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Our Values: Fighting Animal Testing

We only test on human volunteers

Fighting animal testing is more than just a slogan: it’s a genuine practice.

We’ve been fighting against animal testing for decades and only buy ingredients from companies that don’t commission tests on animals. When we develop new products, we only test them on human volunteers.

It’s no longer a legal requirement to test cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. There are roughly 20,000 cosmetic ingredients that have already been established as safe, as well as a growing number of proven, non-animal test methods that are scientifically superior, faster and cheaper than their cruel alternatives. For instance, three-dimensional human skin models can replace rabbits for skin irritation testing, and cell cultures can be used to test for sunlight-induced phototoxicity, genetic mutations and other harmful effects without ever harming an animal.

We’re passionate about both the quality of our products and the safety of our customers, so we happily comply with federal safety standards while campaigning against legislation that requires animal testing and supporting the development and validation of non-animal tests.

Our strict policy is 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, whether it’s here in North America or abroad.

The Lush Prize

We’ve spoken out against animal testing for years. For a long time, our efforts were focused on our own strict policy and avoiding animal testing, but in 2012 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 that address alternatives to animal testing for medicines. We award prizes for Science, Training, Lobbying, Public Awareness and Young Researchers. This prize is a way for us to join a global conversation about animal testing and give passionate researchers and activists the opportunity to showcase and continue their work.