This product receives a hazard score of 4 on the Cosmetic Safety Database, and the only ingredient with a hazard score above a 3 is fragrance. The bottle says the fragrance is natural, and I guess that’s just vague enough to make it seem less threatening. The CSD also lists Sodium Benzoate as an ingredients, but the Burt’s Bees website and the bottle do not.
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates & petrochemicals.
2. It’s cruelty-free.
3. The bottle is #1 plastic and can be recycled in Lake Charles.
Product Description (provided at burtsbees.com)- “Eliminate up to 99.99% of germs and make your hands smooth and soft, naturally, with this 100% natural hand sanitizer. This unique formula combines the effective germ-killing strength of corn-based alcohol with vitamin-rich Aloe Vera, to soften and moisturize hands, plus Witch Hazel to soothe skin. Clean hands on-the-go without water, naturally!”
Price– Ordinarily it’s around $5.oo for 2 oz, but I found it on sale for $2.50 at Walmart.
Performance– I expected this product to be really drying since it contains alcohol. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the contrary to be true. Maybe it’s the aloe vera, but this hand sanitizer actually leaves my hands feeling soft. None of the above can be said of the bright pink soap in most gas station bathrooms. I’ve skipped hand sanitizing of any sort many times to avoid using that soap; it’s actually embarrassing.
Scent– The scent reminds me of a gin and tonic, actually (or really any alcoholic beverage that includes gin and citrus).
Rating-I’m subtracting 2 points for the questionable ingredients, but this product gets a well-deserved 8 for saving me from the pink mystery soap.
Would I purchase this item again? Eh, maybe.
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