What’s a Konjac Sponge?

I’d never heard of a konjac sponge until I saw this one from Boscia with tons of great reviews on how it drastically changed people’s skin. One reviewer wrote something along the lines of how it’s more expensive than another konjac she had. A quick Amazon.com search yielded several brands and types of sponges and I ended up buying this well reviewed one for just $10.

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Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge

I don’t know what the actual difference is, but Boscia’s is labled 100% konjac root (made using the Japanese vegetable) while the one I bought reads 100% konjac fibers so it may not be the same thing but I really like it. It’s so soft, softer than a washcloth and it makes a tiny dab of cleanser go a long way. It doesn’t feel like anything that would be exfoliating since it doesn’t have a grainy feel to it, but the root is said to be infused with vitamins and is naturally alkaline so it balances the skin’s pH levels which also helps with breakouts and skin clarity.

I’ve only had it for a week so I’m holding off on calling it a miracle but I do really like it so far- it’s a nice departure from my Clarisonic and harsh scrubs that I use way too often. Next time I’ll probably check out Boscia’s sponge at Sephora just to  see if the quality is any different and worth paying almost double. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a cheap, easy, and natural exfoliant, check out konjac sponges and see if one might work for you.

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All Natural Fiber Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge

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A closer look at the one I bought.

Stuff I Buy: Botanique by Himalaya Cleanser

These Botanique by Himalaya cleansers are what I buy when I’m out of a cleanser or not loving anything else I have on hand. Last time I bought the Neem and Turmeric one for comboo skin, this time I’m glad I got the Invigorating wash for all skin types. It has honey, lemon, and cinnamon in it along with a bunch of other natural ingredients that look to be mostly edible. I love it because of the refreshing feeling it gives my face, almost minty (must be the cinnamon) like after brushing your teeth- only for your face. It’s a thick gel that foams up and cuts through makeup just as well as any other cleanser I’ve used and the formulas are all gluten free if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s awesome and only $8.

I found it at Vitamin Cottage, but I’ve also noticed it at Sprouts and some Whole Foods. Grab one if you’re needing a straightforward, natural cleanser at a really great price.

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Dr. Oz and The Wonders of Sea Buckthorn Oil

I didn’t know that Dr. Oz recently touted Sea Buckthorn ‘the new miracle berry’ when I ordered it from Amazon a few weeks ago. I was searching for natural skincare to help with my melasma and such during this pregnancy when I fell upon Sibu Buckthorn Oil and 180+ sparkling reviews about how amazing it is. It has a cult following for calming rosacea (a big theme among the reviewers), but it was also said to clear acne, fade dark spots, heal burns, and give skin a glowing new appearance. Really! People are losing their damn minds over it (see the reviews HERE on Amazon where I bought it.) There are a few different brands who sell this type of oil, but Sibu was the best reviewed and under $10. Sold.

I started using it under my moisturizer at night only as recommended because it takes a little while to fully absorb. It isn’t greasy or heavy and doesn’t really have much of a scent at all. I like the added hydration it gives and it hasn’t caused any breakouts – a big concern when using a new product on my skin especially an oil. Right away I noticed how calming it is and how I wake up with a glow. I think it’s too early to see long term benefits, but since it’s 100% natural and safe so I’ll continue to use it. It’s one of those things that you know is just good for your skin long term so I’ll be patient and wait for some great results.

Next I’ll try their Cleansing Bar, another fave among reviewers, as well as check out their supplements since it’s meant to be taken internally as well.

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Still Loving: Jane Iredale PureLash Extender and Conditioner

There are so many products that come and go in my bathroom, but then there are the staples that are as regular to my routine as brushing my teeth. Jane Iredale’s PureLash Extender and Conditioner ranks up there as one of the few things I’ve used daily for 5 years now that I always buy more of when I’m out and never replace with something else. It’s how I plump my lashes everyday under mascara and then I use it again at night on clean lashes to moisturize and protect. It’s a natural formula with beeswax and algae instead of harsh chemicals so it’s gentle which is why I recommend it to women who are post-chemo to start building up lashes again.

I know I’ve reviewed and raved about PureLash before, but after trying dozens of primers over the years I can say that this is one the best one around.

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Enessa Natural and Organic Skincare

I love learning about lines that aren’t mainstream that I haven’t tried before. After hearing glowing reviews from my very particular and beyond informed facialist friend Tjaden about Enessa, I knew I had to give the line a look. After my EvanHealy disaster during my last pregnancy, I’ve been scared to try lines that use essential oils and clean ingredients for fear it isn’t enough to keep breakouts, wrinkles, and discolorations away. Tjaden assured me that Enessa’s ingredients were not only clean, but also mindful of the skin and what ingredients work synergistically to create results in a natural way. She was impressed, and after giving them a try so am I.

Their basic packaging and dated website don’t speak for the quality of the line and the brilliance of the products whatsoever. I saw results in my skin upon the first use, especially with my new obsession, the Seaweed Bio-Exfoliant. It’s a sage colored paste that smells like earthy lavender that exfoliates and purifies the skin. I leave it on for a few minutes to get a mask effect and I also use it as a spot treatment for any breakouts. It’s so ridiculously softening for the skin that I resist the urge to use it every day and night. It’s just amazing.

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Their aloe-based Monoi Soothing Cleanser has really solidified what I always preach about cleansers. I tend to gravitate toward cleansers that have some sort of glycolic or lactic or something in them because I want that added benefit, but after using this cleanser I can see that I was needlessly drying my skin out and that tight feeling after cleansing that I’m so addicted to isn’t a good thing. It makes my skin really comfortable and soft and clean without stripping or drying.

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I’m also in love with their PlantCel Lifting Serum which is rich in plant-based actives that are meant to repair the skin at a cellular level. It’s basically an antioxidant, exfoliant, radiance-enhancing super serum that uses plant technology instead of chemicals to get the skin glowing. I’ve found that when I wear it I don’t need to wear as much foundation because my skin looks great. I’m hoping it helps to keep my melasma in check during this pregnancy as well as give some great long-term benefits as well.

Enessa PlantCell Lifting Serum

Worth mentioning that I didn’t get to try: Clove Acne Control, a clove and jojoba oil spot treatment to zap zits without any drying or irritation, and also their Diminish-Scar Treatment to minimize the look of scars.

Malie Natural Perfumes

I love a good fragrence as much as the next girl, and of course I have a signature scent that I’ve worn for years, but when I’m pregnant my perfumes are the first to go. Instead, I opt for naturally sourced scents made with essential oils instead of synthetics just to be on the safe side. I still use my Malie Mango Nectar roller perfume that I got during my last pregnancy, and now I’ve added their koke’e scent to the mix. It’s the very definition of green and not like anything I’ve tried before – not at all floral but bright and vibrant like fresh cut grass after the rain. I like to wear it either on its own or layered with a fruity scent like the mango nectar or a vanilla to give it an added sweetness that’s perfect for summer.

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