I’ve had an assortment of these sponges for review – rather than repeat info for each I’ve written a generic review that covers all the differences between packs, some are heart shaped and plain, some rectangular, some have green tea, some have charcoal.
Not knowing what Konjac was I did a bit of Google-ing and found out that its derived from a potato type plant native to Asia, which is rich in mineral goodness ( and low in calories – shame we don’t/can’t grow it here in UK!) Its pH neutral making it perfect for skincare. I’m a fan of natural sea sponges but this sponge is something I’m happy to use too. I do like to look for natural products when possible.
These sponges come dehydrated and a quick soak in water expands them in seconds – I’ve shown in photos how much they expand. The sponge itself is very close textured, very different to the natural sponge open texture I’m used to. It feels very gentle on my face and its easy to add cleanser if wanted, or just use with soap or even plain water. The green tea ones smell gently of the tea extract and the charcoal ones have a similar faint charcoal fragrance but that doesn’t stay on skin – you won’t go round smelling like BBQ all day…..Being so gentle and pH neutral makes them perfect for babies and sensitive skins.
These are great presents coming in beautiful boxes. heart shaped ones with a textured surface and gold logo stamp or rectangular black boxes with a beautiful silver logo stamped on the front.
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I’ve added some FAQ from the company below, and also in my Google-ing found they can be sterilized in boiling water of you feel you need that. Personally I feel leaving them to hang up ( on the string connected to them) between use is more than adequate.
Q: How do I use my sponge?
A: Soak the Konjac Sponge with warm water until soft and fully expanded. Then carefully press it between your palms to expel excess water. Gently massage your face in a circular motion, while avoiding rubbing sensitive areas too harshly. See here for full instructions: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91nCSzaDbPL._SL1500_.jpg
Q: What should I do with it after use?
A: When finished, gently squeeze the sponge between your palms to fully expel the water. Never wring the sponge, this can damage the delicate fibers and cause it to fall apart. Hang the sponge in a well-ventilated area to dry it. Do not leave your sponge in a humid place, such as the shower. To prolong their life, you can also store your sponge in a container in the refrigerator.
Q: What do the different sponge colours mean?
A: Some of our sponge sets come with different coloured sponges. While the sponges have the same basic functionality, the different coloured sponges are best suited to particular skin types. Natural White is for sensitive or baby skin, Green Tea is to rejuvenate damaged and weary skin, Charcoal Black is for oily or acne-prone skin.
Q: Do I need to use a cleanser?
A: Our sponge is naturally cleansing – you do not need to use a cleanser. However, you may also prefer to use a small amount of your favorite cleanser. Remember, a little goes a long way!
Q: I am worried about bacteria in my sponge. What can I do?
A: You can easily disinfect it by soaking the sponge in hot (not boiling) water for 3-5 minutes. Using boiling water can deform and damage the sponge. Remember to drain the water and let the sponge cool before handling it.
Q: When should I change my sponge?
A: With proper care, you should get at least 2-3 months use. At this point the sponge may start to disintegrate and should be replaced. It is fully biodegradable and can be safely composted. Chop it up and mix it into potting soil to help retain moisture in your pots!
Q: Can the sponge be consumed by myself or my pets?
A: Absolutely not! While konjac is an edible food source, these sponges are not suitable for human or pet consumption. The sponge can swell in the throat, creating a suffocation risk.