After the my heart wrenching break up with Aveda, I thought- but SURELY Lush has been honest and true. I mean- unlike quiet little claims from companies like the Body Shop, Lush spends their entire time shouting "BUY ME BECAUSE I AM ECO-FRIENDLY", or "WE ARE BETTER, BETTER, ECO-ER". Walking into their store their friendly employees gush about how green their products are and how this justifies the ridiculously high prices.
So let's take a step back from the employee/companies claims (since really they want you to buy their product, unbiased they are not) and have a quick summary.
- Lush prides itself on providing it's customers with hand-made products; they even have pictures of the person who made your face cream on the bottle! In Canada they are made in Vancouver and
- They sell their products with minimal packaging. When you buy soap, bath bomb, bath melt etc they are as is, or cut off a ginormous slab. Although I've never tried, I'm sure they would be fine with placing my new product in my own container that I brought.
- They try to have paper packaging made with post-consumer paper and are looking into biodegradable plastic (more on biodegradable plastics later- let's just say you wouldn't be able to just toss it into your compost).
- Their ingredients are listed right there in the store- and if I squint I can read them. They also have their ingredients on their websites and they're colour coded... I like colour coded things...
- Although "hand-made" soap is great, truly I can get hand-made soap/bath bombs/melts that are made a LOT closer than Toronto and they are cheaper too!
- Ingredients... this is where they totally crash and burn for me. They have recently tried to phase out all SLS from their products, a quick read through their product ingredient list and it's actually really hard to find a product that's "clean". You've gotta be kidding me, I'm spending all this money on something that STILL has nasty chemicals? Don't believe me? Let's take a quick look at my personal fav's (green is natural, black is "safe synthetic"):
Mmmmm Bath Melt:
I guess my little opinion is; Lush is a huge company which spends a lot of their time telling us how important the environment and our health is to them. We pay a lot of money for their smelly products. So why do they continue to use these chemicals in their products when numerous other companies (i.e. Green Beaver, Druide, Avalon etc) don't seem to need them? Under their explanation of why they use the "safe" synthetic ingredients they claim the need to increase shelf-life with SOME sort of preservative. Well obviously they need to last silly Lisa.... So I guess Green Beaver's products are probably molding as I type?
My resolve is that what goes into my body matters, and I am not going half-way on this. My apologies to all you Lush loving yogi/ni's out there...