Petite: 5-6 inches. Jumbo: 6-7 inches.
As a natural product, sea sponges are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free of chemicals, artificial byproducts or toxins. They’re highly absorbent, ultra-soft and won’t absorb odors like other products. In fact, they contain enzymes that inhibit mold and bacteria growth which extends their lifetime. When used for bathing and well-maintained, they can last for up to eight years.
Sea sponges contain minerals that are good for your skin, including: calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, zinc, and potassium. Suitable for all skin types, they gently exfoliate to leave skin looking fresh.
TIP: Natural sponges easily produce foam, meaning you’ll use less soap and your products will last longer.
Care: Let the sponge dry completely between uses – it’s best to hang it rather than resting it on a surface. Never put it in the dryer, microwave, boiling water, in bleach or twist or pull at it. If it becomes a bit ragged on the edges, just trim off any loose pieces.
Again, unlike a synthetic sponge, sea sponges naturally inhibit bacteria growth but can’t totally prevent it. To disinfect it periodically, try one of these methods:
- Soak the sponge in ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water.
- Put a few drops of tea tree oil into 1 cup of warm water (tea tree is an effective germicide).
- Use 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of warm water.
The Sea Sponge is a renewable natural resource.
When sponges are harvested, the sponge divers hand cut each sponge to ensure that more than one inch of the base remains intact. The sponge then re-grows back to its original form within 3-5 years.
Natural Sea Sponges possess remarkable powers of regeneration. Broken off bits of sea sponge are carried by off by water currents and have the ability to settle in another location and re-grow into a clone of the parent sponge.
Studies show that areas harvested actually increase the population density of sponges.