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!

Back in the US of A

  • May. 27th, 2009 at 12:38 PM
mochi: A woman leans back on her dressing table (fashion: resting)
After four months living in Japan, I have returned to the United States. Culture shock has not quite set in yet, but jet lag has. I am glad to be home, though, as much as I miss my friends from abroad.

Now that I am on summer vacation, it is time to bust out my Photoshop skills and make some icons from all the photos I took in Japan. Other art types as well shall be forthcoming, especially once Kristin and I get started drawing our comic.

Today I went to Harvard Square to visit Lush. Kristin introduced me to the chain while we were in Japan; I had known about it before, but never stopped in. The woman who helped me today gave me a free hand treatment, and I bought some deoderant sans-aluminum. It smells like citrus! Yummy. If I'd had a bit more cash to spend I would have bought the lemon and shea butter lotion as well, but after that I was going to pick up my car from the garage, so I needed to keep my money tight.

My car sat in my parents' driveway while I was in Japan. Naturally, after four months of sitting still it needed some tuning up. The poor thing needed parts replaced in the front breaks, which ran me nearly $400. Better to have working breaks than not, though. I have a long drive tomorrow! Some of you may know the radio show Car Talk; it's their garage that fixes my car, so she was in good hands.