I realize Lush is one of those "socially conscious", green companies. Most of the stuff they support is inoffensive to me. I have no problem with cutting down on wasteful packaging. I don't believe that cosmetics should be tested on animals. (I have no problem with medical research, meat, leather or even fur, though.) I think it's great that they buy certain ingredients in such a way that it helps Africans be more self-sufficient.
But I am really offended by this. Even if I supported the cause, I would find it tasteless. And I can't help but wonder what these radical Muslim men would think of their pictures unfolding in the bathwater of naked infidel women.
I have bought stuff from the Lush UK site before...products discontinued or not available yet in the US. I guess I will have to not order from them anymore. (Especially since several items in my last order were all broken up -- I know these guys are trying to reduce packaging, but geez...)
As for Lush in general...well I have figured out how to duplicate several of their fragrances with my own fragrance oils. I can make my own soap. I can make pretty decent bath bombs. I still haven't got the bubble bars figured out, but I will eventually. So I can make many of these things myself. I've got a lot of Lush stuff, so I won't need to buy anything from them for a while. I'm pretty offended by this whole thing, so I don't know if I can buy from them again.
(Via Kathy Shaidle, who succinctly points out the utter silliness of this whole thing.)
Update (3/17/08): Yesterday, I got a referral from Lush Australia going straight to this entry. Interesting. Again, let me sum up -- I love Lush's products, but I don't like the politics. I think they should choose causes that don't offend a good portion of their American customer base. I'm not saying I will boycott them (I'm not really a "boycott" person). But I am saying that this puts a damper on my wanting to spend my money on their products. I need to get back into my soapmaking hobby anyway, and making my own stuff instead of buying from others is a good excuse to do so.