The French Washcloth

When I travel to visit my husband’s family in France, and when I stay in French hotels, both in the U.S. and abroad, I’m always treated with what I consider a very cool, practical French invention – the pocket washcloth. (I’ve only ever seen this in France and French hotels so I’m assuming it was created by the French–after all, they did invent the facial and are known for meticulously caring for their skin.)

Many people wash either their face or their body using a washcloth, but having a square piece of terrycloth can be cumbersome while washing, because it can flop all over the place. The French have simplified the art of cleansing by making their washcloths into a pocket that you insert your hand into, so you can conveniently apply face cleanser or shower gel and efficiently cleanse without all the bulk of a normal washcloth. (In the picture is a wash cloth from my father-in-law’s house in France.)…

In France I do use these on my skin and body, but when at my own home, I prefer to wash my body with my Exfoliating Body Cloth and my face with my Facial Sponges. But nevertheless, it’s a very cool, practical French skin care invention.

Read: Is it Safe to use Washcloths? Do They Harbor Bacteria?

Read: Who Does Skin Better–the French or the Americans?

Read: How to Wash Your Face

Get Blog Posts In Your Email  >

Content Copyright © 2014, Renée Rouleau, Inc

PERMISSION TO REPRINT: You may use any items from this article in your print, blog, magazine or electronic newsletter. But in order to do so, you must include the following paragraph, including a link to

"Information courtesy of, a website with skin care tips, products based on nine skin types and advice from skin care expert and celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau."

Skin Care Quiz
Skin Care Quiz


  1. There also is a pocket shaped cloth made of thick -but not fluffy- fabric to be used in body exfoliation and is part of the Turkish Bath ritual (:

    Posted By: zsg  | 

  2. Je voudrais un gant Franais de toilet comme la photo l’indique. Vous ne donnez auqun detals de votre e-mail alors comment faire une commande? Repondez s’il vous plait. Merci Jacqueline

    Posted By: Jacqueline S Mallen  | 

    • Renée Rouleau

      Hello Jacqueline, We do not sell these and I don’t know where to get them in the United States. I know they are available in France at some pharamacies.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  3. I’ve also seen these in Germany.

    Posted By: Emily  | 


Post a Comment: