Thanks to the media-emphasized interest for H1N1, hydro-alcoholic gels (HAG) have become available almost everywhere, from healthcare environments to the women’s purses, in which, among lipsticks, mirrors and every kind of necessary items, often, there is still nowadays a small HAG bottle. However, is it a cosmetic? A biocide? Neither? Or both. A clarification, by Corinne Benoliel, Doctor in Pharmaceutics and the Scientific Director of Scientis, a manufacturer.