Overall conclusion: 🌎 + .5
Lush is great for many reasons. They have shown a strong commitment to animal free testing, vegetarian ingredients, and minimal to no packaging. Additionally, they are transparent about their ingredients and actively work to source their ingredients as ethically as possible.
However, Lush is committed to their own set of ethics. While their ethics mostly align with the green movement in terms of zero waste, organic ingredients, and animal free testing, they have shown lapses in judgment with their Ethical buying team, lack of information regarding certain aspects of their labor practices, and donations to the police.
What it’s made of: 🌎🌎
When it comes to product ingredients, Lush is extremely transparent. Not only do they note the difference between natural and synthetic ingredients with color, but Lush also provides an “Ingredient finder” section on their website to allow their customers and potential customers the ability to see what each ingredient is used for and where it is commonly sourced from. Furthermore, Lush is known for their reduced/naked packaging.
However, Lush’s transparency does not equal organic, safe ingredients. In this bath bomb, Lush uses sodium coco sulfate, a synthetic detergent used to create lather. This ingredient contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which may cause irritation to one’s eyes, skin, mouth, and lungs.
While Lush is transparent about the ingredients they are using and provide information on their website, it is still largely up to the consumer to do further research on each ingredient and determine if it is safe for them.
How it’s made and Who makes it: 0.5
All of Lush’s products are made by hand in factories, and their products are cruelty free. However, where the factories are located, as well as labor practices in their factories, remain uncertain as Lush continues to open factories overseas.
As far as sourcing goes, Lush has an Ethical Buying Team with members that visit the growers and producers who Lush partners with and ensures that their partners have sustainable practices and fair working conditions. Undoubtedly, this system is far from perfect, as seen by Lush’s unawareness about the potential use of child labor to mine minerals (mica) for their cosmetics. Although, Lush did transition their products away from the use of mica upon hearing concerns about possible child labor.
Additionally, the owner of Lush UK has recently come under fire for donating bath bombs to the police. While the intention behind the post has been hotly debated online, it is clear that this decision is at odds with Lush UK’s previous spy cops campaign, a campaign meant to highlight the issue of police going undercover as boyfriends/partners of UK-based activists in order to infiltrate activist circles.
Note: The owner of Lush UK and Lush US are different people.
Review written by:Kelly Tobar