“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
I suffer from very achy feet due to mobility problems, so spend a lot of time looking after them. I also love scrubby products and often make my own. This was a gift from my Mother who sent it in box of other Lush stuff. It smells amazing! This is a foot scrub with moisturising properties and oils.
A LITTLE GREEN FOOT:
This foot shaped scrub is around 10cm long. I understand that some of these are a slightly turquoise colour but mine was a bright grass green. This is a solid bar which crumbles very easily. If you use it directly in the bath then you will lose a lot of it so the best way to use this is to break a bit off, add some water to your hands and blend it all to a squishy mush. Then you simply scrub your feet. It contains pumice but is quite a gentle scrub. It has an almost sandy texture. This is no way near as harsh a scrub as another of my favourites - Sugar scrub, and it will not wreck your feet.
SCENT & EFFECTS:
"Having hot, tired feet can leave you feeling 'defeeted' - so we've put a wonderfully uplifting fragrance in this to revive the mind and get you up and at it again, with lemongrass, lime and lemon."
This little green foot smells very lemony, as it should really as it contains Lemongrass, lime and lemon oils.
All of these oils are very refreshing and deoderising, and although I do not suffer from "Stinkfoot" (thanks Mr Frank Zappa), I still love the zingy feel of citrus oils on my feet.
The predominant scent is definitely the Lemongrass, which dominates the scent of the product. Lemongrass has many therapeutic properties as well as smelling great. A very revitalising oil, it is great for sore muscles and has even been used to kill fleas. Unfortunately, I have no fleas on my feet to test this fact, so you will have to take my word for it.
This fresh scented oil is used in aromatherapy to revive a tired mind and body, and it is also very effective in a detox. Some people are sensitive to Lemongrass so this is something to be aware of. The commonly listed therapeutic properties of lemongrass oil are as an analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial. antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal, insecticidal and a tonic. Looking at that list, it is clear to see why Lush included it in this product.
Lemon and lime oils are refreshing and zingy, they wake the skin up, deoderise and stimulate blood flow to the skin. The whole concoction comes together in a bright and zesty citrus loveliness. The fragrance in this product is strong, and unfortunately Lush see fit to add "perfume" to it despite the fact that the oils used in this scrub are perfectly capable of doing the job on their own.
Pumice and citric acid clean and exfoliate the feet effectively but if you have really hard skin on your feet, I recommend using the foot file from Soap and Glory (The only product of theirs that is not hyped!) and then using this. The addition of Jojoba oil ensures that this is not too harsh and gives the feet some real softness during use.
HOW TO USE IT:
If you use the whole thing in your hand and scrub your feet then you will waste a fair bit of the bar and not be left with much to use again. I suggest that you very cruelly break off a toe.... it feels good honestly. Around an inch long chunk is enough for one foot. Get some water in your hands, mix up the broken chunk until it starts to dissolve in a green slurry and then scrub the hell out of your foot by hand.
It feels good and smells wonderful. The pumice grains are small so there is no scratching or scouring of the skin, indeed if anything I would have preferred a coarser pumice powder. When you have finished applying the scrub then it is simply a case of rinse and repeat on the other foot. This process will turn your water green and there will be some green granular residue once the bath has run away. This rinses off easily enough and the green colour does not stain the bath.
Although there is Jojoba oil in this, you will not have a big messy oil slick on your feet. There is just enough Jojoba in this to soften the feet. You may wish to apply moisturiser afterwards.
Stepping stone melts quickly with water, so store it in a tin or tub and avoid getting it damp or it will turn to goo. By using it in small chunks, the product will last a while and is pretty good value.
DOES IT WORK?
In a word yes. My feet were moisturised and soft. I could feel the effects of the Jojoba on my skin and they were citrus scented afterwards. The whole bathroom was filled with the smell of citrus which was nice, and this lasted for a long time. I like this so much that I have ordered more and now use it every evening. I also used it as a body scrub on my upper arms and legs, and although I would not recommend this for those with sensitive skin, it was gentle enough to work well without any ill effects.
Despite the fact that Stepping stones turns to mush as soon as it sniffs water, if you contain it in your hand then you will get a good amount of use from a chunk of it. It is gentle as an exfoliant and effective. The scent on this is a real selling point and if you like citrus then you will be in heaven.
This product is a unisex product and would make a great gift for men with gnarly feet!
I have managed to get 8 uses per bar from this which makes it pretty good value for money. It is not tested on animals and contains lots of good stuff (as well as the usual Lush chemicals- however these are minimal).
Sodium Bicarbonate, Pumice Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Cocoa Butter, Lemongrass Oil, Gardenia Extract, Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Lycopodium Powder, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Lovely luxurious product for feet with softening properties. Also works well as a body scrub.
Stepping stone is available in Lush stores and online, priced at £2.95 for 60g
Stepping Stone by Lush
I first tried this product when I bought one of their little boxes with a few foot products in for Fresher's week I think it was one year. I have since bought a few of these and it remains one of my favourites from Lush.
Lush is just such a fun store and they are committed to helping the environment and not testing on animals. Many of their products are vegan friendly and if they are they have the vegan symbol beside them online and in the shop. The staff who work in the shops are always knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for the products.
Their products have a little packing as possible and either come in plastic recyclable bottles, the black pots which you can take back five and get a free fresh face pack or they have just a paper bag like this one has.
This is not a huge product and for £2.95 you get 60g of Stepping Stone and this comes out to be about 9cm by 6cm so really not big. I do find though that I get at least three uses from each bar I buy as it is quite soft and crumbly and you don't need a lot. They are a lovely little foot shaped green scrubby bar that smells so delightfully fresh and strong but does need quite careful handling as if you drop it then it will break.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Hot, tired and aching feet?
This could be the stepping stone to take you from feeling like you're dragging lead boots, to tripping the light fantastic."
And then they go on to say:
"Having hot, tired feet can leave you feeling 'defeeted' - so we've put a wonderfully uplifting fragrance in this to revive the mind and get you up and at it again, with lemongrass, lime and lemon."
As I said I find this crumbles very easily and you do need to plan you foot scrub quite carefully. Firstly if you are using a foot spa which is how I use this then I give my feet a nice long soak in the foot spa to start with.
When they are nice and soft I then take one foot at a time and with a goodly pinch of 'Stepping Stone' and with my foot being wet and adding a little more water I then massage my foot using the product for a good few minutes concentrating on my heels and ball of my foot by my big toe.
Once I have done one foot I then replace that foor in the foot spa again and do the same with the second foot.
The bonus is that my hands get a good massage and scrub too as they get plenty of the product on them and I always finish off by giving my hands a good mutual massage and rubbing together when both feet are back in the spa.
I often leave my feet soaking a while longer in order to get the full benefit from the lovely softening oils and the rather lovely green waters.
The next stage is to ensure all the product is rinsed off into the foot spa and then I towel them dry. This is where the planning comes into it as you have to remember to have everything just beside you as both your feet will be wet.
HOW DO YOUR FEET FEEL?
There are many reasons why I love the product. Firstly the smell is just lovely and fresh as it is full of lime, lemon and lemongrass oil. It is also full of lovely jojoba oil and cocoa butter which both feed your feet with lovely softening oils and help make your feet feel soft and moisturised. As your feet have been soaking in water then scrubbed they are really ready to absorb these softening ingredients.
My feet feel so much fresher and smoother when I have finished using this. When I stand up I almost feel like I am walking on air and they feel quite soft and sensitive. Although they are nice and soft from the ingredients in the bar I do also give them a nice moisturise with a foot cream afterwards as it finishes the whole pedicure off nicely.
WHAT IS IN THE PRODUCT?
The scrubby stuff is ground pumice powder which is why it is so easy to massage the product as it is ground but still scrubby enough to get that hard skin worn away and smooth.
The lemongrass oil, lemon oil, lime oil and gardenia extract all create the wonderful fresh scent in the product and helps your feet smell fresh too.
The sea salt and lycopodium powder are included as they are said to be deodorising and antiseptic. This helps with keeping the feet fresh and also if they are cracked then the antiseptic quality will help with stopping the cracks become infected.
WORDS OF WARNING
This product is very soft and crumbly and so if you decide to scrub your feet in the bath and shower you could end up losing it all down the plughole as it will fizz away like a bath bomb. I do seriously feel the foot spa or a big bowl is the best way. Be careful not to get it too wet when breaking bits off as once again it will fizz away. I find the best way is to crumble the foot and put the result into one of my spare black pots with a lid. I can then take what I need with dry hands from the pot then add a little water as I massage my feet.
Second warning is if you do decide to scrub your feet in the bath and not the foot spa then be prepared for your bath to end up with a layer of fine pumice on the bottom which will require a fair bit of swilling and cleaning to get down. The foot spa will also need a good rinse out as that ends up with a layer of pumice coating the bottom too.
The advantage of the bath method is that you can massage further up your legs and I have also used this on my elbows too. The advantage of the foot spa method is that your feet feel like they are getting special treatment and you fully concentrate on giving them a good massage.
The very best way of using this is a combination of the foot spa and someone else doing the foot massaging as nothing feels quite as good as someone else massaging your feet but failing that a DIY job is second best.
Yes indeed. This is a lovely scrubbing and moisturising treat for your feet after all they do work really hard and often get sadly neglected.
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Really lovely smelling product. It crumbled very easily, but that is expected since you're meant to use it quite roughly as a scrub. It worked lovely on my feet (even though I had some laughing fits from how ticklish it is to rub them!) The product didn't actually last very long at all because it's so crumbly, so it only lasted a few uses. After a few uses you'll probably be left with a few scraps that are good to grip hold of. The texture is pretty abrasive, so it did do a great job at making my feet feel smooth and soft. My friend loved them too and even said that she would re-purchase based on the smell which she adored. The price is nearly £3, which I personally felt was a bit too much so it's not something I would repurchase constantly! (NB*I didn't use it on other parts of my body since I thought it would be too abrasive.) Please also note that it is £2.95/60g at time of writing - this product isn't very big at all!
As a self confessed lush lover I must say I am a huge fan of all of their products. The use of natural ingredience and the loving effort which goes into making each products just makes me love lush all the more. I am not a huge fan of foot scrubs or creams I find a normal body scrub or body cream works just as well but I was bought stepping stone for a present in a gift set. It took me awhile to use the product but once I did I shocked I ever thought that a body scrub would be just as good as a foot scrub.
Stepping stone as you can see from the picture is shaped as a foot. It's is green and has a very strong smell of peppermint. The foot is made up of a gritty substance and breaks up easily. I will say now you need to keep stepping stone away from water until you are ready to use it as it will dissolve in the water. You will need to break off a small piece and then massage into a wet foot. The messaging motion will help to act as an exfoliator along with the gritty texture of the scrub. I used the product in the bath so I could keep me feet out of the water and relax a little before washing the scrub off. The smell of peppermint is quiet strong but not overpowering and when the scrub is on your foot it gives a tingling feeling. Once the scrub is washing off your feet will feeling very soft and clean. I will say it is better if you follow up with a good foot cream after your have dried your feet. This helps to ensure your feet remain soft.
I would recommend that you do this a couple a times a week initially and then continue with this once a week. As I have mentioned I am a huge lush fan so need very little convincing to treat myself to use a lush product. I would recommend this especially through the winter months to get you feet ready for summer.
My feet are not very nice and need a lot of work to get them up to scratch. One of the tools I use to keep them looking nice is a foot scrub and one of my little treats to myself are these stepping stone foot scrubs from Lush. I say treat myself because they are rather expensive at £2.80 but once in a while they are nice to use and do wonders for my feet as well as smelling nice.
I firstly love the looking of these little foot scrubs. They are green and look like Kermit the Frog feet to me, very cute. I think the feet shape also makes them quite easy to hold on to and grip and that then allows you to rub them over your feet and direct them to specific spots on your feet better than you would be able to with just a liquid foot scrub. Having said that I actually only use a portion of this foot scrub at any one time. Call me tight but I like to make them last and I find I can snap them in two fairly easily and then can get two applications out of one stone.
The smell is great too. Lush describe them as a wonderfully uplifting fragrance with lemongrass, lime and lemon. As you would guess from that description they are very citrusy and have a lovely bright awakening smell to them. I love this kind of smell, a sharp, sweet smell and I think it works well being associated with the feet as you always want them to smell nice. In fact after using this bar on my feet they always smell really nice when I step out of the bath. I always use these stones in the bath as I think they work better this way. I firstly get my feet wet by actually sitting in the bath and then I find the pumice inside the stone will break down nicely when you get it a little bit wet. I do not immerse it in the water as it will eventually dissolve so I just use the moisture on my feet to get the bar working. The pumice is not rock hard like it is on an actual pumice stone but it is quite rough and I think works quite hard to get dead skin off my feet. It tickles sometimes but that to me just indicates that it is working!
The stepping stone also has jojoba oil in it which I use in a number of products and really like in this bar as it does add some moisture to the feet and so not only are you getting rid of the dead skin you are making sure your feet will be nice and soft afterwards too. What's great too is that the bar has sea salt and lycopodium powder which are said to be deodorising and antiseptic, something I definitely need for my feet. After using this bar I am always pleased with the results on my feet, they have less hard skin and are in much better condition. It's just a shame I can't do it everyday as I think my feet would really benefit but it's a bit too expensive for that but all in all a great Lush product I recommend.
My poor feet have gone for years without their fair share of pampering, this wasn't through lack of trying, more through lack of decent product. For this reason when I saw this stepping stone in Lush I immediately picked it up. I did this quite simply because I love Lush's products and trust them to do the job their designed to do.
What Is It?
This is basically a green pumice shaped like a foot. It is designed to not only scrub away dead skin making your feet feel smoother but also moisturise and add minerals.
It's supposed to smell just like the "you've been mangoed" products but I have never used these so can't comment on the similarities. What I can say however is that it smells very citrussy with the dominant scent being that of lemongrass.
First Impressions And Use
This feels exactly like a pumice stone which is what it is after all, however as such it is probably too rough for normal skin but for the dry hard skin on my feet it should work perfectly. At least that was the theory.
I usually use this in the bath as I like to soak my feet in hot water first in order to soften the skin and prepare my feet for their pampering.
I didn't actually wet the pumice stone as I thought it would last longer that way and just rubbed the dry pumice against my feet. As I did this it crumbled against my skin turning my feet a rather alarming shade of green. At this point I was beginning to wonder if I would have to walk around looking like E.T. for the rest of the day! Fortunately, as I rinsed this off (which by the way, was easy) my feet returned to their normal colour and I could stop worrying.
I don't often make it a habit to smell my feet! However I did notice that they smelt of lemongrass after using this, even after the product had been rinsed off and my feet had been dried. I can't say how long this lasted due to the fact that my nose is so far from my feet but I didn't notice any smell coming from my feet, or shoes, for several days after using this so I can confirm that it works as a very effective deodoriser.
My feet after use felt very soft and smooth, I was hoping it would rub my skin more then it did as I found it tended to crumble more then it rubbed but it worked nonetheless so I can't fault it for this. It did however work better on skin that wasn't quite so hard and it struggled quite a bit with my heels as they are exceedingly hard and dry anyway. With these it did remove some of my dry skin but by no means did it remove all of it. For this reason I would strongly suggest following this with a good quality moisturiser as although it does soften and loosen skin that is extremely dry it doesn't completely remove this.
Lush also claim that the addition of Jojoba oil moisturises your skin and I would agree with this. Both the very hard and dry skin and the naturally softer skin felt noticeably softer and smoother. My feet also looked much more healthy in general. These results were noticeable after the very first use but the benefits do increase with each use.
In total I got around six uses out of one scrub, due to the amount it had crumbled the sixth use was awkward as there was so little left it just crumbled in my hand so I would say to assume that it lasts five.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
This product is only available from Lush but can be bought both online and in store. It costs £2.80 for a 60g pumice but remember to add postage if buying online.
I have finally found the product to give my feet the pampering they deserve and will happily be purchasing this product again. For that reason I am only too happy to recommend it to others and give it a full 5 out of 5.
A foot? Can i see right? Ah yes it is indeed an alien foot! But what does this alien foot want from me? Well it wants to attempt to make my feet beautiful. Yes i have said attempt, i am sad to say it was an attempt that stayed at attempt. Aliens go back to your planet as your mission has failed.
Right i was at lush ( as usual ) with my boyfriend, buying some lovely bits, when the assistant pushed me into buying a little foot gift set sort of thing, with like 6 different full sized and sample sized items. One of the items was this citrussy and green foot. I was told that it was an exfoliator for your feet, yes your feet! So i though what a good idea, as feet often get dry and generally nasty looking.
So i ran a bath and got ready to use it. I grabbed it in my hands and looked it straight in the foot and got too work.
Now you do have to be very careful with this, as it fizzes like a madman whos had to much guiness. If you leave water to run on it, then it will run down the drain :( so a good idea is too break bits off and use it like that, so you atleast get some use! Now i broke off a large chunk that could give both feet a good old scrub. So i got scrubbing and found nothing happened! So i thought ok ill scrub a bit harder which just made it crumble. So then i crumbled it myself and rubbed it quickly on my foot, with my other hand underneath to catch any bits that tryed to escape and still this was to no avail. It got rid of NONE of the dry or hard bits and my feet are pretty good, so anyone with bad feet would just laugh at the sheer patheticness of this scrub. It made my feet maybe 0.1% softer. WOW! That is amazing ... not!
The smell however was lovely and citrussy and i did like sniffing it, but it was not made just to be sniffed at, it was made to end the misery of bad feet, which it did not do! It costs £2.75 which is so not worth it!
Ingredients : Sodium Bicarbonate, Pumice Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fine Sea Salt, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Lycopodium Powder, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090
It says it contains pumice powder, well its not a very good source of it now is it?! It contains some nice oils but thats about it. It dosent make your feet any softer or look any better. It also tends to escape very quickly, so you will have to imprison it.
The lovely smell, but who would pay £2.75 for a smell
Some nice oils
Um where are my soft feet?
Does not get rid of dry skin
Fizzes away quickly
So all in all i do not recommend at all! Spend your money on something else. Im sorry you little green feet aliens but you have failed your mission!
This is my second review along the pongy feet line - you lot are going to be thinking she must really have dodgy feet, but it's more of a preventative measure really J. With the warm weather we've had recently I've been baring my feet in open-toe sandals and flip flops. They have inevitably become a bit dry and were looking a bit worse for wear. I also had an uncomfortable bit of hard skin just below my little toe which was a little painful when I walked.
I spotted in the Lush magazine that they'd released a new product called Stepping Stone to pummel away at the hard skin on feet to revive them. On my last visit to Lush this was one I looked out for. The stone comes in the shape of a foot and contains Lemongrass, lemon, lime to get rid of any smells, jojoba and cocoa butter to moisturise and sea salt to exfoliate. It's also vegan. Like all Lush soaps and scrubs this isn't packaged so when I got it home I put it into a plastic tub to keep it safe.
I took this into the bath with me and soaked my feet in a bucket of warm water. I broke off a small piece (the big toe to be precise!) and smoothed it all over my feet, ensuring the rest of the bar was safely away from the water. I think this way the product will last longer than if I scrubbed using the whole thing. I was surprised at how quickly this dissolved in the water to form a smooth paste, resembling wet sand at the beach. As it claims to be an exfoliater I was expecting the grains to be coarser and I remember thinking I don't think this is going to be very effective at removing hard skin as it could have been.
This smelled really zesty, not surprising as it contains so many citrussy ingredients and reminded me a little of the sherbert sweets I used to eat as a child. Mouthwatering! It will certainly clear smelly feet! I spent some time scrubbing the areas where my feet were feeling particularly rough before rinsing with warm water with my feet still in the bucket. This allowed the oils to work their magic.
A few minutes later I rinsed properly with warm water. Once the scrub was removed my feet felt really refreshed and were all tingly. Rubbing my hands over the skin I noticed how soft and smooth my feet felt but they didn't feel greasy in the slightest. They also felt quite tingly and refreshed and I couldn't help but wiggle my toes in delight.
However now to the negative points - it didn't make a blind bit of difference to the hard skin on my feet. I tend to moisturise my feet regularly so don't really suffer very much from hard skin so if you have quite a lot then this is not going to do the job. I think this could have been better if the grains were coarser, like in the sugar scrub, so that they could exfoliate more effectively.
Priced at £2.75 this is a reasonable buy, if only for the softening effect it has on my feet. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of exfoliation though! Middle of the road 3/5 dooyoo stars from me.
Lush's latest foot scrub, Stepping Stone, is a vibrant green pumice-based scrub cunningly shaped like a little foot and designed to make your feet soft and lovely so you're not embarrassed to wear sandals in the summer.
It's £2.75 off their website or in the shops and as ever with Lush it requires no packaging and is as environmentally friendly as possible. It's also vegan, which is nice.
£2.75 seems like a lot for such a little thing, you get about four goes out of it and you could buy a whole tube of something from Boots and be good all summer. Is it worth it?
It's a qualified Yes from me. The smell is simply gorgeous, all citrussy and lovely, it's easy to use and it does a good job. My feet were noticeably softer afterwards and generally speaking I was happy with it.
Two down-sides, though, aside from the price. The first was the colour - it left the faintest of green tinges on my skin, which when you're as pale as I am is a bit of a nightmare. Think "slightly ageing corpse" and you've got my extremities. It came off with a vigorous soaping, but that left my feet feeling a bit dry and in need of exfoliation and, well... yes.
The other problem I had, I'm feeling a bit guilty about. You see, it's the packaging, or rather the no-packaging. It's quite a fragile product, this one, and if you're in any way cack-handed you can shatter it into a whole array of tiny pieces. Which then sit on the shower shelf till you need them, but while they do that they're gently leaching out their colour onto your clean shelf.
Store wisely and use a good moisturiser afterwards, is my advice. Two smallish downsides do not in any way mean you should deny yourself the sheer pleasure of this scrub.
Stepping Stone is the new foot scrub from Lush, and I got it in the All Inclusive Package set released recently, though it can be obtained by itself for £2.75. The scrub helpfully comes in the shape of a foot (just in case you were in any doubt about where to use it), and is bright green in colour. It smells of the same fragrance as the You've Been Mangoed bath melt, which is very fresh and citrusy. The scrub contains pumice and sea salt to exfoliate, as well as jojoba oil to moisturise. The scrub is suitable for vegans.
I decided to take the scrub into the bath, but based on advice from other reviews I've read which stated that the scrub could dissolve, I only took a quarter of the scrub in with me. After soaking in the bath for a bit I took up the piece of scrub and rubbed my feet with it. It fizzed away and crumbled quickly and I didn't manage to do much with it.
On a later date I decided to scrub my feet while they were still dry, sitting in the bath so the crumbly bits didn't get everywhere. This worked much better as I was able to scrub for longer, and when I washed off the scrub my feet felt a bit softer and smelled much fresher.
I have to say, when I first saw the scrub I didn't think it could do anything for my awful feet and to a certain extent I have been proved right. My heels are awful and only scrubbing them with a Ped Egg (which resembles a cheesegrater) really achieves anything. However I've found the scrub to be effective on other areas of my feet, such as my toes and the bit just below.
Overall, I probably wouldn't buy this product again as it doesn't seem worth it for one small area of feet. However it will probably work better on you if your feet aren't in such bad condition as mine! Personally I'm going to stick to the Volcano Foot Mask, which did wonders for my feet when I used it last year.
An ok product but not one which I would buy again.
Stepping Stone is one of Lush's new products for summer- it is designed to make your feet so soft and smooth that you can't wait to show them off in your flip flops or sandals!
I absolutely adore the scent of this product- it contains lemongrass, so it smells similar to their Avobath ballistic, but it also has a sharp twang of fresh mango, similar to their You've Been Mangoed bath melt. It is a strong, vibrant, citrussy smell. I think it's perfect for hot tired feet, as the scent is very revitalising and refreshing.
The product is shaped like a cute little foot, and weighs 65g for £2.75, so it is fairly dinky. Having said that, I've found that I could easily get four uses from the product by cutting it into quarters, so I think it represents fairly good value for money.
Stepping Stone is a tad messy to use. I would recommend soaking your feet in a bowl of warm water first, and then using Stepping Stone- I think if you try to use this product in the shower or the bath, there is a real danger that it will dissolve too quickly as soon as it comes into contact with the water, and you will end up wasting a lot of the product. Once you've soaked your feet, I would recommend you cut off a quarter of the Stepping Stone, and then splash a little bit of water onto it. It will fizz on contact with water, like a ballistic, so be careful not to use too much water as the product will disappear before your eyes!
Once the product is slightly damp, you can then start rubbing it onto the soles of your feet. It is very exfoliating, which is exactly what my feet need, and you can really feel the grittiness of the Stepping Stone working it's magic on smoothing any hard parts of skin on your feet. It contains pumice and sea salt, and is quite a harsh scrub so I wouldn't recommend using this anywhere other than your feet.
Stepping Stone also contains jojoba oil, so it moisturises while it scrubs, and it left my tired, hard feet feeling super soft. The product is easy to wash off after use, and my feet were not left sore or greasy, which I was slightly worried about.
This is a really fun product that smells fabulous and really works. It is a tad messy to use, but it is worth the effort as my feet are now looking and feeling soft and smooth.
Stepping Stone is one of 6 products currently available in Lush's All Inclusive Package (it also contains Glorious Mud, Buffy, Token to the Forest Gods, and samples of Fairtrade Foot Lotion and Ultralight) for £10, which is cracking value. That offer is while stocks last though, so hurry if you fancy getting it!
Stepping Stone is a new product from Lush, and in line with their ethical practices it is vegan and requires no packaging. The product is a small exfoliating bar designed specifically to use on your feet, and the clever people at Lush have made it foot-shaped, so it's very obvious :)
The 'stone' is a fresh shade of green and looks fairly attractive, it is quite small but I thought this would be ok as you should only need a little amount to do each foot. As it turns out I got 4 scrubs out of this, and some bits of dust leftovers.
Lush describe this as having the same scent as their You've Been Mangoed bath melt, but this seemed very citrussy and a lot more sharp, and wasn't quite the same to me. It is an extremely strong smell which becomes more potent once the bar becomes wet. It does not seen natural like most Lush products, and I'm glad it's only intended for feet as I wouldn't want that sort of scent all over my body. There are many essential oils contained within this little bar: lemongrass oil, gardenia extract, lemon oil, and lime oil.
To use the bar you should get your feet wet, then break off a piece of the bar and squash in your hands with a tiny splash of water. This will help the bar breakdown and you can then rub it onto your feet and scrub away. The bar breaks really easily, in fact too easily. I tried to break off a small piece and loads of it came away in my hand, and started to crumble pretty badly. The whole shape of the bar was disintegrating and I scooped up as much as I could to use, and then put the rest of the damaged bar back into the Lush paper bag, but there were still specks of it all over my bathroom floor.
It's quite a messy product, especially once you've got it wet as it turns into a runny liquid. You will have to be quick putting it onto your feet as it will most likely run off your hands and down the plughole. Don't even think about submerging the bar in water as it will just dissolve away and you'll be left with nothing other than a little gritty bits at the bottom of your bath.
Once it was on my foot and I started scrubbing, I could really feel the texture of the exfoliating particles. They are very small and gritty, quite harsh but not damaging as the thicker skin on the soles of my feet needs something more abrasive to actually work with. It still feels messy and a lot dripped off my feet as I was using it. Once I'd given my feet a good scrub I rinsed the mixture off, and suddenly they felt completely different. The bar must have released a lot of its oils as they felt coated and it was lovely and soft. The bar contains jojoba oil and cocoa butter so I guess they were doing their job!
Afterwards my feet felt extremely fresh and clean, but very dry. I have not noticed any real positive effects from the exfoliating either, as the hard skin is still present and feels the same as before. Sadly the moisturised feeling did not last. Maybe if you keep using the bars over a prolonged period of time they will become more effective, but I don't think I will be buying one again as it's not messy, I don't like the smell, and haven't noticed any chance after using this bar.
It's coming up to summer and I've started to realise- to my despair- that Ugg-style boots really don't go well with floaty, floral sundresses. The Gladiator sandals sitting forlornly in the back of my wardrobe are calling out to me, "wear us! We'd go perfectly!" But then I look at my feet and realise there's no way I can possibly unleash them onto the unsuspecting public in their current state. What's a girl to do?
I hotfooted it to Lush (very hot footed- I was still wearing those Uggs) and purchased the bright green foot shaped stock cube that is STEPPING STONE.
The lovely shop assistant told me that STEPPING STONE is made of pumice, to exfoliate, jojoba oil to soften, and sea salt to scrub. And it has the amazingly refreshing fragrance of You've Been Mangoed (which, by the way, doesn't mean it smells of mangos. In fact it smells like their bath ballistic Avobath, very very lemongrassy).
She demonstrated how to use it: break a piece off, and hold it in your palm. Dip your hand into the water very quickly, and then rub the resulting paste onto your foot. Now, this sounds like it would work well in a bath but sadly I don't have one so I had to attempt this in the shower. My first attempt saw the green powder immediately rinsed off my palm by the force of the shower. My second attempt reminded me that gravity makes things fall- rubbing powder against a foot with its sole facing downwards doesn't work. But for once my 14 years of ballet training came in handy. I stood in the Attitude or Mercury position which results in your sole facing upwards, and finally managed the task. You also have to remember to keep the rest of the product outside the shower because as soon as it gets wet, it's toast. So what I'm trying to say is basically, it can be very hard to use in the shower.
When I did manage to use this correctly, I have to say it did a great job. The particles are finer than in Lush's other scrubs which I think works well. It feels very invigorating on your soles. The fragrance is amazing, very fresh and summery and very green. After use, the texture of my soles was definitely improved.
Here's something I found worked well: fill a washing up bowl with warm water. Use the foot scrub as previously advised. Then, rinse your feet in the water. The green stuff comes off your feet and into the water, and voila! A beautifully smelling foot soak! Grab a magazine and relax. If it's hot outside, use cold water instead! Finish with Lush's Fair Trade Foot Lotion or whatever you fancy. Bliss!
PS It costs £2.75 for 65g
Lush Stepping Stone
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Bath Melt
If you have never shopped with Lush before, you may be forgiven for being a little unsure as to who they are or what they do. Basically, Lush create hand made cosmetic products from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. Many of their products are suitable for vegans.
Lush also support a variety of different charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on the website, along with products and ingredients. You can also shop online and also locate your nearest store. If you do shop online, you will find that Lush are also committed to reducing unnecessary packaging and orders placed online will arrive packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene.
The Lush website will also allow you to buy items from their "Retro" range, which is basically products from the past that customers still want to buy. There isn't room in the shops for them but you can still buy them online so can find lots of your old favourites and treat yourself.
Stepping Stones is a foot scrub and pumice, designed to leave you with soft and moisturised feet. The solid scrub is a mint green colour and shaped like a little foot. It weighs 65g, will cost you £2.65 and is suitable for vegans. Fans of Lush may recognise the fragrance from their You've Been Mangoed scent.
It is great to treat your feet all year round but of course, now that the warmer weather is here, we are all displaying our toes again in sandals and flip flops so it is especially important to ensure that they are in tip top condition.
To use, dampen the bar and scrub. When it becomes damp the bar softens and fizzes into a thick and exciting looking green paste so it is best to break the bar up (maybe into quarters) to prevent the whole thing getting wet. You don't need to use more than a quarter each time (this easily covers both feet) so this helps it last as long as possible too.
The fragrance is deliciously fruity like mango puree or ice cream. The scrub is rough enough to slough away dead skin but not so rough that it feels harsh or hurts your feet. After using, my feet feel refreshed and also much softer than they did before scrubbing.
I used this bar every 3 or 4 days and after it was finished, my feet were in much better condition than when I started. They feel soft and smooth and ready to face my flip flops again. If you want to make sure that your toes look and feel pampered then this bar is the perfect way to achieve it, 5 Dooyoo stars from me, well done Lush!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Pumice Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fine Sea Salt, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Lycopodium Powder, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The sun is out which means it is time to get my trusty faithful Fit Flops out of the wardrobe and ready for wearing but before I do that I need to give my feet some TLC. However, anyone who knows me personally or has read some of my reviews will know that I detest feet in all forms, including my own. I am not quite sure where my irrational hatred of feet came from but I cannot bare other people to touch them, massage them, go near them or look at my feet and nor can I bear to touch other people's feet in anyway shape or form without feeling quite nauseous, so summer time is not always the best season for me with all of these feet being on display.
So I might not like my feet but I do realise that like any other part of my body I do have to take good care of them to stop them becoming so bad that I have to think about someone else touching them physically to sort them out. So, regardless of my little hatred of feet I do take good care of mine and I do try to ensure that they are kept in relatively good condition because walking around on them all day whether they are stuck in my trainers, boots or just in a pair of flip flops it all takes it toll.
In the past I have used various foot products from Montagne Jeunesse, Sally Hansen and Lush to look after and pamper my feet at home. I usually opt for a foot scrub and then follow on with a foot cream, balm or something suitable like a foot mask. This time as mentioned in my previous review, in my little package of goodies I got some of the newer products Lush have to offer and in was a little green foot shaped item which really caught my attention. What is it? Stepping Stone to give it the full title is a pumice sea salt foot scrub with added moisturises to make your feet all nice and soft.
I love the look and smell of this product, which is one of the reasons I confess I am a Lushaholic, Lush create interesting products which we could and should use such as soap. Why buy a boring bar of soap, when from Lush you could have something which smells wonderful and is an interesting shape? That's my view anyway. Anyway back to Stepping Stone, as mentioned it is bright green in colour and the scrub is shaped like a foot, it even has toes, brilliant I think it is and it is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. I also love the fragrance it omits as you smell it and use it.
When it comes to using products like this, rather than mess about in the bath I use my foot spa, one of the best things I ever bought if I am honest because I don't have to touch my feet to pamper them, instead I sit back and let the machine do the work for me most of the time. With this foot scrub I ensured I followed my Lush instructions and wet it first using the warm water that was sitting in my foot spa, as well as ensuring my feet had been properly soaked as well and I then rubbed it around my feet and you are massaging this scrub in circular motions you should also notice the dead skin cells being removed (eurgh) because although the scrub is quite fine in texture you can feel the sea salt and pumice working as they slightly scratch the skins surface. If you do find harder skin areas then it is advised that you add a little more pressure to aid the removal of any dead skin cells and once you are satisfied simply rinse any excess scrub off your feet and then once you have finished and have re-soaked your feet to let them to rest for a little while longer and allow the essential oils to finish their work you pat your feet dry. As expected with a bright green product the water did turn a slight green colour although not as fluorescent as I had expected it to turn but the smells that this product creates is just brilliant.
Within this Stepping Stone there are a lot of ingredients which have been used to make your feet look, smell and feel lovely. Firstly there is jojoba oil which on the skin unclogs the pores and lifts grime and imbedded impurities and is quickly absorbed. Lemongrass oil comes next and like Jojoba it helps to open blocked pores and the antiseptic properties it hosts are useful in treating athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Lemon oil and Lime oil are both used and share similar properties - on the skin it is used for clearing acne, cleaning greasy skin and hair, as well as removing dead skin cells. Further ingredients are Pumice Powder which is used as the exfoliant within this product to aid the removal of dead and hard skins cells similarly with the fine sea salt it also cleanses and refreshes the skin as well as removing dead and hard skin cells. The final ingredient I'm going to mention is Cocoa Butter which is used to soften and nourish the skin and keep the skin moisturised by helping to lock in moisture.
After using this foot scrub on my feet they are in really good condition with soft smooth skin both on the bottom on my feet and on the top are soft and smooth to the touch, not that I feel the need to touch them very often I might add. Not only do they feel nice but they smell absolutely amazing, all of those essential oils work really well together to produce a really zesty/citrusy scent which stays dominant for hours after using, not only that but the space in which you allow the essential oils to interact with steam vapours also become alive and the aroma spreads rapidly throughout the house and it is a really nice uplifting smell, I loved it. The only downside of this product is that when wet it can be difficult to keep hold of, so when using it on your feet you need to have a towel underneath them to catch any excess oils, which don't stain and the product itself should it slip out of your hand and further to that it does only last I would estimate for three uses and it does cost £2.75 a time to use, so not overly expensive but not long lasting either, however, I love it and will keep buying it.
So I hate feet, but I have to look after mine and this I would say is not only a great product but it works at removing dead and hard skin cells, it smells wonderful and it does leave your feet feeling soft, smooth, nourished and moisturised. It is easy to use be it in the bath of a foot spa (never tried it in the shower) and I think it is good value for money. If you do buy this product I would suggest buying something to keep it in, obviously it wont sit with your wonderful looking bar of The Godmother soap on your soap dish, how rank, but something like the shampoo tin you bought when you last bought some solid shampoo from Lush work perfectly well to keep this little beauty intact.
So if you are looking for something to pamper your feet with that is inexpensive, works well and smell divine then I would highly recommend this as a product.