Product Type: Lush body care
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volcano foot mask
Lush Volcano Foot Mask
Member Name: rackerss
Lush Volcano Foot Mask
Advantages: feels like going to a spa, softens and cools feet, ethical
Disadvantages: not the best smell
I went to Lush one Sunday afternoon to treat myself and ended up completely overwhelmed with the huge amount of products. The shop assistants were AMAZINGLY helpful; I don't think I've ever experienced better customer service and it paid off because I ended up buying quite a few products.
One product I bought was this volcano foot mask. Unlike many of the products in the Lush range, I wasn't attracted to the smell. It's not a nice fruity or sweet scent - it's almost savoury and very earthy.
I am on my feet all day at work and my feet get really dry, sore and just generally a bit gross. I decided to use this product the night I bought it. The instructions tell you to apply a thick layer of the product to both feet, wrap them in plastic for 10 minutes, rub into the rough areas and then rinse off. I used a couple of plastic bags to cover my feet and sat with a magazine for 10 minutes. As somebody who doesn't really do many beauty treatments like this, I felt really girly and luxurious.
The magic ingredients in this mask are Kaolin, Pumice, tomatoes, Papaya, Potatoes, Lemon oil, Cinnamon leaf oil and menthol amongst some other ingredients which are all either naturally occurring or safe synthetics. The one that jumps out for me is the Pumice which is well known for removing dead skin which is one of my main problems. After reading up on some of the other ingredients on Lush's website I found out that Kaolin is a soft clay that cleans and repairs, Papaya contains an enzyme which digests dead skin and loosens it and Tomatoes have a deodorising effect. Obviously I don't know what products would work, but I was expecting to find mint in here as mint seems to always crop up in foot products.
The consistency of the product is almost clay like. Although it's moist in the tub, when you apply it to your feet it dries out almost instantly so you need to apply quite a thick layer. I managed to get quite a bit on my black clothes which was a pain, but I put them in the wash that evening and there are no stains. The mask made my feet feel really cool as it was on which was nice as my feet are usually constrained to tight shoes.
Once the 10 minutes were up I rubbed the mask over the heels of my feet before washing it off. Washing it off was really easy; I was expecting it to be more difficult like washing actual clay off your hands but it just rinsed straight off leaving no residue. My feet actually felt really soft and smooth and my really rough heels were smoothed out somewhat. I'm going to use it once a week to just keep my feet in shape and the staff in Lush told me it should last 6 or 7 goes (although for the amount I used I imagine it will last a bit more). The product left my feet smelling really nice which I was surprised at since I don't love the smell of the pot - once applied the smell completely changes to something I quite enjoy. They felt clean and cool and I felt ready to tackle another week on my feet knowing I have this to look forward to again at the end.
The pot is £5.75 for a 125g pot and if you bring back 5 of this type of pot you get a free face mask! The product is vegetarian and lush are very against animal testing so all in all it's very ethical. Great product!
Summary: 4/5 - one point knocked off for the smell