What is a Konjac Sponge?

When I wrote the other week about my skincare routine, a few people were curious about the Konjac Sponge that I mentioned. So, today I’m writing about what a Konjac Sponge is, and how and why I use one.

Konjac Sponge

What is a Konjac Sponge?

The Konjac plant, or Amorphophallus konjac, is a plant native to Asia. The roots are spongey and porous, and this is what is processed into the sponges that are sold.

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By C T Johansson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Konjac sponges are usually recommended because they are good at exfoliating, whilst being gentle. My skin can be quite sensitive to abrasives scrub, but this is a form of daily exfoliation that my skin can handle quite well. I have noticed an improvement in the general texture of my skin since starting to use one.

I use a natural Konjac Sponge, but there is a wide variety of sponges with different extracts added. These include charcoal which reduces oil production, blueberry for anti-aging purposes, and pearl powder for additional exfoliation. Since I haven’t actually tried any of these variants I can’t comment on their effectiveness – my instinct about some of them is that it seems a bit far fetched but some people really swear by them, so it could be worth trying.

blueberry and charcoal konjac sponge

How do you use a Konjac Sponge?

Before using a Konjac Sponge, you need to make run it under water or soak it until it becomes soft and squishy. Once it’s soft, gently rub it on your face in a circular motion. You can use them without any products, or use them with a cleanser. I typically use mine with a cleanser, as a substitute for the face cloths I used to use. Saves me a lot of laundry! Once you’ve used it, rinse it and hang it up to dry, preferably not in a damp environment. I actually hang mine in the bathroom due to a lack of other options and so far nothing has gone wrong with it.

natural konjac sponge


I purchased mine from At One Konjac Sponge for $14.95 + shipping. They are a New Zealand-based company, but ship worldwide. Alternatively, you can buy Konjac Sponges on Amazon.com



  • I think I saw these guys (or a similar company) at the Green Expo last year. My bestie/flatmate has been using one and I keep meaning to ask her how she likes it! I basically only use hot cloth cleansers and I’m pretty happy with the muslin cloths that come with them, so I don’t see myself changing for now, but it’s an interesting concept.

    • I mainly got it just to see what it’s like, since soooo many people were posting about them on MUO but I like it – so much better than washing a million face cloths

  • Ohh cool! This looks so interesting, I think it is a good option instead of all those expensive cleaning brushes and electronic stuff! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • I’m glad you blogged about this – I’ve been wondering about these things for ages xx