Unable to resist a bargain, I recently purchased a bottle Target Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Vitamin E. The bottle reads “compare to Purell,” so I have decided to do just that. This article will compare Target Instant Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Vitamin E to Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Vitamin E.
Both Target and Purell brands of instant hand sanitizer contain 62% ethyl alcohol, though Target brand calls it “antimicrobial,” and Purell calls it “antiseptic.” I’m assuming these are pretty much the same thing, and thus have the same germ-killing effect.
The Target Brand hand sanitizer contains: aloe barbadensis gel, carbomer, fD&C blue No, 1, FD&C yellow No. 5, fragrance, glycerin, isopropyl alcohol, Isopropyl myristate, propylene glycol, tocopheryl acetate, and water.
The Purell Brand contains much the same ingredients with the following exceptions. The Purell Brand contains water as its first ingredient rather than its last, and it has the added ingredients of aloe barbadensis leaf juice and aminomethyl propanol.
Color and Scent in Bottles
Both the Target Brand instant hand sanitizer and the Purell instant hand sanitzer appear to be the same color, a clear light green. Upon opening both bottles and smelling them directly from their containers, both have an alcohol smell mixed with the fragrance additives. The alcohol smell in the Purell is slightly stronger, and both smell harsh and pungent, like bug spray.
Both sanitizers start out with a gelatinous consistency. When a few drops are poured into the hand, the Purell melts quickly, turning to a dripping liquid. The Target Brand also melts, but not completely, and nowhere near as quickly as the Purell. The meltability, or liquification factor, does not matter much except that when the Purell melted, it was a bit harder to deal with and had to be immediately rubbed into the skin to prevent a mess.
Application and Scent on Skin
Both the Target Brand and Purell hand sanitizers feel the same when rubbed onto the skin — both absorb almost immediately, and both give off a pungent alcohol odor. The odor of the Purell, however, is noticeably lighter and more pleasant when rubbed onto the skin. The Target Brand smells like bug spray and continues to hold that unpleasant smell for a few minutes. Within five minutes, however, both smells have dissipated and left a light fragrance on the skin. The Purell is fresher and lighter smelling than the Target Brand, which retains a light bug spray smell.
Although you can definitely save a few dollars by purchasing the Target Brand Instant Hand Sanitizer rather than the Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer, I would recommend the Purell. It is worth the extra money for the more pleasant scent it leaves on your skin.