{Beautirati} Frais, Swine Flu & You

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Image via Frais website

With Swine Flu being all of the talk this flu season and me being on an organic kick — I came across a new hand sanitizer via a friend of mine so I decided to try it.

It’s called Frais and it’s from Australia originally. I don’t have a camera ready image for you — but the bottle looks exactly like the photo on the website, except it’s probably a little darker.

The consistency is a bit sticky after you rub it through your hands, but like Purell and all the other hand sanitizers, you need to wave your hands in the air for quick drying. Frais doesn’t feel as cool, but there is a mild sensation upon application. It feels a lot smoother than Purell too. Or perhaps ‘silkier’ is a better word. It reminds me of lemon or citrus kitchen cleaners though — that’s what it smells like. It’s got this lemon-like zing! smell to it.

Also, it dries after a few seconds, but on the website and the “read me” it says it takes 15-30 seconds for the germ killing etc.,

The ingredients are:

Frais Hand Sanitizer contains 66% eco-friendly sugarcane alcohol, eight Australian-blended essential oils, water, and methylcellulose derived from plants. The full list of ingredients is: 66% Ethyl Alcohol (from Sugarcane), Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Viridiflora Quinquenervia (Niaouli), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil (Cardamom), Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Methylcellulose.

According to the Center for Disease Control:

… the hands are one of the most frequent transmission routes for many types of infections as they come into direct contact with known portals of entry for pathogens (mouth, nose, conjunctiva of the eyes). Therefore, practicing proper hand hygiene is the easiest way to help reduce infections. Another way that some infections can spread is through the air, which is why it is important to cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze.

Some quick facts about Frais:

  • It’s cruelty/animal-testing free
  • It’s vegan friendly and eco-friendly
  • It contains 66% pure concentrated sugar cane, which is a natural sanitizer for killing germs
  • Frais is NOT a soap, but a hand sanitizer
  • Recommended use is only when soap and water for proper hand washing is unavailable
  • Like other hand sanitizers and gels Frais is flammable
  • Does not contain gluten, is non-comedogenic
  • Technically, Frais isn’t hypoallergenic, but their FAQ on their website says that you should try a patch on your skin just to make sure before you rub it all over your hands

Frais comes in travel sizes, which is actually what I have and keep in my handbag 🙂

You can find out more about Frais here.


Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ and has been a makeup artist with MAC Cosmetics since 2004 in Florida. She has over 10-years experience in professional makeup. If you live in South Florida and are looking to hire a makeup artist, or if you just want some makeup advice, send her your inquires here.

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