They're hard straight outta the pack but just wet them and they'll soften and foam up instantly. By the way, this is a vegan product! The sponges are also cruelty-, sulfate-, phthalate-, phosphate-, and gluten-free. The packaging is recyclable packaging. Yayyy environment!
Promising review: "The sponge still retains a touch of firmness but gets softer and softer over time, providing gentle exfoliation. It's just enough to wake up your skin. I come out of my bath feeling soft, so clean, moisturized, smelling gorgeous, and feeling truly pampered. Whether you use it in a tub or shower, it’s equally as enjoyable, and although it seems to be a touch on the expensive side, each one provides about 30 uses. Not too bad, for such a relaxing and indulgent bath or shower that is usually mundane." —Kathleen
Get them from Amazon for $39.99 (available in a pack of two).