Hello World and welcome to a LUSH haul and first impressions! Truth be told, the only LUSH products I have ever purchased are their massage lotion bars and a lip scrub. Ironically enough I will be the first person to yell "I LOVE LUSH" from the rooftops. Shopping in a LUSH store can be a bit overwhelming. They are always so nice, sometimes too nice, and are ready to slather you up, demonstrating their education over the products they sell. This is awesome. This company has the most educated sales-team I have ever seen.
The only problem? I'm a "find it myself" kind of shopper. I like to walk in, be greeted (to know I'm valued.. LOL is that weird?), and then will find an associate for questions when I need to. I like to feel and sample the products organically (without being "introduced" to them). Never have I had this experience at LUSH. Hence, the lack of purchases. About two weeks ago, it finally hit me; I would need to start using more than just a lip scrub before singing LUSH praises. So that's exactly what I set out to do.
Familiar with the shopping-experience at LUSH and how it conflicts with the manner in which I like to shop, I turned my sites online. For about two hours I scoured LUSH.com for ingredient lists and scrolled through pages of anything I might be tempted by in-store. At the end of my research, I had complied a list of "must-buy" and "sample, please" products. I then took that list to the LUSH store, showed it to one of their helpful professionals who suited me with a wicker basket full of goodies and directed me to the checkout line.
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Feelings on "No-Poo"
This has become a major topic when it comes to hair care. "No-Poo" has even become a marketing scheme of some hair care companies. I feel as though this has gotten as touchy a subject as "how to care for your child"; which even as a non-parent I know it's not something you'll be happy you addressed. If you are unfamiliar with what I'm talking about, here is a brief overview of the "argument" at hand... Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a "surfactant" (emulsifier to make your shampoo foam and suds) derived from coconuts. During the processing of "SLS" it can become contaminated with a toxin that, when ingested by animals, can cause health problems.
My first day of cosmetology school I attended a class designed to cover everything about shampoos and conditioners, followed by a hands-on student-exchange hair washing. Great! After we washed each others hair we all sat down for a lecture forewarning us about the harmful effects of SLS. We were instructed to never recommend or use a product containing this surfactant. After our lecture I headed straight to the "back-bar" of shampoos and conditioners for our student-salon and read the ingredients listed by the companies. There it was; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (among other surfactants) listed on the very bottle my teacher recommended I use for my fine, color-treated hair. Alarm bells went off in my head; was this just another "lie" hair care brands fed to gullible hairstylists to get them on their "No-Poo" campaign?
Since that class I have watched the "No-Poo" topic spread to radio-shows, television talk-shows and even to big-time blogger/vlogger (unlicensed hair "gurus") discussions. It is disheartening to watch these influential people give out false or misinterpreted information to the masses. When someone tells you an ingredient in your haircare routine gives you cancer, naturally you'd want to stop using that product. The problem is, this isn't the WHOLE truth. It is absolutely true that rats who ingested (more accurately; who were forcibly fed) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate have developed kidney and liver problems, as well as cancer. Unless you are eating your shampoo, this is not the same manner in which you are being exposed to SLS in hair care.
Now hang on for a bit of a detour (I promise it's related). What do you eat every day? Chances are you're one of the millions in the majority of the world eating processed food on a daily basis. Whole grain crackers, breads, "vegan" ready-meals, these things are mighty healthy but still processed. Even your favorite coffee flavor at Starbucks will have an artificial flavor that some health group in Sweden says will kill you. Some clothing or accessories that you buy are "known to the State of California to contain carcinogens". Do you see where I'm headed? In today's world, it's hard to escape the "toxins" and will take lots of research and dedication to avoid it. Does that mean that because it's hard work, you shouldn't bother? NO! But don't feel guilty because you like your shampoo to foam up.
I think my biggest problem with the "No-Poo" campaign is the stress it adds to an already over-stressed world. Do I agree with the continued use of SLS in shampoo (SLS in other things is a whole other blog post!)? Not entirely, although I do believe taking away my foaming shampoo is not going to decrease my risk of cancer. I do believe that some people need to put as much worry into the world around them as they do over finding a new surfactant-free shampoo. Generosity, recycling/repurposing, and compassion for the world are things I'm not seeing many stressing about. I see the same individual who washes their hair with vinegar to avoid SLS down a package of over-processed crackers and then not recycle the box. Our future is something I stress over, not my hair care.
What are your thoughts on the "No-Poo" campaign?
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