All about Loofco

I wanted to share a little bit about Loofco – the company who supply the sponge, scourer and dishwashing alternatives that I sell.

LoofCo products are inspired by cleaning methods that have been tried and tested over generations. Using this knowledge, they are skilfully created in Sri Lanka and Egypt where all farmers and production workers are treated fairly with wages and benefits.

LoofCo products are made with sustainable plant fibres of loofah plant and coconut.

Coconut Washing Up BrushCoconut coir is the naturally bacteria resistant, fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer brown coconut husk. LoofCo uses coir fibre that is a by-product of coconut food and oil production and might otherwise be burnt. They twist coconut coir fibre around a 100% recyclable, galvanised rust-proof metal core and add a metal hanging loop for easy use and draining. Coconut coir fibres remains stiff when wet, whilst also holding liquid, giving excellent non-scratch scrubbing power.

The loofah plant is a vigorously growing vine from the cucumber family that is rich in durable fibres yet soft and flexible. When ripe, the inside of the loofah fruit develops a network of fibres that are perfect for cleaning and exfoliating purposes when dried. The loofahs are harvested, peeled, deseeded, then dried, cut into lengths and processed by hand in Egypt. This natural tradition that has been passed down through the generations.

Loofco’s mission is to offer an alternative to mass-produced plastic washing-up brushes, pads, scourers and shower puffs that will not biodegrade. Their farming practices are sustainable and to the highest environmental standards. Coconut and Loofah are both renewable raw materials that absorb CO2 when growing. Furthermore, they use coconut fibres and husks that are left over from coconut food and oil production which would otherwise be wasted or burnt.

LoofCo products are vegan, plastic-free, biodegradable, recyclable and offer an effective alternative to plastic scourers, brushes, exfoliators and sponges. All elements of LoofCo products are 100% compostable and biodegradable, except the metal core of the brushes which is recyclable. The cardboard packaging is recyclable.

To look at their products follow this link for cleaning or this link for bath & body.

Shampoo Bar Advice

Shampoo Bar Advice

A lot of people are making the switch from plastic bottles filled with chemicals to natural shampoo bars but, understandably, are having a few hiccups (and a lot of questions) along the way.

I wanted to share some great advice, some from my suppliers, other bits are from my own personal experience. Hopefully the following will help you make the transition to shampoo bars a bit easier.

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So how is a shampoo bar better than shampoo in a bottle?

  • Shampoo bars are more concentrated. It means that it lasts longer than bottled ones! One shampoo bar goes a long way, unlike those in plastic bottles.
  • Less waste. One shampoo bar is equivalent to two to three plastic bottles.
  • No chemicals – so not only are you avoiding washing chemicals down the drain – you’re also keeping them away from your hair and body so they aren’t absorbed into your blood stream!

Switching to natural shampoo is easier than you think! It might take a few washes to make the transition– but it’s easy enough if you follow these simple tips. If you want to move away from chemical filled, plastic covered shampoo – now is the time to start! At first, your scalp might become slightly oily or dry, or flip between the two. It might feel frizzy or waxy too, like there’s a bit of residue left in it. Don’t panic – this is normal, and it’s just your hair’s way of adjusting because your scalp needs time to re balance its natural oil production. This stage can last 1 week to 6 weeks due to a number of reasons, – water hardness, how much damage using chemical shampoos has done, how you are conditioning your hair. Stick with it – it’s worth it. And if you need help – get in touch!

Once your hair has adjusted it will feel softer, cleaner and much more manageable, and that’s because natural shampoo bars clean and condition your hair without stripping it of its natural sebum. Any dandruff might disappear too, because your scalp isn’t being dried out and your skin isn’t reacting to those nasty chemicals bottled shampoos are full of.

Yorkshire GoddessTips for an easy transition:

  • Use an apple cider vinegar rinse/ bicarb rinse or conditioner bar instead of a conditioner, as this helps restore your scalp’s pH balance as well as banish old chemicals.
  • Brush your hair gently and often – twice every day is good – brushing it from scalp to tips so you can help redistribute your hair’s natural oils.
  • Give your hair a few days off between washes, just to allow it to adjust. It is recommended 4-5 but you can build up to this.
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly whenever you wash it, to help make sure you get rid of every trace of shampoo.
  • If your hair has a lot of product built up in it, before you use the shampoo bar try the simple baking soda or apple cider vinegar rinse we’ve detailed below.
    • Apple cider vinegar spritz: 1 part apple cider vinegar (use the type with ‘mother of vinegar’), 4 parts water.
    • Baking soda rinse recipe: Baking soda is an easy clarifier to use, and it helps lift grease and product residue from your hair. 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 – 2 cups of warm water. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle or cup, then wet your hair, apply the rinse, and work it through. Now rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo it.
  • Washing your hair – just run the shampoo bar over your head in one direction, from front to back. This will help you to avoid creating any pesky knots. Once you’ve a good amount of shampoo on your head, massage it into your scalp using your fingers. Now rinse your hair with water until every drop of shampoo is out.

Share your story below and any useful advice you’ve got.