From technical heights to going green – the Konjacsponge

I recently declared my love for the Clarisonic face brush in an elaborate post.
Today I am here to tell you why it didn’t come with me to New Zealand and what I took instead.

The one downside of my (very old) Clarisonic is the charger. It is bulky, it is heavy and I rarely bother to take it with me when I travel. And even though my skin misses it a little, I can totally go three weeks without it.

But as we are gone for seven weeks straight this time, I wanted to try something else to show my skin some love. Of course, I could have bought a Clarisonic Mia and be done, but as the old one still works perfectly well, I shunned the investment.

Konjac Sponge „Green Tea“ by ebeline

So I went for the Konjacsponge instead.


What the (different) companies claim:
Provides soft massage and peeling without irritation. Moisturizes naturally. 100% vegan. Deep pore cleansing.
As the Konjacsponge is sold infused with added skincare (i.e. aloe vera), there are other claims made on top for the individual product.

Facts:
The Konjacsponge is made from the Konjac nodule, grown mostly in asian countries.

Doesn’t look too pretty (photo credit: www.konjac-sponge.com)

It is available from different companies, I got mine at my local drugstore for 2,89 €.
If you want to buy online, here and here are different options.
Added ingredients are green tea (anti-ageing),  aloe vera (moisturizing), charcoal (fights impurities).

You can use the Konjacsponge (KS) with every cleanser, in the mornings, in the evenings, whenever you prefer. It claims to be safe for daily use, and it is on my robust skin, but if your skin is sensitive, I would ease into it and maybe start with twice a week.

Mine came infused with Green Tea, promising added antioxidants and therefore anti-ageing properties.
Before you use it, you let it soak in water (I just rinsed it for maybe thirty seconds) until it expands and feels like a sponge. After that, you apply your cleanser and then massage it into your face with the KS.

Action shot!

After you used it, you rinse it again and hang it to dry. When dry it turns stiff and a little scratchy, but even after a few days without using it, the KS gets back to its spongy self when soaked again.

A change after 2-3 months is recommended. After about eight weeks of daily use, mine still looks and feels good, no tearing or discoloration.

Does it live up to it´s claims?
In parts.
It provides a soft massage and peeling effect, my skin feels very clean and it is non irritating on me.
The added claims, i.e. „anti-aging“, based on the added ingredients on the other hand…
If infused with green tea, and then rinsed about four times in water, how much of the green tea will be left in the sponge? You know, I am an avid drinker of green tea (any tea, to be honest), but after brewing it twice, the agents are gone.
I don’t think this is any different in the sponge.

Will I rebuy?
Yes.
I like it a lot for traveling, I like the soft peeling effect it has on my skin and the clean feeling after using it. It is the perfect, space saving cleansing tool when I just can’t be bothered to drag my Clarisonic around.

Who would I recommend it to?
Anyone. It is affordable (ranging from 2,90 up to 10 €), small, easy to use and it gives an effective cleanse, which is important at any age.
If you already own a Clarisonic or similar device, you probably don’t need it on top. But if you are looking for something similar (no dupe, just up the same road) and can’t/won’t afford a Clarisonic, give it a go.

Have you tried any of those sponges before?

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  • I have heard of these sponges but never tries one, they sound amazing and what great value for money!!!!

    http://katsbeautytales.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Try one the next time you get the chance. They are cheap and effective.
      Which additional ingredient would you go for?

  • I have never head either, I love new products especially skin care – and I love anything that is a natural product too. This looks great & what a great price! Will definitely try and hunt one of these down!

    http://www.luciaflorence.com

    • I am a total skincare addict, too. Let me know what you think after you got one.
      Which added benefits will you choose?

  • I've never tried one but I've been curious about them for the longest time!

    • It took me ages to get around and try one, too. Can't imaging why, as they are so affordable…

  • I've seen this but never tried one! My favorite exfoliating cloth is Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief. You should look into that! I think you'll love it, considering how much you love this and Clarisonic 🙂

    • You are a horrible enabler…
      I will add this to my to-try list. Did you review it someday?

  • Ooooh I've been curious about these!

    http://www.kelsabelle.com

  • Great review! I couldn't agree more. I really love everything it offers.. but the anti-aging bit seems farfetched haha. I haven't tried this one though.. I have tried the red one.. now I have the white one (so no clay added to it) and I want to try the pink one (for sensitive skin) in the future 🙂 I also prefer the Konjac Sponges over devices like that by Clarisonic because those are too harsh for my sensitive skin.. so this is the perfect solution to cleanse and even exfoliate my face a bit!

    • I can imagine they are great for sensitive skin.
      I absolutely want to try the other colors, too. Which one was your favorite so far?

  • I have never tried one really knew such sponges existed. Thanks for a thorough review, i will have to research it more and see what's available in the US!

    • They have been around for ages, I am sure you will find a place that sells them. If not, I will have to send you a care package someday soon!

    • I found them on Sephora's website but they are kind of expensive. But I found ones shaped like hearts…that I feel like I need.

      Either way, I'd die from excitement to get a care package from you <3

    • 😄
      I wouldnt want to be responsible for your death, but I will see what I can do once back in Germany.

  • I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    I like your posts and photos! Really amazing!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

    • Thank you, Diana. But your pictures are of really high quality. I enjoyed checking them out very much.

  • Wow! I had no idea what a konjac was haha!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Me neither. Looks disgusting, hm?