Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer

by Gold Bond  
$9.99 - 12 fl. oz.
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This is an interesting hand lotion not only because of the amount of product offered (a 12-ounce bottle of hand lotion will last several months) but because it contains the antibacterial agent Benzethonium chloride as its active ingredient. Unfortunately, this ingredient has weak activity against microbes and germs, so it’s not going to keep your hand as hygienic as you may be hoping. This hand lotion isn’t a great substitute for alcohol-based hand sanitizers or simply washing hands with soap and water, but it can provide some protection from germs (Sources: 2008 CIR Compednium, Cosmetic Ingredient Review, 2008, page 39; and American Journal of Infection Control, March 2005, pages 67–77). Of course, this softens your skin and helps ease dryness, too which is something an alcohol-based sanitizer cannot do (lots of hand sanitizers claims to be moisturizing but there’s no way they can do that when the formulas need at least 60% alcohol in order to kill germs). Overall, this deserves a Good rating for its uniqueness and because it contains some good moisturizing agents to help keep frequently-washed hands from becoming dry, cracked, and uncomfortable.

7 hydrating moisturizers plus 5 essential vitamins. Effective germ kill. Kills 99.99% of germs in as little as 15 seconds. Intensive moisturization. Unlike alcohol, which can strip the skin of essential moisture, this alcohol-free formula actually replenishes with 7 hydrating moisturizers.

Active: Benzethonium Chloride (0.2%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Jojoba Esters, Petrolatum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glyceryl Laurate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Cholecalciferol, Phytonadione, Ascorbic Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Panthenol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Steareth-21, DMDM Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, EDTA, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Ethylhexylpalmitate, Silica, Octyldodecanol

There isn't a lot to write about Gold Bond despite the fact that the brand has been around for over 100 years. For the most part, Gold Bond is a staple at drugstores due to their small selection of body lotions, anti-itch products, and various foot-care products, including powders and anti-odor sprays. You can ignore any of their products with menthol. This is used in several Gold Bond products as a counter-iritant. What does that mean? Counter-irritants such as menthol are used to induce local inflammation for the purpose of relieving inflammation in deeper or adjacent tissues. In other words, they substitute one kind of inflammation for another, which is never good for skin. Irritation or inflammation, no matter what causes it or how it happens, impairs the skin's immune and healing response (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November–December 2000, pages 358–371). And although your skin may not show it or doesn't react in an irritated fashion, if you apply irritants to your skin the damage is still taking place and is ongoing, so it adds up over time (Source: Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227–237). Gold Bond has some good body lotions to consider and they are fairly priced, too. But that's where the excitement for this longstanding brand starts and stops.

For more information about Gold Bond, call parent company Sanofi Aventis at (800) 981-2491 or visit www.goldbond.com.

Note: We did not review the foot odor sprays and powders from this brand due to Paula and the Cosmetics Cop team typically not reviewing these categories of body-care products.

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  1. Dawn
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 21, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Saved my hands!
    • My hands explode every year in spring with an itchy rash that spreads. They will be up to 50% covered for months & I have scars. Gold Bond Sanitizer is the ONLY thing that has worked to clear my hands. Beautypedia says the ingredient doesn't work as well as others, but in fact it is better for me because it not only kills the germs it protects my skin from new ones. Now I heal quickly. The other benefit I have are silky smooth feet. A dime size dab rubbed in every evening - Amazing results!

  2. AMADA W.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 19, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Lots of Moisture/Little protection
    • I'm so disappointed that the Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer is not a very good source of protection from bacteria (PC review). While it is a GREAT idea to combine sanitizing and moisturizing in one product, apparently this falls short. I wont buy it any more and just tote around two separate products. It makes me wonder why PC has not improved on this idea.

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