For the (Safely) Hygiene-Obsessed: Toxin-Free Picks For The Road

Triclosan in hand sanitisers? Yuck! Irritant-packed moist toilet paper? Eeew!.. But what if you’re just LOST without those? READ ON, help’s here.

The Song Of Crazypants Sanitising

The line between good hygiene and a crazypants routine of “SANITISE-ALL-THE-THINGS!” is thin and fragile.
I know that. I’ve been there.

Knowing that advertising wants only my best (my money), I was hyper-sanitising merely out of Panic:
Particularly in the office, where I had the unlucky chance to experience first-hand the poor hygiene of several of my co-workers.
It made me cringe, no: C-R-I-N-N-N-N-N-G-E, to know they’ve touched the doorknob to my office or maybe even picked my post.

So yes, this basically drove me Mr-Monk-style-batshit-crazy about germs.

However, I just as quickly succumbed to the quiet voice of reason.clouds-and-skiesHere’s what it said:

Conventional, Triclosan-based sanitisers destroy everything designed to actually protect you from germs:
Your skin dries out,
you put toxic stuff onto your skin –
and just think of the horrible artificial fragrance!”

Oh yes, fragrance.
Most conventional sanitisers, both spray and tissues, gave me terrible headache; and hand sanitisers were just drying beyond compare.

However, sometimes a sanitiser is due, and most often it happens on the go.
Maybe you drop your smartphone in a train station loo.

Or your hands receive unsolicited attention of an unknown dog.
Or strange person.
Or you just unattentively shook hands with a guy who happens to have the worst flu on the planet.

My favourite hand sanitiser for the road

Gotta love Dr. Bronner’s take on sanitisers. Pure, toxin-free, gorgeously Lavender-scented spray – this stuff is seriously the best I’ve ever tried.dr-bronners-natracare-hygienic-and-safeINCI check: organic alcohol, water, organic glycerin, organic lavender oil

Moist Toilet Paper (REALLY?)

Don’t fear, I’m not going too in-depth here.
Let’s just say, sometimes it’s better to be prepared, and this Natracare thingy is a really good pick.
I stumbled upon this product in my fave bio market in Berlin, and have it on stock for every trip.
In fact, these tissues are soft enough to be used as a surrogate handwash.
INCI check: organic cotton tissues, water, glycerin, organic rose extract, organic rose oil, organic chamomile, organic calendula, polyglyceril-10-laurate, levulinic acid, sodium levulinate, terpineol, potassium sorbate, sodium phytate.

So why not a conventional product?
1. Even the “sensitive”-branded products can contain the cheapest ingredients, the worst allergy offenders, irritants, and thus cause more suffering than comfort.
2. To make matters worse, German independent testers from Ökotest have found formaldehyde donors and halocarbon compounds/heavy metals from bleach in several of 15 tested products.
How gross is that?
3. In addition, if you couldn’t care less for an occasional irritating damp wipe the tissues used can contribute to the microplastic problem.

Happy and sanitary travelling, Adventurers! 😉


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  1. […] I first saw a review of the absolution product over on beautyjagd a few years ago, but it wasn’t until a huge summer sale on ecco verde that I actually thought of this very hand lotion (40 ml, €16):Usually I don’t trust formulas with lots of glycerin and I must admit that I simply overlooked it while shopping. However, maybe due to Berlin’s near tropical weather conditions, maybe there’s not as much of it after all, I haven’t experienced any dryness or “addictiveness”. Nori extract and licorice are also not your standard hand lotion heroes and supposedly help reduce UV damage. The Zinc-enriched hand lotion is almost balmy, absorbs ultra-quick, and has a subtly medicinal, slightly ginger-like scent that I find relaxing. I think it’s a keeper for a hand lotion in my pocket makes a lot of sense in autumn and in winter – because of course, washing hands is the best flu protection. […]

  2. This is very handy info….so glad i’m not the only one troubled by colleagues’ hygiene habits… I once went on holiday and when I came back 1 week later the empty hand wash in the bathroom hadn’t been moved *shudder*….anyway I enjoy my own office now!

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