As one of Lush's most frequent customers I love to try anything new that they have. This is actually an older product that is no longer around sadly.
'Running to the Embassy' is a solid bar of body butter made specially for the feet. It is a combination product being a foot scrub, moisturiser and conditioner in the one bar. personally I was not totally convinced it could do all three but I am always happy to try a Lush product.
The bar is a minty green but quite matt or dull as it has ground pumice as well as sea salt in it to do the scrubbing action. It smells lovely and fresh as the spearmint and peppermint oils are included in the bar to freshen, cool and deodorise your feet.
In order to moisturise and condition Lush have used cocoa butter and shea butter both of which are lovely rich butters that melt at low temperatures and are natural and not from animals.
This bar also has the lovely Tagettes oil which comes from a plant and is a a natural anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antibiotic, antiseptic and even insecticide properties so also helps with keeping feet smelling fresh.
The idea is that you use this in warm water. I ind it best to use a foot bath, the shower is too slippery and could be lethal and I am not keen on pumice left in my bath. Rub your damp feet with the bar giving hard skin areas a good scrub. Then I let my feet soak in the foot bath for as long as I fancy.
Once dry I then apply one of lush's foot moiturisers as I don't find the moisturising quality good enough on its own in this bar. The minty foot lotion works well with this and my feet feel 100% wonderful after the pampering.
You do have to make sure this bar is dried off after using, don't leave it in a pool of water as it will go soggy.
I think this is a great little bar and does a good job of pampering and tidying up my feet. They always feel good afterwards. The minty aroma stays long after i have finished and if I wear socks I can still smell mint on them hours later.
This bar is around the £4 price last time it wasa round. hopefully it will come back again sometime soon.
I received a small sample of this bar a few months ago.
The bar is green in colour and it smells very fresh. I would describe the scent of the bar as minty with a herbal edge. The bar needs to be dampened before use (so I was told) so I use the bar whilst soaking my feet. Simply soak your feet first and then lift your feet up from the bowl. Once you have lifted up your feet apply the bar to the skin. It's really easy to work with once the bar has been submerged. The bar can be used all over the feet and legs so give your feet a good scrub with it and then return your feet to the water once they have been scrubbed. Your feet will feel instantly better!
The bar smells AMAZING. The pepperminty scent is strong but not too overpowering and the scent lingers on your feet after use. After using the bar my feet feel AMAZING (I like that word) and all of my dead skin disappears after using the bar. My heels feel so much softer and my cuticles look a lot more refined. I would say use the bar around twice a week for optimum effects. My bar was just a sample but my friend has been using this bar for around six months and her feet are in great condition. The bar is easy to store too, you can keep it inside one of the Lush square tins to protect it.
The bar is natural, handmade and cruelty free. It costs around £5 per bar but it will last you a while. My small sample was enough to last me for two scrubs. It's really exfoliating and it doesn't need any packaging either.
As well as body butters, which are meant to be used in the shower over wet skin to moisturise you before you get out, Lush also do a foot butter and a hand butter for your extremities! I'd heard that they were both going to be discontinued, and as I'd tried all the normal body butters already decided to pick up these two before they vanished forever.
Running to the Embassy is the body butter designed for use on the feet, and is supposed to be a foot scrub, moisturiser and conditioner in one. It is mint green in colour, and it contains ground pumice and sea salt to scrub away dead skin, as well as spearmint and peppermint oils to cool and refresh the feet. Cocoa butter and shea butter make up the substance of the bar and provide an intensive moisturiser for the feet. The bar is suitable for vegans.
You can use the bar in the bath or shower (being careful not to expose it directly to water), or you can fill a bowl with water and use it to bathe your feet in before scrubbing and massaging them. I have quite a few baths anyway, using all my lovely Lush bath products, so tend to use the product in the bath.
The body butter smells lovely - minty, with a hint of shea and cocoa butter. It is surprisingly easy to hold, even with wet hands. I normally scrub my feet with it when I'm in the bath, after I've been sitting there for a while. The scrub feels nice on my feet - I normally rub the bar onto them and then massage my feet for a bit before putting them back in the water and washing off the bar.
I must say I have been very impressed with this product. I have horrible dry skin on my feet, and tend to use a Ped Egg plus a Lush foot cream to keep them decent. I wondered if this product would be a bit pointless for me, a useless 'middle step' in the footcare regime. However after using this product I notice a definite difference in the condition of my feet. They are noticeably softer and smoother. They aren't as soft as when I use a Ped Egg, but the pumice has definitely done some good. They aren't quite as moisturising as when I use a foot cream, but they are much softer and smoother and without the disadvantage of a foot cream which is that you have to wear socks after applying it as feet are inevitably greasy. After using Running to the Embassy I could easily slide my feet straight into a pair of shoes without worrying that I would ruin them.
I sometimes have problems with foot odour and have found that this product helps a little in controlling it, as it has a lovely mint scent.
I'm also impressed with how long the bar is lasting. I had assumed that it would go down quite quickly, especially as I scrub my feet quite hard. However I've used it several times now and it's hardly gone down at all, so I estimate I will get plenty of uses out of it - at least 20. This makes the product, for £5, much better value than I had expected and definitely better value than the replacement product Stepping Stone which only lasts about 3 or 4 uses.
I definitely recommend Running to the Embassy and think it's a massive shame it has been discontinued. Lush are soon revamping their Retro range and I'm hoping the product makes a reappearance there. If not, it is sold out online but may be available in some stores still!
Lush Running To the Embassy Body Butter
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Foot Scrub / Exfoliator / Soak / Foot Scrub, Moisturiser and Conditioner for soft, comfortable feet.
I should probably begin by explaining that Lush isn't a cheap place to shop, but this is because they make hand made cosmetics from totally natural ingredients. They are also committed to reducing packaging and waste and do a wide range of charity work and projects around the world. In my opinion, that makes them worth spending a little extra on. Not to mention how delicious their products are, they feel like a treat and let's face it, we all need treating now and again!
You can order online if you wish and also see the full range of products and ingredients, check out the charity work and projects that Lush carry out and locate your nearest store. Orders usually arrive within a few days of being placed and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is much kinder to the environment.
This is a body butter and pumice in one and designed to be used on feet to scrub away dead and tired skin and refresh and moisturise too. It is a green coloured bar which weighs 110g and will cost you £5. The bar is suitable for vegans.
As soon as the bar gets wet, it softens which makes it really easy to rub over feet. It has a lovely butter like texture with little gritty bits which provide exfoliation. The fragrance is fabulous, it is quite a strong peppermint scent which has hints of cocoa and shea butters through it. It makes tired feet feel quickly refreshed and also leaves them smelling fresh and minty.
Having said that, I am not sure that this bar provided me with any effects which couldn't have been gained by just using any old scrub and moisturiser. I suffer occasionally from dry skin on my feet and despite using this daily for a week, didn't notice much difference. I also felt that being a bar, it was a little fiddly to use.
Ingredients are as follows;
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Pumice, Fine Sea Salt, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Laureth 4, Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Chlorophyllin (CI 75810), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I would give this product full marks for the fragrance, but unfortunately, I didn't feel that it was as good as it could have been, and for the price, I had hoped for more. Only 3 Dooyoo stars from me this time Lush, must try harder!
Running To The Embassy is a fantastically named,lovely green foot scrub (Body Butter,technically...)
I'm a great believer in taking care of myself from head to toe,so when Running To The Embassy came into my life I already had pretty well looked after feet.
But,nonetheless,I bought it to try and took it home to use during my weekly DIY mini-pedicure+manicure session.
I used this in my bath,with my feet hanging over the edge so that the bar didn't end up under the water (Lush Body Butters don't fare well under water! They usually dissolve quite fast if left under for any length of time.)
I scrubbed it into my feet all the way up to my ankles until my hands felt a wee bit raw then rinsed it all off.
This left my feet (which were looking a bit less peppy than usual due to it being winter!) much softer and I kept rubbing them on each other to feel the silkiness.
As I said,I have well looked after body parts anyway but I believe this would do good for even very troubled feet.
If you've been kind enough (or indeed brave enough) to read any of my previous reviews then you'll know I'm on a mission to sort out my poor neglected dry & horrible feet.
My eldest daughter very kindly bought me a selection of Lush foot products & after using the Volcano Foot Mask I did, as suggested, use the foot Ballistic & next I used this Running to the Embassy Body Butter. Although it's called a body butter the bar is essentially for feet & worked a treat for me.
It's a pale green bar which measures approximately 3" x 3" x 1" & is lasting longer than I'd thought. It smells deliciously pepperminty & contains pumice & cocoa butter. The smell is strong & lasts for ages even when rinsed - it may be a bit too pungent for some people but personally I love it as my feet feel & smell so fresh.
The leaflet from Lush recommends that you remove any hard skin & improve the circulation by rubbing it onto clean damp feet, toes & heels then rinse.
I was surprised by the effectiveness of this bar because I'd already noticed a considerable improvement after using the mask & ballistic. It helped remove the very last of the dead skin, certainly did seem to help my circulation & my feet felt fresh & very soft to the touch.
It was easy to apply & also to rinse - I'm guessing that I could probably get about 6 applications from the product - so although it costs around £4.60, in my opinion I think it's very good value if you had dry feet/ cracked heels & embarrassing toes.
- strong peppermint smell which I found totally refreshing.
- easy to apply yet rinses well.
- helps remove dead skin, improve circulation & make feet fell fresh & soft.
- I noticed a real improvement & would recommend giving it a try alongside other Lush foot products.
I was lucky enough to get this as a freebie from Lush a couple of months ago and thought it was about time that I wrote a review about it!
If you aren't as lucky as me to get it as a freebie it will set you back £4.65. This product is classed in the body butter category although it is only intended for feet and definitely isn't as 'buttery' as the other items in that category. It is a square around 3 inches by 3 inches and about an inch thick. It is a light green in colour. This product is designed to scrub, moisturise and condition your feet.
I got the product out the bag and was immediately met by the very minty smell, in my hands it also felt quite rough as it has pumice in it to smooth the feet. The directions for using this are just to rub the bar over wet feet giving feet a massage as you do.
I followed the instructions that were given to me and I have to say that I wasn't very impressed with the results that I achieved. Even though the bar did feel rough in my hands, it didn't have much of an exfoliating effect on my feet which I found rather disappointing, nor did it seem to moisturise them! It did smell nice though and I think my feet appreciated the attention that they don't normally see! When you rub the bar onto your feet, your feet get covered in a very light green coloured liquid, as you rub your feet with the bar it supposedly exfoliates them. My feet felt no softer or different after using this bar.
One good thing with this bar is that it does last significantly longer than the other 'body butter' bars that Lush sell, I have used mine around 8 times and it's still going strong! I do think this would be a good idea if you were walking a lot or wanted a general pampering session as I don't think many people spend very long pampering their feet and this would encourage them to do so.
The main ingredient in this is cocoa butter (although it really didn't feel like that to me!) with other ingredients including pumice, sea salt and shea butter. This bar is also suitable for vegans.
A full list of ingredients can be found on the Lush website. Lush can be bought online, in store or through mail order.
My feet have taken a real hammering lately, mainly from wearing impractical shoes! When I was last in Lush, I picked up a bar of their Running to the embassy foot scrub in the hope that it would sort them out a bit, and hopefully get rid of some of the horrible dry skin I have on my heels.
Running to the embassy is described by Lush as a foot scrub, moisturiser and conditioner. It comes in a solid block rather than a liquid or cream and is pale green in colour.
I think the first thing that you notice about this product is its smell. It's mainly a strong minty smell, as this contains both peppermint and spearmint oil. I must admit, at first I wasn't too keen on the smell, and found it a bit too strong. Peppermint oil actually contains menthol which is probably why I found it a little overpowering, but it has really grown on me and I actually quite like it now.
When you pick the bar up, although it has quite a buttery texture I have found that it's fairly dry and also crumbles quite easily. You can also feel the small exfoliating grains in it, as it contains fine sea salt and pumice.
To use this, you need to rub the bar over wet feet. The fist time I used it was in the bath, and I made the mistake of immersing the bar in water. I should have known better to be honest, as lots of Lush products have a tendency to disintegrate when they get into water, but I think I lost about a third of the bar by getting it wet! I have since been breaking pieces off before each use, so that I can get more wear out of it.
Pretty much as soon as you apply the bar to wet skin, it will become soft and buttery, so its easy to massage into the feet. You can feel the grains on your skin, but they seem to be very tiny and therefore I was not too convinced about its exfoliating abilities. I don't know what it is though - perhaps it's the rich buttery texture - but there's something about using this that feels very luxurious and it does feel a real treat to use.
The bar contains both Shea and Cocoa butter, both of which are known for their skin softening and moisturising properties. Peppermint oil actually cools the skin, and I did find that no matter how warm my bathroom seemed to be, this did feel nice and cool on my feet. Sea salt and pumice are often used for their exfoliating properties and the sea salt has the added benefit that it can improve circulation.
I found that this did leave my feet feeling soft, and they definitely felt a lot more moisturised than when I started. The fresh minty scent stayed on my skin for quite some time too. Unfortunately I found that although the hard, dry skin on my feet felt softer, the exfoliating grains had done nothing to get rid of it, which was a bit of a let down.
This costs £4.75 for 110g bar. As I said, this goes quite mushy once in water, so I would definitely recommend cutting pieces off to get proper value for money.
Overall, I did like this bar - as I said, it felt really luxurious and pampering to use - and it also left my feet really soft. The main negative point was that the grains were not very exfoliating and it did nothing to get rid of the dry skin on my feet, which was really the whole reason I bought it. If I just wanted a pampering foot product to soften my skin I would buy this again, however if I was looking for an effective foot scrub I would choose something else.
*How I ended up with this*
I popped into Lush a couple of weeks back because we were out of shampoo. While making my purchase the very cheerful and helpful woman serving me offered me a free tester of a product (this took my mind off of the fact that her happy nature was making me want to vomit!) we had not even mentioned in the conversation leading up to this kind offer. She pulled out a little lush bag with a cube of Running the Embassy in it. This is a product I have been meaning to buy for a while so I jumped at the chance.
*Running the Embassy*
This is a product for your feet. It is a scrub to remove dead skin but instead of it being a gel or cream like you would usually find it is a solid bar. Lush is a environmentally conscious company and tried to keep packaging to a minimum, this is why they try and make as many products as they can solid, that way they don't need plastic tubs and bottles.
I am not sure exactly how big a bar of this is when you buy it but I would think that they cut a bar into about nine pieces for the testers it was just about an inch cube that I was given, so rather a generous size.
It is pale green and you can see tiny dark specks, which are pumice to exfoliate away dead skin. It also contains sea salt so that must help exfoliate too. Too be honest my little cube looks edible! It looks like a mint cream or something similar. The bar itself is made with Cocoa butter and Shea butter which will melt into the skin and moisturise.
It has spearmint and peppermint oils to give it a subtle minty scent and cool your feet. Mint is commonly used in foot products, as it's cooling effects on the skin are very soothing on hot tired feet. There is also one other oil in this bar, Tagettes oil, as I have never heard of this so I looked it up and it is a herb that is said to have anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, insecticide properties.
As with all Lush products it is kept as natural as possible, it only has one unnatural ingredient Laureth 4 (which is a surfactant) and nothing in it has been tested on animals, even the companies Lush deal with are all animal friendly.
When you buy it from Lush it comes as a 110 gram bar that is square and it costs £3.95. When it comes to Lush prices I would say that isn't bad.
I am terrible when it comes to looking after my feet, I always have the best intentions and they don't last long. I have a foot file (I say file but it is more like a mini cheese grater) that I love, I just couldn't live without it now. Two or three times a week after my shower I give them a little rub (I am talking about my feet!) but when I don't have time they get skipped and over a few months they end up with hard skin and needing some attention.
Last night I decided after a stressful few days that I would treat myself but mainly my feet to a soak and a good grating. They certainly needed the attention and what better way to unwind and relax.
I went and got out my heated vibrating foot bath and filled it up with nice warm water and crumbled in a little of a bath bomb which has been in the bathroom cabinet since before Christmas. As I don't have baths (I'm not dirty I have showers instead) they last forever here, my other half uses them every so often. It was Christmas Kisses, a warming cinnamon scented pink bomb.
I settled with my feet soaking in the lovely pink water while watching television, feeling the tension ebb away. Luxury!
I wont gross you all out with the detailing of using my foot file but needless to say I removed my hard skin and left my feet feeling loads better as always.
After they were done and feeling halfway normal for a change I used my cube of Running the Embassy. As I was a foot butter virgin I didn't quite know what I was doing but I soon got the hang of it and found it rather easy to use.
While my feet were still wet I rubbed my cube over the skin a few times. It left a pale green gunge over my feet and once I had some on there I put down the cube and used my hands, just rubbing it all over like I would cream.
I could feel the grittiness of the pumice and although it wasn't harsh it was very easy to tell that it would make my feet feel even smoother.
After a few minutes of rubbing it over my skin with my hands, the skin on my hands felt all tingly. I put my foot into the water again, sloshed it around and hey presto I was done, I then did the same with the other foot.
When I was doing one foot I had to put the cube down, obviously, and I found that it was a little messy and where it was left wet it did get more messy while it was left so storing it would be potentially slightly difficult. I dried mine after using it and put it back in the tiny plastic bag it was given to me in. Lush do sell body butter tins which would be ideal for storing this in but it would have to be dried on a towel or something first. Lush sell these little tins for £2.50 but they would last for a long time and fit all of their body butters.
Although it wasn't an amazing transformation it was noticeable. My feet certainly felt softer and smoother after using this than they had before. My hands felt amazing! I never have what I would call fairy hands, they aren't soft and touchable, I don't take care of them like I should but who has the time to do everything?
After doing my feet they felt great because this had exfoliated them in the process, added bonus!
I found this really pampering and like a little added luxury to the relaxing foot soak. It really did make a difference to my skin, far more than I had expected it too.
After using my foot file the skin it left a bit rough and this just smoothed it out brilliantly.
After my feet had been dried on my nice fluffy white towel they still didn't feel quite moisturised enough but they were in a bad way before I started! My hands did feel good and I think that if my feet had been in a reasonable condition before I used this treatment then they probably wouldn't have needed any cream on them after.
I used some Body Shop Honey Body Butter on them and was rather generous with it too!
This morning when I woke up I was so pleased with my feet! They are smoother and softer than they have been in years and I mean years! I have pampered them on occasion before but they have never felt as good after using any of the products I have tried. This really is good!
*Do I recommend*
Put it this way if it can make a difference on my feet then anyone who tried it will love it! If you have reasonably good feet then this will keep dry skin away and help you prevent hard skin. If like me it is too late for you and you need something to sort it this isn't the solution but will help smooth them out after a harsher cure like a foot file which still leaves the skin rough.
I think this bar is brilliant and it is another Lush tester that has convinced me to spend yet more cash on Lush products! I think that at less than four pounds it is rather a bargain, as it will last a long time.
I would happily give this five stars for the results it gave me but to be fair it didn't moisturise as it was expected to so I guess I have to knock a star off for that.
Lush has companies all over the place, to find your local store have a look on their website. They also deliver so if you don't have a store near you there is still the opportunity to try their products and delivery charges are reasonable. www.lush.co.uk (or .com for international)
Ive always loved pampering my feet and found it to be highly therapeutic. The delight is heightened by using a shiny and exciting new product from somewhere. Ive used tons of products, yet what made this one stand out is that its a solid. I found this rather intriguing and always ready to try something new; I went to Lush to investigate. The product is found in their body butter section, although if you are new to the shop the Sales Assistants are extremely helpful. The most distinguishing thing about this product is definitely its physical state. As I said I had never seen one before and it seemed to be delightfully quirky. In addition to this it promised to be free of preservatives and uses diminished packaging and so was great for the planet. Also I had been sick of squeezing exfoliator out of resisting tubes and the idea of a handy solid seemed quirky and a refreshing change. The second most pleasurable aspect is the colour. Its a mint green colour and psychologically this made me think of natural products and if you are shopping from Lush that is after all what you are after. You can also see the speckles of pumice inside the bar and this gives you the confidence that its going to work. The smell is wonderfully minty and fresh and with one inhalation you are already anticipating the cooling sensation it will induce, in addition to a richer scent from the cocoa and shea butter that promises intense moisturisation. So all in all I was very happy to bar my first bar and as an added bonus its one of the easiest products to purchase from Lush because you dont have to worry about waiting for it to be cut and having to pay extra for a larger block.
In its description Lush describes the bar as a: Foot Scrub, Moisturiser and Conditioner for soft, comfortable feet. This refreshing, green bar is a multi-purpose, multi-tasking clever little thing which revives tired feet with spearmint and peppermint, soothes them with marigold essential oils, takes off dead skin with ground pumice stone and moisturises them with cocoa butter and shea butter. Use it in the bath or shower or run yourself a bowl of warm water and use the bar to give your wet feet a massage and pumice scrub.
For the first few uses I found the bar to be a little tricky to use, but I guess that that was because I had been used to liquid products. Although it is recommended to be used in the bath or shower I recommend doing it afterwards when skin is still damp, but not sopping as this concentrates the product and makes it more effective, yet still traps water inside the skin. When massaging your own feet the bar is actually very handy as it allows you to both intensely exfoliate or gently buff, depending on the pressure you use. It also feels more unexpected than using your own hands and so you can shut your eyes and wistfully pretend you are having a pedicure in a spa somewhere. However on other people I find it easier to melt the product in your hands before applying so that you can use your hands freely. However this makes the process a bit stop and start and since during massage you should keep physical contact at all times it isnt always the best method. However for yourself its brilliant, especially when you are in a hurry as the one bar exfoliates and moisturises, so no additional lotion need be applied. However if you are a person who loves their foot ritual with a billion products piled one on top of each other, this may not be for you. Once you have rinsed the product off, which is best done in the shower it blast it all away, my feet were left looking and feeling gorgeous. The peppermint and spearmint left them tingling and this was great as it suggested blood flow had increased and I think my feet as an extremity appreciated a little extra attention, especially as it was being provided with nutrients in he blood for repair and moisturisation. They had also left my feet smelling fresh, but in a natural non-chemically way which felt good. The butters had really done their job and my feet did feel much softer and smoother but without the greasy after feel of some lotions, as all excess product is washed away. I was amazed and delighted at the results, especially as they had been achieved to a greater extent than I had ever experienced using double or even triple the amount of product.
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Pumice , Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride) , Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) , Laureth 4 , Spearmint Oil (Mentha viridis) , Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) , Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta) , Chlorophyll , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume
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A 110g bar costs the fixed price of £3.95. Although this may seem quite steep as a bottle of exfoliant can be as cheap as £1.99, it must be remembered that the bar acts as a lotion as well, so really you are saving money. Originally I found that I was going through a bar fairly quickly, however I was recommended to store it in a body butte tin which costs £2.50. This stops the product melting and evaporating away and really increases its life to about two or three months of twice weekly use. Also means that the bar can travel safely with me, with no worries about exploding bottles which is great. Therefore I think this product is certainly worth its money and to be honest should cost a little more (but dont tell Lush because Im poor at the moment).
This is a fabulous, natural and truly effective product. I find it totally brilliant for my needs and great fun to use and recommend hat everyone should give it a try.