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Alternatives to animal testing

Campaigning against animal testing, trialling products on people and developing in vitro testing methods in line with cell culture testing company XCellR8.  

Finally, we have reached a point where some alternative tests are recognised by The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  This will mean that all the historical data that is derived from animal testing, and still relied upon by cosmetic companies, can eventually be replaced by data that is relevant to humans. Investigation into the hard work being done to get non-animal testing methods validated and approved for regulatory use, shows that although there are those striving to achieve this, there are still not enough companies using these methods.

In 2013, a cell culture testing company called XCellR8 won the Lush Prize for Training and began modifying and developing cell culture tests for both Lush products and raw materials. This will mean we can start to build that foundation of knowledge and experience in alternative testing that needs to exist in order to get more companies and authorities to drop the need for animal tests altogether.

Here at Lush, we use a range of relatively simple ingredients to make our products. We know our ingredients to be safe, however cell culture testing means that products and ingredients which are intended for humans, are actually tested on humans.

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Comments (6)


about 3 years ago

i would happily be tested on as i have unusual skin


about 4 years ago

I would love to help your cause and become a product tester! How would you apply? Many thanks, Stacey


about 4 years ago

I would love to help you by testing products! x


about 4 years ago

I would very much like to be part of your product testing team, I have an online account with you so please can you let me know if there is an opening somewhere or even if it is possible to be part of your team? I would be forever grateful!! Thank you for taking the time to read my comment :) and I will look forward to your thoughts on this matter :-) kind regards Tobias Gordon :-) x


about 4 years ago

I'm doing a speech on the horrors of animal testing and using Lush as one of my many examples of safe alternatives.


about 6 years ago

I am doing a speech on animal testing and lush is a great example of the compassion, thought, and consideration this world needs to make all living things content :)