I'm In Love With A Sponge - Konjac Sponge

Purchased from Naturismo, The Konjac Sponge Company 100% Natural Vegetable Fibre Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal is the latest addition to my beauty arsenal in the seemingly never-ending fight against acne. Konjac (pronounced con-yak) sponges have taken the beauty world by storm in the last year or so but I was reluctant to jump on the bandwagon until I read about the Bamboo Charcoal version. Described as "a natural treatment for acne-sufferers", bamboo charcoal is known for both its antibacterial properties and its ability to absorb impurities from the skin.

Konjac itself is an edible plant native to Asia that has been used medicinally for centuries and more recently in weight-loss foods. I actually tried Konjac noodles (before I heard of the sponges) and hated them as I found they had an unpleasantly fishy taste and rubbery texture, maybe I should have tried them on my face instead of just chucking the packet in the bin! Cruelty-free, vegan, and biodegradable (as well as as chock-full of mineral goodness), what is essentially a potato makes a remarkably effective cleansing tool.

Let's get down to how it actually works then, shall we? At first touch, the sponge was not what I had expected, being ever so slightly crunchy - for lack of a better word. You're advised to rinse it well under warm water at which point it noticeably softens and expands. After gently squeezing out the excess water, you're now ready to begin your cleanse, with or without product.

In the morning I tend use it solo but in the evening I sometimes start with a balm cleanser and use the sponge to really work it in. The manufacturer claims that if used with a cleanser, it will help the product to "work harder" and "go further" but I'm not sure I can attest to that just yet. Either way, I move the sponge in circular motions across my face, gently massaging it into every nook and cranny. The result is that my face is left both looking and feeling incredibly fresh and clean. Any patches of dry skin have been gently buffed away with none of the aggravation to my sensitive skin I've come to expect from manual exfoliation. Somehow this miracle sponge even seems to calm the blemishes I already have. Another quick rinse and a squeeze and then it's off to its hook to dry (it comes with a little loop of white thread attached). Your sponge should last two to three months with proper care (which is more than I get out of most cleansers) and, considering it retails at just £7.99, seems like a bit of a bargain.

So there you have it, I really wasn't prepared to enjoy using my Konjac sponge as much as I do but now I really couldn't see myself cleansing without one. If nothing else, it's a great timesaver for those of us who struggle to make ourselves look halfway presentable at such an ungodly hour of the morning!

  1. It's a shame, but I haven't tried any konjac sponge yet! Oh well, I know there're so many different brands producing them so I just have to give it a chance, especially after reading your lovely review!

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  2. I love that there's one for every skin type; I can see myself buying the heart-shaped sponge next - it's just so cute! Thanks for the comment/compliment :)

  3. I really want to try one of these Konjac sponges! I've heard so many great things! :) x

  4. Go for it! Can't recommend them enough :) Thanks for commenting x