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May 7, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

I’ll admit, I’ve been a big fan of LUSH for years now—since before you could even buy their products in this country. And what’s not to love? Their products are excellent, fun, and highly environmentally conscious. There aren’t too many companies out there that put so much effort into creating products that are eco friendly, vegetarian, and, in many cases, vegan.

That’s why, whenever I’m a little stumped for a gift, they’ve become my go-to place. You can splurge on one of their boxes of goodies (there’s at least one for pretty much every occasion, and they’re packaged in recycled paper and compostable boxes and bags) or create your own grab-bag of bath bombs, shower gels, cleansers, moisturizers, soaps, shampoo bars, or myriad other fun and funky products. Plus, the aromatherapy in their stores is amazing—it once instantaneously cured me of jet lag after a transatlantic flight.

And what would you be supporting by shopping LUSH? A company that uses fresh, organic fruits and veggies and essential oils in their products, all of which are made by hand using little or no preservatives. They only buy ingredients from other companies that do not test on animals, and LUSH also does not test its products on animals. LUSH supports small producers who are paid a fair price for their goods, and in an extra effort to give back, they’ve created the Charity Pot moisturizer (which is wonderful). Each pot is marked with the logo and description of a charity—animal rights, clean water, etc., and 100% of the retail price of each pot sold goes to that charity. It’s a win-win—you get a great product, and do some good for the world by buying it. No buyer’s remorse there!

So, if you’re looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, or a fab bubble bath to help you unwind after a rough week, you may want to give LUSH a try—and good luck getting out of there without buying something!

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