Years ago, a mad inventor in my neighbourhood came up with a hand lotion he just knew would make his fortune. He gave me a bottle of the stuff to try out — and I loved it. Okay, so it was a bit sticky when it first went on, and I think he needed to tweak the formula a bit to get it just right — but I loved how it protected my hands, just like a pair of invisible gloves.

I hoarded that lotion, frankly. Refused to share. Used it stingily to make that one bottle last… Good thing, too, because the mad inventor crashed and burned on the rocks of his complex personal life, and abandoned the project.

The beauty of his product was that it was a shielding lotion rather than a moisturizer. Basically, it formed an invisible barrier to protect the skin from all the nasty irritants that contact a busy pair of hands in daily life. Perfect for gardeners, cooks, and crafts people…

I missed that mad inventor’s product, desperately.

More recently, I’ve been using a excellent if pricey lotion called SkinMD Natural (a review sample from the company that makes it). It was a shielding lotion and super-dooper moisturizer in one — lovely stuff!

Gloves in a Bottle shielding hand lotion But when that bottle was used up… I went right back to my usual cavalier “skincare regimen” — the one where I refuse to wear clumsy hot gloves, no matter what the task, yet put my poor hands into daily contact with everything from hot peppers to ancient stacks of paper, from thistles to weather-roughened garden tool handles, from dish-washing liquid to paint and nasty solvents.

Yeah, I know — dumb.

Sample Fairy to the rescue!

Last week, my Postal Person brought a new magic shielding lotion, just what my hands were crying out for.

Gloves in a Bottle is a lot like SkinMD Natural (though it’s from an entirely different company, I’m told), only with the traditional glycerine instead of a mysterious new high-tech humecant in its ingredients.

That means it’s affordable, even for a cheapskate (thrifty person) like me — $12.95 for an 8-ounce bottle — and a very small amount goes a very long way, and lasts about 4 hours.

Hypoallergenic and non-toxic, too, with no strong scent to make me sneeze.

And it isn’t sticky, like the product I got from the mad inventor guy.

Best of all, Gloves in a Bottle does exactly what I want it to do — puts a fine barrier between my poor mistreated hands and the harsh, harsh world.

Want to know the best real-world test I’ve found for a shielding lotion?

Put on the lotion, then cut up enough onions to make a French onion soup, a shepherd’s pie, and Cornish pasties for six. Go outside and weed the tiger lilies, making no effort to avoid skin-contact with that peculiar orange-brown pollen that stains like a commercial dye. Come in again, wash hands, then do the dishes.

Through all of this, be sure to wear no gloves.

I did just that.

And guess what? My hands don’t smell like onions, they aren’t stained orange-brown, and they aren’t itching from that cheap nasty no-name washing-up liquid I bought in a temporary fit of excessive frugality. What more could a poor abused pair of busy hands ask for?

No more waiting for sample fairies and mad inventors to save me — when this sample of Gloves in a Bottle runs out, I do believe that I’m going to go right out and buy me some more of the stuff.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. domestika

    @polly peirce, what a shame – they sell in UK but not in Ireland?

    But maybe there’s a way around it… I mean, they supply Gloves in a Bottle in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Portugal, Germany, UK, USA and Canada etc. etc. – it’s just very silly that gardeners in Ireland can’t be supplied!

    I’ve been using this stuff ever since I wrote about it here, last July, and am still as keen on it as I was to start with.
    Truly, it would be worth your time to send an email to the company to find out how you can get hold of the lotion in Ireland – your mum would love it.

  2. polly peirce

    Thanks for this great article and a great resource site!

    I think I might just have found the product my Mum’s been in need of for months now.

    Unfortunately when I had a look on the website they only supply to the UK. I’m going to keep on looking though….

  3. jinki

    This product might be worth a look too – [link] . It’s a shielding lotion which uses some new skin care technology (whatever that means!) to moisturize 6 times more effectively than the standard glycerin based moisturizers. As a shielding lotion it keeps the chemical irritants out too. It looks pretty good.

  4. Jinki

    I use Gloves in a Bottle all the time – I’m an artist and end up washing my hands a zillion times a day (slight exaggeration). Gloves in a Bottle makes it easier to keep my hands clean plus seems to save them from drying up and cracking despite the paint, oil and thinners I get all over them. I also use it whenever I’m cleaning the house (not so often!), gardening or doing any DIY and find it fantastic at shielding my hands from any chemicals and dirt. Great stuff – I get it from the [link] website – excellent service too.

  5. Sharon

    Wow, this sounds like a magic product. Maybe I’ll pick some up on my next trip Stateside.

  6. domestika

    Hi JoLynn, it really is great stuff in my opinion.

    I got this bottle sent to me as a press sample, but I know they will throw in free samples when you place an order, maybe other circumstances… who knows? Check out the order form for info –

    You might also check the G-in-a-B website for retail outlets – you can put in your zip code to find a local store that carries Gloves in a Bottle, and stores often have samples and testers.

    Hope this helps!

  7. JoLynn Braley

    This sounds wonderful. Do you know how I could get a free sample (in the U.S.)?

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