Why hydra loofah or velour?

Recently we talked about the Thermalabs back applicator; a foldable stick that has a sponge at one end, with the purpose of rubbing the hard to reach areas of your back.

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Theremlabs selected two materials; a velour pad and a hyra sponge, to be attached at the tip of the ingenious back applicator. Lets us dive deeper into each one.


From the French word for velvet, it is similar to velvet and velveteen. Velvet is a pile weave fabric while Velour is a plush, knitted fabric or textile. Usually made from cotton, but can also be made from polyester. Velour is usually used in clothing and upholstery.

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Velour can be a woven or knitted fabric, this allows the material to stretch and at the same time will have the rich appearance and feel of velvet. Between velour and velvet, velour is more durable..

The history of velour is not yet clear. Based on etymology, it is safe to conclude that this fabric originated in France, but it cannot be determined which was manufactured first; velour or velvet. From records, velour fabric has been there since the 1840s and remained a fabric used in upholstery until the next century.

It is a misconception that velour is fragile and difficult to wash. It is made from resistant synthetic material, making it easier to care for; one reason why Thermalabs used this material.

As a general rule:

1. You can use a soft brush to remove dust or dirt.

2. Put soap on warm water, not agitated. Only if necessary, you can add ammonia.

3. Dip a soft fabric into the cleaning solution, and gently rub it onto the velour.

4. Air dry.

Hyra Loofah(sponge)

Sponges are primitive multicellular animals. They are invertebrates that have a cellular level organization. They are marine organisms that don’t have internal organs. There are four different classes of sponges as Calcarea, Demospongiae, Scleropongiae, and Hexactinellida.


Sea sponges are one of the most versatile cleaning tools for the last 2000 years and used by cultures around the world. They are used for baby care, bathing, cosmetic application and removal, and general cleaning.

These sponges are soft, durable, hypo-allergenic, naturally antibacterial, and non-toxic; thus, safe to use on delicate skin. For that reason, Thermablabs is confident that it will not irritate your skin while rubbing it on your back.

Velour + Hyra Loofah + Thermalabs back applicator

Well, it is clear why Thermalabs picked the two. What is common among the two; soft, durable, and does not absorb that much tanning lotion; less waste. Thermalabs offers replacement sponges for their back applicators.

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Moreover, the velour pad is not just tanning lotions. Its softness makes it suitable for applying powder.

How to remove the pad from applicator:

1. Submerge the existing sponge, attached to the applicator, under warm water, and remove. Allow drying for at least 24 hours.

2. Put on the new sponges to the applicator. Give it an hour for the sponges to attach firmly.

You can very well trust Thermalabs to give the perfect combination of accessories for that perfect tan.

Grab your Thermalabs back applicator and sponges at http://thermalabs.com/product-category/accesories/applicators/?fbclid=IwAR0wd72UaqulBs_oawrxnlMS3mN9wPpD74zIqqy7zl9-8_jBuwWsdeMUZhs