Guess What This Is!

Kind of scary!

When I was in Maine visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, there was an ecological market taking place on the grounds. I happened upon a stand run by a woman who makes wonderful soap, including the one in the photo above, which is especially for gardeners. Deb Robbins took a loofa and simply filled it with soap. The result is a terrific (and weirdly cool-looking) way to wash your grimy hands.

Deb makes other soaps, too, under the name of Dr. Dandelion. She says the only animal she tests her products on is her dog, Bea, when she gives her a bath using her olive oil soap. Another thing to like about this product!

I have a thing for natural, “artisan” soaps, so I bought a few bars to take home. I love how they look, too – kind of like maple fudge, don’t you think?

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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to Guess What This Is!

  1. cj wright says:

    I’ve seen those loofah soaps. Let us know how it works for you.


    • dirtynailz says:

      What I like about this soap is that the soap is rich and the loofa is abrasive – but not too much. Yes, I will let you know how it works for me. In my experience, the only thing that really cleans garden-dirty hands is time and many hand washings.


      • cj wright says:

        Remember Lava soap? That will certainly get rid of the grime. Homemade scrubs are good, too, plus they’re fun to make and smell so good. One I love to make is lemon/rosemary. I use the rosemary from my garden and it smells sooooo good.


      • dirtynailz says:

        Do you have a specific recipe, CJ? Our readers would probably love that.


  2. Wendy says:

    DARN – I should have known. I grew luffa gourds one year and did a project I’m really proud of. I read about making soaps. One site suggesting grinding up the luffa and added that to the soap. Not sure how that would have fared in our pipes – that stuff is really fibrous.


    • dirtynailz says:

      It is fibrous, for sure. The woman who made this soap seems to have shredded the luffa into rather small pieces. I don’t know whether that would make a difference.


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