Konjac sponges have been gaining popularity recently, and I was pretty excited to find out that EcoTools offers a budget-friendly version for just $5.99. Konjac sponges are made from a natural, plant-based material and have been used in Japan as cleansing tools for generations, apparently. EcoTools makes two versions, one for sensitive skin and one for a deep cleanse. Since I use a combination of exfoliators at the moment, the softer version is a perfect place for me to start.
I grabbed the sponge for sensitive skin while at Target. I had noticed that the Cartwheel app was offering a discount on an EcoTools konjac sponge, and then while at Target I spotted a deal where you got a free loofah if you purchased two qualifying EcoTools items.
So, I was excited to walk away with a sponge, some exfoliating shower gloves, and a free loofah. An added bonus was that the Cartwheel coupon ended up applying to both the sponge and the gloves. Unfortunately the Cartwheel deal ended pretty quickly, but lately I’ve been trying to pay more attention to the discounts they offer. It was a fun surprise to stumble upon!
Anyways, the sponge is completely dehydrated and comes in a little box. The sensitive skin sponge is white, while the deep cleanse sponge is gray due to some added charcoal. The dry sponges are really small, and they poof up quite a bit when soaked.
I was actually really surprised by just how gentle this sponge really is, as it doesn’t exactly look like anything special. It’s so soft, and I don’t exactly feel like my skin is being scrubbed so much as just really nicely cleansed, if that makes sense. I do think that people with even very sensitive skin wouldn’t have an issue using it.
I’ve been cleansing with this twice a day and my experience with it has been nothing but positive. First and foremost, I enjoy using it. It’s super soft and feels nice on my skin, and I think it helps me get my skin very clean. It makes my cleanser very sudsy when it wouldn’t normally froth so much, and it might actually help me use a bit less cleanser. I also enjoy that it’s white, as I can physically see if any dirt or makeup is coming off.
The shape of it feels good in my hand, as well. I typically grasp the curved side and use the flat side against my face. After I use it, I’ll wring it out and prop it up against something to help it dry out a bit better, and while the outside dries out somewhat the inside typically remains wet, which means it doesn’t need to be completely rehydrated with each use. The konjac material is supposed to have antibacterial properties, but will break down over time and EcoTools recommends replacing your sponge every 1-3 months.
One day I’d like try out a higher end version or two for the sake of comparison, but I’m pretty excited that I enjoy a $6 sponge so much. I’m fairly price-conscious, but that’s a purchase I’m very comfortable with. It’s not exactly a must-have, but it’s fun, helpful, and really pleasant to use. EcoTools says that konjac is a highly renewable perennial root plant, so I think that’s something to feel good about, as well.
Have you tried a cleansing sponge? Do you think it helps your skin? I’d love to know what your experiences have been like!