I’ve been intrigued by these strange facial sponges for some time. So when I saw Ruth tweet about Zuneta’s free shipping code I thought I’d give them a try.
I was super impressed with Zuneta’s speedy delivery and careful packaging. Even though my order was just a little sponge, it came wrapped in tissue paper in this rather sleek box. They also stock Becca and Edward Bess so the site is a veritable garden of temptation – just to warn you.
Anyway, back to the sponge.
My skin has been a little strange for the last week. Usually breakouts are quite infrequent and limited to my forehead and hairline but have made unwelcome appearances on my cheeks and chin. Subsequently I opted for the konjac sponge with ‘nourishing mineral rich French green clay’, which is aimed at normal to oily skin. I suppose the green tinge of the clay adds to its utter strangeness but a konjac sponge looks like this…and as a child of the late 80’s-early 90s I can only describe it as something from Ghost Busters.
The texture is much like that of a conventional synthetic sponge, except it is much, much smoother and almost rubbery which makes it feel sturdier than your average sponge.
The packaging states the sponge is naturally deep cleansing, so you can use it with or without cleanser. I tested out the makeup removal claims using it with cleanser initially (massaging my usual cleanser onto damp skin and buffing off with the damp konjac sponge) and when all the makeup was removed I buffed the damp sponge over my skin.
The result was very pleasant. I had the scary magnifying mirror on my face and it was doing a great job at lifting the makeup off of my skin, rather than moving it around on the surface as I was kind of expecting it to do. What’s more, it feels gentler than even a muslin cloth, even around the eyes, so good for days when you want a decent cleanse without too much exfoliation.
My only concerns are hygiene but since using the sponge I left it hanging by its string to dry, without wringing it out as per the instructions, and it doesn’t smell of anything – unlike normal sponges, which take on that funny smell if they are left damp. When I first heard about these sponges I asked the company how you are meant to keep the sponge clean (I’m used to chucking my muslin cloths on a hot wash) and they told me the sponges can be boiled to sterilise them if required.
The sponges lasts between 1 to 3 months, but when you’re done they can be composted so your plants will be happy too.
Have you tried or are you planning to try a konjac sponge?