Written by: Kaitlyn Burkhart
Since 1995 LUSH Hand-made Cosmetics has been delivering the world’s best in organic, trade-friendly, vegan, and simply delectable skin goodies. From freshly pressed bath bombs and soaps both stuffed with essential oils and simply beautiful hand-tempered perfumes, even nuts, oats, sand and sea salt, to shower jellies, solid shampoos and bubble bars, LUSH has been innovating and generating top-quality products alongside top-notch ethics. They strike once again with their best-selling body cream, Charity Pot, reaching monumental sales for the greater good around the world.
The brain-child that would become LUSH Cosmetics was founded by Liz Weir and Mark Constantine in the late 80s, though it would be almost ten years until a customer coined the company name in a contest. When LUSH began, the founders were making soaps with ingredients brought from the store, and moulding them in unused kitty litter pans, drain pipes, and window planters.
With the rapid expansion of business, they became dedicated to making products with only the finest ingredients from around the world, and not the ones that cost a lot of money because they were developed in a lab. We’re talking organic vanilla beans from co-op mountain plantation in Papua, New Guinea, seaweed from family-owned business in British Columbia, Canada, and fair-trade, organic Shea butter from towns and villages around Tamale, in northern Ghana, just to name a few.
One of their most outstanding products, Charity Pot, is entirely dedicated to helping small, grassroots organizations around the world who work on the behalf of the environment and conservation, animal protection, and human rights, and could use a helping hand to continue the incredible work they are doing. In each pot is a gorgeous hand and body lotion, scented with ylang ylang and geranium, and made with fair-trade, organic cocoa butter and almond oil.And with every purchase of a Charity Pot, LUSH donates 100% of the price to one of their 89 partnered organizations, or has funded upwards of 97 projects with the proceeds.
Since its’ introduction in October 2007, LUSH has sold 64,000 Charity Pots, a whopping $1.4 million for charities in every place imaginable. And not only do they donate much-needed funds, the charity that your Charity Pots’ proceeds go to has their logo atop it, so you know who you’re helping with your purchase. So on top of having a spankingly good product, Charity Pot can make you feel good about what you’re doing to help others, and what you’re putting into your skin.