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Being a vegetarian company is important to us and we are proud of what we have been able to achieve.

Lush was founded on the vision that cosmetic products didn’t need to use animal fats or their by-products to be effective, and that animal testing was entirely unnecessary as well as unethical. Currently, around 80% of our product range is vegan with more products being added all the time which is really something to be excited about.

From taking a firm stand against the practice of animal testing itself to sourcing or inventing safe alternatives, it has been a large and continual part of Lush’s ethos to ensure that the ingredients we buy are sourced responsibly, sustainably and free of any nasties such as genetically modified organisms (GMO) and, where possible, pesticides.

Negotiating supply chains can be a murky business so where possible we prefer to go straight to the source and build relationships with farmers directly. All of the ingredients in Lush products are from sources required to sign our strict policy before supplying us and so are guaranteed not to be tested on animals. Fruit, vegetables and grains are non-GMO and the eggs, honey and lanolin we use are from sources that we are confident treat their animals with respect and care, and are the most sustainable, responsible sources available. We are always looking for ways to improve, and so meticulously review our sources, and work closely with farmers to improve animal welfare. It's never a case of a done deal and a ticked checklist - we like to visit the sites personally and regularly.

We like to trust the expertise of the farmers and communities we buy from. The honey used in Fairly Traded Honey shampoo is sourced from a supplier in Zambia who uses traditional techniques that have been passed down through the generations of their community. They are in tune with the bees and live alongside them in a mutually beneficial relationship, building eco friendly hives made from bark high up in trees to keep the hives safe. They never use pesticides or herbicides and the bees collect nectar from nearby, uncultivated forests which gives the honey a rich and smoky aroma.

We source our eggs for products like Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask and Curly Wurly shampoo from a farm near our factory in Poole, Dorset and the eggs arrive super fresh, getting added to products when they arrive. The certified organic farm decided to stop producing cheap eggs for supermarkets so that they could focus on better welfare for their hens. The hens are reared organically meaning they have 50% more space to roam than free-range chickens typically would, they are fed organic food and have safe, warm coops at night. They are also protected from pesticides and the welfare standards of the farm are checked regularly to ensure they are up to scratch.

Lanolin, which can be found in Ocean Salt face and body scrub and American Cream conditioner comes to us from a supplier who adheres to our strict policy. When the sheep are shorn, the fleece, which goes into production for wool, is boiled in order to melt and extract the waxy substance from the fleece. Lanolin is the natural oil that sheep’s skin produces and is good for use in cosmetics as it closely resembles the natural sebum on our own skin.

All of our products are made in an environment free from animal flesh and are not tested on animals. Where possible, we use or sometimes even invent safe alternatives to animal products.

Keep an eye out for the official Vegetarian Society and Vegan Society logos on the pots. Life is too short to be reading long labels so we’ve made it easy. This, along with a clear list of ingredients, means you can be totally certain that you know exactly what you’re buying and the product is suitable for you.

Comments (2)


about 3 years 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 5 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 eggs honey