| NUDE Team

Konjac Sponge - how is it made? From the field to your bathroom

Have you ever wondered how is your Konjac sponge made? We got this question quite a lot and we can see that there is some confusion! That’s why today we will explain in detail how our NUDE by Korea Konjac sponges are being made. 

First things first, is Konjac sponge actually a sponge? 

No. Natural sponges are in fact jelly-like marine animals living in the seabed and used by people for centuries for bathing and other purposes. However, overfishing brought these animals close to extinction and now the sponge industry relies mainly on synthetic sponges made of polyester and vegetal cellulose. As you can imagine, they are not really eco-friendly or sustainable. 

Our Konjac sponges are made of Konjac and to be precise, its root. The plant, called also devil's tongue or voodoo lily, indeed looks like straight out of a Herbology class at Hogwarts. Its root (corm) seems quite unassuming but it actually where all the Konjac power is cumulated. The food made from the corm of Konjac is widely known in English by its Japanese name, konnyaku, and is cooked and consumed all over East Asia and often comes as a vegan alternative to seafood products. 

Yes, you guessed it. Because our Konjac sponges are made of a plant root are 100% vegan and edible, although we don’t recommend the consumption of our sponges. It doesn’t get better than this when you realize that your skincare is actually edible.

Konjac is not just about funny texture and barely removing the makeup from your face. It’s rich in vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E as well as proteins, fatty acids, natural minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, and lipids. This way the sponges not only cleanse but also actively nurture your skin. 

How exactly are they made? Let us share the process with you. 

First, the Konjac root gets powderized and will be mixed with water into a paste. This is where we add different minerals for different skin benefits. Different color means different active ingredients. For example, grey would be infused with charcoal, green would be green tea and pink would be red clay. The options are endless!

The mixed ingredients are poured quickly into a mold. This process is done carefully, one by one, to make sure no air or bubbles get in. 

After that, we solidify it by heating. Next, we freeze them, so the water content is separated from the solid matter (Konjac fibers), and the water content is then dispersed as ice.

By thawing the product, the icy portion becomes porous and only the original flexible properties of the Konjac fibers remain, forming a sponge. Voila! It’s not a simple process, but not too complicated either. This is how NUDE sponges are born! 

The Konjac farm that we work with is was established in 2007 and is located on heritage-protected Jeju island in Korea. We can guarantee that the Konjac grown there and used for our sponges is GMO-free. All the sponges are handmade too. 

We hope that now you know exactly why our sponges are not only working towards your beauty and skincare routine but also how we do our best to protect the planet at the same time. Our NUDE Konjac sponges are suitable for any type of skin even atopic, sensitive skin, and perfect for baby skin as well. The little ones will surely enjoy a bath with a Konjac sponge! 

Find out more about its superpowers:

  • As a natural and gentle exfoliant, it can remove oil, dirt, and impurities, cleansing and purifying the skin in a blink of an eye without leaving it dry. Say adieu to clogged pores and blackheads! With antimicrobial agents, it can kill external aggressors that cause acne and premature aging.
  • It is perfect for even the most sensitive skin with its fine-texture the sponges are delicate enough for babies!
  • It helps the skin to stay plump. It works as a natural moisturizer, when applied to the skin Konjac Root penetrates the first layer of your skin to bring moisture to the surface, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
  • It is a natural alternative to chemical products and is 100% biodegradable.
  • You can get rid of extra cleansers and contribute to a more clean and safe planet.

After about 2 months when the sponge looks worn and torn, you can pop it in a pot plan it will decompose and retain moisture for your plant. All-natural and fully degradable.

We prepared a small tutorial on how to use and take care of your sponge >>> LINK

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