EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for Sensitive Skin Review, Photos

Thursday, May 08, 2014

When it comes to the tools I use to wash my face, I'm pretty much a minimalist -- a simple washcloth or rinse in the shower is generally all I use. Upon receiving the new EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for Sensitive Skin* ($11.99 CAD) to review, I wasn't sure if I'd feel the need to grab it when cleansing. So, did it change my mind?

EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for Sensitive Skin, unopened

Konjac fibre is one of the main materials of the Pure Complexion Sponge (the whole sponge is made with 100% natural ingredients), which is "a highly renewable root plant indigenous to Asia. It’s traditionally used as a detoxifying dietary staple and as a naturally exfoliating sponge for delicate skin by the Japanese." (-Farleyco) Already it crosses off the eco-friendly checkmarks (even the box it comes in is made of recycled paper), which is always a win in my books. It's also fragrance- and colorant-free.

Using the sponge is pretty simple; simply hold it under running water for a few seconds until it absorbs the water and becomes soft, add your cleanser and wash your face. It does feel quite nice on the skin, and I like that one end is pointed to get into every nook and cranny. It doesn't really exfoliate though, but I think it really should be perfect for sensitive skin.

EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge for Sensitive Skin, wet

I find it's easy to rinse the sponge clean; usually it takes a couple runs under the tap. I lay it out to dry in my makeup area as opposed to the bathroom, and it takes about 12-18 hours to fully dry. I don't store it in the bathroom because I'm not sure if the humidity from showers and whatnot would affect the drying time (anyone find it takes longer to dry while stored in the bathroom?)

EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge for Sensitive Skin, dry

It shrivels to about half its size and gets hard when fully dry, but it'll plump right up again when water is added. I kind of think it's cool. ;) It's just as soft each time I use it, and I haven't had any problems with the texture changing or any rips/tears.

The sponge should last 1-3 months, and that's my only problem with it... I do think it could get pricey buying a new one at $11.99 every season, but maybe that's just my cheap side talking. With a quick google search, I found there's a Boscia Konjac Sponge for $22, along with assorted other brands of konjacs that seem to vary from $10-12, so I suppose the EcoTools version is a fair price.

I do enjoy using the Pure Complexion Sponge though, and I find myself reaching for it when I wash my face. I do still hope it lasts longer than three months for me, but we'll see. I can see myself repurchasing if it lasts at least a couple months!

You can buy the Pure Complexion Sponge for Sensitive Skin at Farleyco, or at select drugstores such as Brunet, Pharmasave, Uniprix, etc.

Have you tried the EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge? What are your thoughts on konjac sponges? Let me know!

*Product provided for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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