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September 1, 2015

beauty scoop | amayori botanical perfume oil

While I’ve found my favorite, beloved natural perfume, I have a little leeway to experiment with scents because of the fabulous aromatherapy category.

And wow has this category gotten even more sophisticated. Many aromatherapy oils are becoming more complex — beyond the single- or double-note rollers typical to the market — that they have by default invented a new category of “aromatherapy perfumes.”

My introduction to this in-between category that’s perfect for layering scents and inspiring calm is thanks to Amayori and its Aromatherapy Botanical Perfume Oils. Of course, my oil of choice is Geisha, which includes jasmine oil — hello, ninth post in #12DaysOfJasmine!

amayori botanical perfume oil in geisha

{Amayori sent me a sample of its Botanical Perfume Oil in Geisha. It costs $45 for a 0.35-ounce roller ball.}

In a base of beautiful camellia oil, Amayori’s Botanical Perfume Oil in “Geisha” evokes the feminine, exotic and subtle sexiness that reflects the allure of its namesake, the geisha.

Amayori Botanical Perfume Oil in “Geisha” brings together an interesting combination of sultry and bright scents — think jasmine and yellow mandarin peel — for a happy-scented aromatherapy perfume oil that offers a brightness to your day without being a complete shock to the senses (citrus scents can do that to my nose).

Throughout the day, I like to roll this oil onto my pulse points — particularly my inner wrists and the back of my neck — to reinvigorate my day with beauty and cheerfulness.

Amayori Botanical Perfume Oil in “Geisha” is something I like to keep in my cosmetics bag to touch up throughout the day, as the scent is not too powerful to overwhelm my coworkers, but just enough to inspire sweetness and beauty in my workday.

amayori botanical perfume oil in geisha

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Camellia Oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Oil, Citrus reticulata (Yellow Mandarin Peel) Oil, 100% Natural Essential Oil Blend, Rosemary CO2 Extract

Though Amayori doesn’t use certified organic ingredients (yet), its natural approach to aromatherapy is commendable. Each blend is designed “to stir the emotions and awaken the senses,” and that has been my experience in using the “Geisha” oil.

Amayori also presents sophisticated scent stories in its collection (I also have my eye on the “Onsen” scent, which brings together Japanese cypress wood with jasmine) for the woman who is searching for something truly special.

I’m excited to see more from Amayori; keep this emerging natural beauty brand on your radar. I’d repurchase this roller oil, and scoop up the “Onsen” ritual while I’m at it.

What do you look for in aromatherapy blends? Which rollerball fragrances do you love? Are you collecting everything jasmine just like me? Tell me in the comments section!

August 28, 2015

beauty scoop | glamer lips organic lip scrub

As someone who tends to slather on thick layers of lip balm both morning and night, I have been surprised at my lips’ current state of stress: think dry, flaky and not-as-soft as they could be.

While I can blame it on recent weather oddities, I prefer to spend more time paying lip service to my kisser with an organic scrub from GlaMer Lips.

makeup by mer glamer lips organic lip scrub

{GlaMer Lips sent me a sample of its Organic Lip Scrub. It costs $22.95 for a 1.3-ounce glass pot.}

Handmade in Miami by makeup artist Mercedes Porredon-Segal, GlaMer Lips Organic Lip Scrub gently sloughs away dead skin cells while imparting a light layer of lickable, kissable coconut oil onto the lips.

GlaMer Lips Organic Lip Scrub is designed to be gently rinsed off the lips after a quick little scrub, but no one will think twice if you decide to lick it off instead.

It tastes good. (Hi, organic sugar!)

makeup by mer glamer lips organic lip scrub

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic sugar, organic jojoba oil, organic unrefined coconut oil, organic natural flavoring, organic natural coloring, Vitamin E non synthetic

The organic sugar is of medium coarseness, ensuring an active scrub without feeling too bulky or irritating. On the lips, it’s perfect for coaching flaky skin to exfoliate, revealing softer, more kissable lips.

I simply get a pea-sized amount of the scrub onto my finger and move it across my lips in a firm but gentle circular motion. A quick lick, rinse and toweling off reveals plump lips. I then seal in the coconut and jojoba oil with a thick layer of lip balm.

GlaMer Lips has taken the simplest DIY ever and packaged it up for your convenience. While this is something I’ve been doing on my own for years, it’s never been in a formal glass jar inside my shower. Kudos to GlaMer Lips for making it that much easier for the rest of us!

At $22.95, I don’t think this is something I’ll repurchase because I know I can remake it with ingredients I already have on hand. However, if you want something perfectly packaged and ready to use whenever dry, flaky lips strike, GlaMer Lips comes with my recommendation.

How do you treat your dry, flaky lips? What DIY recipes do you use time and time again? Have you tried any great lip scrubs? Tell me in the comments section!

August 26, 2015

beauty scoop | mun no.11 anarose rejuvenating rose toner

Blooming with beauty, Mun’s No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner is the exfoliating toner I reach for when my skin needs a bit of gentle refinement.

mun no. 11 anarose rejuvenating rose toner

{Mun sent me a sample of its No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Toner to review, and I’ve repurchased it twice. It costs $68 for a 3.38-ounce Miron glass jar that comes with an optional spray attachment.}

As a bit of a toner addict, I like having several options for morning and evening mists.

For mornings and throughout the day, I look for moisturizing toners that prep my skin for makeup and refresh said makeup throughout the day. For evenings, I prefer exfoliating toners that deep clean while delivering moisture and prepping my skin for acne serums.

Mun’s No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner can easily be a morning or evening toner thanks to its extremely gentle and nourishing ingredients — think rose water, aloe leaf juice and moisture-binding hyaluronic acid.

But for my skin, it really shines as an evening treatment, with pore-cleansing willow bark extract and calming florals, including Bulgarian rose, jasmine and daisy extracts.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

De-ionized Water, Rose Hydrosol* (Rose Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Maltodextrin, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Vegetable Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol. (*CERTIFIED ORGANIC)

In addition to these balancing ingredients, Mun’s No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner takes advantage of prickly pear stem extract, which is full of amino acids and antioxidants to boost radiance and resilience.

As you may remember, Mun’s hero product, the N0. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, contains the vitamin E-rich prickly pear seed oil, making the rose toner a perfect companion to your well-edited skincare routine. While the serum is rich with the scent of roses, the toner has a lighter touch, keeping the olfactory experience well-designed.

Speaking of design, when Mun No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner first launched, the Miron glass had only a screw-top lid, meaning this toner was meant to be poured onto a cotton pad and gently swiped across the face and neck.

I’ll be the first to say that I fully prefer fine misting toners, but for this one in particular, because it has some gentle exfoliating properties thanks to willow bark, I actually enjoyed the ritual of using this toner with a cotton pad.

In recent months, Mun has introduced an additional spray-top to go with the toner (so you have a choice of spraying or pouring). I’ve put the spray top on mine, as pictured, but I have to say that it’s really better as a swipe-across-your-face toner.

This is because the spray tops for these violet glass jars just aren’t that great — the mists are a little too “wet” though not terribly targeted (that’s a good thing).

Perhaps the idea of spraying your face and then using a cotton round to disperse everything is the idea here? Whatever it is, it’s more on the glass company to innovate a bit with the packaging; but, having the option is nice, and it shows that Mun heard those who prefer a mist!

All in all, this is a fantastic toner that I have happily repurchased twice after receiving a complimentary bottle for review. If you’d prefer to have one go-to toner for day and night (instead of being a toner hoarder like me — I like options, OK?) Mun No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner is definitely one to consider and one I highly recommend.

If you’re ready to grab a bottle for yourself, I’ve got a discount code for you! Shop on Mun’s site and use code “kimberlylocmun” for 15% off!

You can also find Mun’s toner at The Detox Market and Integrity Botanicals as well as Spirit Beauty Lounge.

Have you tried Mun’s toner? Do you have any Miron glass toners with spray tops? If so, what do you think of them? How do you prefer to tone your skin — with sprays or with a cotton round? Tell me in the comments section!

August 21, 2015

beauty secrets | tulsi tea to support beauty from within

Topical beauty can only get us so far.

No matter how many products you use, if you aren’t supporting your beauty from within — a nutrient-dense diet and maximum hydration coupled with ample sleep and sweat — you’re doing it wrong.

Small steps can get you to that glow. One pathway to pretty is through organic herbal teas. The perfect blend can help relieve stress, protect your immune system and enchant your senses with the aromas of nature’s most beautiful herbs and flowers.

organic india tulsi tea

{Organic India sent me samples of its Tulsi tea to review. Prices range from $4.49 to $5.99 per box for 18 certified organic infusion bags.}

Lina Hanson, founder of Lina Hanson Global Beauty, told me in an interview that she loves holy basil, or tulsi tea, to supplement her daily hydration plan. Tulsi is lovingly called the “Queen of Herbs” and is held as a sacred plant in India, offering a wealth of benefits to both mind and body.

I took Lina’s recommendation to heart and searched out some of the best brands offering organic holy basil tea. Organic India came up in my search, and I was impressed at the variety — 18 different kinds! — of tulsi tea they offered.

Of course, when I saw they offered jasmine tulsi tea, it was over. Welcome to the eighth feature in my #12DaysOfJasmine series.

organic india jasmine tulsi tea

Calming chamomile and fragrant jasmine flowers join the beloved and powerful tulsi to create the most beautiful caffeine-free tea that is perfect to sip in the afternoon or evening when you need a little zen in your life.

Tulsi, a principle herb of Ayurveda, is an adaptogenic herb that can help the body better handle stress. This is wonderful for the mind, but also for the body, as more stressors in life tend to manifest on the face — breakouts, flushing, you name it.

Organic India’s Jasmine Tulsi Tea contains a blend of the three main varieties of tulsi: Rama, Krishna and Vana. Each type has a distinct taste (think medicinal, cooling and foresty), yet blended together with hints of jasmine and chamomile, you get a very soft, beautifully floral tea that is easy to integrate into your diet.

This is a tea I like to keep stashed at work to help bring my stress levels down and to bring that jasmine experience usually reserved for my personal care time at home into my office.

If I need a little bit more from my tea during the day (hi, caffeine), I boost with green tea to continue to get the antioxidants but with a tiny shot of power. (Lina also recommends this method to help get your fluids in for the day!)

Jasmine green teas are also available, and I have my eye on Organic India’s Jasmine Green Tulsi Tea — talk about packed with all the good stuff!

In addition to Organic India’s Jasmine Tulsi Tea, I’m also taken by the delicate flavor behind its Sweet Rose Tulsi Tea. There’s nothing more beautiful than a rose, and to enjoy it in this way is nothing short of indulgent.

With a strong tea collection for internal beauty support, I’d be amiss to mention that you can also use your teabags on a second or third steeping to create wonderful toning waters for various uses, such as misting your skin or mixing up powder masks. Why use just water when you can infuse your beauty masks with even more goodness?

I’m excited to be able to bring you jasmine addicts yet another way to enjoy this beautiful flower — and in the company of such powerful herbs that can help our moods and tickle our tastebuds! I’m sure there are plenty other great jasmine teas out there — have any to share? Tell me in the comments!

August 19, 2015

beauty scoop | henne organics luxury organic lip balm

I’ve got a major thing for lip balms.

In my bag, there’s always at least two sticks. In my cosmetics case lies two more. At my desk at work, I hoard five or six.

But on my nightstand, there’s just one. And it’s Henne Organics’ new Luxury Organic Lip Balm.

henne organics luxury organic lip balm

{Henne Organics sent me a sample of its Luxury Organic Lip Balm. It costs $22 for a 0.35-ounce Miron glass jar.}

A creamy balm packaged in chic Miron glass, Henne Organics’ Luxury Organic Lip Balm is my go-to choice for my bedtime self-care routine.

I love the way the violet glass jar looks on my nightstand, but it’s also quite functional: Anya (my cat, for those of you who are new) isn’t tempted to bat at it in the middle of the night because of the heavy weight and inability for this jar to roll when set upright.

People, this is huge for my sleep. The cat is always messing with something at night.

henne organics luxury organic lip balm

Beyond the packaging and its function, the actual formula of Henne Organics’ Luxury Organic Lip Balm is perfect for bedtime.

The creamy consistency is just what I want on my lips at night, coating them in hydrating oils and butters that promise soft, smooth lips in the morning. Alluring cocoa butter soothes my senses upon first contact with my lips.

The thick texture is easy to scoop your finger into and melt into your skin thanks to its base of avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. It’s not a slippery balm, but a luscious coating of moisture that blankets your lips in softness.

With that said, I prefer to use this lip balm as an overnight treatment or on days when I’m just doing the balm (and no color) thing. Perhaps with a very light layer, it would be fine to apply lip color on top, but Henne Organics Luxury Organic Lip Balm really shines as a solo lip moisturizer.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

As you see in the short ingredients list, Henne Organics Luxury Organic Lip Balm focuses on the simple, luxurious plant-based ingredients known for their ultra-hydrating capabilities.

The lip balm as whole carries the USDA organic seal (woohoo!), but the official ingredients list doesn’t denote which (if all?!) ingredients are organic. Would be nice to see that familiar * next to certified organic ingredients

Remember, personal care products that are allowed to bear the USDA organic seal must be at least 95 percent organic.

UPDATED: Clearly, I can’t read and totally glossed over the fact that the ingredients list says “organic” in front of each organic ingredient.

I’m impressed with what Henne Organics has brought to the luxury green beauty market.

While it’s a simple lip balm with familiar ingredients, the packaging alone has reinforced this idea of slowing down, enjoying the bedtime routine and allowing yourself that final kiss of luxury before you drift away into dreamland.

Is $22 a pot worth that reinforcement? Maybe. This is one lip balm that I don’t knock around and aimlessly throw into any one of my stash sites. The top shelf is a coveted position, but the nightstand — now that’s just intimate. Henne Organics has that place carved out for itself.

Do you use separate lip balms and treatments for day and night? What are your thoughts on luxury lip balms? Are you over Miron packaging, or does it still delight you? Tell me in the comments section!

August 17, 2015

beauty scoop | bottega organica face balance cream

Slowly but surely, I’m taking an interest in natural face creams.

But they have to have that je ne sais quoi, which for me is some sort of creamy, oily, balmy texture with a comforting scent that makes me just have to use it.

Bottega Organica’s Face Balance Cream in Tulsi & Vetiver meets those requirements.

bottega organica face balance tulsi and vetiver

{Bottega Organica sent me a sample of its Face Balance to review. It costs $140 for a 1-ounce Miron glass jar.}

Holy basil, water, olive oil, beeswax, glycerin and sage form the base of Bottega Organica’s Face Balance Cream, resulting in an amazingly grounding scent that’s refreshing and never overpowering.

The amount of natural slip this face cream has, thanks to a generous amount of olive oil, is perfect for facial oil lovers like me who crave that familiar texture but love a good cream or balm during transition weather or to address particularly dry, fussy skin.

bottega organica face balance tulsi and vetiver

Unlike many face creams I’ve tried, which tend to be very dense, not moisturizing enough or too overly rich, Bottega Organica’s Face Balance Cream nails the “balance” part of its name by providing just the right amount of creaminess and light oil to relieve the skin of dryness and irritation without overly drenching it in moisture.

I enjoy using Bottega Organica’s Face Balance Cream at night, especially during strange weather patterns when it goes from being extremely warm to unseasonably cool (it was in the 50s the other night?!). Layered onto my skin after a deep cleansing and toning, Bottega Organica’s Face Balance Cream gives me just want to I need to feel like my skin is shielded from constantly changing air temperature and humidity.

If I feel like I really need it, I’ll add a layer of a single carrier oil (olive oil would go well, right?) to really seal in all the moisture. But I find I don’t always need that during this time of year. For winter, it might be the perfect solution for chapping and dry spots — a water-based cream with just enough olive oil and a light layer atop.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Ocimum tenuiflorum (holy basil *) water, aqua (water), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil bo, cera alba (beeswax*), glycerin *, salvia officinalis (sage *) extract, echinacea purpurea (coneflower *) extract, galega officinalis (French lilac *) extract, salvia haenkei (prawn sage) extract bo, daucus carota sativa (carrot) flower/seed extract bo, salix alba (willow bark *) extract, vetiveria zizaniodes (vetiver) root oil *, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil *, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil *, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil *, linalool eo, farnesol eo, benzyl benzoate eo, geraniol eo  [* certified organic herbs flowers and fruits; (bo) harvested by Bottega Organica]

Diving into the ingredients a little more, I’m excited to see a few that aren’t as popular in many green beauty lines. Think holy basil (which I love as a tea!), French lilac, wild carrots and vetiver.

Holy basil helps regulate oil production without clogging pores. This is another part of the “balance” part of this cream’s namesake. It’s also famous for its antibacterial and soothing properties, making it a perfect ingredient for acne-prone skin. Its camphorous scent provides a cooling sensation to especially irritated skin.

This pairs well with French lilac and vetiver, which have a sort of under-the-radar sexiness about them that makes the aromatherapeutic benefits of this face cream second to none. The base of holy basil is lightened with French lilac, which helps brighten the skin, and vetiver, another moody scent and ingredient that stimulates skin renewal and calming of the mind.

One of my favorite ingredients, wild carrots provide a boost in antioxidants and vitamins essential for skin repair. Anytime I’ve ever used something with wild carrot seed oil in it, my skin has always seemed to look and feel brighter and more radiant — the “glow” we are all after. Thanks, carrots.

While this is all great, the elephant in the room here is the shockingly high price of this face cream — $140 for 1 ounce.

You’re paying for expensive Miron glass packaging, yes, but also for freshly crafted formulas that are made-to-order and designed to be used within two months of opening.

That means that Bottega Organica products aren’t really something to take lightly — that’s a lot of money and not a lot of time, though enough time to know if it’s a repurchase.

The founders don’t seem to take skincare very lightly, either — Bottega Organic is made by a team of doctors (notably, a geneticist, neurologist, cardiologist and opthalmologist) committed to uncovering the power of plants using legit science to deliver the best skincare possible to you.

I’m going to continue to keep my eye on this brand, and as my feelings for face creams get deeper, Bottega Organica’s Face Balance Cream is one I will keep at the top of my list.

Do you use face creams? What is the most you would spend for a single skincare item? Have you tried anything from Bottega Organica? Tell me in the comments section!

August 14, 2015

beauty scoop | plantfolk flowers in her hair nourishing floral hair rinse

Want to smell like jasmine from head to toe?

Indulge your hair and scalp with the most nourishing, whimsical blend of flowers and herbs to leave your locks shiny and smelling of jasmine, rose, calendula and lavender.

That’s what I’ve been doing post-shower and in the evenings for the past few weeks, and that’s why I’m adding Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse as my seventh product pick during my #12DaysOfJasmine series.

plantfolk flowers in her hair nourishing floral hair rinse

{I purchased Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Hair Rinse from the Plantfolk website. It cost $22 for an 8-ounce glass jar of dried flowers.}

Though I’m not really one to fuss over my hair, I was drawn to Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse because of the simplicity of adding this ritual to my routine.

During my morning shower, I add piping hot water and two heaps of this blend into a bowl and let it steep while I wash up.

At the end of my shower, I simply dump the mixture (you can strain or not strain, depending on your preference and plumbing!) onto my head, allowing myself to take in the deeply alluring aromas of jasmine and rose.

I then wrap my hair into a towel turban and get ready, allowing the mixture to really penetrate my hair and scalp, leaving it with a soft scent of mixed florals topped off with a bit of calming chamomile and juniper.

plantfolk flowers in her hair nourishing floral hair rinse

The jasmine really shines through in this blend, and that’s what makes it feel so special.

Organic jasmine is second on the ingredients list, and at just one whiff of the dry blend, Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse takes you into a bouquet of white flowers.

Just imagine how intensified that scent gets when you steep the dried jasmine and herbs.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Locally wildcrafted scarlet globemallow, jasmine flowers*, wild rose petals, calendula flowers*, horsetail*, chamomile flowers*, local lavender, milky oat tops*, red rose petals*, wildcrafted juniper, rosemary leaf* (*organic).

When I have a little more time — usually in the evenings as I’m winding down — I’ll take it even slower with this blend, allowing a proper steep and steam, holding my face over the bowl of dainty flowers so that my facial skin can get a dose of this aromatic treat before I dip my head into it.

While Plantfolk doesn’t promise miracles with this blend, it does promise the idea of magic: The magical, ceremonial feeling of pouring an infusion of flowers over your head.

Your results? A feeling of calm and delight from the warm water and scent of delicious jasmine, feeding your hair and scalp the delicate floral tea that it craves after a long day, or serving up your morning calm before you start anew.

Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse is on my repurchase list, as it captures the essence of beauty — and the beauty of jasmine, rose, calendula and lavender — so perfectly that I can’t imagine not indulging my hair and skin in this ritual for many moons to come.

How do you treat your hair? Have you ever tried a hair rinse? What products do you love from Plantfolk? Tell me in the comments section!

August 12, 2015

beauty scoop | yosh konjac sponges

When it comes to beauty tools, I’m typically pretty devoted.

There’s not a ton of back and forth testing of things like hairbrushes, eyelash curlers, makeup brushes and the like.

I thought that would be the same with konjac sponges (little vegetable-based cleansing puffs that gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin), but I’ve been finding myself experimenting — and I’m pretty smitten with Yosh Konjac Sponges out of Canada.

yosh konjac sponges

{Yosh Konjac Sponge sent me samples of its konjac sponges to review. They cost $10.50 each.}

Handmade in Japan with a global shipping office in Hong Kong and a headquarters in Toronto, Yosh Konjac Sponges have you covered in so many corners of the world — and your face.

I love using a konjac sponge during my morning shower with a bit of a creamy cleanser. I feel like I’m getting a nice, gentle cleanse beyond what I can do with my hands and a cream cleanser alone, but it’s never too much for a simple morning cleanse.

Because I don’t exfoliate with scrubs or acids every single day, I rely on a good konjac sponge to keep my skin looking radiant without fear of daily irritation.

With konjac sponges, it all comes down to texture. Some are too soft and don’t feel like they are really exfoliating. Others are too rough and feel harsh on the skin.

Yosh Konjac Sponges, however, have nailed down the perfect texture and sizing.

They’re soft and porous, with a bowl-like curve that helps your cleanser stay put and lather, and the fine scrub feeling from these konjac sponges gently exfoliates.

yosh konjac sponges

One of the most exciting things about Yosh Konjac Sponges is the availability of different konjac cocktails — meaning the lovely cherry blossom, wild mint and green tea options in addition to the original white konjac sponge, bamboo charcoal and citrus varieties.

Though my oily, acne-prone self usually opts for something like bamboo charcoal (my skin responds well to the detoxifying properties of charcoal!), I stepped out of my comfort zone to try three that were suitable for all skin types (and made for some really colorful photos!).

Yosh Konjac Sponge in Cherry Blossom

Infused with cherry blossom leaf essence from the Yoshino Cherry Tree, Yosh Konjac Sponge’s Cherry Blossom puff also contains pink clay to help gently detoxify pores without overdrying.

Ingredients: 100% Konjac Glucomannan, Cherry Blossom Leaf Extract, Pink Clay

Yosh Konjac Sponge in Wild Mint

In addition to a shot of Japanese peppermint, Yosh Konjac Sponge’s Wild Mint puff has blue clay to help with purging skin of impurities and revealing refined, refreshed skin.

Ingredients: 100% Konjac Glucomannan, Japanese Peppermint Extract, Blue Clay

Yosh Konjac Sponge in Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants and antibacterial properties, green tea makes this Yosh Konjac Sponge a dream for any skin type, but especially for those of us who are prone to breakouts. Green tea powder aids in reducing the appearance of redness and inflammation while the actual sponge keeps skin smooth.

Ingredients: 100% Konjac Glucomannan, Green Tea Extract, Green Clay

Yosh Konjac Sponges are biodegradable (helps me with the disposable nature of these puffs — I replace mine every few months) with no artificial coloring or preservatives. They’re also not aren’t tested on animals and are made using vegetable fibers from non-GMO konjac pants.

My only complaint about Yosh Konjac Sponges? They aren’t yet available in the U.S.! I know I can order them online (remember that whole global shipping thing), but for something like a konjac sponge, I’d love to be able to run into a store to grab it.

Or order in bulk, I suppose :)

I love these konjac sponges for their perfect texture and size. Definitely recommend and will repurchase when it’s more convenient for me. Canadian readers, I’m jealous.

Have you tried konjac sponges before? What brands and types (charcoal, green tea, etc.) do you like? Tell me in the comments section!

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