Over the past weeks, we have had to disappoint many of you over emails, texts and social media about our lack of (alcohol-based) hand sanitizers.
It’s not that we don’t want to make it; we do. It’s not that we don’t know how to make it; we do. It’s not that we don’t have the ingredients to make it; we do. What we don’t have, is the legal licence to do so from Health Canada.
Like the battle over natural bug sprays, hand sanitizers are not cosmetics, and fall under a completely different category. These are not products they want Facebook Fanny distributing to people made with moonshine and her aloe plant. A product license, site licence, application etc.. are all regulations that must be adhered to, and legally necessary.
We make (in our opinion) great hand sanitizers in our soaps, hence we’ve never considered the long route to registering for this.
Yes, I know what you are thinking: (just like those bug sprays--) so-and-so from that-young-mom-company sells it, and she’s legit. Yes, most of her products are likely legit. But the path to licencing is arduous at best, so I'll just leave it at that.
When the government recently relaxed their sanitizer rules due to COVID-19, they bent on things like dual language labels, so we could import from other countries (a U.S.-based company wouldn’t have their products labeled in English/French). They also fast-tracked already compliant companies like spirit manufacturers, so they could re-tool their facilities for this emergency. These companies already have highly documented safety regulations, site approvals, etc...
What resulted is confusion and chaos in chat groups, Facebook groups and so on with the Headline Grazers exclaiming “yay! I can make and sell it now!”
So at the end of the day, how can you tell if it is a properly tested, legally licenced product? Easy! Health Canada has a handy data base that updates twice weekly. You can look up the product in your hand by NHP (Natural Health Product) number, or by Company in the search bar HERE.
Again, I’m sorry we can’t help you. We simply won’t make a product we are not legally allowed to do. That is for everyone’s safety.
The good news, is that we have finally procured (legally made-and-registered) alcohol-based sanitizers for our customers, and they will be arriving shortly. We will keep you updated on their arrival.
In the meantime, stay smiling, safe and soapy, everyone.