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Turkish cologne takes on scent as hand sanitizer of choice

Producers struggle to keep up as pandemic whiffs up demand

Hosts often greet guests by sprinkling kolonya on outstretched hands.   © Anadolu

ISTANBUL -- Locally produced cologne in Turkey has become a hot commodity of late, thanks to its germ-killing properties.

The product, known as kolonya, is more than 80% ethanol. It has traditionally been repurposed as a type of hand cleanser -- a role only amplified by the coronavirus pandemic.

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