Lit from Within: Green (Tea) With Envy #konjacsponge

Monday, February 9, 2015

Green (Tea) With Envy #konjacsponge

Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.

Hello, Fireflies!

I've got another konjac sponge review today.  I can't help it.  Once I tried one, I wanted to try ALL the konjacs.  This one, from The Japanese Konjac Sponge is infused with Green Tea which gives it the subtle but distinct smell of matcha green tea, which I love. 

Konjac sponges are made from the konjac root, a potato-like plant that grows primarily in high elevations in Asia.  It's naturally pH balanced with our skin, completely natural, free from parabens and preservatives, and is biodegradable.  So, while you're using the sponge, it's good for us, and when we're done with the sponge, it's good for the earth.
The Japanese Konjac Sponge information
Of all the konjac sponges I've tested, this is the first one that had a warning not to eat it.  I will admit, it smells good.  I love green tea mochi, and green tea ice cream, and matcha green tea smoothies... but it never occurred to me to nosh on my green tea konjac.  If it occurs to you, just..don't.  If it's not hydrated, you'll probably chip a tooth trying, anyway.
The Japanese Konjac Sponge directions
This is one of the biggest and densest konjac sponges I've tried.  It took a little longer to hydrate fully the first time.  I keep a small tupperware container in my bathroom and soak my sponges while I do other things like brush my teeth.  Once you figure out how to work it into your routine, it's no trouble at all.  And the benefits are totally worth it, in my opinion.  My skin always feels exfoliated afterwards, clean and tight and bright and shiny.
If you're new to konjac sponges, this one comes with the most complete set of directions and information I've seen, even including a little card on how to use and take care of your sponge.  They're not hard to maintain, though.  Soak it, apply a little cleanser, or not, wash yourself with light, circular motions, rinse, and hang the sponge up to dry.

My nail art today is inspired by this bold, yet soft konjac sponge.  I used two polishes from KBShimmer - Urban Camo is a green multichrome that shows different shades of green and even a little purple.  Ice Queen is a holo glitter topper with hexes and diamonds that shine bright and leave a texture like crushed diamonds on your nails.

If you have questions about konjac sponges, The Japanese Konjac Sponge website has a lot of information, including what the konjac root is (and some pictures!), the benefits of using them, and how to use and care for the sponge.  You can also purchase The Japanese Konjac Sponge on Amazon, where it currently retails for $11, and ships free with Amazon Prime.

What's your favorite way to clean your face?  Have you tried a konjac sponge yet?

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