Calgary Businesses Making Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19

Local businesses ranging from distilleries to soap companies are now making and selling their own hand sanitizer.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company's Nomad Hand Sanitizer. Photograph courtesy of Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

Earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Calgary businesses of all kinds to pivot their operation models, products and service offerings. Items like non-medical face masks and hand sanitizer quickly became hot commodities, and many Calgary businesses have answered the call. Here’s a look at a few local businesses that are making and selling their own hand sanitizer right now.


Annex Ale Project


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Annex Ale Project worked with Raft Beer Labs, Confluence Distilling, Two Rivers Distilling and many other local businesses to make and launch its own hand sanitizer at the beginning of April. While the cans of sanitizer are no longer available, there are four litre jugs ($32) of the sanitizer currently being sold for pickup at the brewery taproom in the Barley Belt.


Burwood Distillery


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Burwood Distillery has been making and selling its own hand sanitizer since March. It’s available in a convenient 400 mL bottle ($9.75) as well as larger one litre ($17) and 10 litre ($137) jugs through the distillery’s online store. Delivery is available. 


DYP Refillery


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This local refillery and minimal waste shop has everything you need to keep your hands and home clean during this pandemic. First, there’s its hand sanitizer, which is available in 120 mL bottles ($15) and is fabricated using alcohol from Barrhead’s West of the 5th distillery. DYP also offers surface cleaners, hand salve, natural hand soap, non-medical face masks and more. Shop and get refills in-person at the Marda Loop storefront, or order online for pickup and delivery.


Rocky Mountain Soap Company


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When the pandemic hit Alberta, Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company quickly set out to make its own hand sanitizer, which is currently available in 240 mL bottles ($18) and one litre bottles ($54) for subsequent refills. Not only is the gel sanitizer NHP and Health Canada-certified, but it features lemongrass essential oils and a non-drying agent. Order it online or pick some up in-person at the company’s newly reopened stores in CF Market Mall and CF Chinook Centre. And of course, they have tons of soaps and hand creams for all your hand washing/dry hand needs too.


Skunkworks Distillery


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Skunkworks, one of Calgary’s newest distilleries, started making hand sanitizer back in March and you can now get it in 250 mL ($5) and 500 mL ($8) packs through its online shop. You can also get free sanitizer refills while the distillery is producing it.

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