Where do you want to go?

Lush, London

Lush is a UK based cosmetics company selling natural skin, hair, bath and shower products; like handmade soaps, lotions, bath bombs, shampoo etc. Lush is against animal testing, all of their products are vegetarian, and many are Vegan and labelled as such on their website and in-store.

Lush uses natural ingredients like fruits, vegetables, essential oils (no animal fats) and some synthetic materials. Some of their products contain beeswax, lanolin, honey or free-range eggs and hence are not vegan. All products are purchased from companies that are against animal testing, and Lush test their own products on human volunteers before sale!

Everything inside the shop looks and smells great. Some of it even looks edible! It all sits in the open (Lush use minimal packaging) and blocks of soap are sold by weight. As they are fresh and natural, some of the products even have use-by-dates.

Lush products make great gifts, and they sell box packages at £10, £20 etc already wrapped up and ready to go. Staff are friendly and helpful in picking the right thing, either for you or someone else.

Lush now has over 600 stores Worldwide, with stores all over London. You can find more branches here.

London Aug 2011London Aug 2011

Superdrug

The two largest drug store chains in the UK are Superdrug and Boots. Superdrug however are fully against animal testing with their own brand, so while they also sell evil brand products (GSK, J&J), their own range is much more animal friendly. Many of their own brand products are labelled as Vegan, and they are also cheaper than the big brands!

They aren’t necessarily “natural” products, more like Vegan versions of standard products. So go to Superdrug to stock up on cheap toiletries and personal products! You can find their other branches here.

Holland & Barret

Holland and Barret is a large Health Store chain in the UK, with branches all over London (I have only listed a few on this map, there are many more). They stock a large number of Vegetarian and Vegan products including food, vitamins and supplements. They are reasonable on price, but in particular they often have sales like buy-one-get-one-free or 50% off the 2nd item, great for stocking up on supplies! Many of the staff are actually quite knowledgeable too, so you can ask them questions.