WHAT IS KONJAC?
A Japanese Skin Care Secret: Konjac
Konjac is a potato-like plant and is a traditional food, unique to Japan. Though once a delicacy, Japanese people now eat konjac daily as it is a low-calorie, high-fiber food that is known for improving gut health.
It is said that konjac was introduced to Japan as shojin cuisine, or vegetarian food for Buddhist monks. Over time, people grew their own konjac potatoes in their own fields. They processed them by hand, producing only enough for their families.
What was not eaten was repeatedly frozen and dried by hanging it outside for a few days during the harsh winter season. After this process, only konjac fibers remained.
These ancestors used the remaining fibers to make konjac sponges. In a time when clothing was not gentle, parents wanted to wash their newborn children comfortably and safely. The konjac sponge – now a Japanese skin care tradition – was born from parental love.
Konjac has unparalleled water retention, moisturizing power, and elasticity. Additionally, it is a colorless and odorless vegetable fiber. This makes it an essential element in skincare and allows for a wide range of development. It is no wonder that this versatile plant has become a Japanese skin care staple. Today, demand has grown for this best-kept Japanese skin care secret to be shared around the world.
Authentic konjac sponges that have been used as part of a Japanese skin care regimen for generations are manufactured using only konjac. Konjac sponges are popular among those with sensitive skin. To remove dirt without irritating skin, our sponges are slightly alkaline with a pH of 8.0 to 9.0. When you use our konjac sponge to gently wash your face, the soft 100% natural fibers and the water film will gently remove dirt without damaging your skin.
Yamamoto Farms is the leading manufacturer of Japanese Konjac Sponges. Click here to learn more about our company and how we produce the best quality konjac sponge.
Authentic Konjac Sponges are Environmentally Friendly
Japanese skin care relies on products that are safe and gentle, and good to the environment. Our konjac sponges are:
- 100% Naturally sustainable
- Free of chemicals, coloring, additives and irritants
Superior Ingredients Yield Superior Products
No Parabens or Preservatives
Paroxybenzoic acid is a common preservative called a paraben. Lab testing has verified the absence of these ingredients from our products indicating that our konjac sponges do not contain any antibacterial or preservative agents, making them better and safer for your skin.
Phthalic acid is used as a plasticizer to soften materials. Bisphenol A (BPA) is used as a raw material for plastics. Testing revealed that these ingredients are undetected in our products which means that our konjac sponges do not contain any chemical or unnatural fibers.
All Ingredients Clearly Listed
Yamamoto Farm want our customers to be able to use our sponges with peace of mind, so we list all ingredients on our product packaging. Some konjac sponges made outside of Japan may contain antibacterial agents not listed on their packaging. Some may even be falsely labeled as “100% natural” or “safe for babies”.
No Antibacterial Agents
Methylisothiazolinone is an antibacterial agent that is banned for use in products, such as cosmetics, that remain on the skin. It is only allowed to be used in products that are washed off immediately, such as shampoo and rinses. Antibacterial agents are irritating to babies and people with sensitive skin and, in some cases, may cause serious skin problems.
Interested in Becoming a Wholesale Partner?
We are seeking wholesale and private label partners for Yamamoto Farms! If you would like to feature konjac sponges in your store or create a line of sponges with your own branding, please fill out the form.