Loofah or luffa is a zero waste product that you probably haven’t heard much about but have probably seen at least once. Do you know where it comes from, what it is used for or if it is eaten? If you want to know more about this curious and versatile tropical plant, we encourage you to keep reading this blog!
Loofah comes from the Cucurbitaceae family (to which fruits such as courgette, pumpkin, cucumber and gherkin also belong) and looks very similar to a courgette. It is a plant native to Southeast Asia and its ripe fruit is used as a vegetable sponge and natural exfoliant for the body and face.
This sponge is known by other names in different countries around the world, for example as luffa, pepinillo, musú in the Dominican Republic, paste in Costa Rica, buchados paulistas in Brazil and estropajo de esponja in Colombia.
There are currently loofah plantations in Spain, in Galicia, specifically in Caldas de Reis (Pontevedra). These are sustainable plantations that do not use any type of chemicals and respect nature. It is a biodegradable and toxic-free product.
The fruit of the loofah is extracted in sheets to be used as an exfoliant/scrub because it has fibrous and porous properties, perfect for skin cleansing or peeling. It is also very long-lasting, eliminates impurities and dead skin or dead cells, activates blood circulation, which prevents the appearance of cellulite, circulation problems in the legs, ingrown hairs or capillary cysts, prevents the appearance of acne, impurities, blackheads and reduces excess oiliness. It is also used as a muscle relaxant.
The loofah sponge is 100% natural, zero waste, organic, compostable and biodegradable. There are loofah sponges made of extra soft loofah fibre, suitable for sensitive or delicate skin.
In addition to being used as a body sponge, loofah fibres are also used to make natural personal care products such as mittens, exfoliation discs, exfoliating facial discs or soap dishes / cases, but it can also be used as a scouring pad / sponge for cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. Don’t worry, it won’t scratch the dishes! Also think of its great environmental advantages, it does not release microplastics like conventional scouring pads, which pollute the water and end up in our seas.
Loofah, being natural, sustainable and biodegradable, does not generate any type of waste that is harmful to the environment. Moreover, it is produced in an artisanal way and this vegetable sponge can last up to 6 months!
To disinfect it, simply boil it for 2-3 minutes and it is recommended to let it air dry after use to keep it in good condition. You should only replace it if it smells or changes colour.
Loofah sponges can be used either dry or wet and are used in a circular motion and in the direction of the heart. Remember that it does not leave any harmful residue on our skin and can also be used on animals!
At Mediterranean Spirit we are committed to the use of luffa in your daily hygiene routine, your skin will look smoother, more beautiful and healthier! Add it to your facial hygiene kit!
Let’s avoid polluting our seas, switch to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle!
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