Luffa, also commonly spelled as loofah, is part of the cucumber family. Yes, cucumbers! Bet you didn’t know that. Real natural loofah is grown heavily in Asia and India, but we source our loofah locally. If loofah is harvested early in its growing stages, it can be eaten as a fibrous vegetable. It also has many other uncommon applications. For example; In Paraguay, panels are made out of luffa combined with other vegetable matter and recycled plastic. These can be used to create furniture and construct houses.
If the loofah is allowed to fully ripen and then dry out on the vine, the skin disappears leaving only the fibers and seeds, which can be easily shaken out. This is what makes for a great dish scrub and for our customer favorite Goats Milk scrubbers. Raw loofah is the best texture for skin polishing as it is not too rough or soft for most skin types.