Fragrant and soothing
Although the resinous cypress and the sweet vanilla don’t seem to have a lot in common, their scents are both known to soothe the spirit. They are infused together in propylene glycol, a veg-based humectant that conditions and hydrates the skin and hair.
Cupressus sempervirens (sempervirens meaning evergreen) is a species of the cypress tree, native to the Mediterranean. It is a tall conifer, reaching heights of 140 feet, with small flowers and brownish-grey cones.
The leaves have a clean, woody aroma which is believed to be calming during times of emotional stress and to stimulate feelings of joy and happiness. They also have antimicrobial properties and stimulate blood circulation, which means that they will cleanse and revive the skin.
Renowned for its sweet, warm and comforting fragrance, vanilla is soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanillin, its main aromatic compound, is an antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin's brightness and softness.
Vanilla beans (pods) are the dried unripe fruits the orchid vanilla planifolia. Native to tropical America, it can grow in most tropical areas near the equator. Each flower is pollinated by hand to produce a single bean that is normally harvested after eight or nine months and then pass through a complex curing process before resembling the black-brown fragrant spice we all know.
Lush used to buy vanilla beans from the Fair Trade Ndali farm in Uganda but a very serious shortage of vanilla on the market generally and in Uganda in particular changed the plans. This is why Lush currently buys beans from Madagascar and India.