I’m sure all of us know the feeling of a gigantic wave washing up on us, tumbling us around like dry clean, and leaving us wet, scratched up, and our bathing suits filled with sand. That gritty feeling is known by almost everyone reading this.
So why would we want that gritty feeling while showering? We wouldn’t actually, but thanks a whole lot Lush for making such an awful soap.
A glycerin soap made by Lush, sells on their site for $6.95 for a 3.5oz bar. You can also obtain this soap at any local Lush store. The soap itself is yellow in color with swirls of white soap throughout it. On top it looks as if they dipped the soap into a batter of gritty sand. Thus creating the name, Sandstone.
The soap is used to moisturize the skin, and the sand is added in to give exfoliation. (The removal of dead skin particles)
I would not normally buy a soap with sand in it, but with a recent Lush order they were kind enough to throw it into my box as a free sample. Usually I love free samples, but Sandstone was no treat.
If you are like me, wasting anything that you get for free is a giant NO! So of course I had to put Sandstone to the shower test.
I took my sample with me into the shower, and left it in the soap dish until I was done shampooing and conditioning. I did this to test how long the soap would last in the hot humid area. Most soaps from Lush melt rather quickly. Sandstone however withstood the test of time, and only broke a sweat. I honestly thought it would melt into a pile of goo before I was ready to use it.
I rubbed the bar all around my skin, and the scent hit me pretty fast. It smelled just like Pine Sol, Pledge, and cheap furniture cleaner. It was lemony all right but the lemony scent was not natural. It was chemically and didn’t sit well with me.
I went on scrubbing anyway. At first the sand on the top of the bar stood put, however once the soap began to melt I had sand everywhere. I scrubbed lightly because my skin is not used to exfoliation particles in my soap. Within just a few minutes of gentle rubbing, I noticed my skin was becoming irritated and was starting to hurt.
Not only that but there was sand everywhere, but my skin was turning bright red and getting splotchy in areas I had rubbed the soap.
This soap was a mess, and it made me feel gritty and dirty. I find it unusual for a soap to make you feel dirty, but this is exactly what Sandstone did.
I hoped out of the shower disappointed with the soap. Not only that I had particles of soap stuck in ‘places’. I had to hop back into the shower and rinse off again.
The soap also did not leave the citrus smell behind on my skin. Usually Lush soaps are known for their potent powerful punch. Sandstone does not punch, it scratches.
HOW TO MAKE SOME SANDSTONE:
Sand, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate, Perfume, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides).
Sandstone was a nasty rude experience. It hurt like hell, and turned my skin raw. It did not provide any moisturization, all it did was rip at my skin, and leave sand in my bum. If I wanted an experience like this, I would have just layed down on the shores of an ocean and had the waves clobber me, and drag me across the sea floor.
I for one also do not have sensitive skin, but according to Sandstone, I do.
I usually love products from Lush, but with Lush soaps, it’s always a hit or miss. For me, Sandstone was a big miss.
Only for those who are used to abrasive painful body exfoliations. Everyone else…run!
If you do happen to take well to abrasive exfoliation, it is recommended to cut you bar into sample sized pieces and store the rest in a cool dry place, or a refrigerator.