Before moving to Japan, I had never ventured beyond the doorway of a LUSH store, and honestly that was only because I found the mix of aromas wafting out overwhelming. But once here, I decided to give LUSH another chance, because it is important to me to know what I'm putting on my hair and skin, and attempting to translate the back of a shampoo bottle here could very well be a half-day endeavor.
I had a general idea that LUSH was eco-friendly and animal-friendly, so we started off by trying a couple bars of soap. We both liked them a lot, and the scents are actually quite nice once you're only sniffing a single bar instead of an entire store worth of products.
Since then we've expanded from just soap, and I'm now a fan of their lotion (black tub) and bubble bars, and M likes their solid shampoo (tan disk in the front) and conditioner (green cylinder in the back). It nice that you can get tins for the shampoo and conditioner bars too, because it makes them really easy to take along for travel. I like that living here gets us to try new things, and in this case we could have tried the same thing back in the States, but we might never have without the language barrier to prompt us.
If you're wondering just how eco and animal-friendly LUSH is, their products are 100% vegetarian (and over 70% vegan), they use fresh natural ingredients, and little or no preservatives. Products are made in small batches by hand, and they never test their products and ingredients on animals, or engage with third-party suppliers to test on their behalf. You can buy about 70% of their products naked, and when they can’t get rid of packaging completely, they use post-consumer recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials whenever possible.