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Olive oil based glycerine soap

By Cameron Jackson

O'Loofa is an olive oil based glycerine soap with an exfoliating loofah sponge engrained in the bar made in Lebanon. Unlike most of the loofa soaps on the market today, O'Loofa leaves a large part of the loofa sponge exposed on one side of the bar.

O'Loofa Olive Oil Based Glycerine SoapMy initial impression when I saw this bar was that it might have been some kind of factory defect or second. Must be a guy thing.

I found the exposed loofa fibers worked well to exfoliate and help clean up the grunge and other nasties I managed to get myself in throughout the day helping a friend remodel her garage (yeah, I usually have quite a bit of free time and a soft spot for ladies).

The first few times I tried this soap I found the loofa to be a bit stiff and a little coarse. When the loofa softened up it felt great on my skin, but I did notice my skin was a little dry, which is not uncommon with a glycerine soap.

I found the fragrance (Natural) quite plain, and hoped to try a few other fragrances. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a retailer nearby to get a few other fragrances to try. According to O'Loofa, their Natural soap "contains an aroma rich in Lavender oil, known for its relaxing properties." I was unable to detect any lavender fragrance in the bar I tried.

O'Loofa is available in the following fragrances:

Natural - Muscle Relaxant
Amber - Sensual
Honey Lemon - Invigorating
Jasmine - Inner Harmony
Orange Blossom - Sleep Inducing

Ingredients (Natural): Glycerine, Monopropylene Glycol, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Sodium Oleate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Loofa, Aroma, Europea, EDTA.

I understand that O'Loofa have updated their labeling to include the colorants used to stabilize or enhance the color of their soaps: E127 (FD&C Red No.3), E102 (FD&C Yellow No.5) and or E 132 (FD&C Blue No.2).

Priced at $8.00 to $10.00 a bar at varied online retailers, you might find it to be a bit expensive for 5oz of an average glycerine soap (and it does go pretty quickly). For a list of retailers or to purchase an O'Loofa variety pack that includes Amber, Honey Lemon and Jasmine glycerine soap for $24.00, please visit their web site at

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