Rules of Engagement for the Sale of COVID‑19 Related Products

  • Here at UE, we take our mission extremely seriously.

  • Providing a high quality product that helps prevent the spread of SARS-CoV2, the virus that can lead to CoViD-19.

  • We can't stop it entirely.  No one person, no one product can do that.

  • It's going to take all of us working together.

  • For that reason we've put together this document in order to reassure everyone we work with that our products have value, are fair, and effective.

  • We don't make promises we can't keep.  We don't make statements we can't prove using the best science.  It's that simple.  If you have questions, or concerns about anything on our site, please ask.  There's a comment form below.  It's that simple.

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  • First, our pricing is fair.

    • Our products are specially formulated soaps.  And the amount of soap that your hands need to be thoroughly sanitized is different than the amount of product in an alcohol based hand rub (ABHR).
    • The amount of an ABHR you need should be enough to cover your hands entirely, but also remain for at least 20 seconds.  Since alcohol evaporates quickly (which is why it feels cool) you will need more of it than of our soap (and water of course).
    • In general, people use 2 to 4 ml of ABHR, while they use only 1 ml of our foam soap.  We will give the ABHR credit, and assume people only use 2ml at a time, while ours requires 1ml.
    • In this case, a 350ml bottle of AHBR lists for USD8 on a discount site, but provides 175 uses.  A bottle of our unscented foam product lists for USD9, but provides 250 uses.  Therefore, on a per price basis, our product is, in fact, less expensive.  Our most expensive product is lavender (because of the rarity of the essential oil), and even at USD15 a bottle and 250 uses it costs USD.06 yer use, while the ABHR costs USD.045.

 

  • Second, our claims.

    • First off, we claim that soap is recommended above ABHR by the US CDC, and by the UN WHO.  We have links to documents for you if you want to read the details.  This is fairly common knowledge nowadays.  It's only the tremendous marketing campaigns of large companies that have taught consumers to prefer ABHR over soap, despite how it makes our skin feel.
    • We also claim than the word "sanitizing" means reducing germ counts by a factor of 1,000 or more.  It has nothing to do with the product or alcohol.  Here's a link to a US EPA document that does a great job of defining both sanitizing (reducing) and disinfecting (eliminating) germ counts. Go to page 38.
    • We also claim that time is more important than what is in the product. If you slap our product on and wash it off, without following recommendations, it's not very effective.  Most people use ABHR by slapping it on for a few seconds.  They feel better, but it's also not effective.  You can apply our product easily, spread it all around your hands thoroughly, and leave it there (as many do).  That means you are bathing your hands, and all those germs, in a soapy germ-reducing mixture for much longer than 20 seconds.

 

  • Compliance with Laws:

    • To the best of our knowledge our firm is well within all legal requirements, regulations and guidelines as dictated by our local, state, and federal government.

 

  • Appropriate licensing or permissions:

    • As we are the original inventors and manufacturer of these products, there are no other licensing or permissions required.

 

  • Selling regulated products:

    • To the best of our knowledge our skin-care hygiene products are not regulated.  Soap tends to be great-grandfathered into all the laws, regulations, and guidelines because humanity has been using upwards of 10,000 years.

Here is a link to a folder with the technical documents referenced here.  I've read them, and they are quite interesting.  But I am a bit of a soap nerd.  So I look forward to any questions or comments you might have about them.

 

We want to know what you think.  Really.