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.
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!
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.
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?