You might have to break some eggs to make an omelette, but now that we have cracked it Lush will not need to break any eggs to make our face masks and hair treatments.
Lush is a proudly vegetarian company. Not only do we ensure that all the ingredients in our products are vegetarian, but we also strongly believe that no animals should be used in tests for cosmetics products. Lush has been built from day one on these values, which we strictly adhere to.
We always believe that improvement is possible in all areas of our business and products – so, for example, over the years we have increased our use of organic fruit and veg, worked hard to set up fair-trade deals that pay better prices to those around the world who grow and process our ingredients and have partnered with the Living Wage Foundation to set our UK shop-floor wages at a higher rate.
Lush have also always used Free Range eggs - but gradually we tried to go beyond just free range and switched to suppliers that met and exceeded the organic free-range criteria. Over the years our buyers have visited many free-range chicken farms to see the chickens and check the standards. What has become clear during this process is that there are some hard truths of egg production that are difficult to face up to – and which are almost impossible for the egg industry to show to company buyers or consumers of eggs. We can visit the hens and see them living freely and eating good quality organic food, but what we cannot see, or film to show our customers, is the process that happens before those hens arrive at the organic, free range farm. The hatching of millions of eggs at commercial hatcheries, the sorting of the chicks into the females to be sent on to farms to lay eggs and the male chicks to go straight to their deaths by methods so brutal that it would be impossible to present on our website. We can no longer, in good conscience, use an ingredient that we are unable to be transparent about because the truth is so unpalatable. If we can’t make one of our usual ingredients buying films to show you the whole process of an ingredient, then we shouldn’t be using that ingredient. It became that simple.
The only solution therefore was to work to reformulate our products to take eggs out. We have experimented with many ingredients to ensure the products are still as effective as ever to use. Some of the ingredients that will be replacing eggs in our products are chickpea aquafaba, tofu, soya yoghurt and wheat gluten.
We are now at a stage where we can announce that we are ready to switch production to these new formulations and from now on Lush products will be completely egg-free. One of the reformulated products, D’Fluff, will be vegan, now that the egg is removed - the rest remain vegetarian as they contain honey or lanolin.