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      17.08.2013 02:04
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      Superb if you don't mind a few chemical additives.

      For those who like and use Lush products, then this will look somewhat familiar. Although slightly darker in hue and with a layer of obvious sand on the top (and particles throughout), the soap reminds me very much of Bohemian, with its slightly mottled and blotchy appearance. Although perhaps not the most attractive in the soap range at Lush, I really like this one. This is an exfoliating soap, available only from the Poole store or online. Now I love a good hard pummel with something that invigorates my skin, and often make my own scrubs and potions. The ones that I make for myself usually contain sugars and salts to really scrub my skin. One of my favourite Lush products is "Sugar scrub" which has a real roughness to it. This soap is not quite as scrubby as sugar scrub, but it still manages to really buff up skin. I am not yet familiar with the process in which Lush add and remove their products, and then shove them back via the "retro" range, but apparently this one was discontinued. Like many products, this has been brought back for a period. BEACHES AND CREAM: I am a big fan of sandy beaches and am lucky enough to live close to the Cardigan coastline. The beaches closest to me are wild and sandy, with amazing caves and rock formations. The sand is fine and sparkly, rather like the sand in this soap. Sand is a wonderful exfoliator, and walking barefoot at the beach is a great way to soften and smooth out your feet. It also exercises the toes and foot muscles in a way that just plain walking in shoes cannot do, so beach walking is a win win. If you are not lucky enough to live near a sandy beach, then this will do the trick too. Like all Lush soaps, this is made in a massive chunk and then cut to the required size in store from the large "mother soap". From the website you can choose 100g, 250g or 500g of sandy gorgeousness. I bought 100g of soap to try it out and will be buying more based on my experiences. WHAT IS IN IT? Apart from sand, there is a mixture of good and not so good which is fairly standard for Lush. The soap smells very refreshing and has a lemon type aroma, and this is a bright and sweet scent rather than pungent. The fine sand particles are collected in a heavier layer at the top of the bar, which is obviously how they settled as the liquid soap set in the mould. Sand does also run throughout although it is in less concentration. The soap has a light brown and ochre mottled appearance which matches the scent, name and theme of the soap. Lush say "Coriander and gardenia oils tone and brighten, and your skin will be seductively scented with citrus notes of a tropical cocktail. Have yourself a shower vacation. " The main scent is a lemony fresh smell which comes from Litsea Cubeba oil aka May Chang. This gives a peppery and gentle citrus aroma to the soap and has a scent which is similar to Lemongrass. This oil is not only a natural antiseptic but it has astringent and detoxifying qualities too. May Chang is a great oil to use in any product that requires something fresh and deoderising. Coriander oil adds a further layer of invigorating freshness and sits well with the May Chang. Gardenia adds sweetness and floral undertones. None are especially overpowering but they do combine to make a delicious scented soap. NASTIES: Lush have added in some very decent moisturisers in the form of coconut oil and rapeseed. The glycerine in the soap not only gives it a lovely smooth texture but it acts as a humectant, ie it draws moisture to the skin. The soap also contains salt, and then a range of long named chemicals such as Tetrasodium Etidronate and EDTA, which when researched are quite scary sounding. Although the quantities in this will be small, it is still worth knowing what you are putting on to your body's biggest organ, and EDTA is not pretty at all. Briefly, Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative and has been listed as a carcinogen. It is created from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide and is used as a "penetration enhancer" and preservative. Often used instead of Parabens, EDTA is still not at all good and really Lush need to get a grip with their toxic ingredients. This is the only downside that I can express about this soap, as the rest of it is fabulous. I am very confused as to why Lush as a company feel the need to ruin a good thing with these components. EFFICIENCY: The way the sand has settled provides a clever dual use product. The sandy end is great for feet and knees and the rest is less abrasive and therefore good for the body. This soap is a highly effective exfoliator, which cleans the skin at the same time. There are enough moisturising ingredients to counteract the scrubby quality, but because it is a properly efficient exfoliator, I would not recommend it for sensitive skin or for use on the face unless you want to take on the hue of Bernard Manning. For those of us who like a good scrub and enjoy the feeling of soft newly polished skin, then this soap is very effective and works beautifully. Ignoring the chemicals within, the product is good value for occasional use (I would not recommend this being used every day, you would have no skin left!). It leaves a sandy mess in your bath, but in this house we always leave a mess in our bath. We are used to felt tip, paint, mud deposits from the garden and sawdust, plus we use a lot of home made scrubs and bath teas which leave petals and bits everywhere. Sand is easy to wash away so it should not be an issue for most people. The soap does lather well despite the sandy contents, and it has a soft and fluffy consistency. The grains of sand are the perfect size in my opinion, and do a great job of removing dull and dead skin. AFTER EFFECTS: The soap leaves skin very soft and polished, with a healthy rosy tint. Be careful not to scrub too hard, this product packs a punch. Start off slowly and work in circles. if you use this to really scrub at your skin then it will become sore. I did not need to moisturise afterwards but I did anyway through habit. My skin was certainly not dried out by using this product and although it is super efficient, I would not describe it as overly harsh or scratchy. I am not impressed with the addition of nasty toxic junk, but apart from that, the soap is fantastic. I will be buying it again for serious exfoliating but I would not use it too often. STORING IT: The soap has a grainy and granulated texture and as you use it you will notice the sand falling away on to your skin. To preserve its life, it is important to leave the soap to dry on a proper dish of some kind, because if you put it into a container wet, then you will lose some of the sand and soap. Seeing as Lush soaps are not cheap and cheerful, it would be a shame to waste it by not storing it well. We use an open mesh type soap dish for the soaps and solid shampoos. These also hold the sugar scrubs well and stop them from dissolving into a big squishy mess. INGREDIENTS: Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Sand, Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearate, Perfume, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Coriander Oil, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Gardenia Extract, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal *occurs naturally in essential oils SUMMARY: Excellent for exfoliating and skin buffing, especially good on feet and knees when using the scrubby side. The soap has a great smell and has moisturising ingredients to counteract the harshness of the salt and sand. I have quibbled and wavered as to whether to award this 5 stars, mainly because of the junk ingredients. However due to the fact that it works so well I will give it 5 stars, and combine it with a Paddington hard stare in the direction of Lush HQ in Poole. Sort it out Lush! Sandstone costs £4 for 100g and is only available online and in the Poole store at the moment. Larger sized bars are available.

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        28.02.2012 13:27
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        A lovely citrus soap from Lush

        This is lovely soap from Lush. It's around £3.50 per 100g. The soap is a yellow/ orange colour and it has a lovely uplifting scent. I would describe the scent to be quite citrusy and fresh. It does smell lovely - it reminds me of summer and summer holidays. The soap is made with essential oils and natural ingredients so it's suitable for all skin types. The soap can be used in the bath or shower and you can use it as it is (in block form) or cut off a small piece of it at a time. I find that the soap lathers up well and it has a lovely creamy consistency. It forms a lovely foam that is easy to wash and bathe with. The soap feels lovely when it's rubbed into the skin and it cleanses the skin really well. I find that the soap doesn't irritate my skin and it's gentle and calming. The soap does contain small grains of REAL sand that help to exfoliate your body, getting rid of dead skin cells and flakes. The sand can sometimes end up left over in your bath after washing but it doesn't take long to remove the sand. The sand feels great and it reminds me of summer and beaches. It's great teamed up with the Big Blue bath ballistic! I would recommend this soap. It's also a great hand soap as it cleanses the hands beautifully and it gets rid of odour - great for use after preparing food - especially onions!

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        03.10.2011 09:41
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        Lovely soap but shame about the lack of exfoliation!

        Any of you who read my reviews regularly will know that I'm a massive fan of the shop Lush and I've been trying to sample almost every product they make. Earlier this year I bought the 'Beach Bars' soap stack containing a slice of Sandstone soap and a slice of Sea Vegetable for £5.50 and today I'm going to review the Sandstone soap. ***What is Lush?*** Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany. Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans. Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud. "We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again." ***Sandstone Soap*** The soap is yellow in colour with a clearer aspect to the top of the slice and a cloudier bottom half. It has a lovely fresh citrus scent. I left the soap stack on my chest of drawers for a while and my room smelled like the sea! The idea behind the soap is that a citrusy soap is mixed with sand for exfoliating purposes. Lush describe it as smelling like a caipirinha cocktail, and I guess it does! The soap costs £2.95 for 100g which isn't too bad for Lush standards. It is suitable for vegans too which is a plus. I've really enjoyed using this soap. I've found that it lathers up really well with a shower puff even though it seems to be lasting ages - some Lush soaps are really soft and run out pretty quickly, but not this one. The frest zingy citrus scent really helps me wake up in the morning, though it doesn't really last on my skin - this isn't a problem for me though as I use scented moisturiser. The soap isn't actively moisturising, but it doesn't dry out my skin. One negative I've found with this product is that it isn't particularly exfoliating. The first couple of times I used it, the grains of sand were pretty scrubby when I rubbed the soap on my skin, and I thought, great - soap and exfoliator in one! However, after a few uses, the sand seemed to wear off and the soap became really smooth. I don't know if I just got a dud or what, but there didn't seem to be much sand inside the soap. Overall, I do really like this soap. It smells lovely and lasts ages. I've removed one star for the lack of exfoliation, but I do recommend it.

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          20.09.2011 16:47
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          Another great exfoliating product from Lush!

          ***LUSH PRODUCTS*** I only started shopping in Lush after reading reviews about their products in magazine and online (mainly on here and dooyoo). Some of their products sounded really good and also sounded as though they worked really well, so i started buying products from there. I mainly buy the body butters and body scrubs. Although thei scrubs are good, some such as the sugar scrubs feel too harsh on my skin and leave them looking red and feeling sore. About 1 month ago, I saw the Sandstone soap in a magazine and it stated how good this soap was ay exfoliating so I decided to buy it and give it a try. ***WHY EXFOLIATE?*** I realise not everyone exfoliates, how-ever I do it for a few reasons. I have had a lot of body issues and always like to try and look my best, espicially when i go out on the town with my boyfriend or friends. Exfoliating helps to get rid of dead skin cells, which helps the skin to look in better condition. Exfoliating also helps to banish cellulite which is one of the things I hate really hate the look of, espicially on the backs of the thighs! ***THE SOAP*** The bar of soap is yellow in colour and smells quite strongly of citrus. There are darker bits in the soap which gives it a slightly marbled effect. When looking closely at the soap you can actually see the sand grains in amongest the other soap ingredients. The soap is surprisingly smooth to touch. I was expecting it to feel quite rough due to the sand being in the soap. I used the soap when in the shower. After being under the shower for a few minutes I used the soap all over my body, focusing more on areas such as elbows, knee's and my thighs which is where cellulite can build up. (Exfoliating helps to banish cellulite!. As you used the soap it does foam and leave white soap on your body. The smell of cirtus gets slightly stronger as you use this product and rub it against your skin. The soap felt a little rough when using it for the first time, how-ever it doesn't feel as harsh as some other scrubs I have tried which have left my legs looking red and sore. The soap was kind to my skin adn was easy to rinse off under the shower. The soap made me feel really clean and the citrus scent made it feel refreshing as well. I wouldn't say this soap really moisturises, how-ever it didn't dry my skin out which was nice as I sometimes get dry skin and some soaps can leave my skin feeling dry and tight. ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY*** This is avalible to buy in Lush stores and will cost you £2.95 per 100g. They will wrap this in some paper for you to protect it untul you get home. You canm also purchase this from their website as well. ***THE RESULTS*** I always moisturise after a shower anyway, so my skin is always quite soft. I have noticed lately that I've had a few small bumps on the backs of my thighs which felt slightly rough. I noticed that the soap had made the back of my legs feel a lot smoother than they were before and not only did they feel smoother but they looked it as well. The areas where I used the soap my skin felt a lot smoother than it did before. As the soap had quite a strong citurs smell I thought the scent would stay on my skin slightly, how-ever this wasn't the case. The soap just smells as you use it but the smell doesn't stay on your skin. I wasn't too bothered about this, as I was going to apply mosiuriser anyway. The soap does leave some sand residue in the bath but this is easily rinsed out with some water. I have used this soap 3-4 times now, and am always please with the results. There is still plenty of soap left, so I think this is a good, long lating product as well. This is a fantastic lush product I will continue to buy and recommend it to others as well. (review also on ciao)

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            14.01.2010 22:46
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            Definitely not one I'd buy again

            Sandstone is one of Lush's range of soaps which they make in great big lumps and slice a bit off for you to buy. I got it as a gift and it has to be said, it looks strange. It was just like the picture browny yellow with splodges in and very grainy looking. I looked it up on Lush's website and it costs £2.75 for 100g and says that this soap has a layer of sand and a seductive citrus scent of a caipirinha cocktail. Well I've never heard of that cocktail but based on my piece of soap I would say it doesn't smell of much! Mine seemed to have sand running all the way through it rather than a layer, it felt so rough that I didn't dare rub it straight onto my skin so lathered it in my hands then rubbed it on. It doesn't lather very much which is typical of Lush soaps and not a problem for me, the lather has bits of sand in and feels rough against my skin. I didn't find it particularly pleasant, there was no lingering smell, and I didn't feel particularly cleansed or exfoliated after using it. On the plus side the soap does hold together well and doesn't leave gunk all over the side of the bath, but it is difficult to get all the sand out of the bottom of the bath. Not really a reason to buy it!

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              27.11.2009 17:00
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              Arghhhhhhhh!!!! Sandpaper comes to mind.............. We all know who Lush are and what they do and they are very good at their job!! Unfortunately this is one of the most unsuitable-for-me Lush items I've had the pleasure of trying. Lush Sandstone is a soap of sorts, including a palm oil free base. There are many environmetal concerns of the use of palm oil and Lush is the first commercially available palm free soap base. Please read this http://info.lush.co.uk/palmoil#palmoilfacts for information, a lot of the facts are quite shocking. Definitely an eye opener. The main oils are Gardenia, Litsea Cubeba and Coriander oils giving the product a citrussy beachy fragrance and to act on the skin as soothers and toners. It is predominantly a lemon fragrance. When using, I found the sandy base of the soap to be absolutely frightful, so much so I had to scrape it off, well tried to anyway, unfortunately there were always bits in the bath and it is not good having to sit your butt on scratchy pieces of sand, goodness me it is bordering on painful!! Hated it!!! Would never have even dreamed of scraping this onto my delicate sensitive skin so a big no no if you have any skin problems. I should have guessed really but the smell made me buy it!! The rest of the soap was toning to to the skin and attempted to soothe my beaten sand blasted skin, the smell did not last on my skin for this one, it is refreshing whilst using however no long lasting results as some of their other creations provide. This one does not tend to go as soft and squishy as some of the others with the beasty sandiness holding it all into position, so at least you do not get any real sloppiness or gunk from it. In summary if your skin is quite tough the scrubbing effect will no doubt benefit you, but for my poor skin it wasn't really suitable and I recommend sticking to the creamier style of soaps that Lush do, else your skin will suffer.

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                24.10.2009 00:26
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                A good foot scrub!

                This is one of those Lush offerings that you either love or hate. I picked it up after hearing good things about it's wonderous effects on peoples skin. This dosn't smell like anything to me,but my sense of smell is a bit...well,odd. It looks good - a nice rich brown sort of colour with faded bits within that look sort of like dollops of cream or something. Anyway,on to what it does ... Rubbing this on to wet skin feels like sandpapering yourself - my skin looked raw! Now,don't get me wrong about this - I have VERY soft,well looked after skin so the slightest scrub is amplified tenfold on my skin. However,on someone with rough skin? This would do such wonders! Incidentally,I have kept my piece - I use it on my feet,the only part of my body with rough skin. It has lived up to it's reputation - it's made my feet pretty damned smoothe and soft. Just don't use it on sensitive or soft skin.

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                16.08.2009 18:45
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                Recently, I've been performing in Little Shop of Horrors (we just finished last night, sadly) and instead of getting the usual 'Break A Leg' message with a large bouquet of flowers, my parents sent me some flowers and a Lush gift box. They know me well... In the gift box there were a few products I'd never tried, two that I already loved and one that I couldn't stand - thankfully my mum took that one from me. One of the ones I'd never tried before was Sandstone Soap... Lush say, "The exfoliating citrussy sand one. On the glorious beaches of Rio de Janeiro, stunning Brazilian babes (and their mothers) mix up sun tan oil with the fine sand and scrub their backsides until they are as smooth as spun silk. Here's our version. Sandstone soap has a layer of sand and the detoxifying, citrus scent of a caipirinha cocktail. Be like a Brazilian; put on a small frock and go dancing." To me, this smells like pure lemon. It's a very clean, refreshing scent and if you smell it for long enough then you can smell a really beachy smell in it. I'm not sure if you like the smell of the beach, but I love it. Sadly, it doesn't really smell like I hoped it would from it's description, I know it says it's citrusy with sand in it, but I did hope it would smell more like the beach than it does. To look at, it's not the nicest looking piece of soap there is. In the picture above, it's shown as a brown soap with pale splodges in it. My chunk is a deep yellow colour with a few pale yellow splodges and some specks of sand, but this is because of where my chunk of soap was cut from, not because of a difference in formula. Also, you can tell that this is a glycerin formula just by looking at it. For those who aren't sure, glycerin formulas look more transparent and cream formulas look creamy. I first used this soap as a hand soap just to test it out, but then realized that it would be better as a body soap due to the exfoliating sand aspects. Boy was I right. After the first use, my skin felt twice as smooth and squeaky clean. The sand in the soap wasn't harsh at all, but was great for exfoliating and the lemon was great for fighting oils and any spots you may have on your body. The lather that comes off of this soap is wonderful, I've found that it gives the most lather out of any of the soaps I've tried from Lush before. As for the scent, it fills whichever room you use it in with a lovely lemon scent, sadly it doesn't really do the same for your skin. It leaves a slight lemon scent, but it's mostly just a faint soap smell. This isn't unpleasant, but it's not the best when you plan on smelling like lemons for the next few hours. You can buy Sandstone at any Lush store or online for £2.66 for 100g. Advantages -------------- - lovely lemon scent - cheap - great exfoliator - fabulous lather - readily available Disadvantages ------------------ - scent doesn't last long on the skin - a bit of an eyesore Overall, I've found this is a great soap for cleansing and exfoliating, but I can't count on it for leaving my skin smelling lovely, so I'll leave that to my body lotion. Quick tip - if your chunk of soap is fresh, let it cure for a week or two. This means leave it out on a window ledge or something with no coverings. This will make the soap harder which will make it last longer. You can also store your soap in the fridge, this will do the same thing.

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                  07.04.2009 20:29
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                  great morning soap, fresh, clean.

                  This is one Lush product that has changed my whole view on skincare! Lush Sandstone Soap is a gorgeous smelling, fresh soap, with tones of lemon and lime- a real citrus wakeup call in the morning! What makes this soap different is that it has real sand inside! The sand is a great exfoliator, and aparently was inspired by Brazilian ladies who mix up suntan lotion and sand to create a do it yourself body-scrub! The price of this soap starts at £2.54. It uses a palm-oil free soap base which is great news for the forests of the world (and the Orangutans who live in them)! I feel happy that I am not only making a good beauty choice but also an ethical choice for the environment. Within the first month of using this product, you will notice a real difference. It made the small bumps on my upper arms dissappear, and it helped reduced in-growing hairs after shaving, and I noticed cellulite had reduced. The soap is great for women, but I would also buy it for the man in my life also. I have tried hundreds of exfoliators and I give this one ten out of ten!

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                  03.04.2009 11:07
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                  I think this is one of my favourites.

                  Sandstone is a rock which in geological terms has taken thousands and thousands of years to form from billions of grains of sand, so it is a wonderful example of nature which Lush have tried to replicate in their soap called Sandstone. I was actually given this as a sample by the staff in the shop last week when I was purchasing some bubble slices, and it is always a joy to be given an opportunity to try something which I may not have selected personally, as often these chances will introduce me to what goes on to become an old favourite. Lush make a lot of soaps and the shop itself displays them in their entirety, so they sit like giant icebergs with often some pre-cut pieces for you to select. The advantage of this is that as you purchase by weight so you can be a little reticent if you want to sample something you are not sure of. The soaps Lush make are all palm free and this particular one appeals to me as it is a pale yellow which is my favourite colour. Inspired by the ladies who sun themselves on the beaches of Brazil, apparently rubbing their skin with sand, which when combined with suntan oil exfoliates their skin leaving it smooth and gorgeous. The soap has a very fresh lemon smell and contains glycerine, rapeseed, sunflower and coconut oils as well as gardenia extract and limonene which give the soap a gorgeous lemon aroma. It is apparently made to replicate the smell of a caipirinha cocktail. This is a drink made from a pale spirit distilled in Brazil called Cachaca, which is made from the juice of crushed sugar cane. This is then mixed with sugar and with slices of lime. The fact that Lush refuse to use palm oils in their products really appeals to me because you may know that some palm oil plantations particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia have been responsible for the deforestation of vast areas of rain forest, wiping out the natural habitat of entire species. This has particularly affected one animal, the orang-utan, who is now under serious threat from this. One of the real benefits I have found with this soap is that it is the best exfoliator I have found in a long time. It actually contains real sand, most of which seems to be concentrated in the upper side of the bar. This means you can use this on your thighs and areas which benefit from this, and then use the other side for the moisturising properties you want to supplement this abrasive action. Too harsh for the face though so I would avoid that. A few downsides though including a layer of sand which collects in the bath and has to be rinsed out! This always reminds me of holidays in warmer places where whatever you do a morning on the beach always finds you trailing sand in all over the bathroom when you return. It's cool in a way though, as it does send my mind thinking about holidays, as generally I don't really feel sand between my toes at any other times. The photo Lush has of this soap is not as accurate as it once was as the soap is now a much lighter colour than this reflecting the beach /holiday feel it is trying to mirror. Another downside is the cost at £2.54 for 100g which of course is a lot more than you would pay for an average bar of household soap, but then it is a treat/luxury item as all Lush items are. This one does also seem to disintegrate more quickly than some of the soaps too which may be due to the sand contained within it. I actually have grown quite fond of this soap and will be buying it again on my next Lush visit. I think the aroma is uplifting and the bar looks attractive. It has left my skin softer than many other soaps, and I enjoy the feeling of sand in the bath which certainly makes the whole bathing experience a treat. Hubby likes it too as it is a unisex fragrance, and a really positive point is that it wakes you up in the morning, so is really suitable for that dreadful Monday morning feeling. I don't think I would use it in the evening as I think it is certainly more of a wake up call. It reminds me of that beach day when you take a picnic to the shore and no matter how many times you rinse your hands you always end up with little grains of sand in your sandwiches. We always take our little dog with us and on return she invariably needs a bath to wash out all that sand in her paws. The bath then sits with a little trail of sand, grains of memories from the day she loved. This is Lush Sandstone. This review is also posted on Ciao by myself under the user name Violet1278.

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                    01.04.2009 23:01
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                    Lush make many gorgeous products but this isn't one of them

                    I was pleased to acquire a bar of this soap quite recently as I am a fan of Lush products in general. The picture above doesn't match the soap you will find in the shop today, although it still has the same name. It is a lighter, more lemony yellow mixed with a fair amount of sand. I do like the smell of lemons which I find to be an uplifting, sharp, clean scent, great for soap I would have thought. Unfortunately for some reason when I wash with this it reminds me of a harsh cleaning product like a bathroom or kitchen cleaner. I do have a lemon bathroom cleaner on the go at the moment which may be why, but other lemon scents such as essential oils or lemon sorbet, (I had one on Saturday), aren't having that effect on me. I haven't found the scent to linger on me which is just as well really. It feels quite harsh too, it is meant to be an exfoliating product but it just feels scratchy and uneffective. The soap bit feels like a hard smooth jelly, but the mix of soap and sand make it seem neither one thing or the other. It feels as though it feebly scratches at bits of my body while the rest of me gets a bit of a wash! The sand is concentrated in one part of the bar of soap rather than being spread evenly through it which may be the reason for this uneven feeling. The lather is minimal but I don't like over frothy soap anyway, it smacks of too many artificial chemicals. And it's messy. After your shower or bath you will need to rinse away the sand. I accused my husband of having shaved in the bath the other day, but it turned out to be bits of sand from this soap stuck around the sides of the bath! Despite my disappointment in this product I will continue to try other Lush soaps as there are lots that I love and also because Lush use a palm oil free soap base. Palm oil plantations are destroying some of the most important habitats of our planet including threatening the Orangutan with extinction within ten years, so if you can, do try not to buy palm oil products. I would like to have been more positive about this product but unfortunately it's one that hasn't worked for me. Thankfully there are plenty more lush Lush soaps around. The price given on the Lush website is £2.54, presumably that's for 100 grams. Sandstone Soap ingredients: Sand, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearate, Perfume, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Sodium Chloride, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal - * Occurs naturally in Essential Oils

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                      08.02.2009 23:31
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                      A good all-rounder

                      Mmm, the picture looks like a caramel slice! Sadly Lush's Sandstone soap doesn't look this exciting any more - it's now a bright yellow soap with chunks of lighter stuff in it (possibly fruit or just another coloured soap - it's difficult to see). On the bottom it has a thin layer of speckles where are apparently 'sand'...not enough to make it exfoliating, but perhaps that's the reason for the name. This soap was part of a gift set I got for Christmas - I had no idea what Lush product it was initially as nothing was labelled, so I came to it without any preconceptions. One of the first things you notice about this soap is its strong citrus smell which is pleasant and invigorating. In my mind it reaches the standard of a good soap, and unlike many other Lush products, it lathers well and is not too soft. The citrus smell gives your hands a lovely fresh feeling, and the sand isn't rough so my skin felt just as soft. As it came in a gift set my bar was perfectly straight and well-cut like typical shop bought soap, which is an advantage to some and not so much to others, depending on how exciting you like your soap! However, in the box it stuck to the packaging popcorn very easily and I feel it would have benefited from being wrapped in paper as Lush products normally are, which would also help to extend its shelf life. I would this soap would be good for both men and women, and its strong scent will give you a good pick me up in the morning. I think it can be used as either a hand soap or in the shower, but you need to keep it as dry as possible so that it doesn't all melt away.

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                        06.01.2009 23:25
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                        Try it - it DOES smell great!

                        I nearly passed this one by on dooyoo as the picture looks nothing like the product any more - the BRIGHT yellow soap with a fairly thin layer of concentrated sand on one side does however still have the name and main features of the original: It still contains sand and it still smells of citrus! Alledgedly it's the citrus scent of a caipirinha cocktail. Never had one but if I ever go to Brazil I'll be sure to try one! Just hope they come without the sand... and maybe a little cheaper than £2.54 from the Lush website. Anyway... I usually like my liquid soaps in the shower, but obviously it seems somewhat disrespectful to not sample at least a few of the colourful offerings of solid soaps at Lush when you're there anyway so unsurprisingly this lemony lovely made it into my basket one sunny spring day - I was convinced that the sandstone effect of the sand would have my slightly less than perfect buttox in ship shape in no time at all! Using the soap can prove remarkably tricky - especially for those derrier areas which you might want to concentrate on. Think about it... you're trying to rub a wet lathered soap against your skin at a difficult angle and because of the sand layer the friction against your skin has increased, but that against your hand has not... Simple physics dictate that something has to give... and usually it's your grip on the soap! Once you surrender to the facts of nature and resort to using either a sponge or one of those fluffy plastic things that lather really well you'll find the soap foams up a treat! The smell is very refreshing and will greet you for your next shower if you start it running a minute before you get in - just enough to get the steam going! Great for mornings when you'd rather not wake up at all, not so grand for showers where you just want to chill out and let the water soothe away your stress... After the shower I find that my skin is very "squeaky" - I can't describe it any other way... I'm not entirely sure I find this a pleasant feeling and certainly once I have towelled myself down my skin feels dry very quickly if I don't apply moisturiser. If only they could work out a way of adding a moisturiser to the soap bar... hmmmm Over all I'd say it's a great soap for morning showers - it's not their greatest but for those fellow citrus fans out there I'd certainly say give it a go - it may suit your skin better than mine! And no - I never did get that perfect bum - guess I'll have to scrub harder!

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                        29.08.2008 21:02
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                        A Sandy soap

                        On what now seems to be my weekly shopping trip to Lush I decided that I needed to pick up some soap for the bathroom. So having stood there trying to decide for what must have been a good 5 minutes i picked up a bar of Lush Sandstone. The yellowy sandy appearance really appealed to me and so without any further delay I decided to give it a try. Upon picking up a bar I could detect a slightly scent of Citrus and this further reinforced my choice and I decided I should buy this one. The bar has changed considerably since the picture on the Dooyoo site. It is now a brighter colour that looks slightly similar to a sandy beach on a Sunny day. The bar is approx 100g and actually has a layer of sand on the bottom of it. Now until I actually looked on the Lush website I didn't realise that this was actually a soap to be used on your body as well as hands. It is important to remember however that this one really shouldn't be used on the face, mainly because of the little bits of sand. So having got back to my house I placed the soap by the basin in my downstairs toilet and that is where it will be staying. Despite the fact this can be used as a body and hand soap I'm going to be using it on my hands. I do like the feel of the sand but I just think it smells better in small doses. Now since picking up this bar I've tried it in both situations and that is why I'm opting more for the hand soap option. After using it in the shower it left me with a very strong Citrus scent that seemed to over power the perfume I was wearing, which made perfume pointless and I didn't really want to smell like a Citrus fruit all day. On the hands though it seems easier to contain and limit the scent, making your skin smell slightly Citrusy but not in an over powering way. While I did really like the appearance of the Sandstone bar I didn't really feel like it lived up to the standard of other Lush products. It works well as a hand soap but I can think of better, that don't leave you with bits of sand stuck to your hand. As an all over body soap I really didn't rate it and the scent was far too strong. It set me back £2.60 for this 100g bar and if I'm honest while I liked the scent, I won't be buying it again, it would appear I've had my first negative Lush product, they said it was bound to happen....

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                          23.11.2004 01:42
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                          My advancing pregnancy has taken it’s toll on me in many ways, and over the last few weeks I have felt my skin is dryer and lumpier than it was a few months ago. I knew it probably needed a decent exfoliator, so I decided to pop into Lush and see what they had. It was a warm reunion between myself and the gorgeous aromas. It had been many months since I last visited a Lush shop as so many of their ingredients don’t go well with pregnancy……not the ones I like anyway!!! I spoke to the ever helpful assistant, and she recommended I try ‘Sandstone’. As usual, this soap is for use all over your body, but not for the face. This soap gets the name from the fact that there is a layer of sand present which when coupled with the trademark essential oils, creates a brilliant exfoliating experience, or at least that is what the claims was when the assistant told me about it. I warn you now, it is now the most attractive product in the Lush range as the colour reminded me of dirty nappies, but then that is probably just me at the moment with all things baby on the brain, and the fruity aroma soon put paid to those thoughts! I bought a decent sized bit (approximately 2” x 5”), and it cost me £2.10, which as I always say I know is far more expensive than your standard bar of soap…..but then this is no standard bar of soap!! That night, I took my goodie bag to the bathroom and decided to attack my lumpy skin with my sandstone. You can feel the sand, and you could be mistaken from thinking you will be minus more than just your dry skin when you are finished, but it is amazingly subtle and gentle with really good lather power, which I think it down to the white lumpy parts on the reverse side of the soap. It did not clear up my dry patches on the first attempt, especially my elbows, however I am happy to report that after 4 uses, I have noticed far less dry skin where it used to be, and my skin also has a slight glow about it when I have used this product as well as having a mild citrus smell to it. I am more than happy with my latest Lush purchase, and recommend it to anyone with dry or lumpy bits they want to attack!!

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                          Ingredients: Sand, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate, Perfume, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Gardenia Extract //