Natural Sea Sponges

Natural Sea Sponges The superiority of the Mediterranean Natural Sea Sponge is unmatched. The delicate exfoliating power of natural sea sponges, reveal radiant skin, creating a luxurious lather experience.

Our family run company process- wholesale and export Fina and Honeycomb sea sponges from Aegean sea and East Mediterannean coasts, to ensure that only the best quality sea sponges are delivered to our clients.
We deal exclusively with sponges originated from the above seas . Sponges from other areas that may have the same appearance but are not as durable and they dont have the special characteristics that make fina and Honeycomb unique.
We export to many countries , according to client's packaging requirements and we have the experience to provide professional service and client satisfaction.

What are sponges?

Sponges are aquatic animals, living mostly in the marine environment. They have neither brain nor central nervous system and maintain plant like qualities. The product of at least 700 million years of evolution, sea sponges are among the world's simplest living organisms. They survive by filtering microscopic plants and oxygen from the water, growing slowly over many decades. Commercially, they are prized for their natural softness and resistance to tearing, and their ability to absorb and discharge large amounts of water.

Scientists know of more than 5,000 different species, though we only harvest a handful of them, such as the exfoliating Honeycomb (Hippospongia communis) and the silky smooth

 

Fina (Spongia officinalis)

They have various dimensions and colors, the smallest have height 1 mm, while biggest can reach the height of 2 metres.They are developed on hard surfaces, such as rocks, dead corals and shells  that can be found in the middle of seabed with sand or seaweed, in depths of  30-40 m. The Sea Sponge is a renewable natural resource.

Types of  our  Greek Natural Sea Sponges:

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Honeycomb (Hippospongia Communis) :

The Honeycomb sponge is the finest quality sea sponge available. This sponge turns a beauty routine into a treat, helping to exfoliate the skin in a gentle, caring and natural way. The ultimate in personal luxury at bath time.

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Fina Silk (Spongia Officinalis-Spongia Zimocca) : Fina 'silk' sponges are the softest sponges and have the smoothest surface. In smaller sizes the Fina 'silk' sponge is perfect for cleansing, ex-foliating and massaging the skin. Excellent for the application and removal of cosmetics and moisturize the skin before shaving-suitable for both men and women. The ideal sponge for daily use on delicate skin, whether baby or adult

100% eco friendly and sustainable. Sea sponges are the most natural and healthy way to cleanse and care for the skin!


Benefits of Sea sponge’s use

When using a natural sea sponge for your personal hygiene, the pores of the skin are opened allowing the skin to breathe and facilitating the blood circulation. Cosmeticians universally agree that sea sponges are the most appropriate sponges for facial and infant care, since they do not retain any bacteria. Sea sponges also naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria. Natural Sea Sponges are softer, clean better and will not peel like synthetic sponges while being used. When wet they can be compared to the feel of silk yet can clean like no other washcloth can.

With normal care, Natural Sea Sponges can easily last 10 years or more! Consider the low-fuss simplicity of a natural sea sponge: perfectly imperfect, they’re a reminder that not everything needs to be just so. Filled with innate enzymes and minerals, sea sponges are hypoallergenic and naturally exfoliating.

The superiority of the Natural Sea Sponge is unmatched. The delicate exfoliating power of natural sea sponges, reveal radiant skin, creating a luxurious lather experience.

- Soft natural texture which revitalizes the skin.
- Stimulates the circulation with superior cleansing properties. - Hypoallergenic, ideal for delicate and sensitive skins,babies and children.
- Effective for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- No mould or mildew, thanks to natural enzymes and doesn't retain odours.
- Organic and durable, sustainable and biodegradable.
- Honeycomb and silk fines Sea Sponge types from East Mediterranean, more durable than synthetic and other sea sponges, as they can last for years.

The Natural Sea Sponges protect baby’s delicate skin and are suitable for all ages. Bioesti Sea Sponges are carefully chosen
 to be the perfect hand-held size for washing, are as soft as silk when wet, and have a smooth surface.


Proccess

Harvesting: While harvesting, divers are careful to ensure that the base of the sponge remains intact. This puts into motion its natural reproduction. The sponge then will regrow within a few years, often bigger and healthier than its original state. Additionally, the sponges regenerate as the natural process of the tide and currents will pick up sponges and they will regrow in new locations.

Clipping: In the first stage of processing sponges are clipped from their roots one by one. In this stage of processing, all stones or any marine debris that might be inside the sponge are removed.
Sponge Cleaning: In the second stage of processing, the sponges are separated according to the size and their quality.
Parching: After the bleaching the sponges are placed in sunlight in order to get dry completely.

History


One of the first written references to the use of a sea sponge is found as far back as around 800 B.C.in the works of Homer in both his Odyssey and in the Iliad, where it is said that a sponge was placed into the hands of the god Hephaestus who then cleaned his hands, face and chest.
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And in another place, where servants of the palace of Odysseus used a sea sponge to clean the royal tables after the wasteful meals of the suitors of Penelope. The sea sponge has also been referenced in the writings of both Aristotle and Plato in both historic and scientific contexts. Long before the time of synthetic products and artificial remedies, natural sponges of the sea were used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, as well as many other peoples of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Over time, through trade and exploration, these versatile wonders of the sea became popular all throughout Europe and the Western world as well and have remained a treasured resource to the present day.

Natural vs Synthetic Sponges

Natural sea sponges are of greater value over synthetic sponges for many reasons. Sea sponges are more durable and last longer than synthetic sponges because they are more resistant to abrasion. They are better for bathing and cleaning because they soak up and hold more water without dripping and at the same time, they are self-cleaning through their intricate system of canals.
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Certain synthetic sponges which are antibacterial contain the chemical triclosan. This chemical is an antimicrobial which is used in synthetic sponges to keep plague at bay. This is to prevent the growth of many harmful microorganisms on the sponge. This chemical is said to be harmful to health as it can have a negative effect on the nervous system and hormones. Natural sea sponges actually have enzymes in them that inhibit the growth of mould, mildew, and bacteria. Yet, they are toxin-free and hypo-allergenic. With the natural sea sponges skin can be naturally and easily saved from dead skin cells.The skin is provided with a soft exfoliation and massage and better circulation due to the special fine pores of sponge.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898873/

USES:

BABY & BATH CARE: In smaller sizes are  ideal sponge for daily use on delicate skin,whether baby or adult.Fina and Honeycomb types turn a beauty routine into a treat, helping to exfoliate the skin in a gentle, caring and natural way. The ultimate in personal luxury at bath time.
FACE CARE: Informed women prefer the gentle texture of a sea sponge to apply makeup, and remove it. If you love to keep things natural, then using a sea sponge to apply your cosmetics is likely the next logical step. Try applying foundation and blush for a smooth finish, then rinse and dry for use another day.
CAR WASH: If you love your car, you might want a large natural sea sponge to wash it with. When wet, sea sponges are very soft, much softer than their artificial cousins, and much less likely to damage a finish.
PAINTING: Artists have always used sea sponges, both in clean-up of their tools and as another way to apply paint to a surface. Home decorators are now often 'sponging' paint on walls to create a particular look, such as a faux marble or stone.
MEDICINE:The sea sponge also is used abundantly in medicine. Doctors use sea sponges while performing surgical procedures, and the bacteria found in sea sponges  is used to produce pharmaceuticals.

LINKS

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Summer-Skincare
"Exfoliating scrubs, sea sponges and loofahs are great for elbows, knees and heels, but keep them away from the face," says Downie
M.D., director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey.

http://infohost.nmt.edu/~klathrop/Seasponges.htm
Roman soldiers used them to line their helmets and doctors and healers used the burnt sponge as a therapeutic aid for certain maladies. Nowadays the natural sponges many uses has dwindled to selected areas like arts and crafts, painting and re-decorating, or for use in operating rooms during surgical procedures.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/560783/sponge
During the Middle Ages, burned sponge was reputed to have therapeutic value in the treatment of various diseases.
Natural sponges now are used mostly in arts and crafts such as pottery and jewelry making, painting and decorating,
and in surgical medicine.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898873/