In all my years of using and loving Lush products, a time has come that I never thought or hoped would come: I've found my first Lush product I didn't like. Lush's Volcano Foot Mask has made for a very sad, pained, and uncomfortable Ashley. Let me take you on this journey of my first (and only) time I used this foot mask and what happened.
Above you can see how to use it, what it looks like, and what it's made with. I bought this foot mask because I was so intrigued by the idea of a foot mask! I've heard of face masks, hand masks, but never feet masks! I had to try it.
As a personal side note: my feet don't sweat so my feet never ever smell. Seriously. I think it's like some sort of medical condition, because in the summer my feet literally feel like they're gonna burst into flames they get so hot! Sweating helps your body cool down, so if you're feet don't sweat, your feet don't cool down. For this reason, I'm barefoot as often as I can be, even in the winter. It sounds weird, I know, but it felt relevant to share. So, clearly I didn't buy this for the stinky feet and I can't say how it works on that, but it does claim to help with that if that's something you need!
The texture of the product itself was nice. It feels like a liquefied clay, as it should considering it's a kaolin clay based product full of skin loving ingredients. To be honest, the smell was awful. My poor mom was ready to gag. I tried to get her to do it with me but she was too grossed out by the scent. My scent filled my entire bathroom. It's like cinnamon, black licorice, and fennel maybe? It smells like bad cough syrup. You know I can always deal with the scent of things as long as they work, but this one was rough. I was really hoping to smell the tomatoes and papayas but I didn't even get a hint of them!
I know people are probably supposed to use like plastic wrap, but I didn't have any. So, I just grabbed two plastic bags, one for each foot. This stuff is super messy, and it dries quickly. So, it's hard to apply because it dries on your feet, and it dries on your hands. You end up getting dry clumps all over your floor as you apply it. Also, because of this, you end up using so much more product than you need because you end up wasting so much of it as it clumps. I did one foot at a time. I applied it to my left foot, bagged it, and while I was applying it to my right foot, my left foot was feeling more and more burning by the second.
Based off the description of it, menthol and cinnamon oil, I imagined it would be like applying Icy Hot to your feet. Boy, was I wrong. At one point I was thinking to myself.. "did they name it Volcano because it contains lava that's melting my skin off!" The bottom of my feet were fine, it felt icy and hot, similar to what I thought. But the tops of my feet hurt SO BAD I was ready to cry. The bag was stuck to the top of my foot and I was like.. "I think skin might come off with it" as I pulled the bag off. I took the bag off my left foot, hoping some air flow would help, but it didn't. I never even bothered putting a bag on my right foot. I sat for like 2-3 minutes after I was done both feet, hoping the pain would subside, but it never did. I couldn't get this off my feet fast enough. I hobbled over to my bath tub and rinse it with cold water and body wash as fast as I could. I dried my feet and hands with paper towels, and wiped up the excess that got everywhere so my cats wouldn't try to eat it. Then applied lotion. Turns out, the tops of my feet had broken out in a rash from this stuff!
I tried to get the best photos I could so you could see the rash. I read reviews before I bought it, but I must've missed the negative ones in which other people had similar reactions. Like I said, the bottom of my feet were fine, but the tops were a disaster. They were burning, but also somehow kinda numb at the same time, if that makes any sense. And this reaction lasted awhile, like a little over an hour. The rash was gone by the next morning. Also, it completely destroyed my hands. By destroyed I mean, they got raw, cracked, dry, and flaking so bad that still, two days later, my hands are a mess. I've used an exfoliant twice on my hands so far, and I'm going to probably have to use it at least 1-2x more before my hands feel better.
My final thoughts: I'll never use it again, even on the bottoms of my feet, where I didn't have a bad reaction, I didn't notice a huge difference. Nothing that my current exfoliator and coconut oil couldn't do a better job with. So not only was the smell atrocious, my feet in pain, my hands got beat up, but it did nothing for my feet overall! The pumice is so finely grounded that the benefits of rubbing it in are miniscule at best. I've read reviews that people really loved it. So with all things, it's personal preference. If you want to try it, ask for a sample in the store before you invest in buying it. I wish I had done that. I got the smaller size which is 4.4 oz for $13.95. There is also a larger size of 11.1 oz for $22.95. If you guys have tried it, I would love to hear your experience with it.
I still love Lush, and still recommend *almost* every product I have ever used by them. Unless you want to feet like you're putting your feet in an actual Volcano, I would suggest skipping this one.