Sunday, 8 September 2013

Is it a sponge? not.a.Sponge* review



I am not going to lie, this most recent addition to my bathroom has resulted in some raised eyebrows from hubby who has to put up with an already overflowing bathroom cabinet and a big box full of face cloths and other beauty gadgets. So what is my latest beauty obsession, well it isn't a sponge well not any old sponge anyway it is a volcanic powder puff (I love the name the company have given this product!) made from the super food Konjac!

Konjac or Devils tongue is a vegetable which is grown in Asia as a form of starch. The vegetable has several uses and such as a vegetarian gelatine substitute. The Konjac plant is freeze dried and processed on the island of Jeju Island which is in Korea. Maggie and Jane who are the creators of not.a.sponge* have personally visited the site where they are made and they believe in sustainability so each sponge is hand crafted, they also ensure good working conditions for those that work for them. 

What starts off as quite a hard looking object, once softened with water becomes a very impressive durable facial cleansing tool, it is worth noting it softens very quickly too. I was very impressed by the durability of this product, I have bought natural sponges for my son a few times and within seconds they were in pieces, this doesn't feel flimsy at all and if well taken care can last for quite a few uses. When it does show signs of needing to be replaced (after about two months) it can simply be composted as it is 100% biodegradable. Another cool tip I saw is to pop in at the bottom of a plant pot as it will store water that the plants roots will use to grow, which I thought was a really fun and interesting trick!

It is best if you use this without any added cleanser so essentially you are just using the sponges slightly alkaline properties to cleanse your face, for that reason it has become my cleanser of choice in the mornings. All you need to do is massage the wet sponge around the face in slightly circular motions, you are able to get the blood flowing to the face and to exfoliate the skin very gently, this never makes my skin red or irritated. I do occasionally use it at night time but only after removing all my make up thoroughly with a balm or oil cleanser. I was initially sceptical about how much I would use this as I like to keep my routine very simple, but it has been effortless to use this daily and it is something I look forward to. 

I have the Volcanic power puff for sensitive skin, which is infused with the volcanic compound Scoria which has anti-inflammatory properties. I am definitely not ready to ditch all my other cleansers yet, but I can imagine that for those people who are looking for a very simple regime this could be used exclusively, I think the fact that it is chemical free would be very appealing to many. For me using it for my morning cleanse has had a positive effect on my skin and it feels a little bit smoother and softer so due to the exfoliation that it provides. 

I find the shape of the sponge lends itself well to gently rubbing it around the face, I make sure I cover all areas concentrating more on parts of the face that become more congested such as the nose and the chin. To keep your sponge hygienic pop it into boiling water for about 90 seconds once a week, this will keep it from harbouring bacteria. When you have finished with your sponge simply hang it up on the little string that is attached and allow it to dry, then it is ready for it's next use! There are varieties suited to all skin types as well as sponges for the body too which I am quite curious to try out. 

You can find out more about not.a.sponge here.

Ana x

*Indicates a sample was generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.

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  1. Very bizarre product but sounds interesting!



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    1. It's no more bizarre than a clarisonic but a heck of a lot cheaper ;) x

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  2. This was a really interesting read, thanks for posting. I have a clarisonic which you mentioned in your reply above and I think it's a big waste of money too. I could never use it on my face because it was too harsh, even when using the sensitive skin brush head! I love cheap alternatives and this sounds like it's gentle enough to not break me out. Love love loveee the idea of this! x

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    1. Thanks Ashley glad you enjoyed it, that was always my fear with the Clarisonic, my skin is very sensitive and I just wouldn't get enough use of it, this really is gentle and very affordable Xx

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  3. Interest post Ana. I've heard a bit about Konjac foods but didn't know about the sponges. I shall have to give them a try x

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    1. They are well worth trying, they feel lovely on the skin Xx

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  4. I really want to try this! I think I'll get the Charcoal one for oily skin! x

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    1. Definitely worth a try, I would love to hear how you like it! Xx

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  5. lovely post! Currently testing out Konjac Sponge, been using it as my AM cleanse, and love it. xo

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    1. Thanks Nicole, we have very similar taste in products so I am glad to hear you like it too :) Xx

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  6. Nice post, thank you so much!

    I love my Konjac sponge and use it once a week, sometimes bi-weekly. This is the perfect number of uses for my face and my skin already improved.

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    1. That's lovely to hear, glad you like it :) Xx

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  7. I too have been using a konjac sponge from KUU (should be the same quality-ish?). I love it in the morning, a great no-cleanser day! So gentle too.

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    1. It is very gentle and fuss free I really like it! :) Xx

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  8. I'm so tempted to try one of these. I'd feel weird about ditching my cleansers but it might be good for an added step with the exfoliation x

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    1. I felt the same to start with, I still use cleansers at night, but my morning cleanse is just this and I have to say it works fantastically well! Xx

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