We believe in fresh handmade products and making them using only vegetarian ingredients. It’s a value we’ve always held because it’s important to us, and to our customers.

At Lush we love animals, since the beginning we’ve pioneered safe vegetable alternatives to animal fats in our soaps, moisturisers and other products. Lush products are made in alignment with the key values of the Vegetarian Society; in a controlled environment free from animal flesh, and we never test on animals. In fact, for the last 20 years we’ve fought alongside you and animal rights pressure groups to enforce EU wide anti animal testing legislation for the cosmetics industry and their suppliers. Through Lush Prize we also fund pioneering research to develop safe techniques that will put an end to animal testing in cosmetics.

All Lush products are made by hand, so we know exactly what goes in them. We use ethically sourced ingredients and our fresh fruit, vegetables and grains are free from genetically modified organisms (GMO). Where possible we source or invent sustainable alternatives to animal products. When we do use eggs, yogurt, honey products or lanolin (a naturally occurring wax from sheep’s fleece) we use the most sustainable and ethical versions be ingredients we can get our hands on.

All of our suppliers are heavily vetted to ensure they treat their animals with respect and that their supply chain is free from animal testing. The organic free-range eggs found in our Curly Wurly shampoo and Shine So Bright hair balm, come from a farm who chose to stop producing cheap eggs for supermarkets so they could focus on better living standards for all their chickens - organic rearing means that chickens have 50% more space even than the free-range standards, as well as organic food and an organic environment.

The organically reared hens have space to roam outside, are fed quality organic food and have warmth and security in their coops. The hens are also protected from pesticides, and the farm standards are checked regularly. The eggs arrive to Lush HQ super fresh, which means we can crack them into face masks like Brazened Honey and Cosmetic Warrior.

These standards apply whether we’re talking about hens on British farms or Zambian tree apiaries that supply honey for our Fairly Traded Honey shampoo.

In Zambia, our honey suppliers are expert beekeepers who build eco friendly bark hives using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation. Free from pesticides and herbicides, the bees collect nectar from rural, uncultivated forests in the north western province, which makes for a distinctive, rich and smoky aroma.

The lanolin found in our Ocean Salt scrub and Fair Trade Foot Lotion comes from a specialised producer in Belgium. In spring the winter fleece is shorn to be spun for wool. Our suppliers take fleece from select farms they trust around the world, boil it so the wax melts from the wool fibres, compress it and extract the oils. Lanolin is a waxy substance that is readily absorbed by the skin because it resembles our own sebum. It is highly emollient and an effective moisturiser that  is cushioning and protective.

If in doubt, consult the label. All products are clearly stamped with vegetarian or sometimes vegan logos and include a full ingredient list, so you know exactly what you’re buying.

Comments (2)


about 5 months ago

Lush, this just isn't good enough. If you really love animals you wouldn't support the systematic killing of male chicks. You wouldn't support the slaughter of egg laying hens. You wouldn't steal honey from bees. Please, it's so easy just to remove some ingredients and make this company a shining voice for ALL animals, not just some. Please get out of 2007, and into 2017 - vegetarian is so 10 years ago... be loud about your love for animals, make lush a 100% vegan company


about 2 years ago

It doesn't matter how you dress it up.. there is no such thing as ethically sourced animal products.. vegetarian products are hell for animals... no matter how well a cow is kept the fact is to be able to use that milk her calf has to be destroyed or removed from her as soon as he or she is born after 9 long months of pregnancy, a pregnancy that is due to rape.. Most people believe that dairy isn’t a bad thing because an animal doesn’t have to die in order for you to get it. But the truth is that an animal does have to die – in fact, many animals have to die for humans to take that dairy, because there is no sharing, the dairy industry IS the veal industry... there is NO such thing as humane dairy! No matter how well a chicken is kept the theft of her eggs is abusive to her..Every time eggs are removed the hen's instinct is triggered to lay more eggs. This has been nature's way of ensuring survival of the species - if a predator takes your egg(s), you lay more! Laying eggs in seemingly random places is also instinct to 'hide' the eggs from predators. Hens who have always had their eggs taken may appear to not care about their eggs. Spend a year or so leaving their eggs in place and you will see broody hens! The rate of egg production slows down if the hen is able to fill her nest/make a clutch. When the eggs are removed she continues producing roughly one egg per day. Hens do not lay eggs during the time they are sitting on a clutch of eggs through the time her chicks are able to fend for themselves. If her nest is regularly full her egg production slows to one egg every 2-3 days if not less. When eggs are removed by a predator (or farmer) the hen will lay eggs in seemingly random places in an attempt to "hide" the eggs. This stress also triggers the hen to produce more eggs in an attempt to fill a nest. Producing eggs depletes the hen of needed calcium. At times the hen may eat her unfertilized eggs to regain the calcium and nutrients lost by producing eggs. I know it appears many unfertilized eggs go to "waste" but I prefer to allow the hen to make her own nutritional decision rather than eliminate her choice. Hens need the 3-4 weeks of sitting on a nest of eggs for her body to regain the lost calcium and other nutrients. it is wrong to take eggs from chickens: 1. Chickens naturally would lay 1-2 clutches per year (maybe 12-30 eggs total), but battery hens have been selectively bred to produce up to 300 eggs per year. Egg laying is very taxing on a hen's body, depleting her of nutrients (especially calcium) with every egg. When an egg breaks, she will eat it; this is natural and normal. When an egg is unfertilized, she will eventually abandon it. At that point, the egg can be broken on the ground or hard-boiled and added to her feed, and she will eat the entire thing, including the shell. This is the best way for a hen to replenish her body of all the nutrients she expended to make that egg. 2. Taking eggs psychologically manipulates hens into laying more eggs. Hens only lay until they are satisfied with their nest. Then they stop laying and brood. Taking their eggs manipulates them into laying more eggs, which is taxing on their bodies. If you really care about animal rights, the FIRST things you must eliminate from your products are eggs and dairy... as for honey.. bees do not make surplus honey, ever.. Some well-meaning beekeepers will say that they leave plenty of honey for the bees, the truth is bees don't make "surplus" honey. The hive determines the amount of honey needed. Bees use honey either as food or to build the honeycomb for the queen to lay eggs. There is no excess. If there was "surplus" honey, a new colony would split off. The bees work excessively hard to produce honey when the hive is below the determined amount. Bees suffer from exhaustion and die early deaths in their attempt to produce sufficient honey for the hive. Most of the honey bees are workers and they are female. It takes 21 days for a bee to develop from an egg to an adult worker. As an adult, they live from 1-4 months. In college I supported a graduate student who was studying bees. Over two years of research he found that the bees lived roughly (or at least) a month less in the colonies where honey was taken and that those bees rested significantly less than in the colonies where honey was not removed. Even taking small amounts of honey leads to their suffering and death. Another thing to think about while you sit by your beeswax candle or smack your lips covered in beeswax lip balm is that bees must consume approximately eight pounds of honey to produce each pound of wax! And the more we take from them (bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis) the harder bees must work… We've been tricked into believing that honey is simply a byproduct of the essential pollination provided by farmed honeybees. Honey is not for us and is not a byproduct. The bees that starve to death during the winter needed that honey you just put in your products The lives of bees are complex: they feel pain, they dance to communicate, collectively make hive decisions, and they pollinate our food. We should be grateful for all they do willingly and ask no more. The bee industry is mean and murderous. Without exception Even the smallest of creatures deserves the right to live their lives free from being part of a production line. Dairy http://www.humanemyth.org/happycows.htm eggs http://freefromharm.org/tag/eggs/ honey http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-bees-and-honey.html