A tale of two scrubby gloves –
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returned them but they sat around for a month before I got around to using them so the Lookfantastic returns policy was no longer valid.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