Hand sanitizers are running out of stock from the United States of America and Europe, Turkey is formulating Kolonya, a fragrant sanitizing. Kolonya means cologne. It has been used in the medical and hospitality sector since the Ottoman Empire.
The sweetly scented aroma has been made by fig blossoms, jasmine, rose, citrus ingredient. This aroma used to sprinkle on guests’ hand on the welcome note. This aroma is contained with ethanol-based high alcohol that can kill 80% germs.
Kolonya is effective over the coronavirus as it is contained with 60% alcohol; it can break down the hard shell of Virus, said by Dr Hatira Topaklı, a family physician in Istanbul. Kolonya is moreover effective because it’s something that many people already used in daily routines.
Kolonya is the custom of hospitality and symbol of good health; it provides more than a practical disinfectant. Additionally, it is also nostalgic as having cultural and ancient value.