“ Type: Sponge / Brand: The Body Shop / Accessory Type: Sponge / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Up until recently I've used a virgin vie exfoliating sponge. However my stash ran out and a replacement was needed. I tried a fair few different types and never really liked the texture of the exfoliating part.
Then I stumbled across this one on a shopping trip. The one I have is green in colour, although they seem to only stock it in white now. At £5 is was worth a try and with the added kick back from the Body Shop loyalty card, a good price.
So as a sponge it works well. Providing you wet it first, the shower gel will not run off as soon as you pour it on. The exfoliation element is good without being too rough on the skin. I'm very lazy about skin care and also use it all over including my face with few ill effects. It also rinses out relatively quickly, with no need to spend precious extra minutes just rinsing it out.
In the bathroom it is great as it comes with its own wee hanging ribbon. This means it will avoid the fate of too many sponges of sitting in a pool of the water that soak out of them after use.
I left it at a friend's house for a couple of weeks and can safely report that even when left, it quickly rehydrates ready for use.
The one drawback for me is that the whole sponge is the same texture. Ideally I would prefer a softer side as well as the exfoliating part.
Overall a lovely exfoliating sponge.
Exfoliating is an important part of my skincare routine and I am a huge fan of The Body Shop's various exfoliating accessories including their loofah pads, exfoliating gloves, body scrubs and so on. This skin sponge is one of my more recent purchases and I bought it instead of a new pair of exfoliating gloves as I thought that it'd make a nice change and I love trying out new products. There was a choice of either a facial sponge or an all over body sponge. The facial one looked to be much more gentle with barely any texture - this will be ideal for people who like to gently exfoliate. I opted for the all over skin sponge though as it is much more textured and I like very 'thorough' exfoliators, even on my face.
The skin sponge retails at £5, which for a product from The Body Shop is pretty good value in my opinion as all of their cosmetic and skin care accessories that I have tried in the past have been very good quality with the sponge being no exception. The sponge comes in transparent packaging which is made of very thin plastic. The sponge has two pieces of cardboard attatched to the fabric loop on the top of the sponge. The labels are shaped like milk bottles and they have all of the information that a consumer needs written on them such as The Body Shop branding and the product name. It is stated that the skin sponge is made from recycled milk cartons, which I must admit I found a little bizzarre but I'm all for recycling so it is a positive in my opinion.
The skin sponge once out of the packaging has a very rough texture to it. It's beige in colour and as far as I know, this is the only colour available. The sponge is an oval shape and it is the perfect size in my opinion and at around 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide, it fits in my hand perfectly. There is nothing really to grip it by; no handle or anything, so I just grip it in my hand and rub it over my skin. The skin sponge has a fabric loop on the top which it can be hung up by. Unfortunetly this loop isn't quite big enough for me to hang it over my tap to dry, so when I've finished using this I just leave it on the side of the bath which isn't quite as practical as hanging it up to dry would of been, but nevermind! The sponge is described by The Body Shop as having a gentle exfoliating action and they state that the sponge removes dead skin cells and makes shower gel go further as it works up a rich lather.
This is quite a harsh exfoliator so I am very suprised that it is marketed as being gentle - and I am used to exfoliating gloves etc so for people who aren't fans of harsh exfoliators then this is one to avoid. Although it is harsh, applying shower gel or moisturising cream to it before rubbing my skin does help a little and it is not at all painful - just scratchy. I actually like how scratchy it feels against my skin though as that way I know that it is exfoliating properly and removing any dead skin cells and dirt. This does definitely make shower gel go a long way as claimed, and it is ideal for cleaning my skin after I've been soaking in a milky or bubbly bath as it gets rid of any bubbles and residue.
I use this all over but mainly focus on my legs - especially my knees, which get quite dry easily. As I am prone to little bumps on my arms, these are another area that I focus on and the sponge leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and clean. I personally find this too harsh to use on my stomach or face, and use my loofah pads instead. The skin sponge is easy to clean and after two months of quite regular use it does not look worn or grubby. It does hold smells - eg from shower gels and soaps, but as all of my shower gels smell gorgeous, this is not an issue. Overall, I highly reccommend the skin sponge as it is a very thorough and effective exfoliator, but it might be a little too harsh for some people.
I love exfoliating products, whether they be lotions, creams or gloves, and one of my favourite things is The Body Shops Skin Sponge. I have had mine for several months and when I first ordered it I thought it was solely for exfoliation but in fact its a sponge for every day that exfoliates at the same time.
The sponge as I mentioned is from The Body Shop and costs £5.00, its a beige/natural colour and measure approximately 9cm's x 12cm's, its an oval shape and has a little cord loop at one end to hang it up if you want to. The sponge appears to be well made and has a nice strong seam around the edge. The sponge actually feels like a regular sponge in an exfoliating cover.
When I bought my sponge it came in just a plain plastic recyclable bag, I cannot remember what was on the bag as it has long been dispensed with. To be honest when I opened the skin sponge I was quite surprised at how rough it actually felt, it was a bit like a scouring kitchen sponge.
The Body Shop claim this sponge will make shower gel go twice as far, will work up a rich lather and remove dead skin cells.
I was a bit dubious about using this as a regular bath sponge and to be honest I never have, the sponge feels too rough to use all over, although once soaked in warm water it does feel slightly better, and I just use it a couple of times a week for my legs and arms. The sponge is an ideal size for my hand and when you put a blob of shower gel on it it does lather up very well. The lather rinses out of the sponge with no problems and I always make sure I hang it on the tap to dry.
I love this skin sponge, when I use it I really feel like it is doing some good, my legs always feel so much nicer when I've used this and then moisturised, my skin looks better too. I like to use the sponge before I shave my legs, the roughness of it helps to prevent in growing hairs which can be a real problem. I have suffered from these much less since I bought the skin sponge. I sometimes use this sponge when I'm in the bath with body lotion instead of shower gel, obviously it doesn't lather up but it leaves my skin incredibly soft afterwards.
My sponge has worn very well, it is starting to look a little used and is not quite as rough as it was at first but I have had it a good 3 or 4 months and its used regularly so I think it was definitely worth the money.
I would certainly recommend the Skin Sponge from The Body Shop, its not the cheapest exfoliating product out there, gloves are much cheaper, but this works so well with shower gel or body lotion, in my opinion its not suitable to use as a general everyday sponge its too rough for that but for exfoliating twice a week its brilliant.