Vaccinium myrtillus

Protects and soothes the skin
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Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are good for the skin as they are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect and rejuvenate, helping to repair sun damage and give you a gorgeous glow.



They are high in vitamins A, C, and E, which are antioxidants that are said to help to protect the skin from damage and also help to promote cell repair and growth. They are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which help to regulate moisture, while their high tannin content gives them antiseptic qualities.

We buy ours from a farm in Dorset, where they are handpicked daily from June to September and whisked straight to our factory, where they are mulched into our products. However, as the UK season is so short, it does mean we have to freeze what we think we'll need outside of harvesting time, so the berries are fast-frozen as soon as they are freshly picked. We know that blueberries, unlike other fresh ingredients, still perform the same when frozen: they retain their colour, nutrients and their scrumptious plumpness. We do this because we are trying to reduce the need where we can to fly soft fruit in, allowing us to support a local business year round while also giving us the chance to be sure of the growing conditions, and know that they will reach us ripe and in perfect condition.

At a glance

At a glance

Blueberries have antiseptic qualitites and help to soothe and protect the skin
Time of harvest
June to September
Dorset, UK
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Blueberry Thrill

Blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and are a highly beneficial ingredient in skincare products. The blueberries we use come from Dorset, where they are handpicked from June to September and mulched into our products to help protect and rejuvenate the skin.

We buy our blueberries from a farm near to Lush headquarters in Poole, Dorset that has perfect conditions for growing the fruit. The fertile soil of the Purbeck Hills, with a top layer of sandy soil and clay underneath to keep the ground moist, is just right for encouraging the sweet, large blueberries that has seen the farm become renowned among restaurateurs, farmers markets, and shops around the country.

Owners Andrew and Vanessa Carlyle bought the 1,500-acre farm in 2003 with the aim of sustainably growing top quality fresh fruit and vegetables, keeping the use of pesticides to a minimum. For the first six years they had no income from the berries while the bushes were still growing. Today, they have seven different varieties of blueberry bush, each of which blooms at different times throughout the harvesting season that takes place between June and September. This means they can extend their harvest season and maximise their yield, while ensuring consistency and high quality.

Each variety, which includes Duke, Barclay and the most popular variety, Bluecrop, has a distinctive taste as they vary in size, sweetness or sharpness. During the annual harvest, these are handpicked daily by a team of around ten seasonal employees. They follow a strict set of guidelines to ensure the berries are ready to be picked and are of the highest quality.

We buy a mixture of berries that make the short journey up the road to our factory once or twice a week while the fruit is in season. To reduce the need to fly fresh fruit in, we freeze what we think we will need outside of the growing season, fast-freezing them as soon as they are picked. Blueberries are unlike other fruits in that they freeze beautifully, retaining their plumpness, their distinctive colour, and most importantly, their nutrients.

Outside of the British blueberry season, whenever we need to use these soft berries, we gently thaw a frozen batch in the fridge overnight. By morning, our chilled blueberries are just as good as if they’d come straight from the farm that day, and are ready to be mulched into our products.

We’re pleased we can support a local grower year round, giving them an income beyond the short season. It also means we know exactly how they’re being grown, and that we’re getting prime, ripe berries that reach us in perfect condition from their short journey.

Each variety, which includes Duke, Barclay and the most popular variety, Bluecrop, has a distinctive taste as they vary in size, sweetness or sharpness