LUSH promotes healthy ingredients but really has harsh chemicals

LUSH -- The "Secret" Ingredients They Don't Talk About

LUSH promotes healthy ingredients but really has harsh chemicals

I used to think LUSH was all natural (their tagline is "Fresh Handmade Cosmetics") but really it's not. Just so you know, I'm not a LUSH fan. I find their strong fragrances overwhelming and I can "taste" the fragrances when I walk by the doorway. I am sensitive to that, having had a bad skin reaction to a solid perfume when I was a child.

One of the reasons I started No Tox Life is to create products that are gentle on the skin and safe for most people to use.

So, back to LUSH. There are many ingredients used in their products that, while they do list them, they don't highlight or talk about them in their marketing. I call them "secret" ingredients. Here are some of their "secret" ingredients that I have issues with for haircare and skincare:

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE. Lots already written about SLS so I don't need to beat this one too much. It's found in commercial shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, and detergent. It's also found in many LUSH products. It's the main ingredient in all their shampoo bars, and it's an ingredient (along with many other ingredients such as EDTA) in COALFACE facial soap.

Lush COALFACE contains SLS and EDTA

LUSH knows SLS is not a great ingredient, admitting on their website "We have recently begun to replace sodium lauryl sulfate with a milder surfactant..." But they're still using it in COALFACE facial soaps. And their shampoo bars list it as the first ingredient, so the highest concentration.

According to the International Journal of Toxicology, "...Sodium Lauryl Sulfate had a degenerative effect on the cell membranes..." - meaning it can cause skin breakdown. Particularly concerning is high concentration usage for sensitive areas like the scalp and the face. 

EDTA. LUSH puts EDTA into nearly everything including their "shower soap" blends.

LUSH shower soaps contain EDTA

I've already written about EDTA in my Why I Don't Buy Trader Joe's Soaps article, so here's the short version: EDTA is used to dissolve limescale. Also it's used medically to treat mercury and lead poisoning. It binds to metals. It's been linked to calcium being leached from the blood, respiratory illness and asthma. It increases penetration of chemicals through the skin (in or out). 

There are other LUSH ingredients I take exception to, such as: (PVP) polyvinylpyrrolidone, used in making glue sticks, added to batteries and fiberglass, oh, and in LUSH's mascara, eyeliner, and hair cream.

lush shampoo soap contains SLS and EDTA

What do you think? Is LUSH your go-to store or do you avoid some of their products due to these ingredients? Let us know on our Facebook or Instagram pages. 

Want to know the deal with soaps by smaller companies vs these bars? Check out an overview of our soap ingredients compared with mass-produced soaps and cleansers.


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