“Honey, I washed the kids (and they liked it)” is a headline on Lush’s website. The Poole firm handmakes cosmetics, including bath products and hair treatments, using vegetarian ingredients and essential oils. It says it limits packaging and preservatives by using solid formulations, and donates proceeds from its body cream, Charity Pot, to good causes. Mark Constantine started out supplying The Body Shop in the 1970s and, together with a small team, launched Lush in 1995. There are now more than 600 Lush stores in 43 countries, including America, Japan and Russia. International sales have risen 48% a year, from £68.8m in 2007 to £150.8m in 2009.
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