Eugene's Premium Liquid Hand Sanitiser was born in London in early 2020. When COVID-19 started to hit, our founder, Eugene was looking for ways to help. It became obvious in February that supplies of hand sanitiser would disappear quickly, so Eugene went about discovering how to make his own.
Realising that many of the sanitisers on the market were only 50-60% alcohol, Eugene wanted something that was up to strength and met the guideline of a minimum of 70% alcohol content.
Knowing that the basic sanitisers can be harsh on the hands, he wanted something that contained soothing ingredients.
And, being a recovering addict, he also wanted a sanitiser that wouldn't smell so strongly of alcohol, which can be triggering, to share with friends and other addicts.
Once he had the formula and had sourced the ingredients, Eugene figured that since people stuck at home can use soap and water, the only people who really needed to be out during lockdown - and therefore needed hand sanitiser - were those supporting the elderly, the vulnerable in isolation and the homeless. Eugene made hundreds of bottles to give for free to local charities and community organisations that were struggling to get the supplies to be able to mount an effective community response during the initial lockdown.
When the supply situation began to ease, and given the great feedback we were getting, it was time to turn this into a business to help fund our charitable giving.
Our founder, CEO and Chief Home Chemistry Geek, Eugene Lynch
Facebook post from March 2020 updating local charities on the supply situation
The first batches produced (several hundred units) were printed with labels marked "free of charge: not for resale".
Early batch numbers were limited by the availability of bottles, so lots of different types were used to get sanitiser to those who needed it urgently
It all started in Eugene's kitchen in King's Cross with some of the key ingredients