I was excited to try it out when I got my bag, but I admit I was nervous too. I noticed the bag said use by 2017. I assumed that meant it was fresh. I really liked the smell. It was a potent smell that reminded me of strong tea. The powder was fine, soft, and a nice greenish color.
I knew I needed to sift it, and was wondering how much of the sand, sticks, and leaves I'd sift out.
I was happily surprised when I got no sand, one twig, and about 4 or 5 little leaf particles.
I scooped 4 heaping spoonfuls of the powder into a bowl, and sealed the rest up in a gallon zip top bag. I went through the method of making the paste and let it sit for 24 hours before trying it out.
It worked great. It goes on smoothly, and when left on 8+ hours the stain lasts weeks.
My foot with the paste on.