The Germ-Removing Hand Cream

So what do we think of this then? Vaseline have launched (ages ago now, actually, but I forgot about it)  a hand cream with added sanitising germ protection. Clever, but I have to say that I thought of this idea years ago, so that makes me cleverer! (Haha.) Seriously, about seven years ago I went to a focus group for a beauty brand and they wanted to know what was missing from the beauty world – I said a moisturising hand sanitiser! I have no idea whether or not the client was Vaseline, but if it was – I WANT 20%!

I jest of course. A moisturising sanitiser has been on the cards since we all started using sanitisers, which was when they told us all we were going to be wiped out by swine flu within the week. Here we still are, though – thank GOD for sanitiser, eh? Personally I hate the stuff – it shrivels my hands up into hard pieces of wood the second it goes on – but there are a few good versions. (See Hand Sanitiser Reviews)

So have Vaseline answered the prayers of the dry-handed nation? I think that they’ve had a pretty good go. It’s not the most moisturising hand cream I’ve had the pleasure of using, but it’s by no means the worst. I’d rather call it a moisturising hand sanitiser, though, than a sanitising hand cream. My hands don’t feel that different after use, but I suppose it’s the “Bacteria tested showed 99.9% reduction within 15 seconds” stat that I should be concentrating on. Quite impressive – it pretty much blasts the hell out of those germs, doesn’t it? They don’t stand a chance! There’s no greasy or sticky residue and it’s alcohol free. For those habitual hand sanitisers, this could be a bit of a find.

It’s well-priced – £3.29. Find it at

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  1. judith
    July 17, 2012 / 8:18 am

    I’m sorry to criticise because I love your blog, but I have to say on principle that I disapprove of these types of product. The use of them promotes resistant strains of bacteria, virus and fungi, in the same way that over-use of antibiotics has meant that resistant strains of bacteria have evolved and our antibiotics are becoming less effective. Santisers should be used by people with a compromised immune system, or people working in a hospital for example, but healthy people in a normal environment should allow their natural defences to do their job. Your immune system stays healthy and active by constant exposure to various types of micro-organisms and becomes less effective if you protect it from every day germs. Good old soap and water is what you should use!

    • July 17, 2012 / 9:34 am

      In fairness though, they are a bloody good thing at festivals.

    • July 17, 2012 / 11:21 am

      Totally agree Judith! I however, if I HAVE to, will use Quash- a hand sanitiser based solely on anti-bacterial plants and essential oils like lavender etc. And I find it really moisturising funnily enough!

  2. July 18, 2012 / 12:12 am

    Jurlique’s moisturizing hand sanitizer is another good one. I try not to use them too often, but sometimes when you’re out and about in a grimy place, it’s a must!

  3. MissPapadita
    July 19, 2012 / 7:57 am

    I’m cabin crew, and I use them after washing my hands in the aircraft if I’m going to eat… Theres so much dirt on the aircraft… :-S But outside of work pre-meal, I try not to use them for the same reason, I always thought that a bit of dirt never hurt anyone… you could tell by the state of my kitchen!! haha!! :)

    • Ruth
      July 19, 2012 / 9:29 am

      Oh yes, I’d never use on a regular basis – just for if I’m out and about and want to eat a sandwich or after I’ve used the public loos. x

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