These 100% natural sponges are made of a plant fibre called konjac, made by a company in the U.K called The Konjac Company. They are the original Konjac sponge that started the craze several years ago, and we've been a fan every since. They have been carefully selected to be part of the Stark family because they are everything we stand for: simple, pure and effective. Combine one of the types of Konjac sponges with our Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm for the best cleansing experience ever! (Massage the balm on first, use the sponge to gently remove, then admire skin for hours...you won't be able to stop touching your skin!) These are also ideal to use with White Willow Bark Perfecting tonic, or to remove our Green Tea Detox Clay Mask!
But for all their gentleness, they are no less effective: Konjac sponges are pH-balanced, providing a deep-down clean that you can immediately see and feel.
We carry only a small variety of the sponges to reduce the "paradox of choice", since we truly embrace simplicity...but you honestly can't choose the wrong sponge, so go with your gut feeling!
These international best-sellers boast some impressive qualities. Not only are they biodegradable and responsibly handmade in Korea, but they have been proven in Japanese studies to be the gentlest and most effective material to cleanse skin with...gentler than natural sea-sponge, even! These sponges DO NOT damage skin, unlike any other abrasive material (they are butter -or jelly- soft...you'll have to decide for yourself).
The sponges are biodegradable after use. One sponge lasts 3 + months with proper care. Please discard your sponge once it shows significant signs of wear and tear. Hang sponge to dry between uses. Sponges now come pre-moistened, so it's ready to use once you receive it!
Konjac vegetable fiber, French clay, bamboo charcoal, cotton string.
Effective and gentle cleansing with an environmentally sound product! Ultra-soft skin!
Use a well-hydrated Konjac sponge in a circular motion to gently cleanse skin. To use with Grapefruit Balm, apply balm first, and use the sponge to massage the product into skin. Rinse the sponge a few times to refresh, until all the balm has been removed.
(n.b....most sponges now come pre-hydrated!)
A golden shape-shifter. A nimble traveller. An aromatic companion, with rich blood orange and spicy, earthy notes. The luxe 2018 update will not disappoint with it's improved rinse-ability and extremely soft, bouncy after-feel . From solid to liquid, clear to opaque, cleansing, moisturizing, uplifting and relaxing; an ultra-versatile cleansing & makeup-removing balm is now an even more luxurious leave-on product... without the hefty price tag!
A balm inspired by the simple pleasures that anchor your day. A quiet moment in the early morning, golden light beginning to pour in through the window. Speckles of sparkling dust caught in the sunshine, drifting silently as you sip your coffee and nibble breakfast. The room is quiet, still, before the world wakes up.
This highly nutritious, water-less balm has the unique concept of being both cleanser and moisturizer, making life simple and beautiful (oh, you didn't know all you needed was this balm? Yep!). This delicious, transforming balm melts away daily grime and dirt by disappearing into a cleansing oil on contact with skin, then rinsing away with a milky texture once water is massaged onto skin, replenishing your skin with healthy, antioxidant-rich plant-derived oils and butters, such as linoleic acid-rich pumpkin seed, regenerative sea buckthorn and deeply nourishing organic Cacao, kokum and mango seed butters (and more!). Next, the balm can be used as a moisturizer, alone or with a Stark oil.
Create a thick mask for an overnight hydration treatment, apply to dry body parts, tame flyaway hair, soften cuticles, use as a lip balm or simply gaze at the balm lovingly... AURORA does it all! Blood orange, turmeric, pettitgrain and palo santo are the star essential oils, regenerating cells and deeply cleansing skin from impurities.
Who is it for?:
* Those with very sensitive skin may find this balm a little irritating (although most do not). If you have known sensitivities to citrus oils or any of the ingredients listed, this product may not be suitable for you.
There are many ways to use AURORA
1. Use a pea sized amount, and warm between fingers. Massage into dry skin or wet skin and let the nutritious oils and butters be soaked up before gently wiping away with a warm, wet cloth. Work gentle into eyelashes to remove even waterproof mascara (can be used by those of us with sensitive eyes!). You will notice a milky emulsion occurs and can be rinsed away clean. You may splash with water if you like, for an extra-clean feel.
2. Again, using a pea-sized amount in the palm of your hand, slowly add a few drops of warm water and emulsify, creating a cleansing OR hydrating lotion!
3. Next, it can be used as a beauty balm moisturizer for face, body, lips and hair! A perfect skin prep under your daily SPF! Mix with mineral makeup for a custom foundation or highlighter, you crafty alchemist you!
This product is preservative-free and water-free, so please wash and dry hands before scooping product out and please do not get any water in the jar. Do NOT store jar in the shower or bath. Water and oil are not friends! :) Use a clean teaspoon to scrape a small amount of product out, to prolong the life of your balm even longer. With proper handing, this product can stay fresh for up to 18 months. Use on dry elbows, parched lips or fly-away hair or as a great after-shave balm!
2 oz./ 60 ml or 4 oz./ 120 ml. All our products contain zero synthetic ingredients! Contains NO water...a little goes a LONG way! Vegan, keto (lol), Gluten-free, certified cruelty-free. Packaged in a beautiful glass jar, with our iconic design! Please re-use.
Garcinia indica (Kokum) Butter, Theobroma cacao (organic cocoa) butter, Mangifera indica seed butter, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Glycine soja (non-GMO) butter, jojoba esters, Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil*, Camellia sinensis (organic green tea) seed oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Supercritical CO2 Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, polysorbate 20 (coco. derived), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Wax, Tocopherol (non-GMO vit. E), Soy lecithin*, pure essential oils*.
Blood orange and petitgrain essential oils are SUN SAFE citrus oils, and not only cleansing and have astringent properties, but are an antioxidant powerhouse, as is turmeric. Wonderful for occasionally problematic skin, also gentle enough for dry, sensitive skin. Has a wonderful, fresh aroma that is uplifting and invigorating, with a slightly earthy undertone from grounding Palo Santo. This balm smells absolutely mouth-watering. Un-processed butters heal, soften and protect skin with a light, natural SPF.
A synergistic mist that purifies and protects the skin from the environment with super-antioxidant ferulic acid and green tea extract, while soothing skin with a double dose of cucumber, purifying with white willow bark and undoing environmental stress with nutritious watermelon extract.
Petrichor is the distinct scent that emanates from the earth after a heavy and much-needed rainfall. It is actually a modern word that means "blood of the stone"... and how does one make a rock bleed? Simply by letting a few tears flow, a long-held outpouring when pregnant clouds finally can no longer bear the weight any longer. Few things offer that sense of renewal and possibility like the scent and the feel of the air after much-needed rain. Dust is rinsed away from sidewalks and buildings, gardens perk up and trees let go of a long-held exhale. It's not just refreshing, it's a promise of renewal.
Calms inflamed skin, protects skin with antioxidants and treats blemishes and promotes healthy looking skin! This POWERFUL mist is not a toner, but a skin tonic, and does not dry out skin (in fact, it's a light humectant and will increase skin's hydration. Rejoice!). This super-juice gently cleanses and exfoliates skin with the salicylic acid found in white willow bark, while aloe and cucumber soothe and cool skin. Ferulic acid, an incredibly potent antioxidant found in nearly every plant seed, boosts the effects of the other antioxidants, like the green tea extract, and the vitamins in the watermelon extract in this formula...and may even work better in the presence of UV! (Be sure to wear SPF anyhow.) Witch Hazel, native to eastern Canada, tones skin, reduces inflammation and irritation and makes pimples vanish. Watermelon extract provides a nutritious burst of vitamins to the skin (with purported UV-repairing properties!). Use after cleansing skin, before moisturizing. Can be washed off or left on. Has an earthy, green scent. Ideal for those living in heavily polluted cities, or for acne-prone skin that over-produces sebum. Some sedimentation can occur, shake before use.
Who is it for?:
Spritz on clean, damp skin. One of two sprays is enough! You can let skin absorb in the goodies, or gently blot off with a tissue (or whatever you like.) Apply your favourite facial oil afterwards (which is probably our CY or NL) while skin is still damp for best results. Some sedimentation can occur, shake before use! Some batches are cloudier than others, this is normal. :)
Aloe Vera Juice, Witch Hazel distillate, Rose Geranium distillate, Cucumber distillate, Stark's EVERGREEN complex, Potassium Sorbate, Ferulic Acid, Watermelon Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, White Willow Bark Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, essential oils of vetiver and violet leaf.