Sunday, May 1, 2016

VLOG: Lush Factory Tour Toronto 2016

Yeah. That's right. I filmed my very first vlog. Last week, I went for a little visit to the Lush Factory in Toronto and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making a video. Subscribe to my youtube channel at  >> <<

The tour was quite an intimate affair. Just three of us, ooh-ing and aahhh-ing at the sights and sounds. We had the opportunity to work with the compounders to make some of Lush's current and unreleased products. Highlights of the Lush Factory included the GLITTER ROOM and the BUBBLE DEPARTMENT. Seriously though, who wouldn't want to work in a place with a glitter room? Anyways, click the video to see how it all went down. 

Yeah, anyone who knows a thing or two about Lush knows that it's a great company.  BUT It's one thing to read all of Lush's corporate policies in regards to product quality, freshness, and handmade products on their website. It's another thing to see it all happen in person. 

Compounder "made by" stickers

Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon before moulding (aka Play-doh)

Lush Avobath Bath Bomb before pressing

LUSH Superdad Bath Bomb (limited edition for Father's Day 2016)

Everything in the glitter room is covered in GLITTER! 

Lush Lava Lamp Bath Bomb (makes your tub look like a lava lamp) 

Can I take him home? Please? 

New 2016 Canadian launches - May Pole Soap, Outback Mate Soap, Serendipity Soap, Layer Cake Soap, Respect Your Elders Soap 

A Whiteboard at the Lush Factory

The tour really was a big reminder of Lush's commitment to being an ethical and transparent beauty brand. A few more things that I saw during the tour that I forgot to mention in my video: 

Where possible, ingredients are sourced locally. The Lush Toronto Factory gets their bread from a bakery down the road and juice from Chasers in Toronto.

Everything is fresh. If the fruit and vegetable refrigerator wasn't enough. Lush has a 3 month policy, where any product that is held in the factory for more than three months is thrown out.

Product quality and consistency is a priority. Employees wear gloves and switch them every time they need to change tasks or ingredients. There are scales everywhere so that each bubble bar/soap/shampoo bar is the same size. And blenders too because we were told that if a raw ingredient like avocado or banana doesn't get broken down properly, it could go mouldy. 

Everything is handmade. Someone's JOB is to crack eggs and separate out the whites for the Brazened Honey Face Mask. I got to hand press bath bombs. And it's crazy because I sucked at it. ALL of lush's bath bombs are hand pressed.

The Lush Factory was FUN. 

Products Mentioned: 
- Lush Avo Bath Bath Bomb
- Lush Lava Lamp Bath Bomb
- Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask
- Lush Outback Mate Soap
- Lush Serendipity Soap
- Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon

All in all, this was a crazy amazing opportunity and I'm happy I can share it with you :)

Have you ever visited a Lush Factory? What's your favourite product from Lush? 

Special thanks to the Lush PR team for the amazing experience. Products mentioned were received for editorial consideration. 

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