What is a Konjac Sponge and how to use it?
Meet the ultimate, 100% natural and sustainable cleansing sponge.
If you’re the type of person who looks forward to going home to cleanse and exfoliate their skin (it’s okay, we’re those people too), then you’re going to absolutely love our konjac sponges.
A what sponge?
Konjac (sounds like, Kohn-Jack) is a plant grown in and around parts of Asia. It has lots of different names, so you might’ve seen it mentioned elsewhere as Amorphophallus Konjac or even Elephant Yam, but we thought Konjac was a bit easier to remember and a bit less of a mouthful.
To make the sponge, we take the roots (we get ours from Korea) and grind them to a powder before placing in molds and rehydrating with water. We then dry them in an oven to avoid adding any chemicals – meaning it’s great for sensitive skin and entirely biodegradable too. Technically, our konjac sponges are completely edible (that’s how natural they are), but we think they work better as a cleansing exfoliator than a mid-afternoon vegan snack.
“Sea sponges are often considered as the go-to natural sponge, but with overharvesting and no way to repopulate what has been taken, they’re not necessarily the most sustainable. With konjac sponges, we can keep replanting the vegetable to create a more sustainable supply and so, a more sustainable sponge” - Jo, our Founder
The natural fibres in the sponge are made with a unique net-like structure, so when you use it on your skin, it helps to stimulate blood flow and promote skin cell renewal as it deeply cleanses and gently exfoliates without any additional products (which again, really helps if you have sensitive skin). However, if you like to supercharge your beauty routine as much as we do, we’d recommend adding a natural cleanser for some extra oomph. It’s great for removing makeup, masks or treatments and you can pair it with your favourite body wash too.
When you get your konjac sponge, it will feel quite hard to start with - that’s totally natural. All you have to do is rinse and hydrate it in warm water; your sponge will get silky soft and grow to around twice the size (top tip: always do this before use). Squeeze out any excess water and prepare your skin for a cleanse like you’ve never experienced before. Here’s what people have to say about it:
“This sponge is fab! I use it every morning with just water, and it removes oil and any nasties from my skin, it can also be used for makeup removal with your usual cleanser. I love that it moisturises your skin and cleans without needing soap, doesn’t leave any tightness. Will continue to buy! Natural is best.” - Janine20303 ★★★★★
“Very gently exfoliating - can use over eyelids. Leaves skin feeling tingly, clean, refreshed and not at all dry” - Mariona ★★★★★
“I love this sponge because of the shape. It's practical to hold in my hand than round ones. I have two other konjac sponges by Beauty Kitchen and they're equally amazing but this is the one that dislodged some of the most stubborn blackheads I've ever seen” - RadFem ★★★★★
All of our konjac sponges are equally amazing, but not all of them are created equal - what we’re saying is, we’ve created different konjac sponges for different skin types.
Miracle Mother Nature Facial Konjac Sponge
Our very first konjac sponge - perfect for cleansing and exfoliating even the most sensitive skin types.
Mineral Rich Bamboo Charcoal Facial Konjac Sponge
Helps to effectively deep cleanse pores and absorb excess oils and toxins from the skin (especially blackheads).
Free From Bath & Body Konjac Sponge
Like our Bamboo Charcoal Facial Konjac sponge, but bigger.
Antioxidant Rich Green Tea Facial Konjac Sponge
Promotes healthy cleansing to protect, plump and improve skin elasticity.
After you’ve used your konjac sponge of choice, squeeze it between two palms and then hang it up to dry. If you look after your sponge as much as it looks after your skin, you should have it for around 2-3 months. Then, as it’s 100% biodegradable, you can pop it in some compost or use it as a water reservoir for your indoor plants as an eco-friendly bonus - great for your skin and great for the planet too.