Fragrance Design For Hand Sanitizers And Disinfecting Wipes

While any school child knows that Christopher Columbus sort of discovered America in 1492 and that hand washing is important to prevent the spread of germs, many adults, for whatever reason, have either forgotten or cannot be bothered with washing their hands. 

It is the best and most recommended way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, but in those instances when bathrooms may not be near, the use of hand sanitizers are the next best thing to keeping hands free of toxic pathogens. 

Generally speaking, there are two types of hand sanitizer users; one that always carries around a bottle somewhere on their person and another that only associates sanitizers with doctors and hospitals.

Sanitizing Washing Hands

According to Consumer Reports, fragrance formulations containing 70% or more alcohol are effective combatants against bacteria. Commercial fragrances, such as Eau de Toilettes and Eau de Colognes, generally contain at least that amount, making them just as safe and effective as hand sanitizers.

This creates an unexpected, vitally important link between the perfume industry and the pharmaceutical sector. The Financial Times noted that recent stores of isopropl alcohol (a key ingredient in hand gels and wipes) are running short, and as is always the case with  the law of supply and demand, the price for the chemical has exponentially spiked.

A Brief History Of Hand Sanitizers and Disinfecting Wipes

In ancient times, alcohol was used as a sterilizer, and the word itself is derived from al kohl, a term for the metallic element Egyptians utilized to treat eye infections some five thousand years ago. Other early civilizations such as Rome and Greece also used alcohol to treat wounds. 

Hand sanitizers as we know them today, did not come along until 1966 when a nursing student named Lupe Hernandez from Bakersfield, California, discovered that alcohol could be delivered via a gel without soap and water. Originally it was only used in hospital settings, until it became popularized in the early 1990s by companies like Purell.

Wet wipes are small, pre-moistened pieces of paper or fabric that often come folded and individually wrapped for convenience. They are usually made of fabric similar to that found in dryer sheets. They are  saturated with a solution of water and gentle cleansing agents, such as isopropyl alcohol, and treated with lotion and softeners.

Fragrances For Disinfecting Wipes

Wipes are mainly used for cleaning or disinfecting. Also known as wet towels, disinfecting wipes, or moist towelettes, these products were non-existent before the 1970s when in the latter part of that decade the necessary technology was developed.

An increase in travel mirrored the necessity to save time and clean up quickly and easily without having to stop at a motel or hotel. Major brands, such as Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, were the first to manufacture wet wipes, as they were among the few who could well afford the costly specialized equipment required. Smaller brands slowly but surely entered the picture as advances in technology made the production of the towelettes more cost-effective. 

By the 1990s, popular brands of hand sanitizers experienced a decrease in sales because many large supermarket chains created and began selling their own brand of wipes, which were vey attractive to consumers because of their lower prices and equally effective results.

The use of wet wipes increased respectively with their popularity, and shifted from a handy tool for maintaining hygiene while traveling to a way to clean babies instantly and conveniently. Soon, their application spread to any cleaning task under he sun. Especially with the encroaching threat of contamination from Covid 19, wipes are liberally used on kitchen counters, work desks, floors and most other surfaces.

Increasing Demand For Hand Sanitizers and Disinfecting Wipes

The global hand sanitizer market was valued at $919 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $1,755 million by 2023, with an anticipated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9% from 2017 to 2023. 

It is estimated that the major factor in this growth spurt is consumer preferences for health and wellness product innovation, especially the inclusion of fragrances in the formulation of hand sanitizers. According to market researchers at Adobe Analytics, in just one month, from December of 2019 to January of 2020, the demand for hand sanitizers spiked 1,400%!

Fragrance Creation Hand Sanitizers

The increasing demand for hand sanitizers is of course at this immediate time related to the terrible scope of the Covid 19 virus that has maintained a paralyzing death grip on the world at large. Doctors urge that hand washing is a vital preventative in its ability to spread. 

There are also general improvements in living standards, disposable income and increased awareness about the importance of hand hygiene. North America dominates the global hand sanitizer market, owing to the high hygiene standards among the U.S. population. Revenue growth for the hand sanitizer manufacturing industry has been adjusted from 1.9% to 16.6% in 2020.

Alpha Aromatics And Modern Fragrance Design

Quite simply, our mission is to design, create and supply the world’s finest, high quality scents one fragrance at a time, all the while meeting every environmental and quality standard set by RIFM, IFRA, Oregon Tilth, ISSA and the NPA, and most recently, the International Organization for Standardization as an ISO 9001:2015 certified company.


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Our chemists, researchers and fragrance developers at Alpha Aromatics are experts at understanding the way humans approach and experience scent. Our fragrances are precisely focused to target a specific audience and enhance the power of a specific product.

Our branding secret concerns the art and seemingly magical ability to know how to make a specific product appealing to a consumer seeking that product. This skill has no short-cuts and is not something that money can buy, as it only comes with decades of experience and innovative research of market trends, chemistry and the artful process of fragrance creation.

Ethanol Malodors Hand Sanitizers

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The following are just a few popular and highly successful fragrances from our master perfumers which have been infused in hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes:

Sugared Lime And Citron

Fresh, clean, sharp lime, juicy, luscious orange and dry, acidic and high aromatic citron form the opening notes of this fragrance. These soon give way to a heart note comprised of sweet, floral orange blossom, light, somewhat bitter neroli and earthy, herbal geranium. A base note of aromatic, sensual white musk completes this pleasing scent.

Pink Citron Watercress Fragrance

Wisteria Blossom

This narcotic, opulent White Flower Bouquet fragrance includes nuances of fresh, floral orange blossom, intoxicating jasmine, creamy gardenia, waxy tuberose and luscious and mysterious frangipani. It deftly combines notes of wisteria with its spicy, floral nuances of lilac and clove with romantic rose, soft green lily-of-the-valley, tropical and spicy plumeria, milky, almondy and green lilac, earthy hawthorn, sweet wild flower, cool green creeping ivy and potent, sensual musk.

Iced Mint Verbena

Opening with a top note comprised of spicy, floral, citrusy bergamot and sour-sweet lemon, these elements soon surrender to a heart note of minty, cool and invigorating peppermint, sweet, herbal spearmint and very refreshing, fruity and lemony verbena. A base note of rich, alluring vanilla and earthy, nutty sage completes the scent.

Bergamot Essential Oils

Raspberry Seed And Violet

Tangy and woody-nuanced raspberry, velvety, aromatic peach and juicy, green strawberry form the top note of this pleasing fragrance. These soon evaporate and meld into a middle note of wild and sweet honeysuckle, powdery, floral violet and sweet, bright lily. The scent finishes with a base note of woody, fruity, floral rosewood and fresh leafy green.

Bamboo Cherry Blossom

This exotic scent opens with a top note of potent, half-lemon half-lime, yuzu, succulent, peppery mandarin and tart, tangy grapefruit. These strains soon fade to make way for a middle note marked by floral, exhilarating jasmine, sweet, lightly tangy cherry blossom and earthy star anise. Dry bamboo and creamy, woody sandalwood form the base note of this alluring fragrance.

Cherry Blossom Fragrance

Matcha Tea And Aloe

Complex, clean and refreshing bergamot, succulent orange, sharp lemon and fresh, dewy melon are the initiating aspects of this Oriental fragrance. A middle note of romantic rose, musty, green cyclamen, heady, fruity, honeyed and warm honeysuckle, sweet, green white tea leaf and sappy green aloe soon follows and eventually melds into a final base note of woody, musky, green and potent Match a tea.

In Conclusion

Hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes have earned their rightful spot in the modern market place. They’ve come a long way since their inception more than half a century ago, and with the perilous scope of Covid-19, have shown their mettle as effective sanitizing and disinfecting tools.

Hand sanitizers and gels can’t exist successfully without the power of fragrance. Without scent, consumers would not be as attracted to them, as the allure of distant, sweet-smelling places helps to transport the consumer far away from the reality of the terrible global challenges we face today.

If you currently manufacture hand sanitizers or disinfecting wipes, or you’re converting your current factory or business to manufacture sanitizers, we are an essential business and remain open through this unprecedented time, so reach out to our team today and differentiate your product or product line from others with the undeniable allure of fragrance.

And remember, in the words of Benjamin Franklin when speaking of crisis seem most appropriate. He said: “We will all hang together or most assuredly, we will all hang separately.”

Stay safe and strong. We are all in this together.

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