Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family. In everyday non-technical usage, the luffa, also spelled loofah, usually means the fruit of the two species L. aegyptiaca and L. acutangula.No matter what you like to call it, enjoy our selection of natural loofah and loofah products imported from Asia, Egypt and Central America.
Common loofah is the most commercially available and hardiest of the three loofah types. Very dense, keeps its shape even when wet.Egyptian loofah, also known as Luffa, is the largest variety and grows to 20-25″ long and 4-5″ wide. This loose knit loofah is pliable, which makes it perfect for the bath & shower.Mayan loofah is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a great balance between Asian and Egyptian loofah. Not too hard and not too loose. They are smaller and are cut 10″ in lengths.
Loofahs help keep your skin in good shape, but they can also harbor harmful bacteria in their many tiny holes. Like all plant matter, loofahs are also susceptible to decay if kept constantly wet, so let your loofah air dry between uses. Washing it in a mild bleach solution could extend its useful life, but you should replace your loofah frequently. A clean loofah has a mild strawlike smell; any off-putting odors signify a loofah that needs to be replaced.
Lab results found that loofahs contain two different organisms: acinetobacter, which can cause wound infections, boils and conjunctivitis, and yeast, the most common form of which is Candida. Candida can cause rashes around the mouth called perleche, as well as other various rashes and infections.
By their nature, loofah sponges have lots of nooks and crannies, and they’re very porous. When people use a loofah to scrub off dead skin cells, those cells become lodged in the nooks and crannies. And that sets the stage for a bacterial breeding ground.