Lush was founded on the vision that cosmetic products didn’t need to use animal fats or their by-products to be effective, and that animal testing was entirely unnecessary as well as unethical. Currently, around 80% of our product range is vegan with more products being added all the time which is really something to be excited about.
From taking a firm stand against the practice of animal testing itself to sourcing or inventing safe alternatives, it has been a large and continual part of Lush’s ethos to ensure that the ingredients we buy are sourced responsibly, sustainably and free of any nasties such as genetically modified organisms (GMO) and, where possible, pesticides.
Negotiating supply chains can be a murky business so where possible we prefer to go straight to the source and build relationships with farmers directly. All of the ingredients in Lush products are from sources required to sign our strict policy before supplying us and so are guaranteed not to be tested on animals. Fruit, vegetables and grains are non-GMO and the eggs, honey and lanolin we use are from sources that we are confident treat their animals with respect and care, and are the most sustainable, responsible sources available. We are always looking for ways to improve, and so meticulously review our sources, and work closely with farmers to improve animal welfare. It's never a case of a done deal and a ticked checklist - we like to visit the sites personally and regularly.
We like to trust the expertise of the farmers and communities we buy from. The honey used in Fairly Traded Honey shampoo is sourced from a supplier in Zambia who uses traditional techniques that have been passed down through the generations of their community. They are in tune with the bees and live alongside them in a mutually beneficial relationship, building eco friendly hives made from bark high up in trees to keep the hives safe. They never use pesticides or herbicides and the bees collect nectar from nearby, uncultivated forests which gives the honey a rich and smoky aroma.
We source our eggs for products like Curly Wurly shampoo from a farm near our factory in Poole, Dorset and the eggs arrive super fresh, getting added to products when they arrive. The certified organic farm decided to stop producing cheap eggs for supermarkets so that they could focus on better welfare for their hens. The hens are reared organically meaning they have 50% more space to roam than free-range chickens typically would, they are fed organic food and have safe, warm coops at night. They are also protected from pesticides and the welfare standards of the farm are checked regularly to ensure they are up to scratch.
Lanolin, which can be found in Ocean Salt face and body scrub and American Cream conditioner comes to us from a supplier who adheres to our strict policy. When the sheep are shorn, the fleece, which goes into production for wool, is boiled in order to melt and extract the waxy substance from the fleece. Lanolin is the natural oil that sheep’s skin produces and is good for use in cosmetics as it closely resembles the natural sebum on our own skin.
All of our products are made in an environment free from animal flesh and are not tested on animals. Where possible, we use or sometimes even invent safe alternatives to animal products.
Keep an eye out for the official Vegetarian Society and Vegan Society logos on the pots. Life is too short to be reading long labels so we’ve made it easy. This, along with a clear list of ingredients, means you can be totally certain that you know exactly what you’re buying and the product is suitable for you.