Christmas 2021: Visit the Snow Fairy!

Fall into Snow Fairy's candy floss cheer and bubblegum sweetness! Each year, we welcome our bestselling Snow Fairy range back in for Christmas, and this year is no different. Let those whom you love know how sweet they mean to you with these enchanting Snow Fairy products.   Snow Fairy Gifts Fairy Christmas Gift, $179 Wish someone a fairy merry Christmas this year, with the ultimate collection of Snow Fairy scented products. Fall under our signature Christmas scent's spellbinding effect, this hat box gift contains everything from shower gel and bath items, to body spray and dusting powder. Everything to captivate the ultimate Snow Fairy fan in your life. Contents: Snow Fairy Roll Bubble Bar, Snow Fairy 250g Shower Gel, Snow Fairy Bath Bomb, Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, Snow Fairy Body Spray, Fairy Dust Dusting Powder, Snow Fairy Soap Snow Fairy Gift, $85 Snow Fairy shimmers into shops but once a year, and with this spectactularly sparkly gift box, you can see why it's such a beloved best seller. Whether you're a bather or prefer the shower, this hat box has you covered, literally! With a bath bomb and bubble bar, alongside a shower gel and body conditioner, all sharing the iconic Snow Fairy fragrance. Contents: Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100g, Snow Fairy Bath Bomb, Snow Fairy Roll Bubble Bar, Snow Fairy Body Conditioner 45g Little Snow Fairy Gift, $40 Two Snow Fairy sweet treats for when you need some Snow Fairy magic in your life. This little gift goes a long way. Lay back and let the sweet scent of the bath bomb fizz around you, then top up with the candy floss shower gel. Contents: Snow Fairy Bath Bomb, Snow Fairy Shower Gel   If you prefer to customise your gifts for awe-inspiring fascination, wrap up your chosen fairies in a Snow Fairy Knot Wrap for a gift that keeps on giving. Snow Fairy Knot Wrap, 70cm x 70cm, $15 This reusable Knot Wrap is produced from 100% organic cotton, and is made by the talented artisans of re-wrap, a social enterprise in India focussing on environmental and social change.   Snow Fairy Products   Snow Fairy Shower Gel, from $22 Pictured for approximate size reference: 1kg, 500g, 250g, 100g This candy-sweet Christmas shower gel is packed with plastic-free glitter. Shimmer with Lush Snow Fairy magic that comes but once a year. Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, from $29 On wet skin after a shower, massage this into the skin or simply leave on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing away gently for the sweetest Snow Fairy soft skin. This candy floss scented body conditioner will moisturise and protect with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter while prolonging the Snow Fairy scent on the skin.   Fairy Dust Dusting Powder, $25 This sweet Snow Fairy scented dusting powder is full of plastic-free glitter. Sprinkle over clean skin to soften, feel fresh, and shimmer.   Snow Fairy Lights Bath Bomb, $25 This Snow Fairy just keeps giving with a new 3-in-1 design perfect for your Secret Santa pick. Candy floss scented and filled with multicoloured bath confetti to create a sea of fairy lights.   Snow Fairy Bath Bomb, $18 Our classic, glittery bubblegum best seller. Use with Snow Fairy Roll Bubble Bar for the ultimate relaxing bath to be the best-smelling fairy around.   Snow Fairy Roll Bubble Bar, $20 The Big Snow Fairy Roll Bubble Bar, $49 Pictured for approximate size reference Mountains of bubbles, sparkling waters and the sweet candy floss scent, magical bathing is here again. This bubble bar can be used alone, but we recommend pairing it with our Snow Fairy Bath Bomb for a more immersive experience.   Snow Fairy Hand and Body Soap, $17 Keeping our hands clean has never been more important then now. The scentsational sweetness of our Christmas favourite can now be part of your hand washing routine. Filled with rose water and Fair Trade Organic aloe vera for fairy softness, add a touch of magic to your washes.   Complete the Snow Fairy wonderland with Snow Fairy Body Spray, which can also be used as a room spray to wrap you and your loved ones in a candy scented utopia. Snow Fairy Body Spray, $60   Want more? Click here to check out the rest of our limited edition Christmas range.     Written by Melissa for LUSH Singapore
2021-10-26

Clean as a whistle: Why cleansing is key to healthy skin

Micellar water, sheet masks and more – an increasing number of skincare launches means there’s constant incentive to switch up our complexion staples for something newer and shinier that promises miracles. But is having a skincare routine that’s as chaotic as your bathroom cabinet really the secret to a perfect complexion?   While it might not be the most exciting product in your skincare repertoire, Lush co-founder and product inventor Helen Ambrosen believes that the single most important step in your routine is your cleanser. “If you can get skin cleansing right, it’s a real gateway to good skin,” she explains. “That’s my number one premise. Once you find the right cleanser for you, it enables your skin to feel healthy and function well and for it to look as good as it can do.” But effective cleansing isn't about finding the strongest cleanser possible. Instead, it’s a delicate balance between removing residue, sweat and cosmetics and not interfering with the friendly bacteria unique to your skin AKA your microflora. Meet the family: Microflora You might not have heard of microflora before, but behind the scenes these bacteria are hard at work protecting your skin from pathogens. Each person receives their microflora from the birth canal and the people they have contact with during their first week of life. This forms your skin’s immunity: a defence system that can wipe out unfriendly microorganisms that land on the skin in 20 minutes. In fact, keeping your microflora fighting fit is just as key to a healthy complexion as cleansing, toning and moisturising. Products with high levels of preservative do not distinguish between your microflora and invading bacteria and instead simply eradicate both – wiping out your skin’s natural defences. It’s just one of the reasons Lush cleansers use plenty of fresh, natural ingredients and very few or no preservatives, (hence the short sell-by dates). Many spots are the result of a confrontation between your microflora and infections that attack the skin. Lush co-founder and product inventor Mark Constantine explains: “Imagine the skin as a big traditional Christmas cake, with loads of currants and fats and bits and bobs inside, then a layer of marzipan which creates a layer of icing on the surface. All of the guts are down in the main part of the cake, and then the cells from the marzipan migrate to the surface and desquamate [come off in scales or flakes]. It’s the way the skin keeps healthy. “If you imagine putting your finger in the cake – that’s a hair follicle. A little bit of that dermal capillary goes deeper in. Now, the finer that hole, the more prone you are to spots. So, if you’ve got fairly fine skin that’s a little bit prone to irritation, the entrances to the hair follicles close over. Now, you may be covered in friendly microflora, but in the bottom of that hair follicle are some not-so-kind organisms that start to reproduce the minute the skin closes over. These are pathogenic and they cause a reaction. When your white blood cells go in to clean it up, you end up with pus in a spot because that’s the dead matter of the two fighting it out. What this means is it’s vitality important to clean the skin in as gentle a way as possible. One of the reasons you don’t want high levels of preservative in your products is that you don’t want to put something on your skin that will kill off all your microflora.” How does this translate into skincare? It means that the most effective cleansers will remove all traces of makeup, pollution, sunscreen and anything else that’s accumulated on the skin with minimal disturbance to the microflora protecting you from pathogens. Lush co-founder and product inventor Mo Constantine explains: “In some creams there’s five or more preservatives and that’s a lot to put on your skin. It’s a minefield really so we try to keep it as simple as possible at Lush.” Ditch the dirt (and the makeup) With this in mind, forget a quick sweep over the skin with the makeup remover wipes left next to your bed, Lush skincare experts advise taking makeup and dirt removal much more seriously. Helen explains: “The danger is that if you’re not taking your makeup off fully, the skin is still dirty and then makeup is going back on top of unclean skin. If you’re wearing makeup to cover a spot in the first place, this escalates the problem.” And, disregard any prejudices you may have towards oil-based cleansers (accentuated by the rise of ‘oil-free’ branding), all firmly agree that they’re the best way to initially remove dirt and makeup, even for skin which tends to be shiny. “Cleansing with oil lifts the dirt off the skin and leaves it very soft,” Helen explains. “If you have dry skin, this will often be enough. If you have oily skin, products with oil are great to prepare the skin for a more in-depth cleanse with an exfoliator like the cleansing rolls by removing makeup or dirt.” For the ultimate deep clean, turn to Ultrabland: Lush’s cult cleansing favourite. An emulsion of water in almond oil, (known as a cold cream), Ultrabland also contains honey, glycerine and beeswax: humectants that attract oil and consequently draw dirt and makeup away from the skin. With added Turkish rosewater to soothe and calm, it’s a rare example of a product that’s deep cleansing but incredibly gentle on your skin. So gentle in fact, that Mo hasn’t used any other cleanser on her skin for about 22 years. She says: “I have very intolerant skin and so I use Ultrabland and that’s it. In fact, in my youth, Mark invented this beeswax and almond oil cleanser for me especially because I had such dry and sore skin.” The art of exfoliation Once you’ve removed your makeup or initial dirt, you may like to exfoliate. Exfoliating boosts circulation, gets rid of dead skin cells and brightens the complexion, giving you a coveted healthy glow. But when it comes to polishing, no one scrub fits all. Lush co-founder and exfoliating enthusiast Rowena Bird has some tips. “You have to have the right size grain of exfoliant otherwise it doesn’t do the job. If it’s too big, you’re just chasing the granules around the skin. When it’s small enough, you can have a good scrub. Then you come down to how hard it is. If it’s really hard, like salt, you’re going to get a really good scrub. But if you’ve got more sensitive skin, you need a gentle scrub like the ground almonds in Angels On Bare Skin. It’s about looking at our collection of scrubs and then finding the grade and size that suits your skin.” Finding what works for you, is all about listening to your skin. Ro explains: “Everybody needs to do what their skin wants it to do. Some skins do not want a strong, salty scrub like Ocean Salt. Some skins do. You may want to exfoliate once a day or once a week. It’s about being aware of your skin and listening to it. What you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your body.” A note on soaps If your skin tends to err on the drier side, chances are you steer clear of soaps. But if you have a complexion that feels oilier, the desire for that squeaky-clean feeling can have you reaching for a bar. But both Mo and Helen have a word of caution. “Oily skin does need to be treated in a kind way, rather than just drying it out with soap,” the former explains. “Soaps, I think, should be a last resort when it comes to washing your face because they are pretty stripping. I would never recommend any kind of soaps for face but we have made an offering for those who do with the Coalface and Fresh Farmacy which are as mild as you can get really.   ​ “Fresh Farmacy is about 40% clay, with lots of calamine powder too, so you’re not going to get a high lather but you are going to get a delicate clay cleanser wash. Coalface is charcoal and clays and ever so slightly medicating – so gentle you’d barely notice you’d used it. You can use these on any part of the body. Like I say, I don’t recommend using soap on the face, but if you are going to do it use something that’s sympathetic to your skin. Muds, clays, sands – you can clean your skin with all kinds of things other than soap.” Helen adds: “Oily skin is so delicate – it’s only people’s attitudes towards it that leads to them punishing it. That’s where our philosophy of ‘how do you want your skin to feel today’ came from. Because a lot of how you want your skin to feel depends on how you feel on that day in yourself.” Getting it right Forget the myth that a really efficient cleanser can initially break you out in spots thanks to all that extra dirt it’s removing, Helen says that’s simply not the case. She explains: “If you’ve got a cleanser that isn’t right for you, what will often happen is that it will overstimulate the skin. Very often you will see someone with just one spot but otherwise clear skin. What’s often happening there is that the cleanser they are using is too strong for them so the skin protects itself by swelling a little bit and then it becomes very easy for a follicle to get trapped and then for that to turn into a spot. This is what often happens to people who have generally good, not difficult skin. They overstimulate it. If you’ve got a cleanser like that, then for a couple of days your complexion might look really vibrant but then your skin starts to think ‘I really don’t like this’. It’s telling you it needs something gentler.” Treat cleansing as an essential, not a chore, put the effort into doing it thoroughly but gently and Helen is confident that your skin is sure to reap the benefits. “Your skin does change throughout your life,” she says “but if you’ve got your cleansing routine right, it shouldn’t have to change that much, unless your skin requires very particular care. If you can sort your skin out with the right cleanser and get it really settled, then you can get the very best out of it.” Who knew the humble cleanser could be the key to healthy, contented skin? Get back to basics and find your perfect cleanser and scrub here .  Original article by LUSH UK Edited by LUSH Singapore  
2021-10-26

Nature all bottled up: How essential oils and absolutes are made

Nature is full of wonderful fragrances, but how exactly does the alluring scent of a rose, or the hypnotic aroma of cinnamon, make its way into a bottle? It comes down to science. Plants contain aromatic compounds, and, as the name suggests, they’re what makes nature smell so good (or bad).In order to obtain a plant’s aromatic compounds, they must be extracted. Humans have used plants for their smell for millennia, and have developed a number of ways to do this. In some cases, it’s as simple as squeezing a lemon; in others the process is far more complicated. Petals, stems, fruits, vegetables, barks and leaves all have different textures, structures and compositions, which means they need different treatment in order to release their aromatic compounds. There are three main methods of extraction: steam distillation, absolute extraction and expression. Each produces a fragrant material that can be used in products and perfumes. Fragrances can also be created synthetically using chemicals in a lab. STEAM DISTILLATION Steam distillation is the most common type of extraction. It is used to obtain oils from herbs, seeds, barks and roots – including peppermint, sandalwood and clary sage. The relatively simple technique has not changed much over thousands of years – that’s because all that’s needed is water, the ingredient you want to distill, and containers in which to heat and collect it. Steam distillation works by forcing an ingredient to release the volatile oils inside. First, the ingredient is placed inside a vat and combined with steam or hot water. The heat breaks down the plant and its aromatic compounds are released as vapour infused with the ingredient’s essential oil. This aromatic steam is then condensed and collected. The condensed liquid is collected in a essencier where it separates into water and oil. The oil is then skimmed off and bottled. ABSOLUTE EXTRACTION Some ingredients cannot withstand the heat required in steam distillation. Instead flowers and blossoms, such as mimosa and jasmine, are put through a process called solvent extraction. This form of expression does not use heat, steam or water. Ingredients are submerged in a solvent, such as ethanol or hexane, to release their aroma. The solvent mixture dissolves the aromatic compounds of the plant and releases them into the liquid. The solvent is then removed, leaving behind a fragrant, concentrated mixture known as an absolute. Absolutes typically smell more like the original plant than essential oils because they have not been heated. Many plants can be used to create both essential oils and absolutes, but some ingredients are only available in absolute form because of their nature. This form of extraction is also used to produce concretes, as well as resinoids. EXPRESSION Possibly the simplest and oldest form of extraction, expression involves pressing an ingredient to release an essential oil. Nowadays, it is usually used to collect oils from the peels of citrus fruits, such as grapefruits, lemons and limes, because they store the majority of their oils in their skin. This type of extraction can be done by hand simply by squeezing the peel, or on a larger scale in a mechanical press.
2021-10-25

A LUSH Career: Full Time Sales Ambassadors

Soap enthusiasts, demo experts, brand ambassadors; this is your Full Time Sales Ambassador job description for Singapore.       The Details Location: You will work in one shop, which will be your usual place of work. From time to time, whereby other shops require additional manpower, your manager could assign you to work at the respective shop for a particular shift. Hours: You are contracted to work 44 hours per week over five days. Shifts will be allocated based on the shop’s needs, at your Shop Manager’s discretion. In the case whereby you are required to work beyond your contracted 44 hours per week, you will be reimbursed with overtime pay. Your Customers Our customers are at the heart of our business and we want to create the ultimate Lush experience. Ensure you remain customer-focused at all times, making their shopping experience your top priority. A keen awareness of the shop floor is necessary to understand where each customer is in their journey and how you can contribute to their 5* in-store experience. We ask insightful questions to uncover the right products for each customer, and showcase them through engaging product demonstrations. Support their buying decisions by asking questions to confirm interest and secure sales. Give shop tours through intelligent link sales, create bespoke routines and provide pampering sit down consultations as part of your daily work. As a Lush Sales Ambassador, you are also a brand ambassador. When interacting with customers, celebrate our brand values with them. Our naked products, inspiring campaigns, Charity Pot; there's so much that you can share! Our values also extend to how we care for our customers; a well-timed Random Act of Kindness can really lift them up and make their day. Communication is central to a successful shop floor. Utilise the check-in conversations, direction and delegation you are given by your management team. They're on the shop floor to guide and support you in delivering the best customer experience possible. Your Shop & Team Ensure your shop is well looked after. Keep the shop floor clean, tidy, & well merchandised and your stock fresh for our customers, and all back of house areas as clean, safe, and pleasant as you can for the team. Where company-wide procedures and policies exist, you should ensure you and your team work within these parameters. This includes working to deadlines when set by the wider business as well as any company-wide policies stated in the Employee Handbook. You are a key element of an exciting, dynamic team. As you progress with your knowledge and skills, make sure you pass this knowledge on to newer members of the team and share your experience. Everyone can support the development of everyone else. Attendance is mandatory for monthly shop meetings and all trainings scheduled by your Shop Manager. From time to time, you may be asked to take on additional tasks to support the team and business, such as receiving shipment, taking inventory, social media or visual merchandising. Encourage, respect and look after one another. Hold each other up so that your place of work is a supportive environment. Your Development You are responsible for your own development. Create your own career goals, and ensure you’re on the right path. Regularly assess your own performance and where there are gaps in your knowledge or skill, work out the best way to move forward. Routinely seek out the development you feel you need from your management team, so they can tailor-make learning opportunities for you and understand your career goals. Utilise any feedback, coaching, meetings and reviews that you receive – they all exist to develop your skills. If you feel you will be a perfect fit for LUSH Singapore, please email your resume to recruit@lushsg.com. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
2021-10-23

A LUSH Career: Part Time Sales Ambassadors

Soap enthusiasts, demo experts, brand ambassadors; this is your Part Time Sales Ambassador job description for Singapore.       The Details Pay: Your basic hourly wage is S$8.50. Location: You will work in one shop, which will be your usual place of work. From time to time, whereby other shops require additional manpower, your manager could assign you to work at the respective shop for a particular shift. Hours: You are contracted to submit a minimum of 3 days availability per week including at least 1 weekend (Saturday or Sunday). Shifts will be allocated based on the shop’s needs, at your Shop Manager’s discretion. Your Customers Our customers are at the heart of our business and we want to create the ultimate Lush experience. Ensure you remain customer-focused at all times, making their shopping experience your top priority. A keen awareness of the shop floor is necessary to understand where each customer is in their journey and how you can contribute to their 5* in-store experience. We ask insightful questions to uncover the right products for each customer, and showcase them through engaging product demonstrations. Support their buying decisions by asking questions to confirm interest and secure sales. Give shop tours through intelligent link sales, create bespoke routines and provide pampering sit down consultations as part of your daily work. As a Lush Sales Ambassador, you are also a brand ambassador. When interacting with customers, celebrate our brand values with them. Our naked products, inspiring campaigns, Charity Pot; there's so much that you can share! Our values also extend to how we care for our customers; a well-timed Random Act of Kindness can really lift them up and make their day. Communication is central to a successful shop floor. Utilise the check-in conversations, direction and delegation you are given by your management team. They're on the shop floor to guide and support you in delivering the best customer experience possible.   Your Shop & Team Ensure your shop is well looked after. Keep the shop floor clean, tidy, & well merchandised and your stock fresh for our customers, and all back of house areas as clean, safe, and pleasant as you can for the team. Where company-wide procedures and policies exist, you should ensure you and your team work within these parameters. This includes working to deadlines when set by the wider business as well as any company-wide policies stated in the Employee Handbook. You are a key element of an exciting, dynamic team. As you progress with your knowledge and skills, make sure you pass this knowledge on to newer members of the team and share your experience. Everyone can support the development of everyone else. Attendance is mandatory for monthly shop meetings and all trainings scheduled by your Shop Manager. From time to time, you may be asked to take on additional tasks to support the team and business, such as receiving shipment, taking inventory, social media or visual merchandising. Encourage, respect and look after one another. Hold each other up so that your place of work is a supportive environment. Your Development You are responsible for your own development. Create your own career goals, and ensure you’re on the right path. Regularly assess your own performance and where there are gaps in your knowledge or skill, work out the best way to move forward. Routinely seek out the development you feel you need from your management team, so they can tailor-make learning opportunities for you and understand your career goals. Utilise any feedback, coaching, meetings and reviews that you receive – they all exist to develop your skills.   If you feel you will be a perfect fit for LUSH Singapore, please email your resume to recruit@lushsg.com. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
2021-10-23

How to Use Henna

Henna’s not just the hippie colour your mum experimented with in the ‘70s. It’s the choice of natural hair dye for anyone who wants colour, gloss, and vibrance, without damaging their hair. Lush co-founder Mark Constantine created Lush's bespoke blends after decades of henna hair-dying experience, and fellow co-founder Helen Ambrosen reinvented them in an easy-to-use cocoa butter brick that gives beautiful results.   Before you start boiling the kettle, please read this FAQ to find everything you need to know about getting your desired shade from Lush Henna How to apply Lush henna Having assessed your hair and done your strand test, you’re ready to get cracking. Here’s exactly what you’ll need: Your chosen henna brick (more than one if your hair is very long and thick). A friend to help out, if possible. A pair of rubber gloves or trusty marigolds. A bain-marie (or heat-proof bowl in a saucepan), and a stirring spoon. An easy-to-clean henna station (we recommend your bathroom or kitchen with newspaper on the floor). Clips to section your hair. Dark coloured towels and clothing for you and your friend. Shampoo and conditioner, plus a protective balm, like Ultrabland. Wide brush to apply henna (optional). Cling film or a shower cap if you’d like a more vibrant result.   Henna is best applied with a bit of help from a friend, especially if you are changing colour more dramatically but you can do it yourself – just allow extra time. Step 1: Make sure your hair is clean and free of styling product. Wear dark clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit messy and apply your Ultrabland to the hairline and ears to prevent staining. Clip your hair up, leaving a section down at the back. Step 2: Prepare your henna. Each brick is designed to be enough for one head of mid-length to long hair so short crops will need less, and very long hair will need more. Break the sections up carefully with a sharp knife, and place in your heat-proof container. Step 3: Add some hot water to your saucepan and place your heat-proof bowl over the top, adding a little hot water gradually. Each cube roughly requires about 100ml of water, which should be added slowly during the process until you have a paste that resembles melted chocolate. Step 4: Apply your henna in sections from the back of the head to the front, and from the roots downwards, using a brush or your hands. Henna takes longer to adhere to newer hair at the roots than more weathered or porous ends, so this technique enables a more even application and better coverage. Even if you’ve used a brush, you might want to finish with (gloved) hands to really coat the hair. Step 5: If you are using Rouge or Marron and want a redder, more vibrant result, wrap your hair in cling film or a natty shower cap. This warms the hair and encourages the red colour in the henna to develop more fully. If you’ve used Brun or Noir and want a darker colour, keep the hair exposed to encourage the indigo to oxidise more fully. Taking a steamy bath is a great way to encourage your colour to develop. New henna applications should stay on the head for about two hours, but top-ups can take less time. Step 6: Give your hair a really good rinse and shampoo to remove the henna (you may need to repeat this process), if possible, over the bath using a detachable showerhead. Rinse until the water runs clear. You can apply another coat of henna as soon as your hair is dry if this is part of a two-step application, or wait a while. Both henna and indigo will continue to develop over a few days and so your end result may be subtly different from your first rinse away.   Want to see the process in detail? Check out this henna masterclass from Mark Constantine which also has plenty of background information on Lush's passion for henna, or choose your henna brick here. Further Questions? Contact our Customer Care team at orders@lushsg.com   We'd love to see your results! Tag them with #lushhairlabs and share them with @lushsingapore and @lushhairlabhq on Instagram.
2021-10-22

Let's talk about henna: A FAQ

Henna’s not just the hippie colour your mum experimented with in the ‘70s, it’s the choice of natural hair dye for anyone who wants colour, gloss, and vibrance, without damaging their hair. Like many a good long-term relationship, henna hair dye requires commitment, but you can expect unbeatable colour, body and shine in return. If you are planning to give henna a try, it’s worth thinking realistically about your routine, whether you plan to perm or relax soon, or know you are going to want to go blue next month. We've tried to answer as many of your questions here so you can henna with confidence and love your results. Frequently Asked Questions What is henna? Lawsonia inermis is a flowering plant that contains an ancient pigment in its leaves capable of producing a rich red to orange pigment. Commonly believed to be indigenous to northern Africa and the Middle East, henna has been used to dye hair, nails and skin for thousands of years. How does henna work? Henna plant leaves contain compounds known as naphthoquinones: a group of natural pigments that are believed to be responsible for changing the colour of fertilised fruits and protecting plants against ultraviolet light, dryness and insects. A dye is formed when the natural precursors in the henna leaf (known as hennosides) react to mildly acidic conditions, such as lemon juice, and oxidise. The lawsone then binds with the keratin in the hair cuticle, varnishing rather than penetrating the hair fibre. Is Lush henna natural? Lush henna bricks are composed of 100% natural ingredients, including the highest quality Iranian henna and indigo, and herbs and essential oils that benefit the hair and scalp. What are the benefits of henna? Where do we start? Henna is one of the few materials found in nature that has an affinity with the hair’s keratin, meaning it gives amazing lasting colour without the need for a chemical mordant which ‘fixes’ the colour in place. It is also a wonderful ingredient to use if you want to add body to the hair, increase shine, and make your locks look and feel beautifully healthy. It is both a treatment for the hair (use Brun on brown hair to see for yourself!) as well as a natural colourant.  How do I pick my colour? Lush henna bricks are available in four shades, from the brightest red to inky dark brown. You can mix and match these to subtly tailor your colour if you like, but if you are planning to go from light, twinkly grey or white to a dark colour you will have to apply a base of Rouge first (see the steps for blonde or white hair below). Rouge contains no indigo, so it will provide a fiery red colour which varies in intensity depending on your natural colour. Very fair hair will have the brightest results. Rouge is also an essential base coat if you are going from fair to dark or covering a high proportion of grey hairs (See Will henna cover my grey hairs?). Marron has a high henna content but the addition of indigo to provide a darker, chestnut red. Brun contains a higher percentage of indigo than henna to provide a rich, chocolate brown colour with minimal red tones. Noir contains the highest percentage of indigo to provide deep, inky black colour. To maintain the cooler tones, you may want to top up regularly as indigo adheres to the hair less effectively than henna. I’ve had a black henna tattoo before – is it safe for me to use Lush henna?  Black henna is a dangerous adulterated blend of henna and paraphenylenediamine (also known as PPD): an ingredient used in permanent hair dyes to create dark shades. It has high allergy-inducing potential (which is why box hair dyes will always warn you to do a patch test). The amount of PPD allowed in commercial and professional dyes is strictly regulated in the UK and EU, but black henna tattoos contain dangerously high levels of this ingredient to give the design a darker colour and make it last longer. If you have ever had a black henna tattoo you may have been sensitised to PPD-containing products without your knowledge and should be very careful using synthetic hair dyes. Lush henna does not contain any PPD or similar contaminants meaning it is safe to use if you have had a black henna tattoo in the past. We also regularly test our henna to ensure it has not been adulterated. I’ve had a reaction to synthetic hair dye before, is it safe for me to use Lush henna? Henna is a wonderful alternative hair dye for people who have allergies to synthetic dyes. The ingredient has an incredibly long history of use and your chance of being allergic to it is very low indeed (unless you have a genetic condition called G6PD Deficiency in which case you should not use henna.)  However, if you are concerned, you can conduct a patch test by applying a small amount of Lush henna paste to your forearm, leaving it for two hours before removing, then waiting for 96 hours to ensure you have no redness or irritation. Do I need to do a strand test before I use henna? Yes, please. Henna is classed as permanent by many specialists because it brings such lasting colour to your hair, (particularly fairer shades). As your beautiful new colour is here to stay for the long term, snip off a small lock of hair towards the back of the head near the nape of the neck and do a trial run to make sure you are 100% happy with the result. You’ll have a good idea of the final colour after 48 hours. How do I dye my white, blonde, or light hair dark? The most dramatic transformation henna can produce is on blonde or white hair. If you are planning to dye your fair hair brown or much darker, you must always start with a red base. This is crucial to avoid khaki tones and potentially patchy coverage. We repeat: step away from the Noir – for now.  Following the How To Use steps on the henna product pages, apply a base of Rouge first, and follow up with your preferred colour, whether that’s Brun, Noir or Marron. Even if it’s Rouge once more, a second application will make sure your coverage is even and more vivid. You can reapply henna as soon as you like, so either enjoy fantastically bright red hair for a couple of days or whip on your next colour as soon as your hair has dried. If your desired shade is very dark or your natural hair is very fair, additional applications may be needed, but your henna and indigo blend will continue to oxidise over a couple of days and may subtly darken anyway. Hennaed fair hair will require the most maintenance to keep your colour tip top. Top up as often as you like and as suits your lifestyle; monthly will keep your colour in beautiful condition. Will henna cover my grey hairs? Henna has a stunning effect on greys. Grey hair is composed of fibres that have lost their melanin and turned white, and fibres that still retain their natural dark colour, creating an overall impression of ‘grey’. That’s why blondes and redheads tend to go fairer as they age. Only brunettes appear to go ‘grey’. You may have noticed that grey hairs tend to be a little coarser than pigmented hairs.  Henna will not fully cover these but coats them in a dazzling, twinkly way that looks natural.  On hair that is over 40% grey, the result will be very vibrant, and you should follow the same procedure for treating white hair as blonde (see above), using Rouge as a base colour to counteract green shades and then following with your chosen colour. You may need to apply Rouge twice if that is your chosen colour. Re-apply your henna as often as you like to keep the coverage fresh and your lighter hairs extra twinkly. Can I use bleach before or after using henna? Resist the urge to immediately bleach hair that has been coloured with henna, as bleach opens the cuticles of the hair and forces the colour deeper inside. You should wait until there is a noticeable fading of the henna on your hair before you try to lighten it and always conduct a strand test to check the final shade.  You can, however, apply henna to bleached hair. As bleach will make your hair more porous, it is especially susceptible to very bright results so be extra vigilant with the strand test. If you want to dye bleached hair darker you will need to apply a Rouge base first, followed by the darker shade. See the steps for blonde or white hair. Can I use henna on hair coloured with synthetic hair dye and vice versa? You can apply henna to synthetically coloured hair, but chemically colouring over the top of henna is a much trickier task, as your dye will find it harder to penetrate the cuticle. Wait at least a month or until your henna has noticeably faded and rely on a strand test to predict the results. You may need to wait longer, depending on how well the henna has taken to your hair. Is henna suitable for Afro hair? Yes! Henna can have a lovely protective effect on curl patterns 3A to 4C, especially if it is high porosity. The lawsone adheres to the cuticle, sealing any broken or open parts of the cuticle, and is a gentle alternative to synthetic permanent dyes. You may notice that the combability of your hair is not improved when using henna (that’s because you are slightly increasing the density of the hair fibre) but the shine is fantastic. Some people may also find regular use loosens and defines their curl pattern slightly, which may or may not be an effect they like. Can I apply henna to braids or a similar protective style? It’s advisable to only apply henna when your hair is loose to ensure that you have a thorough and even result (and are able to remove the henna successfully). Can I use henna on my locs? Henna can have a lovely effect on locs but it does take extra work. The main difficulty is removing the henna, so we advise using a co-wash to aid slip in the hair and be prepared to spend a reasonable amount of time washing it out. Strand-testing is the best way to judge the scale of your job and your aptitude for it. Can I use henna on my extensions? Henna can be a great option for human hair extensions (not synthetic) to add depth or change colour without inducing damage. Just make sure to do a strand test on both the extensions and your own hair to ensure you have a colour match you are happy with. Can I use henna before or after a perming or relaxing treatment? Both relaxer and perming chemicals need to penetrate the cuticle to induce structural changes in the hair, however, so using henna beforehand (which adds a layer to the cuticle) will reduce the effectiveness of your treatment. Using henna after your treatment, however, is a lovely way to bring condition, shine and strength to hair damaged by the process.  It is advisable to avoid using henna on your hair two weeks before you relax or perm it, and to wait at least three days but ideally a few weeks after relaxing or perming the hair to allow the structural changes to solidify. If you both henna and perm or straighten your hair regularly, you may not quite achieve the desired structural changes, but your hair will look in much better condition. It’s also natural for a little of the henna colour to come away during a perm or relaxer. Can I use henna if I am transitioning from relaxed to natural hair? Yes, but again bear in mind that you are working with different textures. Relaxed ends are likely to be very porous and accept the colour more quickly than natural roots. If your hair is dark, this is unlikely to show but bleached or blonde hair may have a very bright result in some areas. Multiple applications will be key. Can I use henna to colour my beard, eyebrows or eyelashes? Lush henna is a great option for colouring your beard. Beard hairs are coarser than scalp hair fibres and so may require further applications. You’ll get the best result if you thoroughly cleanse your beard beforehand. Kalamazoo is a good choice but a gentle scrub like Dark Angels will also help to lift away dead skin and reduce the chance of staining. If you have a very long beard use a shampoo through the lengths and ends. Apply Ultrabland around the hairline and follow the steps below. Lush henna bricks have been designed for use on thicker scalp hairs and so we do not recommend using them around the eye area, as both the area of skin is very delicate, and the hair fibres are very fine. How often can I apply henna? You can henna as often as you like to keep your colour in beautiful condition, whether that’s once a week or once every few months. Frequent applications will also build up the colour for a darker or brighter result, depending on the amount of indigo or henna in your chosen brick. Indigo adheres less strongly to the hair and so Noir, Brun and Marron may require more frequent top-ups than Rouge. Can I freeze my leftover henna? We wouldn't advise this – Lush products are best used fresh! Want to find out more? You’ll find a henna masterclass from Mark Constantine here as well as plenty of background information on Lush’s passion for henna. Further questions? Contact our Customer Care team at orders@lushsg.com
2021-10-22

Bulk Buying Policy

Lush has a policy of no bulk buying and no resale of our products. We really do not wish to offend you, but the amount of items you wish to purchase could be more than our Bulk Buy Policy allows. As you can imagine, as retailers we wish to sell as many products as we can – but there are some strong reasons why sometimes we must refuse a sale. We like to be open and have good relationships with all our customers, so we would like to explain to you why we cannot sell you the items you want today. Lush has a policy of no bulk buying and no resale of our products.   The main reasons for the policy are as follows. Bulk Buying for personal use. Our Fresh Handmade Cosmetics contain lots of fresh ingredients, fruit and vegetables – so in order for the vitality of the ingredients and the active enzymes to be at their most potent, we operate to a strict policy of small batch sizes, a fast turn around and a short shelf life.  We therefore encourage our customers to buy small amounts often, rather than stockpile bulk for personal use, which would be well past its best by the time it is used. Lush products should not be resold. The reason we do not wish third party resellers to trade in our products is because we want all our customers to receive top quality customer consultations from our own trained staff in order to find the products that best suit the needs of their skin and hair.  Our brand reputation is built on making sure that products are effective and tailored for the individual, to ensure that the money each customer spends with us is on something that they will use, instead of something they will find useless and will need to throw away because it did not suit.  This is also vital to our Environmental Policies, where we have targeted our business to not sell products that will end up unwanted and in landfill.  Careful purchasing is good for the customer and good for the environment. Reselling around the world. We are aware that in some countries there are large amounts of Lush products for sale, both online and on high streets, where it is not us selling them.  These rogue traders not only risk selling our customers stale products or items that are not suited to that customer – but they also risk exposing our products to animal testing.  In some countries the laws governing safety testing not only require testing of products when they are in the product development stage, but they also have laws whereby the authorities can test products found for sale in shops, markets or online.  If governments in these countries see Lush products being sold, they have the power to take samples and conduct their own safety testing on them.  This testing is done using animals.  For the whole of our existence, Lush has been vehemently opposed to animal testing – and our whole business has been modelled in order that no animals die for our products.   It is of the utmost importance to us that we do not allow our products to enter these countries in resale quantities – because of the risk that Lush products could be tested in this way, unknown by us. One-off bulk buys for special events. We of course understand that sometimes bulk buying is necessary for one-off events, birthday party goodie bags, wedding favours or corporate gifts.  We can accommodate these purchases through email at orders@lushsg.com, where we will discuss your needs and place a special order for you. We hope that you can understand why we do not allow bulk purchase. We would love you to shop with us little and often and enjoy our products fresh and effective.   Original article by LUSH UK Adapted by LUSH Singapore
2021-10-22