Product review: Mrs. Conn’s Bath Day sponges

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When I opened my May and June Horse Boxes and found shampoo-filled sponges from Mrs. Conn’s Bath Day, I squealed like a small child. I’d seen the sponges on various equestrian social media channels and couldn’t wait to try them, mostly because they’re so freaking cute.

I received a Dazzle-Berry pony pod and an Oatmeal sponge; the pony pod is roughly 3/4 the size of the sponge, but is functionally the same.

Because Gina is very obviously a princess, I elected to use the Dazzle-Berry pony pod on her. The sponge itself smells great. Dazzle-Berry basically smells like your favorite Bonnie Bell lip balm from sixth grade. Gina was neither impressed nor disturbed by the smell. It foams well with just a little water, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much lather it generated. The lather rinsed off easily, and left Gina looking shiny and smooth. I was especially impressed with how white her socks looked. The scent didn’t linger, so for all of you out there who don’t want your horse to smell like a Lisa Frank picture, you’re safe.

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Since the initial bath, I’ve used the Dazzle-Berry pony pod four more times, and it doesn’t show any signs of running out of shampoo. It’s a little difficult finding a suitable place to let it dry- I don’t want it to get extra dirty, or mildew-y and gross. I settled for placing it on its edge on my tack trunk; that seems to do nicely. I wish it had a loop, like many human bath sponges do- then it could hang somewhere!

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After using the pony pod, I think I’m a shampoo-filled sponge convert. It’s a lot cleaner and more pleasant than dipping a big sponge in and out of a shampoo-filled bucket; I can’t be the only one who hates it when soapy water from a big wet sponge runs down your arm and into your armpit. Mrs. Conn’s is also an environmentally-conscious company, which I appreciate. Their shampoo formulas don’t contain any harsh detergents or parabens, and once you’re done with the sponge, it can be composted! It’s nice to find a product that works well and plays nice with the earth.

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Effectiveness: 5/5, Gina and Moe have been clean and shiny post-bath
Value: 4/5, pony pods can be purchased for $5; regular sponges for $10. It’s a good value, but if price is important to you, you can find more economical choices in many traditional shampoos that you dilute in water.
Overall: 4/5, these are an innovative and interesting product that are more environmentally-friendly than most, moderately priced, and super cute. My only complaint is the lack of a loop to hang it.

What do y’all use for bathing? Have you tried Mrs. Conn’s?

16 Comments

  1. Susan

    I’ve wondered about these! Now I need to try one!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      Get the a pony pod- you can’t beat trying it for $5!

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  2. Stacie

    Ooooo… new things for me to buy that I don’t really need! (Shopaholic… I can’t help it.) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      I know, that’s why I never bought them- I have shampoo I like, and I frequently drag the dregs of human shampoo/conditioner to the barn. But these things are pretty spiffy.

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  3. Alli & Dino

    I actually probably bathe my pony less than once a year… his pre-show routine is just a white stocking scrub! But if I did bathe more frequently I’d try these… they seem like a great no-mess product!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      They’re definitely no-mess! And super handy for the stocking scrub routine.

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  4. emma

    interesting!! seems like you’d waste less shampoo and water using these too. they’re super cute!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      Absolutely! You don’t waste nearly as much water using this as you would using a traditional diluted shampoo. If you just put shampoo directly on the horse, you’re probably using about the same amount of water, but more shampoo.

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  5. Aoife @Pampered-Ponies

    These sound awesome, I must see if i can find similar products here or else see if they’ll ship international ☺☺☺☺

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      I bet they’ll ship international if you ask nicely. 😛

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  6. Sarah

    Ooh! I like these. Could you feed a needle through it with some ribbon or something? I’m all about DIYing things hahah

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      Ooooh, good idea! Why didn’t I think of that??

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  7. Genny

    I think these are adorable, but I was too afraid to jump on the bandwagon until someone had tried them. So cute, I will add to my list of ‘to buy’ items 🙂

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      Glad to help 😉

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  8. Micaylah

    How neat! I didn’t know they lasted more than one bath, that is awesome!!

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    1. Stephanie (Post author)

      I know! I didn’t realize that either, and I was so pleased to get 7 baths out of the pony pod!

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