Booze and beauty combine as distillery teams with salon in COVID-19 fight

EDMONTON — An Edmonton distillery is teaming up with a local spa and salon to produce hand sanitizer made from vodka, for a boost in the battle against COVID-19.

Red Cup Distillery, based near the Edmonton International Airport, is denaturing vodka that will be used to help kill the virus in an effort approved by the federal government.

“You can’t drink it. It is a natural product that, if you had some, you’d be looking for water and drinking lots of water for a day or two,” said owner Robert De Groot.

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“We help them build the formulas, we help packaging,” explains Eveline Charles, the well-known Edmonton entrepreneur behind a successful chain of salons and spas. Charles founded a new company in 2016 called EC Labs which is a private label manufacturer. They create customized cosmetics and toiletries: from haircare products like shampoo, hairspray and styling serums, skincare products such as cleansers, moisturizers, and masques, as well as wellness products such as joint balms, supplements, baby wipes, and more.

 

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