We believe in fresh handmade products and making them using only vegetarian ingredients. It’s a value we’ve always held because it’s important to us, and to our customers.
At Lush we love animals, since the beginning we’ve pioneered safe vegetable alternatives to animal fats in our soaps, moisturisers and other products. Lush products are made in alignment with the key values of the Vegetarian Society; in a controlled environment free from animal flesh, and we never test on animals. In fact, for the last 20 years we’ve fought alongside you and animal rights pressure groups to enforce EU wide anti animal testing legislation for the cosmetics industry and their suppliers. Through Lush Prize we also fund pioneering research to develop safe techniques that will put an end to animal testing in cosmetics.
All Lush products are made by hand, so we know exactly what goes in them. We use ethically sourced ingredients and our fresh fruit, vegetables and grains are free from genetically modified organisms (GMO). Where possible we source or invent sustainable alternatives to animal products. When we do use eggs, yogurt, honey products or lanolin (a naturally occurring wax from sheep’s fleece) we use the most sustainable and ethical versions be ingredients we can get our hands on.
All of our suppliers are heavily vetted to ensure they treat their animals with respect and that their supply chain is free from animal testing. The organic free-range eggs found in our Curly Wurly shampoo and Shine So Bright hair balm, come from a farm who chose to stop producing cheap eggs for supermarkets so they could focus on better living standards for all their chickens - organic rearing means that chickens have 50% more space even than the free-range standards, as well as organic food and an organic environment.
The organically reared hens have space to roam outside, are fed quality organic food and have warmth and security in their coops. The hens are also protected from pesticides, and the farm standards are checked regularly.
These standards apply whether we’re talking about hens on British farms or Zambian tree apiaries that supply honey for our Fairly Traded Honey shampoo.
In Zambia, our honey suppliers are expert beekeepers who build eco friendly bark hives using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation. Free from pesticides and herbicides, the bees collect nectar from rural, uncultivated forests in the north western province, which makes for a distinctive, rich and smoky aroma.
The lanolin found in our Ocean Salt scrub and Fair Trade Foot Lotion comes from a specialised producer in Belgium. In spring the winter fleece is shorn to be spun for wool. Our suppliers take fleece from select farms they trust around the world, boil it so the wax melts from the wool fibres, compress it and extract the oils. Lanolin is a waxy substance that is readily absorbed by the skin because it resembles our own sebum. It is highly emollient and an effective moisturiser that is cushioning and protective.
If in doubt, consult the label. All products are clearly stamped with vegetarian or sometimes vegan logos and include a full ingredient list, so you know exactly what you’re buying.