Review Karmameju – Natural Konjac Sponge

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A tool that appeared totally unnecessary at first, but turned out to be extremely useful.

Thanks to Glossy Box I often get my hands on cosmetics that I would probably overlook otherwise. Sometimes because I just don’t need one more full-size shampoo bottle, or don’t want to spend any more money on a potentially disastrous foundation, and sometimes because I don’t get what the product is about and can’t see how it could fit in my daily beauty routine. Karmameju Konjac Sponge is definitely a different case.

To begin with, the word “Konjac” in its name is very confusing. At first I thought it was the way Danish (coz Karmameju is from Denmark) spell “Cognac”. Which made very little sense. Turns out that Konjac (and it is supposed to be spelled just like that) is actually a plant that originates from South-East Asia and has been used in both Japan and China in culinary arts and for skincare purposes for over 1500 years. It was curious to give the sponge a try: as I’m more interested in traditional Japanese beauty secrets, rather than in rubbing my face with a sponge soaked in liquor.

The way Karmameju describes the process on how these sponges are made sounds pretty cool too: they take the fibres from the Konjac plant roots and then densely weave them together. When you first open the packaging the thing is as hard as a rock, but as you soak it in water for a couple of minutes, it turns into a very soft, silky and almost jelly-like sponge, which you can use to wash your face with foam-cleansers, or to gently exfoliate the skin with a scrub, or even wash your whole body!

So what’s so great about it?

First of all, dried corm of the Konjac plant contains around 40% glucomannan that is used for both treating acne and healing wounds. Of course you won’t see any drastic change in your skin appearance from just using the sponge on itself, but it’ll enhance the effect of your other products. I have the Natural version, but there are two more in Karmameju‘s range: one with Green Tea extract that additionally helps to sooth and calm irritated or sun damaged skin and the third one with Charcoal that has even more antibacterial and detoxifying properties and suits oily and acne prone skin types.

Second of all, its texture is perfect for gentle exfoliation. Even though I’m a huge fan of hard-core scrubs like Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion, I do realize that they are way too harsh for everyday use. However, when I use Konjac Sponge more or less regularly, my skin doesn’t even need that much peeling anymore. If you’re one of those people who use gauze when applying tonic waters because you like it a little rough, you’ll definitely enjoy using this sponge together with your cleansers. More exfoliation to the people!

And last but not least, my favourite Konjac Sponge‘s perk. It makes you use less product: whether it’s a face wash or a shower gel, it will foam twice as much if you use it together with the sponge, which means you’ll be saving money on your expensive cosmetics. Now that I’ve recently bought myself Clarisonic, the sponge was kind of replaced by a cooler toy when it comes to my skincare routine, but I still use it for my body, particularly on the days when I feel like indulging myself with Jo Malone‘s 40€ shower gel. Because I want it to last as long as humanly possible, I’ll use any trick in the book, especially if it’s as affordable as Karmameju Natural Konjac Sponge that only costs 9€ and lasts pretty much forever when treated properly.

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