Finally…A Hand Sanitizer You’ll Actually Love

Since the beginning of this pandemic, customers have been requesting hand sanitizer. I tried many over the course of the last few months. I always found a reason not to purchase them. They were either incredibly drying to the hands, too expensive, or left an overwhelming scent of alcohol. I couldn’t justify bringing them in, when Purell was a better bet. Then everything changed when I picked up a bottle of Defy Hand Sanitizer.

Launched in 2020, DEFY Labs LLC proudly produces the world’s smartest hand sanitizer. They set out to make a hand sanitizer with pure ingredients that is effective against most commonly found germs, but without the dry hands, gross sticky feeling, and awful smells. Their scientifically developed formula contains organic ethyl alcohol and glycerin to moisturize your skin rather than dry them out like most hand sanitizers. You won’t find dyes, preservatives, sulfates, parabens, dimethicone, GMOs, or artificial compounds either.



Available in Lavender, Citron, and Oranj at Bellacara for a mere $6 a bottle. Considering your hands actually feel moisturized after using the spray, it’s a bargain. I keep one in the car, one in my purse, and one by the front door for people when they enter.

Finally, a hand sanitizer you’ll actually love.


  • The latest from Angela
I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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