The Truth About Lush Cosmetics – Is It A Scam?

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About Lush Cosmetics

Lush Cosmetics was founded in 1995 by Mark Constantine and Liz Weir. Its headquarters are in Poole, UK. The Cosmetics Corporation makes products that are purely vegetarian and partly vegan. Besides, these products are not tested on animals. Most natural cosmetics are handmade using organic products as part of ethical considerations for humanity, fair trading, and environmental protection. Some of their cosmetic products include body scrubs, shower jellies, toothy tabs, dusting powders, and the famous bath bombs. Let’s have a closer look to see the truth about Lush Cosmetics.

What Lush Claims

Since its inception, Lush Cosmetics has managed to garner millions of fans across the world. This popularity can be attributed to the claims this company has regarding their products.

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One outstanding claim is that all their products are natural and that fresh organic products offer the best beauty solution. Organic products are both safe and sustainable as they promote health and protect the environment. Towards achieving this claim’s credibility, Lush stocks fresh natural ingredients that blend your desired results. The only controversy about the claim about natural cosmetics is that some of their products contain synthetic ingredients that could be risky for your health.

Another claim asserted by Lush Cosmetics is that their products are cruelty-free. This means that their products are not tested on animals but rather on human volunteers; they are purely vegetarian and 80% vegan. This is an excellent dedication to promoting human health and environmental protection through organic ingredients. Furthermore, this corporation does not liaise with organizations that support animals. Their products are not sold in countries that practice animal testing such as China.

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What harmful synthetic ingredients does Lush use?

Although Lush Cosmetics claims to provide natural cosmetics, some of their products contain harmful synthetic ingredients that could hurt your health. As this company popularly describes them, these safe synthetics are mainly useful in ensuring stability and longer shelf life of the water-based products. Products containing water spoil quickly without preservatives due to the growth of molds and bacteria. Most of the products’ flashy colors prove that Lush Cosmetics uses dyes, most of which are synthetic. Here are a few examples of the artificial ingredients that you can find in some of their products.


· Sodium lauryl sulfates

Although labeled as natural cosmetics, some products from Lush Cosmetics contain sodium lauryl sulfates. Also known as SLS, this is the compound that causes foaming in some of Lush’s cosmetic products. Such products include shampoo, toothpaste, shaving creams, body wash, and bath bombs. The disadvantage of using SLS in beauty products is that the compound causes skin irritation, drying, hair loss, and inflammation, especially if you are prone to skin problems.

· Artificial dyes

If you have ever popped into one of the Lush outlets, you will be amazed at the colorful scene displayed by the great selection of lush cosmetics. At the same time, although they may look so appealing to the eye, the synthetic dyes in particular organic products formula. The reds and the yellow dyes should be used with caution as they may cause complications such as skin irritation, increased risk of ADHD, and skin oversensitivity among children.

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· Parabens

Lush cosmetics use paraben for the preservation of natural cosmetics formulated with water. Although this chemical helps increase the storage life of organic ingredients, it could potentially disturb hormonal balance and the endocrine system.

· Fragrances

Since most people love sweet smells, some beauty products from lush contain fragrances. The fragrances are mostly synthetic and could cause allergy, breathing problems, dermatitis, and migraines.

Reading the list of ingredients on cosmetic products could help you determine which products are purely organic from the rest.

Cruelty products or not?

Lush makes its products using organic ingredients, a move towards a vegetarian lifestyle. It is considered cruelty-free under PETA accreditation. As such, products from this corporation are not tested on animals; neither are they submitted for third party animal testing.

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The animal testing policy in this company clearly states that “Lush do not test on animals, do not use materials that contain animal derivatives that are unsuitable for vegetarians and only buy raw materials from companies that are not involved in the use of, or commission the use of animals for testing and have no plan s to do so in the future.”

Why should we never use cosmetics with parabens and synthetic fragrances?

As much as we would want to increase a cosmetic product’s shelf life, there must be a balance between beauty and human health. Research suggests that paraben has a potential increase in the chances of developing cancer. Using cosmetics containing paraben is also associated with disruption of the hormonal balance and could potentially cause infertility or complicate childbirth. On a lower scale, this chemical causes skin irritation and hence should be scrapped from cosmetics formula.


The use of synthetic fragrances is widespread, with several products having a sweet aroma. However, due to ignorance and lack of knowledge, most people indulge in products that contain harmful ingredients daily. Scientific studies suggest that about 95% of components used in making synthetic fragrances are petroleum derivatives. Additionally, compounds such as toluene, aldehydes, and benzene derivatives could predispose you to cancer, allergic reactions, mental disorders, and birth complications. The use of cosmetics containing synthetic fragrances is also associated with disruptions in the endocrine system.

The main problem is that even though we may warn that paraben and synthetic fragrances should never be used in cosmetics, most of us never take the time to know the ingredients used to make the products they so ignorantly cherish. Since humans have a natural tendency to beautiful colors, cosmetics products are filled with synthetic fragrances since they are stronger despite the imminent danger they pose to human health and the environment.

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Lush Cosmetics has made significant progress in the world of cosmetics. Since products from this company are branded as natural cosmetics or contain organic ingredients, millions worldwide, especially the US, have embraced them. Although some of these products produce impressive results, some can harm your health. Whenever you are out there searching for the best cosmetic products for your beauty regimen, always remember to do yourself a favor; take a minute, and read the label. This way, you can be able to choose products that not only promote your beauty aspirations but also protect you from risks that may be unknown to you, such as paraben and synthetic fragrances.

  • Thanks for posting about this- I have to admit, if a company markets their stuff as natural I don’t really think to examine it further. I like how you mentioned that lush are concerned for the environment, I didn’t know this but of course it ties in well with their brand and I am glad that it’s important to them. I knew about them not testing on animals but I like that you said they take it one step further and don’t liaise with suppliers or other companies that do. Thank you for making me think about the fact that dyes go into the products, I never really consider this when choosing what to purchase. As you say, it’s a question of balance as they need to preserve their products whilst keeping them as healthy as possible. I will look out for the ingredients you highlighted so that I can make an informed choice with regards to future lush purposes. I do love them as a company, but it’s always good to have the extra information. Are there any particular lush products you recommend if wanting to avoid the slightly nastier ingredients? 🙂

    • ola.young

      Thank you for your comment, really great insight. Thats what’s a bit dissapointing, that literally every company can put ‘natural’ on their labels and it’s far out from the truth. I really like that Lush is conserned about the environment. Thumbs up. Their products contains to much additive dye, I rather dont use them. We are working on some more reviews which you might find useful. Click the subscribe button if you don’t want to miss it.

  • Evelyn Kimball

    What a great read about Lush Cosmetics. I have not heard of the company before and not sure if their products are sold in the U.S. I do use some skin care and when I buy skin care products I make sure they are plant based. I like creams and oils to be made from plant derivatives. I wanted to know how niacinamide and CoEnzyme Q10 are used as natural expoliants. Are they made in the form of cream so you can use on your face? I learned so much from this article about skin care. Thank you for sharing such a very good information. I love it!

    • ola.young

      Niacinamide is more than an exfoliant used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, soften and calm the skin or minimize pores. I use Niacinamide myself and I can say it’s slightly exfoliating. When it comes to CoEnzyme Q10 it’s also an awesome boost for aging skin! Thank you for your comment and keep up reading, more interesting articles are comming.

  • Hi,

    I have heard about Lush cosmetics, but I have not tried them yet. I always buy cosmetics that have not been tested on animals, so that is one big reason why I would buy Lush products. If PETA has listed them as cruelty-free, then they are, they wouldn’t get on that list otherwise.
    The paraben worry me, especially because they can affect hormones and the endocrine system. Besides the consequences you mentioned, could parabens also cause an hormonal imbalance?

    • ola.young

      Dear Christine, thank you for your comment. Generaly speaking parabens can negatively affect the hormones in your body. Products with parabens or other chemicals are not recomended to pregnant or brestfeeding women as they cause changes in reproductive hormones. Parabens have been also related to estrogen hormone changes in the body. Avoiding chemical products is the best way.

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