Folks, I tried really hard to narrow this list down to “10 things I love from Lush” or even “5 things I love from Lush”, yet considering the selection of thousands of products in retail stores, online and the fact that just about everything from Lush is bomb.
Get it, bomb? Bath bombs?
Anyways, picking just 5 or 10 things was a task too daunting for anyone.
Before I get too far, if you aren’t familiar, Lush Handmade Cosmetics is the brain child of Mark Constantine, a trained trichologist (one who studies the health of hair and scalp) and Liz Weir, a beauty therapist. Constantine and Weir met at a salon in Poole, England and a few years later decided to branch out and begin selling their own hair and beauty products. Specializing in fresh, natural ingredients.
In the 80’s Constantine and Weir joined The Body Shop, where they later became the company’s largest supplier for over a decade. At this point The Body Shop offered to buy some of Constantine and Weir’s product formulas. If you’re familiar with business, you’ll understand why this move in the 90’s forbade Constantine and Weir from opening another retail shop selling those products, so they had to venture off and do something else. The result of this was a small mail order cosmetics company called Cosmetics-To-Go. Although it did well, it eventually flopped and was bought out.
After that, Mark Constantine and Liz Weir, along with Mo Constantine, Helen Ambrosen, Rowena Bird and Paul Greaves from Cosmetics-To-Go, spent what they had left on fresh fruits and vegetables, then in a little shop in Poole they sold handmade products that were made in the same shop. This shop was later named Lush.
Lush came to North America in the 90’s, with the first store opening in the states in 2003 in San Francisco. There are now more than 200 shops in North America, all supplied by two cosmetic kitchens in Canada.
In summary: Lush produces creams, soaps, shampoos, shower gels, lotions, moisturizers, scrubs, masks and other cosmetics for your face, hair, and body using only vegetarian or vegan recipes – often containing fruits and vegetables such as grapefruit juice, vanilla beans, avocado butter, rosemary oil, fresh papaya and coconut. Some products contain lanolin, milk, eggs, honey, and beeswax. Parabens are used to preserve a number of the products. Check out their ingredient finder, which allows buyers to know which fresh ingredients do what.
Lush is largely known for their bath bombs, which are solid bars or spheres of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, essential oils and natural butters that fizz out and can produce an array of colors in the bath tub.
Overall, I think having a solid understanding of company history, as well as beliefs, their stance against animal testing, ethical buying practices, the use of all natural, fresh products or only safe synthetics, their focus on innovation and not globalization and charitable giving is really what drives the love that so many have for Lush. It just feels good to shop there and now for me to work there too!
So, why do I love working at Lush?
Simply put, I can be authentically myself while pairing lovely people (customers) with products to make them feel confident in being their authentic self. We all have insecurities or things that we’d like to fix about ourselves, but I love that at Lush we aren’t focusing on the negative or being prescriptive with our products. We talk about what we love about ourselves, how the products make us feel and how we can experience the products to enhance the best things about ourselves. For me, I love smooth, bright skin, with a hint of sparkle. Despite my hyper pigmentation, a result of acne scarring, I use Lush products to bring out the best in my skin creating an even glow with toners, masks, and body butters.
There’s something about knowing exactly what is in each and every product that grants me a level of confidence when selling to know that people’s money or as I like to say, “coin” is going towards something worth while. Lush isn’t just saying they are all “natural” or “organic”, they stand behind that 100% and strive to be transparent in all processes.
As buyers, you can see and smell, most if not all of the fresh ingredients packed into each item as opposed to some sketchy manufactured fragrance. Lush is really what it says it is and in a society where so many things are not as they appear, to be a consumer and sales associate for a company that is making some innovative strides against that is overall a good feeling.
Now, let’s jump into my 19 favorite things from Lush. All products will be linked to the Lush website in the event you’d like to learn more about specific ingredients, how to use, or to buy them for yourself!
- Salted Coconut Handscrub – This leaves your hands feeling oh, so soft. Literally you’ll be doing the birdman hand rub all day long.
- Vanishing Cream – A great moisturizer for daily usage, I love the light weight feel on my face.
- Angels on Bare Skin – The name says it all, for softer and brighter skin look no further than this cleanser.
- Mask of Magnaminty – Tingle, tingle! This invigorating mask will leave you feeling refreshed and baby soft.
- Breath of Fresh Air – Love this toner to bits, I use every day right after a hot shower.
- Eau Roma Water – Carrying this toner in my purse for on the go touch ups!
- Grease Lightning – Say bye bye to dark spots and hello to clear skin with this aloe based spot treatment.
- Lemony Flutter – Love this for getting rid of that pesky dry, flaky skin near my nail beds.
- Sleepy – Perfect before bed, the lavender is super relaxing and smells great!
- Volcano – If you wear heels, you need this relaxing foot mask. Take my word for it.
- Golden Handshake – Use this for baby soft, shakeable hands.
- Goth Fairy – Glitter on #fleek with this darling little fairy, use anywhere that you need a little extra sparkle.
- Hottie – Two words: massage bar. Can it get any better? Use this guy after a hot shower or bath and you’re relaxed like no other.
- Pearl – Holy smell good. Love this after a hot bubble bath.
- Charisma – On the days I don’t want to wear makeup, but want to look like I tried = Charisma.
- Dark Brown (Color Supplement) – Since I’ve cut back significantly on wearing makeup the Lush color supplements are great for light to medium coverage when you just need a little something.
- Scrubee – OMG. Not only does this smell like heaven poured into the shape of a darling bumble bee, it leaves your skin feeling ridiculously soft after a hot shower.
- Rehab – shampoo – I love how clean and fresh this leaves my scalp feeling after each use.
- Cheer Up Buttercup – I couldn’t have a list without at least one bath bomb right? While not the prettiest in the tub, the smell is to die for.
Whew! For my friends who love Lush (and probably know more about the company than I do) or for those who maybe haven’t tried, I hope this blog post was informative and provided some helpful insight that could influence your next or perhaps first trip to Lush!
Transparently speaking, I’ve tried a lot of beauty, skin, and bath products from prescription, high end to drug store quality and no brand has compared to the feeling and results that I get from Lush. I look forward to growing in this company, hopefully being able to work for their social media, branding and/or charitable campaigns departments and being a more conscious buyer in all aspects. Aware of where my products come from, what’s in them and their impact on the environment.
Every little bit counts.