Sunday, December 06, 2015

Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

What is this I see before me? Well, it’s a sponge, no, I’m not referring to the drinking prowess of one of my friends, I’m actually talking about the amazing Konjac Sponge, a 100% natural vegetable fibre shaving sponge with Bamboo Charcoal.  

It was just after I had posted about a shaving soap on Twitter when the company messaged me back to say that the sponge worked well when applying said shaving soap. I was sceptical, but my other half mentioned that she had used the Konjac sponge in the past with great results. When they asked if I would like to have a try I of course ripped their arm off and was pleasantly surprised by what arrived.


Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

The sponge itself is actually a lot smaller than I was expecting - with hindsight I think I may have confused sponge with loofah, but that’s besides the point. The sponge can be bought direct from the Konjac Sponge peeps (link below) for just £8.99 so it’s not one of those products that requires a re-mortgage or selling your children into slavery (or in my case, my cats).

This is what the marketing blurb promises over at the Konjac Sponge website here:

‘Our Bamboo Charcoal and Konjac sponge offers an amazing cleansing and/or shaving experience.

The cellular structure of the sponge creates the perfect lather for the ultimate shave. Compared by experts to a badger shaving brush, as having the same results. Meaning our vegan and cruelty free sponge is the perfect badger friendly alternative.

The addition of the antioxidant ingredient; bamboo charcoal ensures a deep cleanse to eliminate blackheads and dirt, whilst absorbing the excess oil often trapped around the facial hair follicles.

The genuine Gentleman’s choice.

Approximately 8cm in diameter, this sponge sits neatly in the hand and the shaving bowl.’


Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

As I have been growing a full beard for the last three weeks I started using this as a way of cleaning my beard and making sure that my flowing (read gnarly) beard doesn’t start to give off any form of odour. It is now a case of step aside L’Oreal Men Expert Face & Stubble wash, I need something a little more hardcore now. When using as part of a cleansing regime it was handy - it retains an abrasive feel that does gently remove grime and any build up of free radicals (read pollution). You can’t argue with that, but for me, I just wanted to see if this would make a good alternative to using a badger hair shaving brush.

Well, I’ve got to say, it is impressive - the fact that it has a slightly rough feel and natural fibres mean that the shaving soap is almost drawn to the sponge. It picks up the shaving soap as you run it around the bowl so easily unlike using a brush. Personally I find that a lot of badger hair is lost due to having to apply pressure, but that‘s something that is now consigned to history for me. 

Once on the sponge the shaving soap lathered up brilliantly and it was as though I was applying shaving soap but also undertaking a bit of a facial deep clean! Brilliant.  Personally there were a few highlights when using the sponge:

  • No stray badger hairs stuck in the razor as shaving
  • My face felt cleaner after using it both as a cleanser and also as a shaving aid
  • It was easy to spread the shaving soap across my face
  • It dried out really quickly after being rinsed off

This was much easier than using a shaving brush, and for the price I would urge any user of shaving soap to pick up one for yourself. The are fairly cheap, and deliver everything that they promise to do.

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38 comments:

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  2. I really like the idea of this
    Would make a lovely gift

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  3. Ooo this sounds like it would make a good present for my boyfriend! I've not heard of anything like this before at all - thank you for sharing!


    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  4. I LOVE Konjac Sponges. They are great for when you are feeling lazy but still want to make some attempt at cleansing because you can just run water over the sponge and then cleanse without using any other product. I generally pick them up a lot cheaper than this on eBay. It's best to buy a multipack because they tend to disintegrate after about 3 months' use.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Joanne, will look at eBay when this one needs replacing. Stephen

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  5. I am a huge fan of Konjac sponges and have quiet a few, as you know, you need a decently made one for it to make a difference and these ones definitely do.

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  6. Ooh this could be a good stocking filler for my dad

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  7. putting this on the husbands Xmas list!

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  8. Wow, this is a raving detailed review. The brand will be over the moon with you. You've made it sound so good I want to buy one before even knowing who for ha ha x

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  9. I'm constantly amazed by the amount of different products you find on the market! I'm quite intrigued by this but I do fear it is something I would put out and then my husband would try to secretly use!

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  10. This would make a fantastic stocking filler for Christmas!

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  11. What an interesting and useful sponge, I would love one!
    Certainly nothing like Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, aka mad cow disease,
    which would be worse than drinking like a sponge I imagine.

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    1. LOL....I was going to make a comment about 'mad cow' and my friends drinking prowess!

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  12. This sponge sounds like great fun and so does your friend.

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    1. I was waiting for a far more scathing comment Bailey.....is it right to call you a sponge? Ater all, that suggests a point of saturation, which I've never seen....#justsaying

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    2. obvs I didn't imagine you were referring to ME! But if pressed I would say the saturation point is falling down stairs in a nightclub x #potcallingthekettleblack

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  13. Oh I might have to get this for the fella for Christmas, although he is going full on mountain man with his beard at the moment

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    1. Sadly I've just lost my 'winter coat' just as the wind and cold weather starts to bite! D'oh.....

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  14. This sounds good, but I have to ask you - are shaving brushes actually made of badger hair?

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    1. They certainly are, well, the good ones are. The rest tend to be made with synthetic hair. Badger hair is really tough, yet soft.

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  15. Well that is an interesting looking product, haven't seen anything like it before, would make a great stocking filler.

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  16. I have to admit I swear by this sponge - it is what I use daily to wash my face with. x

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    1. They are great - I'm not sure what I did before I got mine (apart from steal Rachel's)....

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  17. Interesting, I've never heard of this brand, I need to get my eldest into wet shaving as dry seems to be playing havoc with his skin

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  18. Definately getting one of these for hubby's stocking

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  19. OOOOooo this looks brilliant. My OH has a little beard - I wonder if he would need this.
    Thanks for sharing this, I will get him one anyone LOL
    Charlotte

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  20. Hubby always goes for the badger hair brush, this might be a good alternative.

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  21. What a funny looking thing! My OH isn't beardy at the moment but he does have one occassionally so will definitely keep it in mind!

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  22. Very interesting as a concept and product, I had never come across this kind of sponges before, I need to mention it to hubby and see if he would be keen to give it a try.

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  23. HOW have I not heard of this before?! haha
    I feel like I'm living on mars or something.
    Thanks for introducing me to these sponges :)

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  24. Konjac sponges are so handy to have and its so easy to use!

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  25. Ooh now this looks like something for the husband's Christmas list! It also looks like something I could use on my feet - just kidding :)

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  26. Never heard or tried one of these before but it sounds like it would make a great stocking filler!

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  27. It sounds like this worked really well for you, I've used Konjac sponges in the past and they are really nice for a cleanse/exfoliate all in one go :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. This sounds so cool! I can't believe I've never heard of one of these before! xxx

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  29. I have never heard of this before - it looks fab. Great gift idea for the men. Kaz x

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  30. I was intrigued by the title of this post! I agree with Kaz, a fab gift idea!

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  31. I was intrigued by the title of this post! I agree with Kaz, a fab gift idea!

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