California Baby Moisturizing Handwash Kills Germs Naturally

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Swine flu or no swine flu, personal hygiene should be numero uno on your daily must-do list. But you don't need a furor of hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, and Triclosan-infused soaps—a veritable pandemic-fueled cottage industry these days—to hold back the germy tide; good old-fashioned soap and water will do just fine.

If you've been scrubbing your hands raw, California Baby's new moisturizing handwash, formulated for babies, kids, and sensitive grownups, makes frequent sudsing a less-dry affair. Fragrance-free (and absent of scent-masking agents), the pH-balanced concentrate squashes bacteria with naturally antiseptic witch hazel, while keeping skin moisturized and soothed with organic or sustainably derived coconut oil, aloe vera, and calendula.

Besides eschewing parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, or phenoxyethanol (which even the most conscientious eco-friendly beauty products frequently include), the biodegradable soap also gives common allergens such as nut oils, gluten, soy, oat, and dairy the brush off, so kiddies, the chemically sensitive, and the immune-impaired can lather up with peace of mind.

Need an extra sumpthin' sumpthin' in your pump? The handwash also comes in versions spiked with pure essential oils, including an antibacterial blend of tea tree, lemon, and ravensara. Bugs be gone!

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