A bamboo charcoal Konjac Sponge from Skye Candle and Body Care was the day 11 surprise gift in the 2019 Beautiful Surprises Advent Calendar.
I’d heard a lot about these sponges when they first came out, and there was this huge big hype around them, but I’d never managed to actually convince myself to buy one.
Made from 100% pure natural konjac (an edible corm from an Asian plant), the sponge has added charcoal bamboo, and is suitable for the whole family to use. It’s supposed to exfoliate and massage the skin, while the Bamboo Charcoal is mineral rich to help with acne, eliminating blackheads, oil and impurities. Out of the packaging, the konica sponge is hard. Really hard.
To use it, it has to be soaked in water for a few minutes, so that it can soften completely. Once the sponge is soft, press it between the flattened palms of both hands (the packaging says not to squeeze it out in one hand, as this will reduce the lifespan), and then gently massage the face in a circular motion, to cleanse and exfoliate. Rinsing the sponge well before and after each use. It has a little hanging string attached, so that the sponge can completely air dry between uses, to prevent mould and bacterial growth.
Honestly, I’m not all that impressed. It just feels like a very slimy, expensive cosmetic sponge. If you think about a sponge that has been dumped onto the side of the bath, while wet, and left there for a few days, it starts to get that really gross, slimy feel in the centre, well, that’s what this sponge feels like when you’re using it. It’s really squishy, soft and has a very unusual texture. I’ve used the normal, round, flat, cosmetic sponges to clean and exfoliate my face before, and the end result is the same. So for a fraction of the price, you can get the same results, and still replace the sponge every 6-8 weeks without it breaking the bank.
My honest opinion is that this is a hyped up marketing gimmick that many people have fallen for. I saw no reduction in the size, shape or number of blackheads on my nose, and at $16 to $19 for one of these konjac sponges (which have to be replaced every 6-8 weeks, otherwise the texture changes, they start falling apart, and sometimes start smelling funky if they haven’t fully dried between uses), if you average replacing one of these every 8 weeks, it works out to $104 per year. I can think of better things to spend that much money on!