The Natural sea sponge company

Natural Sea Sponges

What are sea 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 for commercial use are just harvested a handful of types and the best of them are the Mediterranean sea sponges types Honeycomb (Hippospongia communis) and the Fina Silk (Spongia Officinalis-Spongia Zimocca).

Natural Sea Sponges
Natural Sea Sponges

Types of our sea sponges:


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

 Honeycomb (Hippospongia Communis) :

Honeycomb (Hippospongia Communis)

The Honeycomb sponge is the finest quality sea sponge available. Growing in depths of 15-70 meters at the Mediterranean coasts. The king of sea sponges, superior quality ,extremely soft and durable ideal for babies and adults bath.

The ultimate in luxurious bathing. Available in all sizes. 

Fina Silk (Spongia Officinalis-Spongia Zimocca) :

Fina Silk (Spongia Officinalis-Spongia Zimocca)

Fina 'silk' sponges , harvested for specific areas of the Mediterranean sea, 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.

The ideal sponge extremely long lasting and gentle ,for daily use on delicate skin, whether baby or adult.

Wool sponges:

Wool sponges

The higher quality sea sponge of Atlantic and Caribbean seas. 

Absorbent, durable and soft used for for children and adults bath.

Similar but not as good as Honeycomb type.

Grass sponges:

Grass sponges

Economy quality sponge from middle Atlantic tropical seas, used for bath and faux painting, a basic, short lasting sea sponge.

Yellow sponges:

Yellow sponges:

A type of sponge available in Caribbean, in economy category ,in a golden yellow colour ,soft when wet, durable, excellent choice for exfoliating and scrubbing sponge.

Hardhead sponges:

Hardhead sponges

A type of sponge available in Caribbean, in economy category ,in a golden yellow colour ,soft when wet, durable, excellent choice for exfoliating and scrubbing sponge.

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 many months.

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.

Benefits of Sea Sponge’s use

- 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 months.

Our 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.

Process


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.Sponges, as soon as come out from the sea, are washed and presses with sea water ,multiply times, by fishermen.By this way the black substance covering the sea  sponge is removed and sponges left at the sun to dry. 

Cleaning and Clipping

In the first stage of processing sponges are clipped from their roots and stones removed.
After sponges are cleaned are clipped 
and cut to take desired size or shape. 

Color changing and final checking

Many clients prefer their sponges to have the known yellow  colour. In this case sponges pass a process unchanged from last century in the Greek islands, including multiple washing with sea water. After  the color changes to yellow the sponges are left  to dry completely and last the final screen where we carefully  remove any marine debris that might be inside the sponge.

Process

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.
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 suitorsof Penelope.

She 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.

This tradition lived in Greek islands of Aegean and surrounding seas  with Greeks merchants trade sea sponges in all continents from  North America - Carribean - West Europe- Middle East til S.E. Asia.

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.

HISTORY

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.

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/

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

Kereso, The sea sponge company

Your wholesale supplier & exporter of  natural - organic sea sponges in bulk for importers and brand owners. Available types for export, OEM and private label: honeycomb, fino silk, grass,wool, hardhead and wool  sponges for baby bath, face care, adults and painting sponges.

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Kereso Sea Sponges
Agios Nikolaos,
Post code 7210,
Crete island, Greece
Tel: +30. 2841 025050

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