Lush Christmas Gift Inspiration

It’s that time of year again……….

When we spend a lot of money and time agonising over gift buying for that one day of the year Christmas.

(Not mentioning the queues or not being able to get a parking space anywhere pfft….)

 

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Anyway you’ve probably guessed I am not the biggest Christmas fan, but I am a big Lush fan. They make Christmas so easy catering for small secret santa gifts and stocking fillers to more special gifts such as big pamper sets and Lush Spa Treatment vouchers with the added benefit of them already coming wrapped.

Here are my favourite Lush gift recommendations

For that special loved one I can totally recommend giving them a Lush Spa voucher

 

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There are a number of Spa treatments on offer starting at £50 with the Tailor Made a 30 minute massage, going up to £285 treatment called The Planets consisting of various treatments lasting up to 3 hours and the package also includes a Palm reading.

Many other treatments are available in between this price range and all treatments can be tailored to suit Vegans.

From experience I can tell you that a Lush Spa treatment is definitely a great gift.

I had the Tailor Made Treatment at the Liverpool Lush Spa earlier this year and it was such an amazing experience, they even provided an optional Rum tea afterwards to finish off the nautical themed massage just nicely.

As a former holistic therapist I can tell you the staff are excellently trained and all treatments are unique and exclusive to Lush.

The treatments even have their own soundtrack, you can checkout some of the relaxation music used in the soundcloud link below.

 

For relaxation music lovers all CD’s are available to purchase via the Lush Music Link

 

The Lush Spa even cater for couple packages should you wish to enjoy that special gift with your loved one.

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Face masks

Face masks at Lush have always been my favourite item to buy, I love that you can bring any 5 black pots back and get a free face mask, it’s a great incentive to encourage recycling. Due to most of the Face masks needing to be put in the fridge they haven’t always been the best gift idea, that was until now.

Now they have created a face mask called Jelly Masks that do not require putting in the fridge making them ideal for stocking fillers or even perhaps budget secret santa gifts.

(all but one of the Jelly Facemasks are suitable for Vegans)

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Lush Gift Packages start at £8.95 going up to the WOW gift set which is £250

 

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Lush Bath Bombs starting at just £1.95 going up to £12.95 make great little stocking fillers.

 

 

 

I love the Lush bath bombs, I think that they’re not only good gifts for adults that want some rest and relaxation in the bath, they’re also great gifts for children making bath time fun and it’s a much healthier alternative to putting a load of sweets in their Christmas stocking.

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Please feel free to share your favourite Lush gifts in the comments below 🙂

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Lush Bee’s

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Are Vegan’s happy to buy Lush Bee related products?

 

I recently attended a blogging event at the Lush store in Liverpool, it was a great night and the Lush staff are fantastic hosts. The event was aimed at promoting the upcoming festive season and next week after halloween I will publish a blog post with some festive gift buying inspiration. First though I want to share an interesting conversation I had with one of the skin expert staff members regarding the ingredients of honey and beeswax in their products. The lady I was speaking with wanted to make it completely clear that Lush source all of their animal derived products from the most ethical of suppliers and that one of her colleagues who is also a Vegan, was initially not happy to use any products that contained the ingredients honey, beeswax or egg’s but after learning more about where the ingredients came from felt confident enough that he wasn’t buying into cruelty.

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Many people often ask why honey and beeswax aren’t considered Vegan? 

Well a Vegan by definition is a person who refrains from using any kind of animal products or by products, in food, beauty products, clothing and for any other day to day purpose.

There are however many reasons as to why people these days are adopting a Vegan lifestyle. Some people are Vegan for the animals, some go Vegan for the environment and there are others that become plant based vegan for their health.

My personal motivation is for the animals and I want to ensure that I am not unconsciously buying into cruelty whenever I make a purchase.

Another question people often have is “what’s so cruel about using bee derived products”? 

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Sadly in any industry where there is profit to be made ethics are rarely considered.

No exception spared for the bee whose survival is integral to our very own survival and the survival of our Earth as we know it.

In manufactured Bee Keeping the Queen often has one of her wings cut or painted with nail varnish to stop them from leaving the hive and flying away, this also prevents swarming.

The culling of drone bees (male bees who don’t contribute to the production of honey).

Bee’s produce honey to feed the hive, many hives have been completely wiped out due to starvation over the winter months as a result of too much honey being removed from the hive and not leaving enough for the Bee’s to survive.

Many Bee’s are also killed during the process of obtaining honey from the hive.

 

That said I do believe that there are independent BeeKeepers who keep Bee’s ethically and do what they can to help increase their ever depleting numbers.

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(Pictured above) David is one of the Lush Bee related product suppliers, this is his take on ethical bee keeping.

https://uk.lush.com/article/sticky-profession

To summarise:

David prefers a hands off approach and does not cut the Queen Bee’s wing, or cull male drone bees. His hives are bigger than standard hives to minimise stress to the bees. He will not intervene with a hive unless he feels that the colony is struggling to survive. Over winter he leaves them with enough honey to sustain them, again only intervening in feeding them if there is a delayed summer.

There is no doubt that the reason why honey is used in so many beauty products is due to its incredible beneficial properties.

Of course there are other products out there that can substitute both honey and beeswax but none quite match their almost magic like qualities. So in some way it is understandable that beauty and cosmetic companies still use bee produce. In fact the usage of Bee related products dates as far back as ancient Egypt.

Going back to my original question “are Vegan’s happy to use Bee related products”?

I feel Lush genuinely aims to be ethical and profitable as possible, they have a reputation for being a great employer and generally seeking to have the best practises for animals, the environment and people. It’s easy to see this is why many Vegan’s love Lush, especially considering that they label their Vegan products and approximately 70% of their products are Vegan friendly.

As a Vegan I believe nature shouldn’t need human intervention, still I wonder have humans interfered so much with nature to the detriment of Bee’s and now like many other species they require our help for survival.

Considering this should it be necessary that we continue to take from them in order to care for them when our own survival is very much intertwined.

I would love to hear other people’s thoughts and knowledge on this topic so please feel free to leave a comment below and start a conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to go Cruelty Free

Firstly you don’t need to empty your make up and throw everything away, that’s just wasteful and doesn’t do anything to help the cause.

Before becoming a more conscious shopper I predominately used Benefit make up, because Benefit was founded in San Francisco I made the automatic assumption that they wouldn’t allow for their products to be used in animal testing and sadly they do.

So it’s important to do your research. We live in a time of information and ignorance is very much a choice, so you can make a start by researching the brands you currently use. If you cannot find any information regarding their stance on animal testing, email them and be sure to ask if the distribute their products to be sold in mainland China, if they do then they are not cruelty free.

If the cosmetic brands that you are using are not cruelty free begin to look at alternative brands.

My top cruelty free stores on the High Street are Lush, The Body ShopSuperdrug’s own brand and Holland and Barrett.

Online Love LulaAmazonBody Kind , Cocktail Cosmetics and Naturisimo.

My favourite brands are Pacifica (sold in some Tesco’s), The Body ShopLush, Aromi Beauty and Beauty Without Cruelty (bwc).

It can be tricky at first to find suitable alternatives, especially if like me your use wearing particular products, so don’t be put off if you don’t get it right the first time you purchase a Cruelty Free product.

There isn’t many high street brands that are cruelty free and so initially I would take the chance making online purchases and still do now. I find it helpful to read reviews on the brand and the products I was particularly interested in.

In My Make-up Bag

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C primer, BB Foundation, Mascara and Perfumes.

Aromi Beauty (fromCocktail Cosmetics or Etsy) and Beauty Without Cruelty (bwc)(fromAmazon) Lipsticks

Another brand of perfume I usually wear is Pacifica, I usually purchase from Body Kind .