Last year I was invited to The Konjac Sponge Company Pop Up Shop.
It was one rainy Saturday morning that I decided to head down to Sheridan and Co.’s pop up shop space for the event. I was sodden by the time I arrived thanks to the downpour coupled with the fact I had no jacket or umbrella! There was a glass of fizz on arrival which went down ever so easily as I beheld the excellent window display – a bathtub filled with Konjac Sponges. Then, Michelle talked us through the hows and whats of Konjac Sponge production.
Just what is a Konjac?
On first take, you might be forgiven for mistaking the word for a private detective, but the Konjac is actually a potato! Also known as Konnyaku it is a perennial plant native to Asia, that grows in the wild at very high altitudes. Konjac is a natural food source made up of 97% water. It’s rich in mineral goodness and low in calories. Naturally alkaline, Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced. The material itself is biodegradable and sustainable, and in order to make a sponge, the fibres are mixed with water filtered through volcanic rock. The sponges are all made by hand and the quality control is unsurpassed in the world of konjac sponges. In short, these guys are the best! The brand is also BUAV certified and approved by The Vegan Society. The range consists of not only the original konjac but also combined with Bamboo Charcoal (for oily/combination skin that is acne prone), Pink French Clay (for sensitive and skin overexposed to the elements), Red French Clay (good for targeting fine lines, wrinkles, broken capillaries and thread veins) and Green French Clay (for combination and oily skin with oversized pores).
Each Konjac Sponge comes individually packaged.
Although the packaging has changed since these pics.
My Opinion of Konjac Sponges
I’ll admit, the first time I tried the Konjac Sponge after visiting the pop-up shop, I hadn’t read the instructions and mine quickly disintegrated. The string detached and the edges became hole-y pretty much straight away. Had I read the instructions I would have not hung it in the shower, for you are supposed to hang the sponge somewhere to dry and be aerated. Upon learning this I realised the error of my ways and endeavoured to look after my Konjac Sponge much better in future. In my current abode, I have a hook on the mirror to hang my sponge from, I turn it around each time I’ve used it so that the opposite side is facing the wall. When looked after properly a Konjac Sponge can last for months, the longest I kept one was around two months (it still looked as good as new) however it is recommended you change them every four to six weeks.
I love using Konjac Sponges – I’m an absolute convert. I use with all my cleansers – oils, balms and lotions – they help the product go further and leave the skin feeling super soft and deeply cleansed. And when you know how looking after them is easy!
If you don’t have time to go to the pop-up shop, you can visit Feel Unique!