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Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge – an I Choose What I Use Review


Another one of our occasional personal blog reviews, this time for a bamboo charcoal konjac sponge from The Konjac Sponge Company.


We added the Konjac Sponge Company to our list of brands last year after visiting their stand at The Natural Products Show and getting a short demonstration of its effectiveness.  Very impressed but still, I didn’t raid the stock room to test one properly for myself for another 6 or 7 months!  I should not have waited that long.


I am a rubbish blogger in that I can’t remember exactly when I started using it or, for that matter, the date when I stopped, all I can say is I loved it and miss it terribly so another trip to the stock room is on the cards very shortly.


For those that don’t know, konjac sponges from The Konjac Sponge Company (beware of imitations!) are entirely natural and degradable, being made from a form of potato from Asia.  They do five different versions of the facial sponge to accommodate different skin types and the added ingredients in those versions are all natural too.  See our introductory blog for more information and FAQ’s: Konjac Sponges A Perfect Full Circle Skincare Product.


I chose the Bamboo Charcoal sponge for my trial because that’s the best fit for my skin.  Oily, though thankfully Jojoba oil helps to balance it these days, and prone to breakouts.  Yep, that hasn’t stopped even in my 40’s!


Our sponges are the dehydrated ones so the first thing to do was to bring it back to life with a little soak in some water.  It takes mere moments to happen and soon you’ve got a soft squishy sponge to play with.  Though try and refrain from squishing and squeezing it too much, it shortens it’s life!


Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge Fully Dehydrated

This is my old sponge ‘sans moisture’ – ugly little sucker isn’t it?!?


The feel of the hydrated sponge on your skin is absolutely lovely, so much so I spent much longer than I ever have before cleansing my face!   It didn’t dry my skin at all and I found that I rarely needed to follow up with a moisturiser so, for the most part, I was not using cleanser or moisturiser, only the sponge, and I have to say the condition of my skin really did improve and the tone became much more even.   The (hydrated!) konjac sponge is so soft it’s hard to believe that it has an exfoliating effect but I could tell that it was working its magic.


Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge Before Water

To give some sort of comparison, the sponge in my palm before hydrating.


Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge Fully Hydrated

The fully hydrated sponge, a lovely fit in your hand which makes it easy to use.

Now, this might sound, actually it does sound, like a conflicting statement but I did find that it wasn’t as good as expected at removing make up if used on it’s own.  I don’t wear make up very often so it wasn’t a big deal but if I had been wearing any and just used the sponge, I would sometimes find traces of makeup on the towel when I dried my face.  So, on those rare makeup days I’d either remove it first with coconut oil or apply a cleanser with the sponge to do a more thorough job.  The advice is correct, if you use your konjac sponge with cleanser you only need to apply the smallest amount to the sponge.


Getting the water out after use is fun, wringing is not recommended so I found squashing the sponge between my hands was the best method.   Even though I was careful to hang my sponge up to dry and kept it out of water and humid conditions between uses, our parting came when I found the black spots of doom (mould) on it one morning.  Have to say, not easy to notice when your sponge is dark grey!  I’d probably been using my sponge for 2 months by then and it was starting to break down so it was about time to replace it.  It has made me give more thought about where to store the next one between uses though so that it can dry out thoroughly.  The current plan is to hang it on an s-shaped hook over my radiator!  I will also follow one of the FAQ’s and regularly sterilize it in boiling water in the hopes of keeping the mould at bay.


Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge Near the End

A week or so before I stopped using the sponge. You can see large holes appearing as the sponge is starting to naturally degrade.


So, would I recommend a Konjac sponge?  Yes!  It did live up to the hype for looking after my skin type, I haven’t used one for about 2 weeks now and I’m just starting to notice that I need to get my konjac fix again.  For £7.99 it lasted for around two months and I used far less cleanser and moisturiser so, it saved me money.  It’s cruelty free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans (The Konjac Sponge Company have now got Vegan Society and Leaping Bunny certifications) and is totally degradable, mine is getting ‘planted’ in the garden!   It ticks a lot of boxes for us.


Interested in trying a konjac sponge for yourself?


This link will take you to our selection of sponges from The Konjac Sponge Company


If you’re curious about what the other products mentioned above were:

Cleanser: Akamuti African Black Soap

Makeup Remover: Akamuti Organic Fairtrade Coconut Oil

Moisturiser: Akamuti Organic Golden Jojoba Oil

Make Up: Madara Tinting Fluid (Moon Flower), Vegan Faces Pro-Vitamin B5 Mascara, Inika Eyeshadow/Eyeliner


Have you tried a konjac sponge from The Konjac Sponge company?   What did you think?


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  1. Laurie, July 4, 2014:

    Hi, I’ve been using jojoba oil to remove my makeup, rinsing, and then using the clarisonic. And it’s a pain to clean off the oil from it. I was wondering if when you do use oil to remove your make up could you just rinse and then use the sponge? Thanks!

  2. I Choose What I Use, July 4, 2014:

    Hi Laurie, yes you could just use the sponge after rinsing the oil away. One thought though, if you were doing this daily I’m not sure how long the sponge would last because of the effect of the oil on it?

  3. Laurie, July 5, 2014:

    Thanks for the quick response :) That’s a good point, and I’ve been using the clarisonic in place of a washcloth so this little guy would become my remaining oil/makeup remover, cleanser, and exfoliator all in one- it sounds like it is up for the task I’ll just have to stock pile em if I do it every night. Might just get one for the no make up days!

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