You no doubt remember the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic (and the ensuing panic), when you simply couldn't find hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol to make your own anywhere. I had been lucky enough to receive a few bottles of ElimiShield HUNT Core Body Foam for review shortly before the virus hit American shores. Suddenly, my scent-control body foam designed for hunters was worth its weight in gold. Why? Because the same chemical technology that stifles your human scent kills bacteria and viruses, too.
For the sake of clarification, due to that same pandemic I haven't had the opportunity to test the scent-killing aspect of ElimiShield's HUNT Core Body Foam in the field. Nor can I guarantee that the foam is the reason that the family members to whom I distributed my precious HUNT Core samples have not become ill. However, what I can do is tell you that even when hand sanitizer became available on the market again, I stuck to my ElimiShield HUNT Core Body Foam.
Part of the reason why is that this scent-killing foam was designed specifically to get on your skin and stay there for several hours, forming a protective layer of germ-killer. Of course, nobody can guarantee that "protective layer" either; that's subject to all kinds of factors such as whether you've done a lot of sweating, and so on. That said, HUNT Core Body Foam also doesn’t need to be reapplied constantly throughout the day like regular hand sanitizers, because it bonds to the outer layer of the skin and is both sweat resistant and wash resistant.
The other reason why ElimiShield's HUNT Core Body Foam has basically become part of my EDC rig is that the germ-killer it uses is alcohol-free. Although ethyl and isopropyl alcohol do an excellent job of killing bacteria and viruses, they also do an excellent job of destroying the skin on my knuckles. Cracked, bleeding skin can't do its job to protect you from germs. The HUNT Core Body Foam actually has aloe as its first non-active ingredient, so ... believe it or not ... after eight months of regular use, my skin on my hands is actually a bit softer.
This week, we learned that ElimiShield has introduced a new Home & Outdoor Hand Sanitizer, which is basically the same thing as the HUNT Core Body Foam, but with a citrus scent. I personally prefer the unscented HUNT Core Body Foam, but if you'd rather not have a camouflage-bedecked bottle in your bag, the Home & Outdoor Hand Sanitizer is sure to delight.
MSRP $12.99 for 7-oz. bottle; hssvest.com and Amazon.