- Concentrated product
- Most ingredients are readily biodegradable
- Packaging can be returned for recycling
- Current palm oil sources unclear
- Exact fragrance ingredients unclear
- Colouring is not readily biodegradable
LUSH is a cosmetics company that sells handmade products. They place value on ethical buying, avoiding animal testing, and being vegetarian.
The exfoliating agent in their Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, and the main ingredient, is – unsurprisingly – salt. This is good, because it means a little of the product goes a long way. A concentrated product means transport emissions are reduced and less packaging is used. The black tub that this product comes in can also be returned to LUSH for recycling.
Aside from the salt, the other main ingredients in this product are citrus extracts or soap ingredients. Triethanolamine is also included to neutralise the acidity of the citrus. Some of these ingredients are toxic or very toxic to aquatic life, but they are all readily biodegradable. This means a large amount should be broken down during waste water treatment, but a small amount will still be released to the environment after treatment.
Some of the ingredients could be derived from palm oil. LUSH has been working to remove all palm oil from its products, but there is limited information on what measures are being taken to ensure that the palm oil that is currently being used is sustainably sourced. It would also be good to have information to be sure that the production of palm oil replacements is sustainable.
The colour in this product is FD&C Blue 1. Colours are generally not readily biodegradable, because they loose their colour when they break down. This one is no exception, and large amount should be expected to be released to the environment. While the available data suggests low aquatic toxicity, there are some gaps in the data for long exposures. Given this chemical could be in the environment for a long time, it would be good to know what the potential long-term effects are.
Most of the other ingredients are natural extracts. “Perfume” is listed, and while the LUSH website says that their fragrances are at least around 60% naturally sourced, it would be better if the ingredients were listed. Being naturally sources provides some reassurance, because natural chemicals are typically less likely to be the chemicals of highest concern – but natural doesn’t always mean better for the environment.
But does it work?
Considering how well a product works is a big factor in determining whether a product is a good one or not. A product that does not work is a waste.
Most users seem to like this product, especially for use on the body. Some find the salt too harsh for their face, or the smell too strong. For more reviews, check out BeautyHeaven, MakeupAlley and Time To Put My Face On.
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