Around the world, brands that have never before ventured beyond the realms of beauty and fashion are manufacturing medical equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an unprecedented move, the American Food and Drug Administration is now advising any able company to address the global shortage of hand sanitizer by making it themselves, prompting beauty brands to pivot their businesses for a unified goal.
On March 15, luxury goods conglomerate LVMH — the parent company of Dior and Givenchy — announced that it would use its France-based fragrance facilities to make hand sanitizer for the local authorities. Since then, a wave of companies both big-name and indie have followed its lead.
Estée Lauder, L'Oréal, and Coty Inc. (the conglomerate behind Covergirl and Gucci) have all begun making hand sanitizer for health care personnel while others like ORLY, CHI Haircare, and Rituel de Fille have focused their attention to the public need.
While the Centers for Disease Control have maintained that washing hands with soap and water is the best way to keep them clean, it cites using alcohol-based hand sanitizer as the next best thing. It's thanks in part to companies like these five that the commodity is on the market again.
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