Konjac sponge – what on earth is that?!
A konjac sponge is a natural sponge made from the fibrous ‘konnyaku’ root vegetable of Japanese origin. It comes from the same family as the humble potato, and is commonly consumed as food (Konjac noodles, or as a kind of solid jelly-like vegetable marinated in various sauces) in Japan.
It is however also dried, ground, and mixed with water to form a paste, then calcium hydroxide is added (To make it alkaline). This mixture is then heated to solidify it, frozen overnight, then dried slowly to evaporate the water.
These sponges are:
- Made from a vegetable!
- They gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin
- Said to help remove blackheads, oil, and dead skin cells
How do I use it?
You simply submerge the sponge in water, or hold it under running water. Then gently squeeze it until it softens. This takes a few minutes.
Wipe it gently over your face & body. You can use it with just water as the konjac plant has natural cleansing properties. Alternatively, use it with your favourite soap/body wash.
Each time you use it, just squeeze it a few times under water to rehydrate it.
How do I store it?
Each konjac body sponge comes with a string attached to it. Use this string to hang it somewhere away from direct sunshine, and away from humidity. Therefore, if you’re bathroom is damp and humid you may want to hang it somewhere else.
To keep it hygienic you should disinfect it every fortnight in hot (not boiling) water for 5 minutes.
You’ll know when it’s time to replace it as it’ll start to disintegrate, or it won’t expand properly. This is roughly every 2-3 months.
Which colour do I choose?
- Aloe Vera – Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, recommended for acne prone skin
- Bamboo Charcoal – Anti-bacterial, suitable for sensitive skin, recommended for acne prone skin
- Rose – Anti-bacterial, recommended for dry or sensitive skin
What is in this set?
In this set you receive one face sponge and one body sponge. There are three options; aloe vera, bamboo charcoal, or rose. Alternatively, let Mrs Balmy choose for you so you’ll receive a surprise!
Just want one sponge?
Find the body sponges here.
Find the face sponges here.