Natural beauty and well-being

15 December 2014

Another Konjac sponge to the test: the Morihata Binchotan facial puff

You all know that Konjac sponge is my best cleansing friend (I have been really enthusiastic in the past with this one). I was on the hunt for a sponge that I could use a couple of times a week and that would give this extra-purifying bit my skin needs once in a while. I love discovering new brands and I was super excited about trying the Morihata Binchotan facial puff. It is japanese and that is one of the reasons why I have picked it (I love all the japanese heritage/culture). Here are my thoughts.

My opinion

To help detox and purify the skin, this rectangular facial puff  has been infused with some microfine activated charcoal powder, which has amazing skin benefits! Naturally antibacterial, it is designed to soak up all impurities and grime. "Made in the Kishu region of Japan, Binchotan charcoal is activated by burning oak branches at extremely high temperatures for several days". Its deep-cleansing actions and its ability to retain dirt are due to the extraordinary sponge surface of the activated charcoal. It aims at improving the skin general balance and texture without being overally exfoliating.

I use this sponge 2 to 3 times per week to complete my evening skincare routine. After face cleansing, I massage the face with the wet sponge insisting on the slightly more oily zones such as forehead and chin. While I am very impressed by the cleansing properties, I am not entirely convinced by the end results: my skin feels less smooth and soft than when I used the Pink clay sponge from the Konjac Company. Ok, those 2 sponges aim at different skin types but still...I guess I was expecting a little more from the black facial puff. In addition to that, after a very short time of use, the sponge started to break apart in different areas. Nothing dramatic that led me to stop using it…but it was a bit inconvenient. I do not want to sound too negative, but again, this was a bit disappointing.

Pricing at around $16.00, the Morihata Binchotan facial puff  is one of the most expensive Konjac sponges on the market. I don't think the results completely justify the price, and at the moment, I am reluctant to repurchase it. Having said that, I am still very much intrigued by the Morihata company which aims to bring the best out of Japanese luxuries. I have browsed the nicely designed website and I have now my eyes on the Binchotan charcoal facial soap. Morihata did not convince me with their sponge, but I will still give them another chance with their soap!
Explore the all Morihata world here.

My overal rating: 6/10
What do you think? Have you tried it?

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