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How we make bath bombs

Have you ever wondered what goes into making one of Lush’s great balls of bicarb? It’s not just sugar, spice and all things nice you know. Since their creation by Lush co-founder and product inventor Mo Constantine 30 years ago, bath bombs have made waves in bathtubs all over the world - so we don’t blame you for being curious

If you’re looking for the secret to bath bombs with benefits for body and mind, that champion ethical practises, and truly stand the test of time, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the inside scoop on all things fizzing and whizzing.

A generous dollop of handmade enthusiasm.

Handmade cosmetics are what Lush are famous for. From Mo Constantine pressing the very first bath bomb in her garden shed, to the 15.1 million bath bombs that splashed out of the UK factory and into your baths last year, handmade is what Lush do best.

With up to 600 people making bath bombs during the busiest period, Lush strive for happy people making happy bath bombs. The physical process of creating bath bombs is put into the hands of compounders rather than machines, meaning they gain the skills and expertise to grow within the business. With a huge range to choose from, Lush bath bombs are as unique and creative as the people who make them, meaning there’s a bath bomb to suit every mood.

A pinch of trial and error.

Lush believe in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again. Let’s face it - there’s been a few ballistic bombshells, but where would we be today without a little experimentation?

Bath bombs come in all shapes and sizes, with different colours, smells and extra surprises all mixed into a base of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. These fantastical fizzers can turn your average soak into a playground for the senses. We love to push the boundaries of bathing beyond what you’ve ever experienced before, and while things don’t always go right first time, when things work, they really work. It’s this unique process that created technicolour fizzers such as Groovy Kind of LoveGoddess and best seller Intergalactic, paving the way for bath art masterpieces.

One large scoop of community.

From the forums to #LushLabs, the Lush community has always been the driving force behind the products that get made. As the company has grown and developed over the years, so too has the community, and Lush now spread far and wide across the globe. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our customers, and your stories and feedback have inspired new products, campaigns and conversations.

Lush want to hear what you have to say, which is why we have a dedicated customer care team on hand to help whenever you need. From the good, the bad and the bubbly, spare no details please! The diverse range of voices and feedback from the community helps us to shape how the business is run, now more so than ever. You can join in the conversation using #LushCommunity, and have your say on all things Lush.

Heaps of fresh ingredients.

Fresh matters. The fresher the ingredients are, the more effective they are. When it comes to high quality, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly ingredients, Lush bath bombs rise to the top. We’ve created a range of fresh fizzers to suit every need using ingredients sourced ethically from across the globe.

Working directly with suppliers and producers, the company regularly visit them to know exactly where ingredients are coming from, ensuring we’re practising the most ethical way of sourcing possible. Lush suppliers help protect wildlife as they grow ingredients, bring peace to communities, regenerate damaged land, and much, much more. Lush’s strict Ethical Buying policy means we pack our products with fresh ingredients of the highest quality while safeguarding the land and communities we source them from.

A bunch of ethics.

Lush bath bombs don’t just have a pretty face. Beyond the bathtub, these fizzers and foamers have helped support communities across the world, fought for animal rights and taken a stand for the future of the planet.

Lush is known as a campaigning company that sells cosmetics, and throughout the company’s history bath bombs have been created to raise awareness and money for the groups we support. Bath bombs have campaigned against internet shutdowns, protected endangered Hen Harriers, and even taken a stand against illegal imprisonment on death row. So as well as being packed with sustainable and regenerative ingredients, these bath bombs can also create positive change across the planet.

A bucket load of naked nerve.

For Lush, going naked is nothing new. Our bath bombs have always been nude, and stripping back the packaging means focusing on the beautiful ingredients that go into making them instead. These whizzing wonders are works of art on their own - using coloured sea salt, flower petals and even plastic free glitter to create an entire range of dazzling delights. There’s no need to dress up these bath bombs when they look this good!

It’s never been more important to reduce waste, with predictions showing the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Cutting out packaging makes it easier for you to perfect your plastic free bathroom routine. Once these bath bombs have finished fizzing, the only thing left behind should be the smile on your face. You can step out of the bath with a clean conscience knowing that the ingredients that go into our bath bombs won’t damage our planet.

Although Lush’s top secret formulas will remain top secret, there’s more to our bath bombs than just their raw ingredients. Take a dip into the world of extraordinary bathing experiences by browsing bath bombs online, or simply pop into your local Lush store to sniff out the biggest bath bomb collection ever!

Help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of the bath bomb by grabbing your own whizzing wonder and sharing your bath time adventure using #WeTheBathers

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