It was the 1970s when the LUSH idea began in England, between a hair and scalp scientist and beauty therapist.
Their mission: to create natural, healthy and luxurious products for your skin and hair.
Mark Constantine and Liz Weir started to create their ideas in the comfort of their own homes before they contacted Anita Rodrick who started The Body Shop in the 1980s. By then Mark and Liz created supplies and formulas exclusively for The Body Shop, becoming their number one supplier for the following 10 years.
At this point The Body Shop purchased their product formulas, which didn’t allow Mark and Liz to create their own shop for purchasing for the next five years. It was in the 1990s they created Cosmetics-To-Go, which didn’t last long and eventually sold to someone in England taking their formulas and name.
Still on a mission to create fresh handmade beauty products, in 1995 they took what was left of their money and purchased as many fruits and vegetables from a market below where they lived to take home and produce their ideas, therein reselling them in the same market below them.
They were purchasing fragrances at the time from a different company, before realizing that these fragrances weren’t always the best for the person or environment; Mark then took it upon himself to create the most pure fragrances he could for their fresh product.
The name LUSH came about from a customer who said it meant, “being fresh, green, verdant and drunken women” in which they thought was simply, perfect.
Now, we can thank Mark and Karen Wolvertin, two Canadians who took a trip to England and discovered LUSH, then thought it would be a brilliant idea to bring it to North America- which It was.
They created a cosmetic kitchen in Canada in 1996 (as well as the first international LUSH store in Vancouver) where LUSH cosmetics can be produced and opened the first store in The United States by 2003 in my neck of the woods, San Francisco, California.
It was while I was in San Francisco that I had the opportunity to experience LUSH when my boyfriend surprised me with their bath bombs and melts. Since then I have become obsessed with their philanthropy, healthy products and delicious smells.
Reasons to be obsessed:
They use all recycled plastic for their products if it cannot go “naked”
Their products are made from organic fruit and vegetables with pure essential oils and safe synthetics
They are 100% against animal testing
Their products have an expiration date(!!!) which is awesome because everything is truly fresh
All of their products are reasonably priced and there is something for every budget
All of their products are animal, environmental and people friendly
They use Charity Pot (a product line) to donate every penny to charities across the globe that are for humanity, environment and/or animal protection
My experiences with lush have been with their Bath Bombs and Melts along with their Love Lettuce Face Mask.
You can reuse the bath bombs by breaking them apart and using smaller portions at a time, saving the rest for your next luxurious bath.
These simple bath products melt in your hot water and create a silky soft texture, allowing your skin (that braves the elements each day) to relax and become soft, soaking up all of the good nutrients. Some of the bath melts have color and “glitter” both of which do not harm the oceans once drained from your tub, making your bath sparkly to match all of your candles you have lit.
For their Fresh Face masks, I just so happened to spot a store in Fashion Island where I was just passing through. I walked in and wanted to check out their other body and face products and when I did I was almost caught off guard. Their facial masks have to be refrigerated, because they are so fresh they will go bad and last 3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can get anywhere from 5-10 uses out of the mask which is perfect for 2 treatments a week.
When I was trying to figure out which mask to get, the lovely shop employee stopped over to help me out, asking what my skin type was which is combination/oily. Happily applying a little to my hands, she suggested Love Lettuce a great exfoliating and nourishing mask for all skin types.
Love Lettuce is the most exfoliating mask they have soaking up the excess yucky stuff on your skin leaving smooth, unclogged pores.
Love Lettuce ingredients:
Scrubby ground almonds
Honey to moisturize
Seaweed to nourish
Pure French Lavender Oil to balance
-The Naked Bohemian