Luffa or Loofah?
Updated: Jan 22, 2022
The luffa, also spelled loofah, usually refers to the fruits of the species Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula. It is cultivated and eaten as a vegetable, but must be harvested at a young stage of development to be edible.
Over the eons and until the present day, the humble Luffa gourd has been used for food and juice when small and green.
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And then when the Luffa is dried, peeled and washed, it's used for sponges and an endless list of bathing and cleaning uses. In fact, the luffa was the sponge of choice in kitchens across the USA until the late 1930's.
This botanical beauty is still used in many parts of the world for medicinal purposes, including healing extracts and medical tools, mattresses, insulation, hat padding, soldier's helmet padding, for painting, ornaments, decorations and water filters. Prior to and during WWII, the skeleton of the Luffa gourd was used extensively for diesel engine oil filters and steam engine filters.
Ladybūd now carries 3 handmade cold process soaps: Black Soap, Oatmeal Honey, & Eucalyptus Aloe. Cold process soap making typically yields a long-lasting bar of soap. Not only that, cold process soaps are better for the environment, healthier for the skin and can be made incredibly moisturizing with limitless designs and recipes
As a bonus, each Ladybūd soap comes with a small natural luffa to use as you desire...
body exfoliating, a soap rest, or as a scrubbing pad for dishes! I have a luffa in the shower, and a luffa by the kitchen sink.
After using your luffa, just rinse it off, store it in a cool, dry place. Replace your natural luffa every three to four weeks. Because the luffa sponge is 100% plant material, it is eco friendly, biodegradable and can be discarded into your "green" trash bin.
Ladybud Soaps are all natural and are higher in oil content so they won't dry out your skin.
Oatmeal & Honey Cold Process Soap leaves skin so smooth, soft, and nourished The fragrance is warm and subtle, like honey and daisy's. The soap contains ground oatmeal to help exfoliant your skin.
Ingredients: Organic shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, corn oil, soybean oil, water and lye, Oatmeal Milk & Honey.
Black Cold Process Soap is a great soap, especially for that special man in your life. The scent has top notes of earthy, oak-moss and aloe with light floral undertones. Contains activated charcoal which make this soap great for those with eczema or dry itchy skin.
Ingredients: Organic shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, corn oil, soybean oil, water and lye, activated charcoal, & aloe vera.
Eucalyptus Aloe Cold Process Soap makes for a very relaxing experience. You'll feel as though you're in a luxurious healing spa... just close your eyes, breath through your nose, exhale through the mouth -ahhhhh- I just love this soap!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Peppermint leaves, Eucalyptus Oil, Aloe Vera