Hotels and Hand Sanitiser / 11 March 2020
What you need to know NOW
Hand Sanitisers that don’t contain The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommended minimum of 60% alcohol are popping up on Reception and Concierge desks across Australia. While this is now a necessary offering from hotels, many of these products will prohibit the growth of germs but will not kill the Coronavirus.
Also, hand sanitisers promoting “alcohol-free” formulations are popular, but less effective. These products substitute alcohol with benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient, because consumers often perceive alcohol as being too harsh for the skin. Such non-alcohol antiseptic products may not work for many types of germs, the CDC says, and hotels and their guests are using them without knowing the difference.
To help hotels better protect their clients and staff, local skin care companies, such as Grown Alchemist and Two Good Co., are producing Australian-made hand sanitisers that meet the CDC’s recommendations.
Grown Alchemist’s new Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser is a non-drying, antiseptic gel formulated with 70% Ethyl Alcohol extracted from cane sugars. The formulation boasts a unique Tri-Hyaluronan Complex and antioxidants, to instantly sanitise whilst hydrating and protecting the hands from being stripped of moisture, safeguarding against premature aging.
Two Good Co. has also just launched their fragrance-free “Instant Hand Sanitiser” which they claim “contains 70% alcohol, kills 99.9% of germs and does 100% good”, through their social mission to support vulnerable women throughout Australia. Vegan-friendly, the gel also contains glycerine to keep hands soft.
Val Harding, founder of Interior Images, says not only are these local brands filling an urgent need, they are doing so in style. “Our clients consider every visual and design element of their lobbies and public spaces, so placing a hand sanitiser from the local chemist on the front desk can be quite jarring. Grown Alchemist and Two Good Co. have elevated this type of product through their skin care expertise and modern design aesthetic.”
“Grown Alchemist is such a loved and trusted brand, people will want to try their hand sanitiser. And Two Good has such an amazing story surrounding their charity and social mission, that the bottle on the counter goes from a necessary evil to a value-added touch point,” added Harding.