It's the fishing method (either with a harpoon or by divers) that determines where the sponges are harvested from. Our sponges are mainly harvested off the Tunisian and Turkish coasts.
We were captivated by Catherine Cypréos, her outlook, and her high-quality sponges. A small company in Fontenay-Sous-Bois, in the Val-de-Marne department of France, which shares our views on respecting the environment and sustainable fishing. Together, we selected the company’s finest sponges that we are proud to sell.
Eco-friendly and sustainable sponges
Our sponge isn't an industrial product. It has been fished by hand with divers or harpons by the local population in Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt. The fishing respects tradition as well as standards for the marine environment.
Our sponges are from the genus of the Hippospongia Communis, named for their superior-quality sponges that have nothing to do with industrially-produced sponges (most of which come from the Caribbean when natural).
Our sponges are 100% natural and biodegradable, but most importantly, they respect the animals they are made from. Sponges have been harvested from the sea since the time of the Ancient Greeks and were wrongly considered by early naturalists to be plants. Sea sponges are in fact part of the animal kingdom. However, it is not the animal itself that is fished but its skeleton, which mainly consists of spongin which, once fished, regrows (like the fleece of a sheep after shearing). To be more precise, sponges are able to regenerate, even if they get crushed, shredded, and sieved in order to separate the cells completely (experiment conducted by Wilson, Galstoff and Fauré-Frémiet): the cells are able to reform spontaneously to create new sponges. These abilities are used to breed sponges for human-use, via a method known as budding, where individual sponges of the right size and quality are cut into pieces (generally four or eight pieces), and then trimmed to spherical shapes. Each piece will result in a whole new sponge and begin to grow again. Human beings use and will continue to use living creatures and the resources that nature produces. For this reason, it is essential to control the conditions and identify the consequences of our actions on the living world, something that’s extremely important to our entire team.
A perfect sponge: soft and long-lasting
Our natural Mediterranean sea sponges are the perfect products to use in the bath or shower as body and face care.
Every sponge is unique in shape and granularity with a size that ranges from 10.5 to 13 cm. You will never find two the same.
Soft and absorbent, they are suitable for all types of skin and for the whole family, even those with sensitive skin, such as the elderly, children, and babies.
The fishing method and processing makes them sturdy and long lasting. They last up to two to three months, depending on how you use them.
They won’t damage your skin, unlike face flannels and other sponges. They are very easy to use: carefully wet your sponge with our soap and then wash your head and body. Remember to rinse your sponge in clean water after each use. Then, leave it to dry. Never use any detergents as they may damage your sponge.
Naturally processed sponges
The sponges aren't bleached which allows them to keep their natural colour. For centuries, many industries, especially the cosmetic industry, have put forward the idea that white sponges are cleaner. Clearly, we know now that this isn't true.
Once fished, the sponges are processed by "treading", which removes parts of the living tissue (the sarcode). They are then washed in sea water for 24 hours to remove the membrane that covers them, by being hauled behind a boat.
Once dried in the sun, the larger parts and miscellaneous bits and bobs are removed by hand and the sponge is trimmed to have a more consistent shape.
We pack them in a small brown kraft paper bag (100% biodegradable, of course) before shipping them to you.