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31/07/13: The Konjac Sponge

The Konjac sponge is a nifty little cleansing sponge made of a kind of potato - it's been popular in Asia both for cleansing and as a weight loss aid for quite a while, but the hype only hit these shores relatively recently.   I can't actually remember where I first came across this, but after seeing videos of it in action and hearing that it's a gentle way of exfoliating and cleaning your face, I was interested to see if it worked for me.

Although it's hard and hollow sounding when dry it has a completely different texture when it's wet - like a very soft sponge.  

[A possibly very dull video - how the Konjac Sponge
 goes from that thing in the picture above, to a soft-face-friend]

You can use it with your own cleanser or just water.  I've tried it with both and think that I prefer it with nothing added as it's quite difficult to get rid of all traces of product if you use it with your own cleanser or soap!   You can also use it to clean make up off, but again this will probably reduce its usability more quickly - and I found it really hard to remove the make up from the sponge after I had cleansed.  However, overall I did enjoy using this, and it did make my face feel smooth and clean without aggravating any sensitive spots.

Good for me?
I don't know that it has helped my skin but it hasn't made it worse - and I liked just using water to clean my face in the mornings.  Green merit sticker-wise, as it's a plant it's also bio-degradable and can be popped in the compost or in a plant pot when it starts to crumble.  (After about three months of using this, I think mine has just about given up the ghost!) The only concern I have is that it might harbour a few germs, especially as you can't use really hot water to clean it.  I don't think that I will repurchase the face version, but I might buy the body version instead.

Good for you?
If you're looking for an alternative to that flannel in the morning and would like something that is degradable, gently exfoliating and a little different, give it a go.  It's only around £6.00 from I Choose What I Use and it's suggested that you replaced it every couple of months, or when it starts to show wear and tear.

Have you tried a konjac sponge - would you want to?

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Konjac Sponge: 100% Amorphophallus Konjac


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  1. I have tried the Konjac sponge and liked it but I went back to muslin cloths, pure laziness on my part not to buy another :)

    1. :D Have been wondering about muslin cloths - easier to sterilise? x

  2. What a funny little sponge :) it sounds like a good product but I have the feeling I would end up thinking same as you did..I will definitely have a better look into this though cause I never read much about this sponge!

    Ila x

    1. It is a funny little thing - lots of people really like them :) I do just worry about my spottiness! Thanks for reading! x

  3. This looks really cool. I wanna try it now just because I'm super curious about the way it works!! But I don't understand how it aids weight loss, lol :P


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