Aimee O'Donnell Saunders

In the Kingston Market Place, in the autumn of 1999, Aimee O’Donnell Saunders became hooked on the idea of LUSH, on cosmetics made FRESH, out of beautiful, active ingredients. The products have been a part of her life (and bathroom) ever since. As luck would have it, Aimee got a temporary job at the Powell Street shop in San Francisco in November 2004. Another toss of the LUSH dice found her keeping that job well beyond the holidays as she’s still around! Aimee’s enjoyed the opportunity to be a Product Trainer for North America for over 7 years, travel extensively, and work with LUSH folk in a plethora of projects. She is known for ever-changing hairstyles, favoring bold patterns and bright colors, and rowdy cheering at baseball games. You can find her in San Francisco most days - just follow the scent of Furze perfume.

Jul 07.9

10 Things You Might Not Know About Pineapple

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10 pineapple facts

With a nickname like “King Of Fruit” you bet there are plenty of reasons to love pineapples!

Firstly, what we eat, or process for juice, is not a singular fruit, but a cluster of smaller parts all conjoined into one larger fruit. The resulting fleshy, characteristically yellow super food has important uses in LUSH products, as well as in our kitchens at home, too.

10 Reasons why the Eyes have it when it comes to pineapple:

1. Symbolism of welcome and hospitality surrounds pineapples around the world, thanks to its adventures on the high seas. During Colonial days in early America, hostesses would procure pineapples in a symbolic gesture of welcome and honor for their guests. Families who couldn’t afford to actually buy the pineapple could rent one! Pineapple motifs soon popped up in guest bedrooms, as well as carved onto wooden bedposts. Sailors returned home would often bring a pineapple to place on their porch or lamppost, to tell the neighborhood they were back in town. To this day, it’s a symbol of welcome and merriment in the household.

LUSH Coco Lotion is made with fresh pineapple juice

2. Pineapple plants are native to the areas around the Caribbean, birthplace of inspiration behind Coco Lotion. Like a good tropical drink, this body lotion has lively pineapple in it for an enzymatic blast on the skin, while coconut oil delivers moisture without a heavy feeling or scent. It’s especially cooling on sunburns and post-shaving, or whenever a lighter touch is needed to keep skin happy. 

3. While a whole pineapple makes fabulous kitchen décor in your fruit basket, don’t wait too long to enjoy the fruit while it’s fresh! Since the fruit stops producing sugars once picked, it’s as good as a pineapple can get. Before slicing into it, check out the diagonal pattern created by each of the prickly eyes - the cluster of individuals all conjoined into one massive fruit! This is why it breaks off into little segments so nicely for easy snacking. Discard, or carefully slice around the eyes, but the outer bits are often where the best and juiciest parts are!

4. Did you know a pineapple can grow for a few years before it’s ready to be harvested? Pineapples sold commercially are picked around 2 years old. But naturally, or in a loving garden setting, they can simply grow on and on. An Australian gardener named Christine McCallum grew an 8.2kg whopper over the course of two years, harvesting in 2011. That’s over 18 pounds of pineapple, which could probably also make the world’s largest pina colada! 

5. Loaded with a powerful mix of enzymes known as bromelain, pineapple flesh and juice is a helpful marinade and tenderizer for other foods. Bromelain gets busy on our skin too, which is why you’ll feel a tingle when the juice lingers on the skin. Our facial moisturizer Gorgeous has been likened to a raw foods experience for the skin for its splash of fresh juices of pineapple, lemon and orange. Skin is awakened and perked up with each use.

6. Alive with bromelain, as well as a buffet of B vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin C, pineapple is a tasty way to load up on nutrients. Action from bromelain is also believed to aid digestion and have an anti-inflammatory effect on muscles.

7. That unmistakable stalk you’re ready to compost? Keep it to garden a pineapple offshoot of your own! Though you may have some trial and error in this process, the plant is propagated this way, or by rooting offshoots. Botanically speaking, the pineapple has several fascinating growing habits as a member of the bromeliad family.

I Love Juicy shampoo from LUSH is made with pineapple juice

8. I Love Juicy and Rehab shampoos are two of the most lively and active ways to clean your hair. Helpful in ridding hair of excessive product residues, and Henna-particles as one washes a treatment from their head. Using more juice helps us use less synthetic surfactants, as the enzymes from the fruit clean strands without stripping its own conditioning oils. Look for the fruity hair-marinade (hair-inade?) of pineapple, papaya, kiwi and mangos freshly juiced for each batch of both shampoo bases.

Rehab shampoo is made with fresh fruit juices

9. The name speaks to the exoticism it represented to the Europeans who encountered it in early explorations. The Spanish thought it resembled a “pina” or pinecone. The English are said to have contributed “apple” after the taste of the exotic fruit, likening the two fruits. Eventually combined into “pineapple” the name has stuck, much like a worldwide love for the kingpin of the tropics.

10. On your next road trip through Alabama, plan a stop in Pine Apple, Wilcox County, in a community dating back to the early 19th century originally called “Friendship.” The new name stuck, both in reference to the Pine and Apple trees that grow around the area and the notions of friendship and hospitality the tropical fruit symbolizes.

Though humbly growing wild in jungles and widely across plantations in tropical areas, the pineapple makes a big impression in the kitchen (both our LUSH kitchens and yours!). While its exoticism may have waned a bit as its availability increased around the world, the pineapple is nonetheless the undisputed King Of Fruit. Next time you go to a housewarming party, you know what to bring! Pick up a pineapple (or a LUSH Gift with some tropical influence) to carry all the warmth and promise of the tropics into the home.

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