The spray bottle allows you to use it on your hands, as well as your devices. Prices start at $9 for the 9oz bottle, $15 for the 8oz or $21 for a duo package.
Cult Canadian beauty brand Nudestix has today announced the launch of its very own hand sanitizer. Available in clip packs of 5 ($10), a refillable 100ml to-go bottle ($9) and a 500ml family size bottle ($13), the brand says its formula has been “formulated with vegan-powered, good-for-skin ingredients” which help to hydrate hands and protect them from drying out. It also contains 62 per cent ethanol to effectively kill germs and bacteria and is Health Canada-approved. For every hand gel purchased on the brand’s website, Nudestix will donate one 30ml bottle to at-risk communities. Additionally, the brand has committed to donating 20,000 bottles to frontline workers across the country.
Earlier this month, Toronto beauty spot Province Apothecary launched its own hand sanitizer. Made with 95 per cent ethyl alcohol, the hand sanitizer is Health Canada-approved. Right now, the 250ml bottle is available for $16 (regularly priced at $22).
The Green Beaver Company
Launched in 2002 with a focus on providing Canadians with natural beauty products, The Green Beaver Company helps its customers to take care of themselves whilst also respecting the environment. As such, the brand has created a 100 per cent natural hand sanitizer ($7.99) that is Health Canada-approved thanks to its composition which includes 70 per cent ethanol, as well as essential oils. The vegan product also contains glycerin to help hydrate hands and is formulated without parabens, fragrance, SLS and phthalates.