When is a sponge not a sponge?
When it’s not.a.sponge*! Boom boom!
Sorry – that was far too obvious to resist.
Made from konjac, a fibrous vegetable grown in Korea, not.a.sponge* is designed for a gentle, product ‘lite’ cleanse. Like other konjac sponges, it starts off rock hard and softens to a lovely squeezy loofah when wet. Konjac is predominantly grown for food so it’s rich in Vitamins A, C, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, Zinc, Protein, Folic Acid and Iron. It’s also just about the easiest cleanse you can imagine doing when you’re half asleep in the morning. It was very gentle on my skin – even the raw, cold-induced nose I had during my testing period – and left it feeling soft.
I stuck to their recommendation and used it without adding a product but I did find after using it as my sole cleanser (morning and evening) for a few days that it left the skin on my cheeks feeling a little dry. It looks like other bloggers had a similar experience – see Evelyn’s review at We Were Raised By Wolves here. For me, not.a.sponge* is best used for a quick, gentle morning cleanse followed by a richer, oil-based cleanse at the end of the day.
If you’re gentle with the sponge, rinse it well and hang it up to dry it should see you through a couple of months making it good value for money. You can find out more about not.a.sponge* on their website. I tested out the original not.a.sponge* but there are also charcoal versions for oily or acne-prone skin and a sponge infused with volcanic scoria, which is said to be helpful in calming eczema and psoriasis. They also do versions of the sponges for the body, which I can see working really well for me.
*PR sample – all views are my own.