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Valentine’s Day, 2013: LUSH employees arrive in El Retiro, a Guatemalan village perched along a hillside. By the end of the day, all 19 had left a bit of their hearts there forever.
LUSH staff travelled to El Retiro, Guatemala to work with the non-profit group Hug It Forward. Charity Pot—LUSH’s main charitable giving program, has partnered with Hug It Forward to support their direct action in communities like El Retiro, building “Bottle Schools”. Their work focuses on solving problems directly—in this case, a lack of educational opportunities. Because the community members are drawn together in the effort of building the school, and the material used is otherwise inorganic litter on the hillsides, the solutions that Bottle Schools provide are multifold.
The project in El Retiro provided both financial support as well as time and physical effort, while building positive human connections, especially with the kids who are so proudly building their own school. Charity Pot Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs) like this provide opportunities for staff across the entire business to get involved in projects supported by Charity Pot. For many LUSH staff, EVPs are an amazing bonus to a job already full of perks!
Since 2009, Hug It Forward has finished 22 Bottle Schools; creating genuine educational opportunities for children and families in communities that otherwise struggle for basics. Hug It Forward believes oppo...
It's time to let go of the bottle and hit the bar! Well, Shampoo Bars anyway.
Another LUSH invention, (and one that's solid and naked), they're versatile, easy to use and travel with, and we have one for just about every hair and scalp need. Join Leigh in the shower as she shares her knowledge and tips for Solid Shampoo Bars.
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Q: Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: I’m a Carolina girl living in NYC, lover of the fashion/beauty industry & a total product addict. I adore the great outdoors, and have a passion for travel and new adventures, as well as socializing and I’m a HUGE family person—being Italian may have a little bit to do with that.
Q: Now that we know who you are, let’s get down to business! What’s that on your desk?
A: I wouldn’t be able to get through a work day without my LUSH desk arsenal! Especially during the winter months, I am constantly moisturizing my hands, a ridiculous amount! Tiny Hands & Handy Gurugu are my absolute favorites to keep my hands from looking ashy and feeling dry. I get VERY dry in the winter. Also, my go-to toner water, Eau Roma Water is a must-have mid-day refresher! Not to mention Honey Trap, a classic lip balm, perfect for everyone. But it doesn’t stop there…being in beauty PR we have lots of events, networking opportunities and meetings with editors. That being said, I am often in need of products to spruce up before a work happy hour, meeting, or just a night out with friends.
These are my 5pm prep essentials:
Few LUSH products are more posted, pinned, tweeted or instagrammed (is that a word now?) than our Fresh Face Masks.
Our customers love to smother their faces in our masks of fresh fruits, vegetables, herb infusions and essential oils, make silly faces, and then post it for everyone to see! You really are a weird bunch. But we love you anyway.
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Have you ever wondered about the faces and places you might be sharing your shower with? Go behind the bottle and discover the who, what and where of four of our most popular shower products!
Grass shower gel, sourced by: Lee
Lee is a member of our intrepid Buying Team. He purchases wheat grass from Giddy Up and Grow, our supplier in Mission, BC, to make Grass shower gel!
Featured Ingredient: Fresh Wheatgrass Juice We buy our wheatgrass in trays and then juice it ourselves before adding the vitamin-packed ingredient to our shower gels, face masks, and moisturizers.
Turkish Delight shower smoothie, made by: Madu
This batch of Turkish Delight was handmade fresh by Madu in the Dairy Pots room of our Vancouver factory. Isn't he handsome?
Featured Ingredient: Rose Absolute Incredibly effective for softening and soothing the skin, we source our rose absolute from a village in Turkey.
Ro's Argan body conditioner, invented by: Rowena Bird
Rowena, our very own cosmetics genius, was the mastermind behind our best-selling invention. It was only right that we name the product after her!
Green Feature: Recycled Black Pots. Ro's Argan, like our body lotions, moisturizers, and face masks, is packaged in a 100% post-consume...