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A tale of two scrubby gloves –


Bath & Body , 9 Comments

The Body Shop vs. Hydrea London

Scrubby or bath gloves are an important part of my life. I use them everyday with one of my many shower gels from my extensive collection. As far back as I can remember I’ve always used Body Shop gloves as they are made really well and last about 2 – 3 months before I have to replace them as the nylon starts to slacken. They always come in different cheerful colours and are thicker than the ones you get at pound shops so I think they are worth the £4.

When I saw the description of the Hydrea London gloves on the Lookfantastic website I thought they might be a bit different and I was sucked in by their marketing blurb. Here’s an excerpt from the LF website:

Be amazed by the remarkable health and beauty benefits of Hydrea London Carbonized Bamboo Shower Gloves. Helping discharge the body of positive ions from the electronic devices of modern day life, these gloves will leave you cleansed and relaxed. Releasing far infrared waves which help energise the body and metabolism as well as regulating body temperature, Hydrea London Carbonized Bamboo Shower Gloves have a perfect exfoliating texture which washes away dead surface cells while boosting circulation and encouraging skin cell rejuvenation for silky smooth and radiant skin. 

Well carbonized bamboo, ions, and infrared waves aside you can see from the pictures above (compared blue Body Shop ones) the quality of these gloves are truly awful. Yes they were only £4.50 but they aren’t fit for purpose. As soon as I put them on they were stretchy and loose and started to fall apart because the stitching is appalling. I didn’t even get one use out of them and they went straight in the bin. I could have returned them but they sat around for a month before I got around to using them so the Lookfantastic returns policy was no longer valid. Hyrdea London make lots of other bathing accessories including sponges and brushes. I don’t know if I can be asked to find out if they are any better than these poor excuse for exfoliating gloves!

I’ve since stocked up on TBS gloves so that should keep me going for awhile just in case you were worried! Lol


  • Muslimah Beauty
    Nov 12, 2017 at 1:36 am Reply

    I’m in love with The Body Shop gloves; I used to buy them from Superdrug or Sainsburys on my monthly food shop but, I noticed the difference with The Body Shop ones in comparison to my usual gloves. I got the gloves back in September and they’re still working a treat!

    1. Nov 12, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

      Yeah they are hard working for sure, you can also used your old ones over rubber gloves for cleaning the bathroom or pots and pans too! :D

  • Kimberly
    Nov 12, 2017 at 2:02 am Reply

    Thanks for the review. I had no idea how long the scrubby gloves were supposed to last. Well, I DID know longer than one time! ;)

    1. Nov 12, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Kimberley I’m glad you learned something today and that it was about something scrubby! :D

  • LeanneOCD
    Nov 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Stick to TBS!! What a great idea about using them over rubber gloves for cleaning. Amazing! Will try that this weekend. Oh the joy’s….! x

    1. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm Reply

      Hey Leanne rock n roll, I’ve been doing laundry all day and it still isn’t done! bleh :D

  • The Nail Buff
    Nov 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Great review as usual :) I have a scrubby question for you my dear – how are you supposed to get them on? You have got me on to the marvel that is the scrubby glove, but standing in the shower, trying to force them over my wet hands and catching on my nails is NOT easy lol x

    1. Nov 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Well firstly your gloves should always be hung so they can dry out properly even if you need to blot them with a towel it stops them from stretching. I know what you mean about nails getting caught especially ones that have glitter on them. I always try to do a mani in the afternoon on the weekends so it has a full 12 hours to dry before I shower the next day. I think you are better off slipping them onto your hands and then splaying your fingers out rather than just pulling them on. Treat them more like mittens and less like rubber gloves. Hope that helps, failing that if you have a particularly intricate mani you could wear freezer bags on your hands first then put the gloves on. Sounds stupid but it prevent them from catching! :D

  • Virginia
    Oct 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm Reply

    I always make my sugar scrub with tuinabrdo sugar. Does the brown sugar work better? I’ll have to try this. I just made about 8 jars though so I’ll have to wait till next time. I put almond in mine but didn’t think of honey. Love, love, love sugar scrub :)

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