It was a life-changing day when I discovered Lush Cosmetics. I was looking for shampoo and body lotion to bring with me on my semester abroad in Costa Rica. I was to live there on an organic farm that released the water from showers and laundry right into an orchard.
I was so impressed with their fresh ingredients that were safer for the environment. Then I saw how Lush Cosmetics used minimal to no packaging — and I fell in love! The products worked so well in the hot climate, and made me smell so great, I decided to work there when I returned.
Solid items like Lush Cosmetics’ super effervescent bath bombs and orange and lemon soaps come with minimal or even no packaging. We simply slip our Naked Products into Lush’s signature mini-bags. The ones in our store now are black and white and talk about no animal testing.
Buying a gift?
We don’t give you wrapping paper. Rather, we wrap them in a Japanese style furoshiki which we call Lush “Knot-Wraps”.
Tired of Looking at Those Clunky Old Palmolive Bottles?
Lush Cosmetics’ Dish Fairy soap is solid so it needs no packaging at all! It comes on a wand that looks like a Popsicle stick. (I’m giving one to my Mom for Mother’s Day.) All you do is fill up the sink with water, and swish the pink and green Fairy around in the water to get big, frothy, lemon-scented bubbles. Once the Dish Fairy has finally dissolved away (after a whole bunch of sinkfuls of clean dishes), all you are left with is one wooden stick! Check out this video — seeing is believing!
Black Pots and Free Face Masks
Although 46% of Lush Cosmetics products are “Naked,” liquid products, such as our “It’s Raining Men” shower gel (I love the honey version myself — it’s so moisturizing and calming!) and “Daddy-O” shampoo (for blondes), are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles or Lush’s signature black pots. The pots are black since they are made from a combination of Lush’s own purified plastic waste such as toner bottles. (The only virgin plastics are those used for the pumps.) Lush has even gone so far as to disclose their total plastics usage via the Plastics Disclosure Project. (They were the first member!) And they are really good about telling you how they are getting certain chemicals out of their products, too. Check out their Lushopedia on their site telling you about all the ingredients they use.
When you bring back five black pots for reuse or recycling, you get a free face mask! No ordinary face masks, these are made of a combination of fresh fruits like grapefruit and kiwi, seaweeds, and clays, among other cool ingredients like ground-up almonds and asparagus. (They’re so fresh, you have to keep them in the fridge.)
Our “Lushies” want personal care products to be luxurious, even fun. So we let our customers try out the products in the bowls of water we place throughout the store. There’s even a product called Fun, a playdough-like combo soap, shampoo, bubble bath and toy literally rolled into one. Great for travel, they lure kids right into the tub, too!
Why Do My Hair and Skin Look and Smell So Good Today?
No packaging and a lighter green footprint might have drawn me into the store, but its the luscious scents — and the fact that they work great — that keep me and the rest of the Lushies coming back. And you don’t have to go to Costa Rica to want to try them. With stores now in 45 countries and in many U.S. states, chances are, one is already near you. Go in and take a whiff. You might even want to sign up to work their too. (Let me know if you do. You’ll see how much fun it is!)