Best Hand Wash and Cleansers

Clean hands are more important than you may realise. We learn about cleaning our hands as a way to avoid germs making us sick, but did you know that dirty hands could also be causing your bad skin? Today, try to pay attention to how many times you touch your face. We do it subconsciously and it’s relatively harmless, unless you struggle with breakouts and blackheads.

Everytime we touch our face we transfer oils, germs and bacteria from our fingers to our fragile skin. When you have large, open pores the nasties you deliver to your skin will sit in there and make themselves at home. Avoiding this outcome can be as simple as having clean hands. Don’t worry though, clean hands can now be an enjoyable beauty experience as well because now we have some delectably hand cleansers to brighten things up. Here are some of the ones I’m currently using. 


Most people know Thankyou for their bottled water but the company has recently expanded into other avenues, including body care. They take the same social enterprising formula they have for their other products and are using the everyday product of hand wash to fund essential projects in developing nations. They also offer their unique “Track Your Impact” program on these products so you can directly see where the money you spent on the product actually goes.

Botanical Patchouli & Vanilla Hand Wash with Sandalwood & Lavender …. doesn’t that just sound delightful? It does more than just sound good, it also smells good, feels good and does it all while helping others. The plant based antibacterial cleanser is vegan, cruelty-free and made in Australia, and the product contains NO SLS, SLES, EDTA, propylene glycol, parabens, petrochemicals, triethanolamine, synthetic fragrances, harsh detergents, animal derivatives, mineral oils and artificial colours. It would be perfect, except it does contain one less than desirable palm oil, Green Palm-derived ingredient. The 500ml bottle lasts ages and the bottle looks great in any bathroom.

Australia $8.00 from Coles, Woolworths and IGA

USA & UK – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers.

Thankyou Sandalwood and Lavender Hand Wash

Thankyou Botanical Patchouli & Vanilla Hand Wash with Sandalwood & Lavender


A quick way to germy hands on the go is with hand sanitiser. I’ve been loving the new Crisp Green Apple scented sanitiser from Palmolive. Playing with beauty products all day means I NEED super clean hands so this one sits on my desk, right next to my computer, so I can quickly and easily keep them clean without drying my hands out from over washing.

Palmolive Hand Sanitiser Crisp Green Apple

Palmolive Hand Sanitiser in Crisp Green Apple


In my handbag I keep another newbie from Palmolive, the Fig & Coconut Hand Sanitiser. It smells so gourmet so it’s ideal for using right before I tuck into a delicious snack or meal.

Fig and Coconut Hand Sanitiser

Palmolive Hand Sanitiser in Fig & Coconut


Australia $3.69 (48ml Bottle) and $9.58 (250ml Pump) from supermarkets

USA & UK – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers.

BX Earth

I love sweet scented products and this natural, Australian made handwash has the yummy juices of Watermelon and Dragonfruit to jazz up the hand washing ritual. The earth-friendly PET plastic bottles look great and 300ml is a generous size. The product is vegan, cruelty-free, antibacterial and contains natural essential oils. It’s also free from palm oil, SLS, SLES, mineral oil, parabens, propylene glycol, artificial colour, harsh detergent, PEGs and animal derivatives.

Australia $4.49 from Coles

USA & UK – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers.

BX Earth Australian-made Hand Wash

BX Earth Watermelon & Dragonfruit Hand Wash

Subtle Energies

Ayurveda Aromatherapy is the signature of Subtle Energies’ products, so the Revive Body & Hand Wash goes above and beyond the normal call of duty. The mixture of Lemongrass, Limbu and Himalayan Cedarwood essential oils lift your mood and leave you feeling fresh. It comes as a bottle with a disk top cap but also in the box is a pump for using as a hand wash.

It’s made from Australian ingredients and is free from SLS. The product isn’t certified cruelty-free but from the ingredients it appears to also be free from animal derivatives.

Australia $39.50 from Adore Beauty and selected spas.

USA & UK – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers.

Subtle Energies Revive Body and Hand Wash

Subtle Energies Revive Body & Hand Wash

Imperial Leather

Another one for the sweet lovers, No.21 Cocooning hand wash is like dessert in a bottle. The combination of Madagascan Vanilla and Cacao makes you want to eat this rather than wash your hands with it but that works fine for me. This scent is part of Imperial Leather’s luxury scented line which was created with master perfumers. I would totally buy this as a fragrance to wear daily but failing that, using it as a handwash does the trick.

The antibacterial formula is soap free and has triple moisturisers so it’s ideal for dry, winter hands. It’s also pH balanced and dermatologically tested. The 250mL pump lasts quite a while and a 500mL refill is sold seperately so you can keep it topped up.

Australia $3.99 from Priceline, supermarkets and selected pharmacies

USA & UK – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers.

Imperial Leather Madagascan Vanilla and Cacao Hand Wash

Imperial Leather No.21 Cocooning Hand Wash

Molton Brown

Formerly known as Naran Ji, the Orange & Bergamot fine liquid hand wash is the signature scent that started an empire. The zingy citrus scent is refreshing and familiar, homely and welcoming. As with all Molton Brown products it’s elegantly packaged and looks great on display.

Molton Brown are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and all their hand washes are vegan. I take this petite 100ml size with me when travelling instead of using those horrid soap bars you find in hotels. You can buy it as part of their gorgeous travel sets, or just grab the regular sized 300ml with a pump.

Australia – David Jones

USA – Neiman MarcusNordstromSaks Fifth and Molton Brown

UK – Saks Fifth Ave and Molton Brown

Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot Hand Wash

Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Fine Liquid Hand Wash

What do you use to wash your hands? Do any of these products take your fancy? Let me know by commenting below!

Best Scented Hand Wash

Thankyou, BX Earth, Subtle Energies, Imperial Leather and Molton Brown all claim not to test on animals, however only Molton Brown is certified cruelty-free (by Leaping Bunny). The products from Thankyou, BX Earth, Subtle Energies and Molton Brown do not contain any animal ingredients or animal derivatives. According to, Palmolive currently test their products on animals where required by law.

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