The 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.

The Loofah plant produces cylindrical fruits. As the fruit ripens, the interior is transformed into a spongy fibrous mass somewhat like a mesh.


The 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 Loofah sponge.

After the mass is specially treated (including cleaning and bleaching), the resulting material is cut and processed to produce various types of Loofah sponge.