Cosmetics & Personal Care

O&3 analysis: Supporting the personal care industry as demand rises for natural antibacterial ingredients

24th March 2020
O&3, the Yorkshire-based natural oil supplier, is working hard to support the personal care industry as demand rises for ingredients with antibacterial properties, due to Covid-19.
Noting the demand for hand sanitisers, O&3 has highlighted how brands can create natural products that are both effective and kind to skin – offering new approaches and solutions to the market at a time of change and concern. 
Jennifer Wood, Chief Executive at O&3 said: “Over the last few weeks, our focus has been on supporting the O&3 Family and our clients’ business needs during this time of uncertainty. 
“With such attention on hygiene, we have seen an increased interest in natural ingredients with antibacterial properties, which can be both effective and kind to skin. From aloe vera gel to tea tree, lemon and peppermint essential oils, there are many options for creating products with natural ingredients, which will smell great and keep skin moisturised and protected.
“As always, our aim is to be agile and work fast, so we’re working as hard as we can to keep our ingredients readily available, and support our colleagues, customers and communities across the industry.”
As experts in natural ingredients, O&3 recommend combining aloe vera gel with essential oils that are naturally antibacterial to create effective hand sanitisers. Key ingredients to consider include: 
  • Aloe Vera Cosmetic Clear Gel – designed to dry quickly and sink easily into the skin without leaving a sticky residue, Aloe Vera Cosmetic Clear Gel is the perfect base for natural hand sanitiser. Renowned for being soothing and moisturising, aloe vera also has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

  • Tea tree oil – tea tree oil is well known for its antiseptic qualities. Often used as a natural disinfectant in cleaning products, tea tree essential oil can also be used in cosmetics to provide effective protection against bacteria.

  • Lemon oil – lemon oil has been used in natural medicine for centuries to help treat infectious diseases, thanks to its detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and antifungal properties. Plus, it has an energising and uplifting scent, making it a popular choice for natural hand creams and gels.

  • Peppermint oil – this natural essential oil, added to aloe vera-based hand gel, will create a cooling sensation on the skin, thanks to its menthol content. Peppermint oil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, adding another layer of protection when mixed into hand sanitiser.