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Konjac Sponge Review: The Japanese Secret to Flawless Skin

If you haven’t already heard of the Konjac Sponge, today is your lucky day. Your cleansing routine will never be the same… this little squishy miracle is going to change your life skin.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

Well, to start, it might be interesting to know that konjac actually comes from a potato-like plant in Asia that is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes. The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and over the last century have been using the Konjac potato as a beauty treatment. The Konjac sponge has been handmade from the vegetable fibre of this plant along with French clays and some contain pure charcoal from bamboo. As a result, the Konjac sponge is extremely gentle and 100% biodegradable – you can compost it when it’s time for a new one.

What Does the Konjac Sponge Do?

The Konjac sponge is an extremely gentle cleanser for both face and body. I have two separate sponges, one for my body and one for my face. The sponge acts as a gentle exfoliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that its ok for anyone to use,  babies included (they even have a sponge for babies too!). While this won’t replace your makeup remover (eye makeup more specifically) it can gently take off much of your face makeup in a matter of minutes.

How Do I Use the Konjac Sponge?

When you pick up your sponge it will be dry and hard. You will need to wet it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through and soft. Once it is wet and puffy, simply use the flat side in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime. This circular massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal – and we can all use a bit of that!

Here is my sponge after it’s been soaked completely before use:

Once you are finished with your sponge, squeeze it between your hands to get the water out – never wring out your sponge, this will deteriorate the fibers and cause its life to end a lot shorter than necessary.

Do I Need to Use a Cleanser with a Konjac Sponge?

If you choose, you can also use a bit of your cleanser with the sponge, although this may shorten its lifespan. Since keeping your skin’s natural moisture intact is essential in anti-aging, I prefer to use my sponge in the morning (sans cleanser), as a facial cleanser can be drying and unnecessary after sleeping. While many have claimed to use it to take off makeup, I would reccommend using a proper eye makeup remover first, and maybe a cleanser too, as the sponge won’t take away your mascara and eyeliner.

Which One Do I Choose?

My konjac sponges (I use both the body & facial sponges) are dark red, which is a clay used for dry and sensitive skin. While I wouldn’t say my skin is sensitive, I like to keep things gentle. I recommend that you do too :-) The Konjac Sponge Company has many varieties, so here’s my rundown on which type of clay addition you will need, depending on your skin type.

The Red Sponge is great for Dry & Sensitive skin, but also wonderful for anyone who doesn’t suffer from any particular ailments. While red clay cleans the skin by removing dead keratinized cells, it accelerates the regeneration process which improves blood circulation and makes the skin look radiant, and hydrated. This is your sponge if you’re worried about the appearance of wrinkles and broken capillaries.  A perfect pick for dryer and/or mature skin.

The Green Sponge is great for Normal to Combination skin. Green clay acts as a sterilizer, helping to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay. It is not uncommon to find green French clay at spas and other wellness centers. Green clay also contains micro-molecules which help to absorb dirt, oil, and bacteria, while gently cleansing the pores.

The Pink Sponge is your ticket if you have extremely sensitive skin. It is the most gentle of the sponges (while they all are, this combination of clays is quite calming).  Pink clay is a mix of red and white clay and is recommended for tired, sensitive & dehydrated skin. It is great for overly sun-exposed skin as the pink clay helps skin maintain its elasticity.

The Original White Konjac Sponge is 100% pure konjac with no added clays. As konjac is 100% alkaline, it will help balance the pH of your skin while still gently exfoliating and cleansing. You can use the pure Konjac sponge with your daily cleanser, instead of using a facial brush.

The Black Konjac Sponge gets its colour from bamboo charcoal. This sponge is for you if you’re a teen with oily skin or someone who is prone to spots, blackheads and outbreaks. Charcoal contains activated carbon and various minerals that enhance absorptive ability, which is perfect for removing excess oil. Bamboo Charcoal is also a natural anti-oxidant, so will help fight hard-to-reach, acne-causing bacteria.

For Body and Baby Too!

In addition to these sponges, there is also a Konjac Sponge for baby, and body. The baby version can be used for washing body body and hair. It is so gentle and cleansing that you don’t need any other shampoo or soap. The body sponge is bigger and more user friendly for the shower. Make sure, however, that your body sponge dries out completely after use (don’t leave it in the shower).

Where Do I Buy The Konjac Sponge?

The Konjac Sponge is best sought out online, but be sure that you’re getting the original Konjac Sponge when you do. There are imitations on the market and the quality can be a bit off. With a price like this; however, you can afford to get the original. The Konjac Puff Sponge for face retails for about 5 GBP (or about $8 – $10 USD) and the body sponge retails for about 8 GBP (or about $10 – $12 USD).

Shop the Konjac Sponge from their online shop (Global readers), or from many beauty retailers including Zuneta & Cult Beauty (UK readers), Spirit Beauty Lounge (American readers) Fresh Faced (Canadian readers), Flora Organica (Australian readers) & Lovely Skin (Norwegian & Scandinavian readers). If you prefer to find an online retailer in another country, check out their expansive distributor list here.

How Long Will My Sponge Last & How to Care for It?

Like all good things, it must come to an end, but not for at least 2 – 3 months depending on how you care for it. By ensuring that it completely dries out in between uses (there is a handy string for that) and that your sponge is never wrung out (always press between your hands to remove excess water during use), you will give your sponge a longer life.

Make sure that before and after each use, you rinse the sponge well – you can disinfect your sponge every other week by boiling it for a few minutes (but don’t do this too often, as again it will break down the fibers faster).

When it starts to break apart and deteriorate, it is time for a  new sponge. Simply compost this sponge (it is 100% natural material, and completely safe – and earth friendly – to do so). You can even put it in the bottom of a potted plant to help retain moisture in the soil – yes, it is that natural. 

I am in love with this product, so I would love to hear from any of you who have used the Konjac Sponge.

What’s your experience been like?

Healthy & pure skin – I love it!



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  • Lila

    You can also buy it here: http://konjac-sponge.com/shop/konjac-sponge/ it s cheaper!

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  • Little Mokuyoubi

    Very very interesting post… Hmmm, I think i’ll give it a try!

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  • Anon

    They are $2 at Daiso in Richmond BC

  • Anu

    Fantastic post!. I too want to give it a try!

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      You won’t be disappointed :-)

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  • Danielle

    I have normal and slightly dry skin, and the lady at the womens expo sold me a green one, but the site says that’s for combination skin, is this still good for my dry skin?

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      You would likely be better off with a red or pink sponge given your skin type. That being said the clays are really gentle so you could give it a try and see how your skin feels. :-) x

    • Anne

      a green sponge can mean green tea, not always green clay. i bought a green tea one, said for dry to normal skin

      • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

        Neat! The Konjac Sponge from the Konjac sponge company (featured in this post) is green clay. Which brand is yours Anne? I’d like to look into it! I always love learning new things – especially when it comes to natural skincare :-) x

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  • Lauren

    I have been thinking about trying this sponge and your review was really helpful in convincing me to give it a go. My main concern has been whether it is too rough on your skin- but I didn’t realize you get it wet and then it gets soft! Duh! Question though- I gather that this is for daily use but I have read that you should only exfoliate once or twice a week. Isn’t this sponge exfoliating? If so, why is it suitable for daily use? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      These little sponges are so gentle. Once it’s wet, the “exfoliation action” is not what you would expect from, for example a scrub. It is extremely gentle. I use mine in the mornings almost religiously – I also on occasion use a facial brush (evenings), which has more exfoliative powers than the konjac sponge. I tend to use the brush less often as a result, but the sponge, daily. :) xx

  • Shuen2000

    I love this sponge. My children hv very dry and sensitive skin. Since they’re old enough to bathe themselves, I realised that they developed itchy pustules on their sin as a result of improper cleansing during daily showers. When I discovered how gentle konjac spongws are, I got them to uae them in the shower everyday. The pustules miraculously disappeared! My daughter uses one for daily face cleansing. Since then, her acne problem has ceased and her skin is blemish free. It’s such a delightful product! Great on dull skin, sunburned & flaky skin too!

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      So lovely to hear! Thanks for sharing Shuen! xx

  • jeannie

    I have tried it , I swear on that, it is fantastic..

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      So glad Jeannie! :) x

  • Fridayschild

    I just bought the Konjac sponge with 10% Bamboo
    charcoal from face shop ( a Korean brand shop )last evening. It is
    grayish in color and the sponge inside the packaging was moist and the shop
    assistant told me it had vapor in it, so the buyers could actually feel the
    texture and once it dried, it would become hard. I used the sponge yesterday
    and it was super awesome. It was squishy and cleansed my
    face clean of my foundation and make up. I added 2 squirts of my Clinique cleaner
    for oily-combo skin. Once I washed off, I could see the make up on the sponge
    and it looked a bit icky, so I thoroughly rinsed it off a couple of times till
    I was satisfied that it was all off.

    The sponge comes with a string attached for natural drying,
    but my sponge packaging said, that I could wash it off to dry or place it in
    the fridge to keep it cool and this is what I did, placing it in a Ziploc plastic
    baggie. I think it would be super awesome to wash off with a chilled sponge in
    the evenings after a trying commute from work J. But I probably won’t continue this beyond a week, as I
    worry about germ build up.

    The sponge I bought was not round, more roundish with a pointy
    end, like those makeup sponges, which makes it easier to apply foundation in corners.
    It cost SGD 7.50 and I think it was pretty good buy.

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Thanks for your awesome review and update @fridayschild! This is a lovely update on what’s out on the market :) xx

  • T-


    GREAT SPONGE…I have all of them! They work great! I have noticed such a difference on my face..(Vibrant- younger looking) I go back and forth with Pink and the Red- because of my skin type…I notice I mostly use the Red Clay lately.

    I also bought the other sponges- according to my kids skin type…

    My daughter whom had a black-head problem on nose and around that area.
    “Says;… “Wow!!! Her face is not breaking out- like it used to and her pores are getting much smaller- making the blackheads dissapper ” :) She alternates from Black Charcoal and the Green Clay sponges.. I can really tell her pores & black heads on her nose are smaller and it pulls black heads out… Watch video on how to use!… Amazing Sponge!!!

    My other daughter uses the Red Clay and Pink Clay, as I do.
    She uses foundation make-up and sometimes she will also use the “Philosphy Facial Cleanse” with her sponge to get a deeper clean… or sometimes her mia with the cleanse..
    Then the sponge…
    I really have seen a difference on her face- very vibrant & fresh looking!
    Like the rest of us have expirienced.

    I bought sponges for My oldest son.. He alternates the Green Clay around nose area and the Red Clay else where… He also notice great results !

    P.S. Take care of sponge as suggested- Rinse well after use and hang in DRY area.

    I suggest you try this sponge.. Alternate- if you need too…We do :)..

    You will notice affects immediately..The sponge leaves your face feeling so clean and refreshed, like you had a professional facial just done.. I hope this post helps !

    Good Luck !

  • leenna

    i bought this at The Face Shop.. i use the white konjac sponge, and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth after using it.. =)

  • Mandy

    So when do you use your clarisonic now?

  • Yun

    I got one of the bamboo charcoal konjac sponge from Daisy Herb Club which cost around SGD 8.90. Using it the first day and I already felt that my face are a lot better.

    • http://livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Nice! x

  • pooja

    does it helps inn removing tan,,?

  • http://www.TouchofA.com/ Aena

    This looks super interesting. Was about to order it but wanted to be sure I was choosing the right one. Thanks <3
    Love from Dubai,


  • Jess Lessin

    This is a great post of awesome information! thank you!

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Thanks for coming by!! Xx

  • Sariah Piedrasanta

    2.99-4.99 @Marshall’s…love them

  • Dave10679

    I got apack for my wife and she loves and swears by it, tells me it really helps her skin and leaves it soft. I got my pack from amazon https://www.amazon.com/Konjac-Sponge/dp/B01GGPI4PU

  • Dev Jackman

    Great post, I have used this konjak sponge and it is awesome at very low price.