Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Konjac Sponge Co. French Pink Clay Puff Sponge


The Konjac sponge is an alternative to washcloths.  Made from vegetable fibres and clay, it's a natural and biodegradable way to gently cleanse the skin.  At Shop Pretty, we're big fans of things with clay, (you know, with its being packed full of minerals, and time tested over hundreds of years as a beauty treatment thing), so it made sense to get our hands on one.


 
Price: $10 CAD
Made in: Korea

Ingredients: 100% natural vegetable fibre from the amorphophallus konjac plant.

Directions: ALWAYS: rinse before use and allow sponge to fully absorb water.  Gently massage face / body in circular motion. Rinse sponge after use and allow to dry. Do not wring. Sponge hardens when dry, re-hydrate in warm water before use again. Discard if damaged or worn. Can be composted after use.

Notable Facts About This Product:  The Konjac Sponge Co. makes these face and body sponges from the amorphophallus konjac plant.  This plant is native to asia and is popular as a natural food source for things like gelatin replacements and noodles (it's valued more for it's gelatin-like texture than salt-like flavour ).  According to The Konjac Sponge Co., Japanese have been using konjac (the plant) as a beauty treatment for over a century.  The sponge gently massages skin, stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells.  French Pink Clay is a mix of red & white clay.  Pink clay is soft and recommended for tired, sensitive and dehydrated skin and for rejuvenating skin that has suffered from weather or central heating issues.  The sponge is biodegradable.

Personal Experience (Andrea):  I picked up my first Konjac Sponge from Fresh Faced after this episode.  I was looking for something gentle that could cleanse my skin without drying it out, and was eager to try the French Pink Clay variation (which is for tired and devitalized skin) after hearing great things from Jessica LaFleur of Stark Skincare.

Using new beauty accessories is always exciting to me, especially products unlike anything I've ever tried.  I've obviously used sponges before, but this one is different.  It's net-like structure, makes it feel, well, spongy, but also has a sort of living feel to it, similar to making a homemade DIY mask, or kitchen beautician concoction; it feels fresh and alive.  It's also packaged damp, which adds to the experience of it as living matter.

I'm in love with how the sponge glides across my super-sensitive skin, leaving my face clean and dewy, and not dry.  It's soft and gentle and really fun to use.  Even with my skin in it's current weather-reactionary state, this is gentle enough for me to use with just a little bit of water, and removes flakes without casing flare ups or irritation.

When summer comes, I'll likely switch to another type of Konjac sponge (the red or green clay) to better suit my skin's needs at that time, but for now the pink one is playing a big part in my nightly routine.

Verdict: ❤❤❤

Where to Buy: freshfaced.ca and starkskincare.com

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3 comments:

  1. I've been seeing so many reviews about these sponges! Do you use cleanser with them? Or are they more for washing a face with no makeup on?

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    1. Hi Jerilyn, I use them without cleanser, as I'm not wearing much makeup lately, but they work really well with cleanser too!

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  2. Oh I'm so glad I found this review! I live in Canada and was having a hard time finding a site that ships within the country. I so hate paying shipping fees that end up being double the price of the product! Thank you for the info!

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