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Keep the COVID-19 virus at bay and soothe your senses with these scented liquid hand soaps from our favourite fragrance houses

With the Ministry of Health (MOH) raising the risk assessment of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to DORSCON Orange on February 7 and more reported cases of infections every day, it is more important than ever to practise good hygiene.

Recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and MOH, washing your hands regularly is one of the most important protective measures against the virus.

As Dr Dan McGee at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan told online news website Today, it’s the next best thing to getting a vaccine. The paediatrician recommends warm water to help “the soap to disperse better”, but adds that “any soap and water is good” as long as you spend enough time washing—that’s at least 20 seconds of scrubbing, to ensure you rid your hands of any bacteria.

However, constant scrubbing and washing can also leave your skin sensitive and irritated. To make handwashing a much more enjoyable experience, we’ve selected seven hand washes and soaps that are infused with aromatic fragrances and nourishing ingredients that will pamper your hands while you’re ridding it of germs.

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Mention Aesop to anyone, and they will most likely gush about how much they love its Resurrection Aromatique hand wash. Not only is the Australian brand’s hand soap incredibly therapeutic with its citrusy and woody aroma of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar atlas, the gentle formulation of orange, rosemary and lavender oils also help to cleanse your hands without drying them out. Its signature black and cream bottle makes it a chic addition to any bathroom.

Available at Aesop boutiques and online.

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Björk & Berries Herbalist Hand Wash

Björk & Berries began as a project to bottle the experience of nature in northern Sweden and continues to pay tribute to the natural remedies from the Swedish forests today. The Herbalist Hand Wash conjures the image of a modest wood cabin in the mountains, opening with aromatic notes of juniper berry, estragon and basil. A warm scent of fig and daffodil lie in its heart, closing with woody notes of cypress and cedarwood. Formulated with birch water organic linseed oil, the vegan hand wash helps to nourish and hydrate skin while maintaining a healthy pH balance.

Available at Escentials boutiques and online.

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Byredo Suede Hand Wash

Cult fragrance house Byredo’s scented hand wash lathers into a gentle foam to keep your hands hydrated, nourished, and germ-free. Suede combines fresh scents of pear, bergamot, violet and lily of the valley with the gentle muskiness of velvet plum, and amber, perfuming your hands with a delicate and uplifting aroma.

Available at Escentials boutiques and Mr Porter.

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Diptyque Softening Hand Wash

Soothing and gentle, Diptyque’s Softening Hand Wash purifies, repairs and moisturises the skin with organic lavender floral water from Provence, organic rosemary floral water, and lavender honey. The scented hand wash opens with calming notes of lavender from Provence and the woody aroma of rosemary, softened by the floral fragrance of ylang ylang. Amber notes add a warm muskiness that brings comfort to the senses.

Available at Diptyque, and select Escentials boutiques.

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Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Body and Hand Wash

Aromatic and refreshing, Jo Malone’s signature Lime Basil and Mandarin fragrance evoke the Caribbean breeze with the citrusy notes of limes, unexpectedly blended with peppery basil and white thyme. With the addition of meadowfoam seed oil, the body and hand wash lathers up to a rich foam that leaves skin soft, conditioned and delicately scented.

Available at Jo Malone counters and boutiques.

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Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Body and Hand Wash

As one of Penhaligon’s most iconic fragrances, Blenheim Bouquet’s timeless unisex scent has remained unchanged from 1902. A citrusy cocktail of lemon, pepper and pine, the fragrance can also be enjoyed in the form of a body and hand wash. The soap lathers up to a soft foam that gently cleanses skin and leaves it soft and refreshed.

Available at Penhaligon’s boutiques.

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P.S Cafe 11.52

P.S Cafe’s line of signature fine soaps captures the mood during key moments throughout the day at the celebrated cafe. The hand wash is sulphate-free, formaldehyde-free, paraben-free, preservative-free and animal cruelty-free, and boast of anti-bacterial and soothing properties from pure aloe and Japanese camellia sinensis. 11.52 comprises a lulling blend of cardamom, saffron, raspberry, amber, frankincense and guaiac wood that comforts the senses.

Available at P.S Cafe's online store.