Loofah sponge is particularly known for its ability
to exfoliate the skin, by gently removing dead skin
cells, leaving the skin smooth and conditioned.
The Loofah is an all-year-round climbing
plant, related to both gourds and cucumbers, which thrives
in warm, dry climates. It is traditionally cultivated
in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East for
food, medicine, and sponge uses. This fibrous fruit
is the only known plant
source of sponge material, and it has been used in bathhouses
and kitchens for centuries.
Loofah plant produces cylindrical fruits.
As the fruit ripens, the interior is transformed into
a spongy fibrous mass somewhat like a mesh.
fruit is then harvested and the outer skin removed.
This mass encases the seeds, which are shaken out once
the fruit is dried, leaving just the mass. It is this
mass that makes up the material used to produce the
After the mass is specially treated (including cleaning
and bleaching), the resulting material is cut and processed
to produce various
types of Loofah sponge.