I appreciate that Lush makes sure to only keep ingredients that they need in their product and also take into consideration all the packaging that goes into each product. An issue I had was that there could have been more transparency behind the manufacturing, but that is an issue with pretty much any brand out there. However, they do make sure that their products are handmade which is a nice thing to know about their manufacturing process. I do wonder how they are able to sustain hand-making their products as such a big brand and if there are details they are not discussing about this process. Although they do not talk about human justice topics on their “About Us” page, you have the ability to look up certain topics where Lush informs you on particular topics and where they stand. They mention issues like the pink tax or trans rights which showcases that the founders of Lush keep many of these values close to their company.
cruelty free, sustainable packaging, ethical values
lack of transparency and details in a few areas like manufacturing
What I like about the way Lush presents their ingredients is that they distinguish between natural ingredients and safe synthetic ingredients by using green for natural and black for synthetic. You can also click on any of their ingredients to get more information about what the ingredient is and why it is used in the product. This product is also vegan and cruelty free.
I have one concern with their ingredient list and it is the inclusion of talc. Talc has been proven to cause lung cancer from asbestos found in talc powder. However, it has been regulated to be asbestos free since these discoveries were made. There are still people who prefer to avoid talc either way so this is something to note if you would also like to avoid it.
On each packaged product, Lush provides a sticker that tells you who made the product and when it was made. They pride themselves are being handmade by people who make fresh batches every week.
The bottle is made of 100% post consumer recycled plastic. In 2012, they made their bottles 10% thinner which has saved 13,500 pounds of plastic in just one year. Any other packaging materials are either recyclable or 100% biodegradable.
The founders were Mark Constantine and Liz Weir and they create Lush since they both held an interest in natural beauty products. They began by coming up with their own recipes and hand-making their products which has continued as the brand has grown. One of the main issues that they prioritized was fighting against animal testing. I believe these values truly show through their products and website as I can see that they are making a conscious effort to improve their brand.