If you've got HSOCD (that's Hand Sanitizer Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), the symptoms are clear: After a long subway ride, using a restroom, signing the check at a restaurant, or even, ahem, a handshake, you find yourself desperately digging through your purse for a mini bottle of hand sanitizer to wash away the Dirty. Evil. Germs.
Now, if you're discreet, you can keep your HSOCD under wraps, save one telltale sign - dry, flaky, itchy fingers and palms due to the heavy alcohol content of most hand sanitizers. As a victim myself, I'm all too familiar with vicious circle - apply hand sanitizer, dry out hands, pray there's a mini moisturizer in your purse, or a Sephora nearby so you can run in and use a hand cream (confession: I've even found myself applying chapstick to my fingers in times of desperation).
But, praise the Beauty gods, I've finally found a solution - Frais. This natural, hydrating hand sanitizer contains 66 percent pure sugarcane alcohol that kills 99 percent of germs on contact. Frais has a unique blend of eight hydrating essential oils known as Les Huit which include ginger, tangerine, and lemon myrtle that leave hands unbelievably smooth and create a sensual citrus aroma-a far cry from the usual putrid, itchy drydown.
Packaged in a sleek, slate blue recyclable bottle, this paraben-free vegan product adds luxe to the normal routine of hand sanitizing. No wonder it's a fan favorite among celebs like Kelly Ripa, America Ferrera, Britney Spears, and Carrie Underwood. And the brand goes way beyond keeping us fresh and clean. Frais has teamed up with UK foundation "Just A Drop" to support water, sanitation and health projects all over the globe. Frais ($3.50-$7) is available now at C.O. Bigelow, Studio Fred Segal, Beautyhabit.com, and Fraislux.com.
So grab that subway bar! Touch that bathroom doorknob! Pick up that quarter from the floor! And give thanks for Frais, the great HSOCD enabler.