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konjac sponge bamboo charcoal for oily and acne prone skin

Konjac Sponge – Mild Exfoliant For Daily Use

konjac sponge bamboo charcoal for oily and acne prone skinI had heard a lot of good things about the konjac sponge from friends and bloggers, so when I noticed they sold them at a natural health shop in Copenhagen, I didn’t think twice. The konjac sponges are sold in several different varieties, and I chose the one with charcoal bamboo which is especially good for oily skin and for treating acne prone skin. There are also konjac sponges for sensitive skin, aging skin, baby skin … Or  a pure sponge that suits anybody!

What is a konjac sponge?

Amorphophallus Konjac, also known as Konjac potato, also known as Konnyaku, is a perennial plant originating in Japan. This is the source of this amazing sponge, that can be used foor almost any purpose. The konjac sponge can be used daily for exfoliation, for face as well as body. According to the Konjac sponge company, it can treat almost anything; acne, eczema, psoriasis, shaving rashes and in-grown hairs. It is suitable even for hypersensitive skin and newborns and can be used to wash childrens hair.

One sponge is around $10, and lasts for up to three months if it is well cared for. When the sponge starts looking tired or fall apart, you can just throw it in the compost.

How do I use the konjac sponge?

Here are my instructions on Vine:

It’s very easy to use. Just wet the konjac sponge in water until it’s completely soaked, press out the water (avoid wringing). Gently massage you face or body with circular motions. You can even use it around the sensitive eye area. There is no need to use additional face wash, unless you are wearing very heavy makeup (the sponge should remove water based makeup). If you like, though, you can add a little bit of face wash to the sponge but you’ll probably not need as much as normal (the sponge will help the wash foam). I tried using it with a little bit of african black soap and that was a lovely combo! Mostly I just used it on it’s own though.

So does it live up to its promises?

I’ve had the konjac sponge for a couple of weeks now and used it on average every other day. I would have used it every day, but I’ve been lazy. I really feel that my face has cleared up and looks bright. I haven’t noticed any drastical changes like reduced pores or blackheads, but I definitely like the konjac sponge so far. After a few more weeks of usage, I’ll let you know if I’ve noticed more visible changes.

Company Checkup: The Body Shop

After a short break in the Company checkup post series, it’s time to pull out the big guns. This time I will be discussing one of the biggest green cosmetic companies out there – I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the Body Shop was the start of the green cosmetic movement, that has lead to people being more aware of what they put in their faces. Founded in 1976, the Body Shop has been very successful at creating a worldwide brand profile that exlaims key words like green, earth and nature.

So, let’s take a closer look at what the Body Shop’s claims. Have they managed to stick to these promises, or are they mostly greenwashing?

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Company Checkup: L’Occitane en Provence

Along with a few others, L’occitane is probably one of the biggest cosmetic companies who describe themselves as natural, at least here in Europe. Maybe (probably?) because of this, my preconception of L’Occitane was that they are greenwashing and not nearly as natural as they claim, even though I have no idea of what their products actually contain.

Seeing as I fly quite a lot these days (yes, bad, bad me), I see L’occitane often, passing them in the Tax free section. Several times I approach the shelf, thinking I should buy something – how come I always get in the mood of buying stuff when I’m in a tax free shop, even things that I think aren’t natural? But when looking at the products (right before going “… naah ..” when I take a look at the price) I noticed that they actually do contain a lot of vegetable oils and other truly natural ingredients as their main ingredients. This is why I wanted to do my second Company Checkup about L’occitane en Provence – to see if they are better than my prejudice.

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Company Checkup: Antho


The first brand in the Company Checkup post series is a brand that was completely new to me: Antho, formerly Anthology Organics. Antho was recommended to me when I asked for companies to look through, as a positive example of organic skin care brands. I chose to start with Antho because, not only do they start my alphabetic list, they were also very quick with replying to my email, which I sent out last summer.

Antho is a vegan skin care line with products containing 99-100% USDA certified organic ingredients. In a brochure I was emailed they claim that their products contain “no bad chemicals” and “no junk whatsoever”. Yup, sets the bar pretty high doesn’t it? But do they live up to their promises?

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Introducing: Company Checkup

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I HAVE A CONFESSION to make: I hardly ever buy cosmetic products anymore. Every time I go out looking for something new (and each time I think: this time I’m going to buy something and not just browse), I end up dividing the products I look at into two categories. The first category consists of products with only a few ingredients, all of which I recognize and probably already have at home, and I find it totally unnecessary to pay heaps of money for something that I could just as well make myself. The other category are products with a long ingredient list, and a lot of ingredients that I don’t recognize, and I don’t want to buy it because I don’t know what these ingredients are going to do on my skin. They might be beneficial for the skin (or at least not harmful), but since I don’t know, I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry and just go home and make something similar instead.

THERE ARE SO MANY cosmetic companies out there, all making all kinds of claims of being organic and natural. As you can see, my starting point is to be skeptical of all of them, until proven otherwise. But since I never actually end up buying and trying anything, I never am proven wrong. This is one of the reasons to why I decided to start a new post series. In this vast series of blog posts that I’ve decided to call Company Checkup, I’m going to go through a whole bunch of cosmetic companies who, in one way or another, claim to be “natural”, have a look at them and some of the ingredients they use, and try to make my own verdict of whether they are a go or a no. This includes everything from using words such as “earth” or “nature” in their brand names to being certified organic products. My aim here is to see if the brand actually lives up to their promises of being “natural”, which by no means is an assesment of the product in itself – only of their claims and of how well they live up to it. (more…)

Introducing: Sunday Baths!

Like I told you, I recently moved to Sweden and thus to a new apartment. In this apartment I have something that I haven’t had for years and years – a bath tub! Especially since we no longer live in a country where there are saunas around every corner, this is a really nice addition to a wonderful apartment.

L and I decided that we are going to make a habit of ending every week with a long nice bath, and as I beleive and hope this is something we will actually turn into a tradition, I also want to take the opportunity to turn it into a blog post series. Every week, I will make some face mask or similar and tell you all about it. Or hair mask. Or hand treatment. Or feet treatment. Or all of them! I’ve been kind of lazy with making my own face masks, which is funny because I know that’s how many people get into the whole homemade beauty business. So this is also a chance for me to experiment a little bit!

This time, I only did the honey coconut face mask from Annmarie’s skincare line that I wrote about yesterday. The face mask works really well in the bath as well, because the mask is really absorbed into your pores from the heat.
I also did an olive oil treatment for my hair – just applied heaps of oil into scalp and lengths of hair. Oil does wonders to nourish and moisturize your hair. The only problem is that it’s kind of hard to get out. I tried making a mix of rhassoul clay and a little bit of alcohol and water, but it didn’t quite come out, so I ended up shampooing my hair as normal. One tip is to apply shampoo into the hair when it is still dry, so that the shampoo can remove the oil better. I would however like to find another way to get the oil out as I basically don’t use shampoo any more. So if anyone has any ideas, please share! Other wise the experimenting continues. Check back next week for new exciting bath adventures!

Review: Annemarie Gianni Skin Care

A good while back, Lisa from the Annmarie Gianni skincare line was kind enough to send me a few samples of their products.  I’ve been unforgivably slow to react, but better late than never I suppose. Let me share my two cents about the products I received.

Annmarie Gianni is a natural, organic skin care line with beauty products, mainly with focus on the face. The sample pack that I have had the opportunity to try out contained a neroli toner, aloe vera herbal face cleanser, coconut oil, face scrub and honey coconut mask. Let’s take them one by one.

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