An Open Letter to LUSH

  • Nov. 15th, 2010 at 8:09 PM
mochi: myself, dressed up fancy and being silly/cute at a train station (Default)
Oh, LUSH, how we love your fresh, natural products! Wait, what's that? They contain methylparaben? Wait a minute, doesn't that cause cancer??

Yes my friends, the sad truth is that your favorite LUSH product may be increasing your chances of getting cancer.

Because I love LUSH products, I have written to them to express my concern, and my desire to use LUSH products safely. Here is my letter:

Dear LUSH manufacturers:

I love LUSH products and the LUSH ethos, but recently I noticed a very disturbing fact:

LUSH uses parabens.

The use of parabens is in direct conflict with the LUSH ethos. An example of the dangers of parabens, from

"EWG's Skin Deep database, which compares cosmetic ingredients to over 50 international toxicity databases, indicates that parabens are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation."

Yikes! How can LUSH, with its focus on ethics like no animal testing and no petroleum, allow the use of carcinogenic parabens?

Please remove parabens from your products, so your customers can enjoy them in safety!

Friends, I am sure that some of you also use LUSH. Please, please write to them asking that they remove all parabens from their products! You have my permission to copy and re-send my message.

It's important that we get as many people as possible to write to LUSH! If they see that a large enough number of their customers are demanding the removal of parabens, they will surely have to respond or risk losing business.

I am doing this out of love for the company. If I didn't like them so much, I would just stop shopping there--but I would much rather keep using my lovely LUSH soaps and scrubs, minus the parabens!

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