A loofah is the dried fruit of Luffa Aegypticaca.  The fibers of the dried fruit are used as a sponge.  The rough texture makes this a good agent for exfoliating the face and body.  Other species of Luffa are grown for food and other types of natural sponges.  These plants are cultivated in many countries.  If you want to take a stab at organic and natural beauty products this is an easy and cheap way to begin.

You can purchase a loofah at almost any department store.  They aren’t all that expensive unless you go out of your way to find a fancy brand.  A loofah is a simple thing to use.  You simply lather it up with your favorite soap and start scrubbing.  Exfoliating helps to open clogged pores and get rid of dead skin.  A loofah on a stick is a great way to wash your back without straining yourself.  You can find natural sponges in many shapes and colors.  If you just have to have a neon orange loofah, I’m pretty sure that you can find one.

Luffa vines can be grown in the home garden for a ready supply of cheap sponges.  They are a tender perennial so if you live in a colder area you’re going to have to baby these for awhile before you can put them outside.  They get big and you might want to just start a fresh crop every year rather than trying to overwinter them.

Since loofas are used to clean the body they need to be cleaned themselves on occasion.  You can clean them by soaking them in a vinegar/water solution or by running them through the dishwasher.  Don’t put your natural loofah sponge into the washing machine as that tends to tear them up.

It’s a good idea to have several of these on hand and when one starts getting raggedy just get rid of it and replace it with a new one.  Natural sponges are a great way to keep yourself squeaky clean.