The Best Hand Sanitizers

These antibacterial all-stars—in every size, scent, and texture—will clean your hands without drying them out. Flu season, we’re ready for you.

1

Best Fragrance: Aēsop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Soap

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Hand-sanitizer scents tend to get a bad rap. Not this nonsticky gel. With mandarin rind, rosemary, and cedar, the citrus-woody scent is so lovely, you won’t mind busting it out after every handshake.

To buy: $10; aesop.com.

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Best Travel-Size: Bath & Body Works PocketBac Hand Sanitizer in Energy

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Sure, this one-ounce gel cleanses your hands, but the orange-ginger scent serves as a midday energy booster.

To buy: $2; bathandbodyworks.com.

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Best Cream: Byredo Rinse-Free Hand Wash in Suede

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Yes, it’s a splurge, but for those germ-prone nurses and teachers, this cream zaps bacteria while hydrating hands. Pear, lily of the valley, and amber—yum.

To buy: $30; byredo.com.

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4

Best Multiuse: Jao Refresher Not Just for Hands

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Think of this jumbo, eight-ounce bottle as a portable kitchen sink. Lavender and tea tree disinfect hands, help shrink zits, and calm skin after shaving.

To buy: $18 for 8 oz.; jaobrand.com.

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Best Spray: The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray in Grapefruit Grove

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One plant-based, quick-dry mist will get the job done—even on antsy kids.

To buy: $6 for 2; honest.com.

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Best Foam: Tammy Fender The Purist Antibacterial Dry Hand Wash

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A single airy puff cleanses hands and feet with 11 germ-fighting botanicals, such as thyme.

To buy: $14; tammyfender.com.

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Best Wipe: EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes

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Stash these packets in your bag for cleansing on the go. In addition to swiping on your hands, wipe down your tray table and armrests while flying.

To buy: $14 for 24; eoproducts.com.

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