Innisfree Konjac Sponge Review
There are some days when you feel like your skin is extra grimy or clogged up and you need a good, deep cleanse. I used to reach for my cleansing scrub, clarisonic, or baking soda, but not anymore! I discovered this konjac sponge (or jelly sponge) in Korea 2 years ago while shopping at Innisfree in Myeongdong and I've been obsessed ever since. I've tried a few other types, but the best is from Innisfree. I usually get the plain one that I linked above, but those have been out of stock for more than a year now! They only had the Volcanic Konjac Sponge when I placed my last order so I stocked up. According to Innisfree's website the regular konjac sponge claims:
Jelly sponge for sensitive skin
Innisfree's vegetable jelly body sponge uses ingredients sourced from the pure environment on Jeju Island
It can be used on sensitive skin to remove impurities
Claims for the volcanic konjac sponge:
Volcanic ash and jelly sponge for sensitive skin
Innisfree's volcanic ash and jelly sponge comes from the pure environment on Jeju island
Delicate bubbles deeply cleanse the pores of sensitive skin
Volcanic scoria is a pure, and fairly rare, ingredient formed from lava as it cools after a volcanic eruption
It has a powerful sebum-absorbing capacity and washes away impurities while moisturizing skin, leaving it cleaner and healthier than ever before
Don't the claims for the volcanic konjac sponge sound a bit exaggerated? :) Regardless, I love these sponges! You get skin that feels perfectly cleansed and comfortable. It provides the right amount of exfoliation so you won't have raw skin to deal with. It is incredibly gentle and if you have a foaming facial soap, it lathers up so nicely! In the past, I could only use my clarisonic twice a week at most because any more would over exfoliate, but not with this konjac sponge! I can use it on a daily basis with no issues and it really is a great exfoliator for sensitive skin. Products I used post cleanse absorbed into my skin better and were more effective. Yay!!
Is there a difference between the regular konjac sponge and the volcanic version? No. After using both I have not noticed a difference between the two sponges. Both function the same and the only difference is with price. The regular konjac sponge sells for $3.50 while the volcanic konjac sponge sells for $5. That whole volcanic ash part seems a bit gimmicky to me so I stick with the regular konjac sponge if I can.
Earlier I mentioned trying different types of Konjac sponges and by that I mean brands. I've tried Etude House, Aritaum, and a few other ones my mom picked up for me in Malaysia. The differences I noticed were in density and price. Some were too stiff or dense so they didn't fit the contours of the face. Others were of similar quality, but ridiculously over priced! $12? $18? Come on! It's just a sponge! This is where I think Innisfree gets it right. They make a quality product at a great price point.
I order my konjac sponges directly from the Innisfree website. Sometimes they have offers for free shipping (K-packet), but I wouldn't recommend that route (if you live on the west coast) unless you want to wait 3-4 weeks for your order to arrive. My order was stuck in customs for the longest time! If you can't get a hold of these Innisfree ones, then my second would be Etude House. If they don't have it, then Aritaum! If you still can't get it, well maybe a trip to Korea would be a nice idea... :) I can't wait for the opportunity to visit Korea again (hint hint for someone)!!