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12 July 2011

"20 Must-Haves for a Natural, Organic, Eco-Friendly Summer
Frais All-Natural Towelettes - These essential oil, shea butter, and vitamin-infused towelettes are a big step up from swabbing down your face with a baby wipe on a hot day. ($10)

Summer 2011
"Eight Australian essential oils, including cardamom and nialoui, lend an aromatherapeutic effect, while gingko biloba and vitamin E soften and rejuvenate the skin. All natural, vegan, even the packaging is 100 percent recyclable, and they donate a portion of proceeds to Just A Drop clean water foundation."

Las Vegas Woman
Las Vegas Woman,
May 2011

"The Anti-Age Rage
Beholding the Beauty

We've sought out the best anti-aging products and road tested them all, so you don't have to. No one product can make you feel years younger or pounds lighter; be sure to incorporate a healthy diet and exercise into your daily routine.
The Claim: They are all natural and can held relax tension in the face while removing makeup, even waterproof mascara.
The verdict: Great for the on-the-go summer lifestyle and a perfect way to refresh before happy hour. While we didn't feel any less tense after using them, they were refreshing and didn't leave any residue."

Pro Beauty
Professional Beauty
April, 2011

"Clean Up Your Act
Frais Hand Sanitiser with ginger, tangerine, lemon myrtle, orange, basil, grapefruit, and cardamon kills 99.9 per cent of germs and comes in 6ml or 50ml.
Frais Towelettes with natural botanical extracts of gingko, shea butter, vitamin E, and essential oils, revitalize skin and remove makeup easily and conveniently in an alcohol-free formula."

Household Personal
Household and Personal Care Wipes,,
April 2011
"Innovation Thrives In New products show that growth is still a reality in the wipes market. Wipes
As the wipes market faces maturity in many of its subsegments, growth moving forward will continue to be born out of innovation. These new ideas— when translated into products to make consumers lives easier—will continue to put wipes into more areas of consumers’ lives. From products for your pet to wipes to clean wine stains off your teeth to fruit and vegetable cleaners, these new wipes are not being developed by the large consumer companies with millions of dollars in new product development funds. They are being made by a mother looking for a way to feed her children fresh fruit and vegetables when traveling away from home or by an outdoor sports enthusiast who wants to freshen up before getting a post-bikeride cup of Joe. These ordinary folks had an idea for a wipe and studied the wipes market supply chain to bring their product to market, often relying on local producers or ecofriendly products. Their successes prove, once again, that innovation not only lives, it thrives, in the wipes market. Keep Hands Clean What do you do when you have a successful hand sanitizer in the market? If you are Frais Luxury Products, you launch a niche wipe called Frais Towelettes. “Frais Towelettes are our follow-on to Frais Hand Sanitizer. Both products were designed with travelers in mind, and both are a wonderful treat during long flights—to keep the faceand body fresh and moisturized and to keep the hands free of germs. They are also great at home, at the gym and at the office,” said Robert Main, Frais Luxury Pro - ducts’ cofounder/managing director USA. Company cofounder/managing director Australia, Michael Davis-Smith explained that last year the company saw that there weren’t any luxury towelettes on the market that were natural and effective. “So, we created our own. We have gotten a great response to the towelettes from consumers and retailers. We listened to consumers who told us that most towelette packs dry out before use, so we split our 20 unit Frais Towelette Twin SKU into two separate sturdy portable resealable packs, and our Frais Towelette Individuals SKU uses individual sachets which are great to put in your bag for work and travel. They are also a bit larger (20 X 19 cm) and softer than most cleansing towelettes on the market.” Emphasizing that beauty consumers are becoming more selective about the ingredients in their products, as well as how the products are tested, Mr. Main said, “The cleansing wipes market is currently about $2 billion in the U.S., yet surprisingly there is little difference among the major brands. We feel there will always be a segment of consumers who will search for all natural and cruelty-free products, especially ones that are elegant and effective.” Finally, Mr. Smith said, “We pride ourselves on delivering excellent products, so we take care to do a lot of research and development. For instance, it was difficult to find all natural towelette ingredients which would remain stable for more than a year, remove make-up effectively, and yet not irritate consumers' faces or eyes. Luckily, we have great laboratories in the U.S. which evaluated our product ideas, and certified that the final product met all of the above goals. There are always going to be beauty consumers looking for niche products, so we do well in those markets. Shelves at large beauty chains and department stores will be tougher competition for us, but there is always room for innovation.”

Preg Newb
Pregnancy & Newborn
, April 2011

"Good Looks and Beauty
Body Conscious: Green goodies to try while beautifying for two.

Frais Facial Towelettes
Wipe away the dry with all-natural moisturizing cleansing cloths..."

March 2011
"Skin Care: Frais hand sanitizer
WHAT IT IS: A natural hand sanitizer
WHAT IT DOES: Kills germs on contact
KEY INGREDIENTS: Sugarcane alcohol (disinfectant); basil (antibacterial and antifungal); lemon myrtle (antiseptic)
HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS: The clear gels smells lemony but not overpowering.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Hand sanitizers are great for keeping clean on-the-go, but most are tough on skin and nails. This eco-friendly version isn't as drying as some sanitizers, thanks to the eight moisturizing natural oils it contains."

Nail Pro
February 2011

Formulated with sugarcane instead of alcohol, this vegan hand sanitizer also includes eight essential oils."

San Francisco,
20 December 2010

"Budget stocking stuffers for the beauty lover
..This Christmas, gain some extra BFF points with these budget-friendly buys and let your beauty loving buddy think that she’s rubbing off her makeup know-how on you in all the right ways...
Frais - Revitalizing and extremely moist. Australia's Frais has an amazing, all-natural makeup removing, perfectly packaged in individual sheets. Great for removing makeup on the go and for night's that call for a quick clean sweep. .."

15 December, 2010

"The Obessive Compulsive
Yes, someone made a luxury hand sanitizer, and your OCD friend needs it. Frais Hand Sanitizer is vegan, all-natural, and formulated with aromatherapeutic essential oils."

Whole LivingWhole Living,
December 2010

"Road Test
Sanitation Department

We couldn't resist trying these gentle and natural germ-fighting blends. No one product won over every single staffer, but there was some consensus. Compared with the ubiquitous stuff, these are real sweet.
Frais Hand Sanitizer Pocket
'These are so tiny, I can stash them anywere!' - Olessa"


Nail Pro
August 2010

"Formulated with high-grade sugarcane rather than alcohol, Frais Hand Sanitizer is an eco-friendly vegan hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs. With a blend of eight essential oils including cardamom, grapefruit and ginger, the sanitizer moisturizes while also providing a soothing, aromatic experience. "

21 June 2010

"Packing the Perfect Bag
The comprehensive guide to the bags, gadgets, and techniques you need for a four-day summer business trip ..
The Dopp Kit- The ultimate in unisex, TSA-approved, high-maintenance-sustaining essentials..
.. Frais Hand Sanitizer: ($3.50) Tiny (at .2 oz.) and made with botanicals to be less drying than traditional antibacterial gels. .."

UK Vogue
UK Vogue,
May 2010

"Vogue Beauty
Ward off sneezes with Vogue's all natural hayfever kit. It's not to be sneezed at.."

Bon Appetite
Bon Appetit
March 2010

"Cool cleansers
Hand-down favorites
With cold and flu season upon us, hand sanitizing is the key.. On the go, we use Frais hand sanitizer. Moisturizing and aromatherapeutic, it contains ginger, tangerine, and cardamom, as well as 66 percent sugarcane alcohol. Sizes range from a countertop pump to 0.2-ounce bottles ($4 to $29, Don't forget experts advise washing or sanitizing for at least 15 seconds."

April 2010

"Bacteria Buster
In a pinch (or when soap and water are out of reach), a few drops of Frais Vegan Hand Sanitizer help kill 99.9% of germs, minus the harsh chemicals. Contains eight essential oils."

Esquire Nederland,
January 2010

"Grooming, Handlangers
Een stevig gehyped Mexicaan griepje was er debet aan dat vorig jaar de desinfecterende zeepjes en lotions de winkels uitvlogen. En ach, zo'n synthetisch alcoholgeurtje, dat uitdrogende effect.. hoort erbij, toch? Nee. Het Australische Frais komt met high end desinfecterende (hand-) producten die acht prettig riekende olien bevatten en je handen bacterien - daaronder degenen die griep, verkoudheid, tuberculose, herpes, hepatitis B & C en vogelgriep veroorzaken - kelen. Over nuttig en aangenaam en hoe die twee zo nu en dan uitstekend combineren."

UK Vogue
UK Vogue,
October 2009

"Vanity Case
For every beauty personality there's a make-up bag teeming with ingenious products. What's your type?
Colour Lover..
Green Queen..
Globe Trotter..
Control Freak:
..Frais Mini Sanitizer.. at"

Marie Claire
Marie Claire,
September 2009

November 2009

"Beauty Reporter Blog
Our Favorite Hand Sanitizers

The best way to stay germ-free is to wash your hands regularly. But when soap and a sink are nowhere in sight, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. These are the favorites around our office (and handbags): ..'I keep the 15-ounce pump of Frais Hand Sanitizer on my desk to use throughout the day, and I carry around the miniatures in my bag. It's great for when I don't have time to wash my hands, plus, the scent is lemon-y, but not too overpowering.'"

18 December 2009

"Beauty Editors' Workday Must-Haves
Being a beauty editor has a lot of perks (read: tons of freebies), which means that when it comes to our at-work arsenal of products, we've basically got it down to a science. What follows is our favorite desk drawer items—lush hand sanitizers, flattering concealers, a non-staticky brush—that make emergencies easier to navigate, and every day a little easier.
Frais Everyday Hand Sanitizer (1.7 oz)
This hand sanitizer absorbs instantly and leaves my hands with a fresh citrus scent. Plus, I love the cute packaging."

002 Houston Magazine,
January 2010

"Things I Love
.. Although I will admit that this germ thing with the hand sanitizers, the Clorox® wipees, the foamy soap things, etc., is getting a little out of hand, I have to believe that since my grocery store has them to wipe down my cart as does my yoga studio – that I must need it. But I HATE the cold, alcohol liquid stuff. Frais hand sanitizer kills 99% of germs and smells like a spa. So all you germaphobes (you know who you are!), relax with this self-inducing aromatherapy germ killer!"

Toronto Star
Toronto Star,
5 October 2009

"Fight swine flu while smelling your best
The fight against flu is going upmarket. An Australian company is touting a high-end hand sanitizer that aims to elevate disinfection from annoyance to extravagance... peppered with a proprietary blend of eight essential oils that moisturize the skin while producing an aroma more reminiscent of an eau de cologne than a medical clinic.. "

Hello! Magazine (UK),
September 2009

"London Fashion Week Emergency Makeup Bag..
Frais - a moisturising hand sanitizer that uses sugar alcohol and essential oils, so smells gorgeous, rather than the chemical ones that make you smell like a hospital bathroom."
November 2009
"PINK Picks Practical Presents
Making use of energy-efficient sugarcane alcohol infused with eight essential oils, the Australian makers of Frais are touting their new hand sanitizer as “elegant and eco-friendly.” Available in pocket size dispensers to gift packs."

San Diego
944 Magazine, San Diego, "Focus",
December 2009
July 2009

"Have a Less Germy Journey
Antibacterial gel is a mom's favorite travel companion. Frais Hand Sanitizer leaves your skin smelling like fresh citrus fruit instead of harsh alcohol."

Pregnancy &
October 2009

Travel and Leisure
September 2009

Tips for Healthy Travel
How to combat colds, avoid germs, and steer clear of swine flu.

".. It’s important to be aware of potential pitfalls not only when you arrive at a destination, but when you’re in transit. Wipe your hands often with antibacterial wipes or sanitizers. Use them to clean your environment, from your airplane seat to your hotel room. Don’t forget the taxi to the airport.

Be a Clean Freak
Channel your inner Howard Hughes and wipe your hands often with antibacterial wipes or sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol, the minimum that will kill most germs on contact. It doesn’t hurt to also sanitize your environment, whether it’s your hotel room, airplane tray table, or the back seat of a taxi. .."

Independent (UK),
6 November 2009

"Sales of hand sanitizers surging ahead of flu season
As H1N1 threatens to sweep the western hemisphere, or so consumers in the United States believe, they're taking preventive measures by slathering on copious amounts of germ-killing hand sanitizers and stocking up on the antibacterial gels. According to the latest data from the Nielsen Company, during the last six months, sales of hand sanitizers in the US have skyrocketed. .. marketing the gels to diverse groups, whether as designer, germ-killing fashion accessories or as essential personal care items. Some popular brands of hand sanitizers include: .. Frais Hand Sanitizer: An Australian line of luxury hand sanitizers that uses aromatherapy and non-toxic moisturizers to kill germs..."

The Mirror (UK),
3 September 2009

"Get fresh for the weekend- Beauty Buzz
It may be the 40th anniversary of Woodstock but that doesn't mean you can get away with just having a mudbath at this weekend's Electric Picnic...
Any festival goer is undoubtedly all too familiar with the horrific bathroom situations to be found at these places, you'd be lucky to find a shred of loo roll let alone a hand basin! Check out Frais' Hand Sanitiser. Available at all good pharmacies."

New York Post,
22 October 2009
"Finger-lickin’ good: Frais makes sanitizer for fancy hands — infused with essential oils including ginger, tangerine, lemon, myrtle, orange, basil and grapefruit, it smells great and keeps hands moisturized."
Vogue UK
Vogue (UK)
24 August 2009
"Beauty Trends Beauty And The Yurt
This weekend several members of the Vogue office, including two from the beauty dept, headed off to the depths of the English countryside for a couple of days of "yurting" in Gloucestershire.. However some urban essentials were imperative for survival in the wild... Call them creature comforts:
Frais Pocket Hand Sanitizer, £3.50 at
Independent (UK),
29 July 2009

"The hands-on guide to avoiding swine flu
It's used in hospitals to help stop the spread of disease, loved by clean-freaks and is in every seasoned festival goer's survival kit – but thanks to swine flu, hand sanitiser has become this season's must-have accessory. With increasing numbers of us scrubbing up on the go and more products becoming available, picking your sanitiser has become as important a decision as choosing a new handbag. Faced with the Portaloos on day three of a festival?.. For those who like a bit of luxury, the only germ-killer to go for is Frais. Looking more like a perfume bottle than a medicinal gel, it's made from 60 per cent natural sugarcane alcohol and is blended with eight essential oils."

Evening Standard
Evening Standard
22 July 2009

"Health & Beauty
To kiss or not to kiss?

How often can I wash my hands without being diagnosed with OCD? Make like Lady Macbeth and scrub, scrub away with soap and hot water. Doctors say hands left unsanitised can transfer the microbes (especially if people cough or sneeze into them)...Should I disguise my hand sanitiser? Actually, alcohol-based hand cleanser is the accessory du jour. Our new favourite is the tactfully named Frais, a cocktail of eight natural essential oils including ginger, tangerine, lemon myrtle and cardamom. Best of all, it sounds like a perfume from Sarah Jessica Parker."

Marie Claire
MarieClaire (UK),
21 June 2009

"10 Best Festival Beauty Essentials
Frais Hand Sanitizer, £6.50 Already dreading the dodgy toilets and scummy showers? One for the germ-phobes, Frais Hand Sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria, plus with a zesty fresh citrus scent, its a far cry from your typical chemical-laden formulas. Completely eco-friendly, its ultra moisturising blend of eight essential oils will hook even non hygiene-obsessives "

SF Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle,
8 May 2009

"In Defense of ... fancy hand sanitizer
OK, OK - we know that washing one's hands with hot soap and water - and eschewing all human contact - is the most foolproof way of avoiding germs and the dreaded swine flu. But how practical is that if you take public transportation, live in a city or have a job? Having burned out on Purell long ago, we were enchanted to hear of Frais, a luxurious new product from Australia that uses less-harsh sugarcane alcohol and eight essential oils. It's billed as eco-friendly as well as vegan, meaning no animal ingredients or testing. Not too masculine or too feminine, commented one Style staffer of the enticing ginger-citrus-cardamom blend."

Las Vegas
7 May 2009
"If swine flu has you contemplating a Bubble Boy lifestyle, we've got something that might appeal to you. Frais Hand Sanitizer is an all-natural way to keep those germs at bay. In fact, 99.9 percent are killed on the spot through the use of sugarcane alcohol and eight Australian essential oils. You also get to enjoy a sensory experience when applying."
February 2009
"Gentler Ways to Ditch Germs. The lastest hand gels are tough on bacteria, not on skin. Frais Pocket Hand Sanitizer: perfectly portable, is tiny but tough, using essential oils to bust bacteria." Nylon
February 2009

Evening Standard
Evening Standard UK),
15 May 2009

Five Minutes with Olivia Inge,
"Any Model Tips?
i'm loving hand sanitizer Frais from - it helps protect against swine flu."

Easy Living
Easy Lliving (UK),
May 2009
Clean Eating
Clean Eating,
February 2009

"Clean as a whistle
Frais Everyday Hand Sanitizer will help ward off bugs during cold and flu season without turning your hands into the Gobi Desert.."
Natural Health
Natural Health,
March 2009

"When you need to wash your hands but can't get to a sink, hand sanitizers are the answer. A new crop of all-natural sanitizers is loaded with skin-soothing essential oils. Our picks contain at least 60 percent alcohol- the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to banish bacteria. Use only when soap and water aren't available-- and only half a teaspoon to avoid irritating your skin, says Rebecca Tung, M.D., a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Frais .. is perfect for tucking into pockets or purses."

Metro Source NY,
April/May 2009

"Traveling often means getting up-close and personal with questionable conditions; so arm yourself with Frais Luxury Hand Sanitizer. The individually-boxed vials kill germs with a delicious citrus scent."

Beauty Packaging
Global Cosmetics Industry,
January 2009

CPC Packaging
CPC Packaging,
January 2009

July 2009
Pro Hairdreser UK
Professional Hairdresser (UK),
June 2009

"Recently launched in the UK market, Frais is a luxury hand sanitizer which has been dermatologist-approved and features a cocktail of eight natural essential oils and sugarcane alcohol to kill germs on contact whilst leaving hands moisturised."
Black Beauty
Black Beauty (UK),
April 2009
HJ (UK),
June 2009

"Ideal for stylists and clients on the move. Frais Hand Sanitizer is formulated with a cocktail of eight natural essential oils thet add moisture and kill germs, leaving hands clean with a natural aromatic fragrance."
Hair's Hows,
July 2009

Frais in Journals and Magazines 2008

November 2008

Beauty Launchpad
Beauty Launchpad, October 2008
GenLux, Holiday November 2008
Women's Wear Daily,
20 June 2008

"Journeying through Cambodia in 2006, Robert Main and Michael Davis-Smith found heavy doses of hand sanitizer a must, but they didn't like the way products on the market smelled and dried on their skin... The pair conceived a business to fill a gap in the hand sanitizer market."


Editors' Favorites
7 October 2008

"This might be the most luxurious germ killer we've seen to date. It has a mix of essential oils including ginger, tangerine, basil, and cardamom, which makes for an addictive, fresh scent as it disinfects our hands. Suddenly, our normal sanitizer seems like it belongs in a first-aid kit, not our bathroom counter. "

OTC BeautyOTC Beauty,
November 2008
December 2008
Renew, October/November 2008

Las Vegas
20 July 2008
Patriot Ledger
Patriot Ledger,
13 December 2008
Beauty Packaging
Beauty Packaging, October/November 2008
Nail Pro
November 2008
OK Magazine
OK Magazine,
29 December 2008

"Frais is perfect for busy moms like Kelly Ripa, who keeps a bottle in her dressing room."
Glam in Town,
September 2008
Teen Vogue
7 July 2008
Professional Beauty
Professional Beauty Australia,
September 2008

Catch of the Day
12 July 2008

Frais in Retail News

Cult Aus Promo, October 2009

Trendy Cult Beauty UK promotes Frais this month in "Australian Gold: Cult discoveries from down-under"

Amazon, 16 September 2009

Frais Everyday, Frais Pocket, Frais Spa and Frais Gift  top the Amazon September list of "Most Wished For in Beauty" for Hand Washes, along with Frais Everyday as 81st in all of beauty!

Amazon, 28 April 2009

Frais Spa  tops the April list of "Most Wished For in Beauty" for Hand Washes, with Frais Everyday  fifth, beating more than one hundred other products.

Amazon, 17January 2009

Frais Pocket  tops the January list of "Most Wished For in Beauty" for Hand Washes, with Frais Everyday  second and Frais Gift  fifteenth, beating more than one hundred other products.

Amazon, 27 December 2008

Frais Everyday  tops the December list of "Most Wished For in Beauty" for Hand Washes, beating more than one hundred other products.



Frais Family


Frais on Television and Radio

CBS Early Show
CBS The Early Show (video),
17 December 2008 (text)


GMTV (UK) (video)
Holiday countdown - travel beauty (text)
13 July 2009

"Holiday countdown - travel

There's no need to weigh your bag down with cosmetics - check out these travel size alternatives..
Hand luggage..
Frais Hand Sanitizer - £3.50 each (for a mini one). Stocked at All the fashion editors are obsessed with this product at the moment. It's a natural hand sanitizer with 8 essential oils, which kills 99.9% of germs. They come in tiny bottles..."

CBS Early Show
CBS The Early Show (video),
29 October 2009

CBS The Early Show, 29 October 2009
"Sexy Sanitizers Help Combat H1N1 in Style
Not surprisingly, fears over H1N1 has caused a surge in hand sanitizer sales, so much so that popular brand names, like Victoria's Secret and even Ed Hardy have created lines of designer hand sanitizers...
Here's a list of some sexy hand sanitizers on the market: • Frais Hand Sanitizer: 15 oz. / $29.00"

parents tv
Parents TV
8 December 2009
"Great Natural & Organic Products
for 2009


February 25, 2010
Frais Natural Luxury Hand Sanitizer Value Set

Hand Sanitizer in Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times
New York Times, 2 March, 2011, "Practical Traveler: How Not to Get Sick From a Flight"

".. Although no data exists to suggest that more passengers are getting sick on planes than in the past, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out on its Web site that “as with other close contact environments, cramped aircraft quarters may facilitate the transmission of influenza virus from person to person or through contact with contaminated surfaces.” And at least one study confirms the obvious: there are germs on planes.
In 2007, Charles P. Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, swabbed airplane bathrooms and tray tables on eight flights to see what bugs might be lurking onboard. Four out of six tray tables tested positive for the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and norovirus, the highly contagious group of viruses that can cause a miserable one- or two-day bout of vomiting, diarrhea and cramping, was found on one tray. Most of the bathrooms he swabbed had E. coli bacteria. Thirty percent of sinks, flush handles and faucet handles had E. coli, as did 20 percent of toilet seats, according to his research. ..
Bottom line: Buying products that make you feel safer and wiping down the airline tray tables and hotel TV remote controls can’t hurt, but they should not be a substitute for diligent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers, which are the best ways to ward off infection."

CNN Travel, 22 December, 2010, "6 places germs breed in a plane"

Holiday travelers are filling up flights, and flu season is in full swing, so it's more important than ever to protect yourself against illness. We dug deep to identify the major germ zones on planes (and tips to avoid them). No, you're not likely to contract meningitis, but better safe than sorry, right?
GERM ZONE: Water FOR: E. coli, a common culprit behind stomach cramps Your plane reaches 30,000 feet, the fasten-seat-belt sign switches off, and the flight attendant comes by to take your drink order: Coffee or tea? Ice water? They seem like innocent offers -- until you consider that airplane water has been under review by the EPA for traces of E. coli for six years. A random sampling of 327 unnamed domestic and international aircraft caused a stir in 2004 when some water samples tested positive for E. coli, one strain of which is the leading cause of food poisoning in the U.S. Coffee and tea are brewed on board with such water and don't typically reach hot enough temperatures to kill E. coli. When bottled water runs out, some planes have been known to fill fliers' glasses from the tank. One British Airways crew member confessed to the London-based Times that, in those cases, the crew first has to wait for any cloudy "floating stuff" to settle out. And onboard tanks are small to limit their weight, so planes sometimes refill at foreign airports, where water standards can be questionable. The encouraging news is that water quality and control are improving: From 2005 to 2008, only 3.6 percent of samples tested positive for coliform bacteria, of which only a small fraction tested positive for E. coli. And in October 2011, the EPA's Aircraft Drinking Water Rule, with more standardized, stringent disinfection and inspection regulations, will go into effect.
TIP: Once you clear the security checkpoint, purchase a bottle of water to bring on board. When the flight attendant comes to take your order, stick to soda, juice and other prepackaged liquids, minus the ice. While ice cubes are usually supplied by an outside vendor, some large planes may have their own ice-making capabilities -- reliant on tank water. Budget Travel: 10 scenic airport landings
GERM ZONE: Seat Pocket FOR: Cold and influenza A, B, and C viruses There's a familiar routine to settling in on a plane: Store your luggage in the overhead bin and deposit any personal items you want to be readily available in your seat pocket. But reaching into that pocket is akin to putting your hand in someone else's purse and rummaging among their used tissues and gum wrappers. Toenail clippings and mushy old French fries are even nastier surprises that have been found in seat pockets. Consider that cold and influenza viruses can survive for hours on fabric and tissues, and even longer (up to 48 hours) on nonporous surfaces like plastic and metal -- and you realize that you might pick up more than that glossy flight magazine when you reach inside.
TIP: Bring a small, easily accessible carry-on bag so that you can avoid stashing things in the seat pocket. If you must use it, keep magazines and other items within a plastic bag for protection.

GERM ZONE: Tray Table FOR: MRSA, a deadly superbug Flight attendants have witnessed many repulsive misuses of the tray table, from parents changing dirty diapers to kids sticking their boogers underneath. Research confirms that the handy tray table is a petri dish for all kinds of health hazards, including the superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), which is often fatal once contracted. It kills an estimated 20,000 Americans annually. In 2007, University of Arizona researcher Jonathan Sexton tested tray tables from three major airliners, and an alarming 60 percent tested positive for the superbug. That's quite a revelation considering only 11 percent of his samples from the New York subway found traces of the bug.
TIP: Bring disinfectant wipes to clean off your tray table before and after use, and never eat directly off the surface. CDC guidelines tell you what to look for in a disinfectant and recommend checking a product's label to see if MRSA is on the list of bacteria it kills; Lysol disinfecting wipes is one reliable choice. And be sure to protect any cuts with Band-Aids -- the most common way of contracting an MRSA infection is through open skin. Budget Travel: The coolest gifts for every traveler
GERM ZONE: Airplane Meal FOR: Listeria, a microbe known to cause gastrointestinal illness and meningitis In-flight meals have long had a bad reputation for consisting of bland, barely identifiable dishes. Then, in 2009, the meals made headlines when FDA inspections of the Denver location of LSG Sky Chefs -- the world's largest airplane caterer with clients including American Airlines, Delta and United -- found the kitchens crawling with roaches too numerous to count and employees handling the food with bare hands or unwashed gloves. Test samples from the food preparation area also found traces of Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause gastrointestinal illness and meningitis, as well as cervical infection in pregnant women. Your likelihood of contracting illness from the microbe is very low, though it should be noted that one fifth of the 2,500 annual cases are fatal. LSG Sky Chefs, to its credit, responded accordingly after the news broke and passed the FDA's follow-up inspection in January 2010.
TIP: It sounds like LSG has cleaned up its act, but you'll never really know where your meal has been. If you're concerned, eat beforehand and bring your own snacks onto the plane. Check out our article on how to make a sandwich that will still be appetizing once you're in the air. For starters, choose a well-cured meat like prosciutto or salami.

GERM ZONE: Airplane Pillow and Blankets FOR: Germs like Aspergillus niger that cause pneumonia and infections Talk about sleeping with the enemy. You're snuggling with a blanket and pillow that have likely been used by many drowsy, drooling passengers before you. Unless visibly soiled, pillows and blankets are often reissued because of the frequency of flights. A 2007 investigation by The Wall Street Journal revealed that airlines cleaned their blankets every five to 30 days. And don't assume your blanket is new just because it's wrapped in plastic. The Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees made a big stink in 2000 when it accused Royal Airline Laundry -- which supplies pillows and blankets to clients like American, United and US Airways -- of repackaging pillows and blankets without cleaning them properly. Its research found blankets with traces of Pseudomonas paucimobilis, known for causing lung and eye infections, and pillowcases with Aspergillus niger, which can lead to pneumonia and gastrointestinal bleeding. In the decade since, airlines like Southwest and Alaska Airlines have removed pillows and blankets completely, while JetBlue, US Airways and American now charge for them.
TIP: There have been no documented reports linking airlines to these infections. But if you're worried about staying warm -- and want to avoid potential germs and airline fees -- wear layers and thick socks, and consider bringing Grabber Warmers, small disposable hand and foot warmers. A travel pillow and compact blanket will help you sleep in comfort. Budget Travel: See the pyramids

GERM ZONE: Airplane Lavatory FOR: A smorgasbord of threats like E. coli or fecal bacteria After a mid-flight nap, you wake up to nature's call and must face the airplane's biggest germ zone: the lavatory. With hundreds of people using the commode daily, the small boxy space is a natural haven for all kinds of germs and viruses, especially on the door handle (do you really think every passenger washes his or her hands?). And that thunderous volcanic toilet flush doesn't exactly help the situation, spraying water and releasing potential germs into the air every which way. The CDC cited the lavatory as a major danger area for the spread of disease during the H1N1 flu and SARS epidemics.
TIP: Use a paper towel to close the toilet lid before flushing -- and then leave without washing your hands. Remember that cloudy tank water we described above? The sink water comes from the same source. You'll come away cleaner if you skip the sink and reach for hand sanitizer instead.

2010 Annual Traveler Survey, 4 December 2009

"88 percent of respondents said they are concerned about germs, bacteria and viruses when traveling, compared to 83 percent last year. Seventy-seven percent of travelers said they are washing their hands more often on the road than they normally do, an increase of 17 percent from one year ago.
Despite the concerns over germs, Americans expect to travel more in 2010 than in 2009. Forty-one percent of U.S. respondents said they plan to spend more on leisure travel in 2010 than they did in 2009 and 92 percent of travelers are planning to take two or more leisure trips in 2010, up from 89 percent last year. Sixty-six percent said the economy will not affect their travel plans for the coming year."

Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News, "Dirty Hands Spread Dangerous Diseases like Swine Flu", 25 April 2009

"The Centers for Disease Control says the most important way to prevent the transmission of dangerous diseases, including swine flu, is to frequently wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol."


CNN Health, "Flu and your health on a plane", 20 April 2009

"The novel swine flu is showing the world just how interconnected we are and how commercial aircraft can serve as vehicles of rapid disease spread. I am frequently asked: What is the risk of catching an illness while flying?... We really have no control over the infectiousness of our fellow passengers, and usually, you really don't have much of a choice about your seating partners. So the exposure is pure chance.

But this doesn't mean that you are doomed. Most respiratory viral infectious diseases -- like influenza and the common cold -- transmit via droplets contaminated with the offending microorganism when the infectious person coughs or sneezes. These droplets are propelled no farther than 3 feet and can land on an inanimate object -- such as a seat, overhead bin or seat tray -- or on your body. This is why hand hygiene is so critical and is the single most significant thing you can do to protect yourself and your family when you are traveling or out in public.

Study after study shows marked reductions in transmission in public spaces when hand hygiene is practiced, ..l.

Sanitize your hands before eating, drinking and after retrieving something from the overhead bin or returning from the restroom, and you have just cut your chances of getting infected by at least 40 percent. One of my disappointments with the airline industry is its lack of providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers to passengers. Such a service would go a long way in eliminating infection spread within aircraft..."

Telegraph (UK), "Swine flu: essential advice for travellers", 21 July 2009

"From whether it is safe to travel by air to the measures being taken to combat the spread of the virus, we offer a travellers’ guide to swine flu.
Dr Richard Dawood, a specialist in travel medicine at the Fleet Street Clinic in London answers some frequently asked questions about swine flu and air travel.
Are my chances of contracting swine flu increased by travelling on planes? All respiratory viruses do pose a risk to anyone travelling in confined spaces. If the air-conditioning system is working normally, you are only at risk in the same way that you would be on a train or a bus – from the people sitting in close proximity to yourself. It is not risk free, but not high risk unless you are unfortunate enough to be seated next to someone who is unwell and is coughing and spluttering.
Is there anything I can do outside of normal advice to minimise the risk when travelling by air? Travellers do need to take extra care. Being extra aware of hand hygiene is the single most important thing that you can do. Hand gels are good. If you are handed anything like a sandwich for example, or you have been pushing a trolley that other people have handled, make sure you use an antibacterial hand gel."

Sydney Morning Herald, "Swine flu warning as deaths increase", 14 July 14 2009

"Health experts fear the state's swine flu death toll could soar .. a senior health source said swine flu was likely to hit harder as there was no vaccine and no immunity.
- 2029 people have tested positive in NSW.
- 346 have been admitted to hospital (255 in Sydney's west and south-west).
- Four have died, with two more deaths awaiting coroner's confirmation.
- Five major Sydney hospitals now treating victims with cardiac bypass machines.
- One-third of the population expected to get swine flu."

"Five ways to avoid germs while traveling", 27 November 2008

".. Studies show that germs can travel easily on an airplane, where people are packed together like sardines. For example, a woman on a 1994 flight from Chicago to Honolulu transmitted drug-resistant tuberculosis to at least six of her fellow passengers, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study.

Here are five ways to avoid germs while traveling:
1. Sit toward the front of the airplane..
2. Don't drink coffee or tea on an airplane..
3. Sanitize your hands after leaving an airplane bathroom..
4. Wash or sanitize your hands after getting off an escalator..
5. Wash or sanitize your hands after using an ATM.. "


NY Times
New York Times, "Flu Risk, Flying and Healthy Travel", 2 May 2009

"Is it still safe to travel by air?
Yes, traveling by air remains safe. I would have no hesitation in flying or having one of my family members fly.
Air circulation patterns aboard standard commercial aircraft are side-to-side — a so-called laminar pattern — with air entering the cabin from the overhead, circulating across the aircraft in a circumferential manner and exiting the cabin near the floor. Studies published in 2004 confirmed that little to no front-to-back, or longitudinal, airflow takes place. This air circulation pattern compartmentalizes the airflow into sections within the cabin, thereby limiting the spread of airborne particles throughout the passenger cabin.
It is important to continue to practice good hand hygiene, so bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least a 50 percent alcohol content. ...

Aussie Financial Review
Australia Financial Review, "Good Hygiene, Not Drugs Best Prevention: Chemists", 29 April 2009

"People could protect themselves (from flu) by considering their own personal hygiene. Probably the majority of cleanliness is about touching, using door knobs.. Good personal hygiene is the thing we need to stress at the moment."

Independent Traveler
Tips to Avoid the Airline Carrier Cold, Independent Traveler.Com
, September 2008

"1. Stay hydrated...
2. Keep your hands clean.
Your hands are the most consistent point of first contact with cold, flu and other germs. It is a direct line from armrest/seatback/handshake to fingers to fork to mouth to full-blown fever a few days later. According to a National Institutes of Health factsheet, the type of virus that causes the common cold and the flu has been found to survive for up to three hours on your skin or on objects such as armrests, TV remote control handsets, tray tables and other similar surfaces.

UK Department of Health ,"Catch it, Bin it, Kill it - Respiratory and hand hygiene campaign", July 2009 (video)

BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour, 16 October 2008

"New research has revealed that alarmingly high levels of people are carrying fecal bacteria on their hands.The study, which was carried out on commuters, shows that men in the North of England have markedly less clean hands than their southern counterparts. The results also show 6 per cent of London males have dirty hands, whereas 21 per cent of women had clearly not washed their hands on the morning of the study..."

The Australian, 25 April 2009, "Worried about swine flu? Wash your hands"

"Little can be done to prevent an outbreak of flu from spreading, health experts caution, but they say common sense measures can help individuals protect themselves. Number one is hand-washing, they say - a surprisingly effective way to prevent all sorts of diseases, including ordinary influenza and the new and mysterious swine flu virus. "Cover your cough or your sneeze, wash your hands frequently," advised Dr Richard Besser, acting CDC director. Influenza can spread in coughs or sneezes, but an increasing body of evidence shows little particles of virus can linger on tabletops, telephones and other surfaces and be transferred via the fingers to the mouth, nose or eyes. Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers work well to destroy viruses and bacteria."

Professional Beauty Australia
Professional Beauty (Australia)
, "Swine Flu spurs sanitizer sales", 5 November 2009

"With the latest bout of colds and influenza passing through the community, families are turning to sanitizers to stay healthy. Over the past 12 months, sales of hand sanitizers have increased between 15% and 200% around the world. .. Research that was presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America showed that families using hand sanitizer gel had a 59 percent reduction in the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses compared with families that didn't use sanitizer, according to a Harvard Medical School study. ..Vegan skin care products are becoming the product of choice for people wanting to avoid animal products and by-products. They are also particularly appealing for those interested in animal welfare and the environment..."

Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Sun, "Household toxins: Toying with our safety", 7 June 2009

"Smith and Lourie spent a week as experimental guinea pigs. They exposed themselves to pollutants that many people expose themselves to on a daily basis. ..
Most shocking to Smith were his own triclosan levels, which were 3,000 times higher after just two days of using products containing the antibacterial and antifungal agent. “I was blown away by my triclosan results,” he said. “As a society, our exposure to this stuff has gone through the roof.” Triclosan is found in many toothpastes, hand soaps, deodorants, and even socks and garden hoses. It can weaken the immune system, cause thyroid problems and possibly cancer, and is thought to contribute to bacterial resistance and the rise of superbugs.
Smith notes that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are fine, but said the ballooning use of triclosan in a variety of products is a big problem., April 2009

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers which don’t require water are an excellent alternative to hand washing, particularly when soap and water aren’t available .. They’re actually more effective than soap and water in killing bacteria and viruses that cause disease ..

Hand washing is especially important for toddlers and children who attend child care. Children younger than 3 years in child care are at greater risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, which can easily spread to family members and others in the community, especially the elderly.

"Infectious diseases that are commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact include the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders, such as infectious diarrhea. While most people will get over a cold, the flu can be much more serious. Some people with the flu, particularly older adults and people with chronic medical problems, can develop pneumonia. The combination of the flu and pneumonia, in fact, is the eighth-leading cause of death among Americans.” ~The Mayo Clinic

"Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses, such as salmonella and E. coli infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 76 million Americans get a food-borne illness each year. Of these, about 5,000 die as a result of their illness. Others experience the annoying signs and symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.” ~ U.S. Center for Disease Control

.. It is one of the easiest but most effective ways to prevent transmission of the common cold and infections ranging from Clostridium difficile to MRSA, SARS and bird flu ...

Wikipedia, 28 January 2009

"Some hand sanitizer products use agents other than alcohol, such as triclosan or benzalkonium chloride, to kill germs. Cleanwell, Soapopular, Safe Hands, Safe4Hours, Gentle Care, and No Rinse are among non-alcohol hand sanitizer brands. However, the NIH [2] and the CDC [3] cite studies that find products using only these non-alcohol agents can lead to antibiotic resistant germs like MRSA Staph, whereas the CDC states "No mechanism for resistance to alcohol has been described in bacteria" [4]. Triclosan has been shown to accumulate in biosolids in the environment, one of the top seven organic contaminants in waste water according to the National Toxicology Program[5]. Triclosan leads to various problems with natural biological systems [6], and triclosan, when combined with chlorine e.g. from tap water, produces chloroform, a probable carcinogen in humans.[7]

Live Science

LiveScience, 27 October 2009
"Fighting the Flu: Do Hand Sanitizers Work?"

"With the amount of bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for public use at hospitals, schools, day-care facilities and malls now outnumbering the billions of viruses and bacteria on even the dirtiest of human hands, you may be wondering if this stuff actually works. Is it better than hand washing? Does it create mutant strains of alcoholic germs? Might my retirement savings have actually increased had I invested in the makers of Purell last year? In fact, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are tremendously effective in preventing the spread of the seasonal flu, H1N1, colds and other viral- and bacterial-based diseases; and sales are through the roof.
here are in fact few negative consequences about this hand-sanitizer mania sweeping the country, although the gels do have their limitations.
Most respectable public health experts will tell you that hand washing with ordinary soap and water is the most effective way to remove germs from your hands. But "effective" is a questionable term. The recommendation calls for hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to create a full lather and to reach all crevices of your hands and wrists, as advocated on Sesame Street yet rarely put into practice.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers kill most types of bacteria, viruses and fungi in a few seconds. While rubbing your hands with sanitizer for 15 seconds is ideal, poor hand-sanitizer use still beats poor hand washing.
And people seem to use hand sanitizers often — so much so that, from a public health standpoint, although proper hand washing is technically superior than alcohol gels most of the time, hand-sanitizer mania will likely be a more effective means to reduce disease transmission. Studies have shown how hand sanitizers reduce gastrointestinal illnesses in households and curb absentee rates in schools and workplaces.."

Hand Sanitizer in Medical Journals


University of Virginia
, The Cavalier Daily, 26 March 2010

Hand sanitizers are more effective against colds than hand washing

"Research shows hand sanitizers more effective against colds University Medical School researchers concluded Wednesday that hand sanitizing is more effective against fighting the common cold than hand washing. The research, fully funded by The Dial Corporation in Scottsdale, Ariz...., was divided into two experiments.During the first experiment, researchers placed a virus on volunteers’ hands and asked them to clean their hands either using water, using soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. "

“While the hand washing removed the virus, [it] is statistically significantly worse than hand sanitizers [used] just for removal of viruses from hands,” said Pediatrics Prof. Ron Turner.The second experiment exclusively dealt with hand sanitizers, comparing regular, alcohol-based hand sanitizers to hand sanitizers containing organic acids. An organic acid, such as malic or citric acid, “lowers the pH on the hands and inactivates [viruses] over a period of time,” Turner said.The studies showed that hand sanitizers containing organic acids continued to work far after application of the sanitizer, killing viruses up to four hours later.Though alcohol-based sanitizers do kill the virus, they do not continue to protect against viruses through longer periods of time, Turner said."

United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Clean Hands Campaign, 2007

“Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.”

United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
, "Preventing Seasonal Flu", 12 March 2009

CDC Says “Take 3” Steps To Fight The Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine.
Take everyday preventive actions. .. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you get the flu, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.

United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You", 8 May 2009

"Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further."

Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic (USA), May 2007

“Alcohol-based hand sanitizers — which don't require water — are an excellent alternative to hand washing, particularly when soap and water aren't available. They're actually more effective than soap and water in killing bacteria and viruses that cause disease.  .. Moreover, alcohol hand rubs cause substantially less skin irritation and dryness than washing with soap. Hand washing removes lipids from the skin, whereas alcohol compounds only redistribute them.”

Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic (USA), October 2007

“Protecting yourself from staph infections can seem daunting, given how widespread and virulent the bacteria have become… If your hands aren't visibly dirty, you can use a hand sanitizer containing at least 62 percent alcohol. ”

Infection Control
Infection Control Today Magazine, December 2002

"People will tell you, 'Since using alcohol, my skin is drier than it was before.' But what you need to realize is that people didn't wash their hands before. They were compliant at 10 or 15 percent. With alcohol, they are compliant at 40, 50, 60 even 80 percent.' Alcohol-based hand rubs, he added, do less harm to skin than medicated soap in the long run.  (Didier Pittet, author of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) long-awaited hand-hygiene guidelines.)"

Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic (USA), Oct 2007

Older children and adolescents also can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Younger children can use them, too — with an adult's help. Just make sure the sanitizer has completely dried before your child touches anything. This will avoid ingestion of alcohol from hand-to-mouth contact. Store the container safely away after use.”

Univ Toronto
University of Toronto, "Do hand sanitizers really work?" Professor James Scott, 10 July 2009

"Does hand sanitizer work?
I was one of the skeptics. But as I have looked critically at the research that has come out, I can say yes, it really works. It works exceedingly well. It reduces the skin burden of bacteria much more effectively than soap and water and the amount of bacteria on the skin tends to remain lower for much longer than when soap and water is used. It also tends to be less damaging to skin because it has built-in emollients. People who are in occupations where there is a lot of hand washing, have skin that tends to dry out easily and it can crack and become more prone to carrying bacteria...
So for things like swine flu, you recommend people use hand sanitizer. This is the absolute best front-line protection for those kinds of diseases..


Media on Other Hand Sanitizers which use Triclosan or Benzalkonium Chloride

Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, Washington, DC
Chris Peot
, Biosolids Manager, 9 January 2009

"Triclosan shows up at a few parts per million in biosolids, and if we are alarmed by this we should be outraged by the levels in the products we buy. I've seen hand sanitizers at 5% triclosan by weight, which is 50,000,000 ppm. This is the product that we are required to send to school in the fall with our kids (I have 4 and 6 yr old boys) and that they lather their hands and faces with presumably to avoid catching colds and spreading germs. If we are alarmed by a few ppm in the biosolids, we should be livid about the products that are sold in our society, and we should concentrate our efforts in getting them off the shelves."


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