Konjac sponge – a natural way to cleanse

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Konjac sponges have been an underground favourite in beauty for a long time – recommended as a gentle way to cleanse by beauty experts such as Josephine Fairley and very popular in Asia. This weekend I finally managed to road-test one myself, hoorah!

The one I tried is from The Konjac Sponge Co, based in the UK and distributed worldwide. This little round product that comes in a simple pouch. Dry, it looks and feels like a pumice stone until you soak it in water, after which it turns a bit rubbery.  It’s made with 100% natural konjac fibre (a pure vegetable fibre) from the root of the Amorphophallus konjac plant, making it 100% biodegradable.

It can cleanse skin effectively without a cleanser so it’s a VERY eco product as no additional product is required and no residue washed down the drain. But how effective is konjac sponge at cleansing skin on its own? I tried it with a full face of make-up and without, without a cleanser and with.

My verdict: It’s very gentle on skin as it massages it really well and doesn’t scratch or irritate it. The rubbery texture is initially a bit odd but it feels so much more substantial than a muslin cloth, which I now find fussy and irritatingly flimsy. This is squidgy enough to cleanse and massage all the contours of the face leaving skin fresh and enlivened. Great for babies too apparently.

A sponge from The Konjac Sponge Co costs £6.99 and lasts up to three months.

Try it, I think you’ll like it!

It’s not new but it’s nice

Pinks Boutique Bamboo and Oatmeal Facial Polish

Pinks Boutique Bamboo and Oatmeal Facial Polish

I had the pleasure of trying Pink’s Boutique Bamboo and Oatmeal Facial Polish recently and was pleasantly surprised. Squidgy, comforting, luscious.

As you know I love oil-based products and this was like a dense cream (shea butter, sunflower seed oil) with ground-up mandarin peel and oatmeal. It was like the texture of peppermint creams before they set – remember like we used to make when we ere younger? You can really get your fingers into this stuff and massage it into your skin – perfect product to practise my new facial massage techniques. I loved it.

It’s £29.50 and if you think that’s a bit too much for a cleanser I’d say it’s worth it if you have really dry or sensitive skin. It lasts a really long time and the ingredients are 100% natural and 81.5% organic. With cheap cleansers that contain harsh ingredients you run the risk of stripping skin of essential oils so using a cleanser full of natural oils is always best.

Try it, you might like it and let me know what you think.

PS. I know keep changing the blog layout but I’m definitely sticking with this one now (!).  Hope you like it.

It's not new but it's nice

Pinks Boutique Bamboo and Oatmeal Facial Polish

Pinks Boutique Bamboo and Oatmeal Facial Polish

I had the pleasure of trying Pink’s Boutique Bamboo and Oatmeal Facial Polish recently and was pleasantly surprised. Squidgy, comforting, luscious.

As you know I love oil-based products and this was like a dense cream (shea butter, sunflower seed oil) with ground-up mandarin peel and oatmeal. It was like the texture of peppermint creams before they set – remember like we used to make when we ere younger? You can really get your fingers into this stuff and massage it into your skin – perfect product to practise my new facial massage techniques. I loved it.

It’s £29.50 and if you think that’s a bit too much for a cleanser I’d say it’s worth it if you have really dry or sensitive skin. It lasts a really long time and the ingredients are 100% natural and 81.5% organic. With cheap cleansers that contain harsh ingredients you run the risk of stripping skin of essential oils so using a cleanser full of natural oils is always best.

Try it, you might like it and let me know what you think.

PS. I know keep changing the blog layout but I’m definitely sticking with this one now (!).  Hope you like it.