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Our Valuesright arrow icon Fighting Animal Testing

Fighting animal testing should be more than a slogan; it needs to be a genuine practice.

We’ve been fighting against animal testing for decades and believe in only buying ingredients from companies that do not commission tests on animals. We only test our products on human volunteers, and have turned our belief into a company-wide policy.

It’s no longer a legal requirement to test cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. Science has come a long way and there are now roughly 20,000 established cosmetic ingredients that have already been deemed as safe, as well as a growing number of proven, non-animal test methods that are scientifically superior, faster and cheaper. For instance, 3-dimensional human skin models can fully replace rabbits for skin irritation testing, and cell culture tests for sunlight-induced “photo”-toxicity, genetic mutations, and other harmful effects.

Our goal is to continue to inform, encourage and participate in the fight for animal rights. We’re passionate about both the quality of our products and the safety of our customers, so we happily comply with federal safety standards, and we support the development and validation of non-animal tests, and campaign against legislation that requires animals to be experimented on.

Our extremely strict policy is definitely unique, but we want our peers in the cosmetics industry and our customers to adopt the same stance. We encourage you to boycott cosmetics companies that engage in animal testing.

The Lush Prize

We’ve spoken out against animal testing for years, and although our efforts have been focused on our own strict policy and avoiding animal testing, we decided to put our money where our mouths are and created the Lush Prize.

Awarded annually, the £250,000 Lush Prize focuses on safety testing for consumer products and complements projects, which already address alternatives to testing medicines on animals. We award prizes for Science, Training, Lobbying, Public Awareness, and Young Researchers. It's a way for everyone at Lush, our customers and the public to become involved in the fight against animal testing.