This seems to be one of the more unpopular LUSH products, and while I can understand why, I think some of it has to do with how people use it.
You can't use this like a pumice stone. As a lot of people have noted, once it gets saturated with water, it will begin to dissolve very quickly. You also don't want to use the entire block of product at one time.
I find the best way to use this is to break off small chunks at a time. Don't run the chunk under water or submerge it. If you've been soaking your feet in a basin or the bath, shake off most of the water from your foot (or better yet, blot it until there's just a little moisture left on the skin), and THEN scrub the chunk of Stepping Stone over your foot. The less water gets mixed into the process, the less the stone will dissolve. Because of this, I don't recommend using this while taking a shower unless you turn the water off first.
Using it this way, the chunks of product last much longer, and instead of just fizzing away, it will form a rough, scrubby paste on the foot that can then be massaged into the skin after you've stopped scrubbing with the chunk itself. I can get about a dozen uses out of each Stepping Stone, which actually makes it a pretty good value.
This product doesn't replace a firm pumice stone for me (I have chronically dry, rough feet), but if you're willing to work with the product's quirks and limitations, it does work. This is a staple when I do an at-home pedicure. I use a firm pumice stone or foot file first, then follow with this for extra buffing. The lemongrass scent is very pleasant and refreshing, and my feet do feel softer after this versus just using my pumice or file.
Although it does smell good (for me it smells more like a lemon leaf, than lemonade) and it has a nice cooling effect.... it lasts like half second. It makes feet a little softer, but not the way they sell it: they said it would be like pumice stone's crumbles: not AT ALL. I wouldn't buy it again.
I will give LUSH credit--they have some of the more imaginative beauty products on the market. This one, unfortunately, was more form than function:
1. The scent. The scrub had a light mint, lime and herbal fragrance. I enjoyed it more than the actual scrub itself. I purchased it a few weeks before I used it, and it gave my bathroom a nice scent (I left it in the original bag provided in-store--more about that later).
2. The "sensation." Given the ingredients, the stone fizzled and felt pleasant on my feet. It also provided a cooling feeling. It was pleasurable enough, I suppose.
3. The softening...on my legs, and everywhere but the soles of my feet. There's just enough pumice in this scrub to be one of the better general "rough skin" scrubs I've used. This would likely sell a lot more if it were re-purposed as such a product, because the balance of jojoba oil and the scrub left my skin incredibly smooth--and the effects lasted at least 12 hours.
But this is supposed to be a foot scrub, no? In that case...
1. Ineffective sloughing power. I sensed early on during my pedicure that this scrub had little to no impact on the soles of my feet. Which is likely why I started using it on my legs--it was either that or pitch it. The scrub just does not have enough pumice or substance to stand up to more than mildly rough feet. I can imagine this would be a great therapeutic product, for general relaxing or aromatherapy. But for its stated purpose? It's lackluster at best.
2. Green coloring leaves stains. Be sure to fully rinse the scrub's residue away after use, as it will leave a slight green cast on whatever it touches. Additionally, it temporarily stained my bare toenails a delightful Hulk bright green. The purpose of my giving myself a pedicure is to prepare my bare nails for polish. I'm not going to leave a coat of polish on to protect the nails from the product which is intended to prep them to be polished...I'm not sure why some LUSH products are so heavy on visual impact that they lose focus on what they're supposed to be doing in the first place.
3. Fast dissolve rate. The way I was instructed to use this in the store would ensure I'd use one of these for each pedicure. Rather than adding enough water to the broken foot pieces (which I found somewhat distasteful, but hey, when in LUSH world, I tend to suspend belief in traditional product nomenclature--I mean, look at the name of their henna) to make a slush, I added just enough to make a thick paste. But it still dissolved so quickly that any scrubbing action which occurred? Almost went directly down the drain.
If you do purchase this, be sure to remove it from the original bag if you don't intend to immediately use the product. The bag began to absorb the oils within the scrub, causing the "stone" to become more brittle than I would have liked.
I can't recommend this product for much other than a way to provide more sales commission to a LUSH associate. continued >>
This was horrible. The smell is great and I guess it kinda helped moisturize my feet a litttle, but it crumbled before I even got to use it and had absolutely no scrubby power whatsoever. Nothing compared to a pumi stone and a good foot cream!
Great smell! Smells like lemonade. It crumbled apart immediately ( I didn't even get it wet) and you can't use it to scrub like a pumice stone like I expected. Would not buy again.
The smell of this is absolutely fantastic... thus my purchase. I tried to use this on wet bath-soaked feet as a scrub, and it was virtually melting away on contact. I really didn't feel like it was scrubbing anything. In fact, the body sugar scrubs are WAY more scrubby than their foot scrub. This I don't understand. I might just get one to toss in the glove compartment as a car air freshener b/c the lemongrass smell is amazing. The product just doesn't do much!
this product is crrrap! it disolves so quicky, it's almost near impossible to use in the shower (i use this on my whole body cuz i love love love the smell) when im done in the shower, i rub this all over my body and quickly put it back to dry. i rub this all over and then wash off.. my skin doesnt feel all that exfoliated.. neither my feet. it smells amazing but its one of those scents that wash down the drain and dont remain, for me anyways.
the SA told me this was a one time use product but the way i've listed above to use it, lasts me longer. i wouldnt buy this product again and i wouldnt recommend at all.