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How effective is hand washing for COVID-19?

March 23, 2020 3 min read

How effective is hand washing for COVID-19?

We are currently being bombarded with information about hand washing and hand sanitising.  Never before has hand washing and hygiene been so important as it is now during these uncertain times, as we live through the current COVID-19 virus.

It was tempting for us to jump on the band wagon and manufacture our own hand sanitiser but we have chosen not to for several thought out reasons.  Firstly, for a hand sanitiser to be effective it needs to contain over 60% and ideally over 70% alcohol.  We have built our reputation on producing the highest quality natural skincare products and to introduce a natural hand sanitiser with alcohol would simply be introducing a semi-natural product and natural hand sanitisers that are truly natural  will obviously not be as effective as those containing alcohol.

So, instead, we thought we would focus on the importance of hand washing.

Cleaning hands at key times with a good quality hand wash / soap and water  is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you.

Handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs, pesticides, and metals on hands. Knowing when to clean your hands and which method to use will give you the best chance of preventing sickness.  Please follow these simple hand washing procedures as laid out by the World Health Organisation:


So with all this additional hand washing and, certainly, if you are using an alcohol based sanitiser, your skin will be stripped of it’s natural oils and it will become even more necessary to moisturise to put that moisture back into those squeaky clean hands!  We have three invaluable products, all award winning, to safeguard against dry, flaking and sore hands.

Hydrating Hand & Body Wash  – here are just some of the hero ingredients we have included in it and why we recommend it: the certified organic Glycerin we use forms a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss; Glyceryl Caprylate helps restore the natural oils in your skin ; Citrus Limon Peel Oil contains antibacterial and anti fungal properties; Macadamia Oil  – ah-mazing! Containing Palmitoleic acid to help soften dry skin: Palmarosa essential Oil is from the same family as Lemongrass and helps stimulate cellular regeneration and regulate sebum balance  (the natural oil in your skin).  It also contains our key native Australian botanical ingredients that we all know and love – Kakadu Plum, Lilly Pilly & Quandong which  are packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants, anti ageing properties and antibacterial properties!

Body Moisturising Lotion – we have included an abundance of skin nourishing and restoring ingredients into this lotion including Cetearyl Olivate which helps reduce skin water loss, has a high moisturising effect and is hypoallergenic; The concentration of certified organic Shea Butter packed with vitamins is incredibly nourishing and moisturising for your skin and used to remedy dry skin and protect the skin’s natural oils; certified organic Jojoba Oil – fabulous for repairing damaged skin tissue it is antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral and anti inflammatory……wowsers!!!  Certified organic coconut oil is one of the ‘miracle ‘ oils as it is easily absorbed and provides deep skin hydration; certified organic sweet almond oil – soothes dry irritated skin……get the picture? We could go on and on! Did we mention that it’s also award winning? And did we mention it also contains our key Australian botanical ingredients? You know….Kakadu Plum, Lilly Pilly & Quandong….Love, love, love.

Intensely Moisturising Hand Cream – we don’t have a favourite, but you clearly do and this is our best selling product! You know what?  All of the above above ingredients in abundance!  This is a truly sensational hand cream and the reviews keep pouring in which we are always thrilled to receive.  This hand cream is especially suited to very sensitive skin and eczema prone skin.  Gentle and mild enough not to irritate…..potent enough to deliver the necessary healing properties to soothe dry, sore and dehydrated skin.  This cream is easily absorbed which we just love – personally, I am not a fan of hand creams that sit on your skin and leave it greasy. Nup! Not this hand cream – beautifully smooth and it does what is says – goes straight in!  That means all those amazing skin nourishing ingredients are being absorbed straight away.

So, amidst all this confusion, panic and worry during these uncertain times that we are all experiencing, I wanted to send you all my very best wishes.  I hope you all stay safe and healthy and let’s try to make the most of this time to focus on self care, family  and what really matters in life.

Thinking of you all.

Lisa x


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