New Self-Preserving Lush Skincare

Formulated to support the skin’s natural microbiome

Lush Co-founder and Product Inventor, Helen Ambrosen has created self-preserving formulations of much loved Lush moisturisers and Ultrabland cleanser to nourish both your complexion and the protective microorganisms that live there.

Modern lifestyles have drastically impacted the health of our skin. When it comes to cosmetics, research has found that products with a high level of synthetics deplete the natural diversity of your microbiome.

A microbiome whisperer, Helen has been navigating the complex science of skincare to create effective products for over forty five years. She pioneered Lush’s use of ingredients and meticulous formulation to create stable products that stay fresh without the use of synthetic preservatives – a concept she termed ‘self-preserving’.

It’s important to look after the helpful microflora that live on our skin and defend against invading bacterial pathogens. We use minimal preservatives in our products when we have to and we have been working hard to remove preservatives from products wherever we can over the decades. These versions are just as effective with all the goodness and no preservative content.

Lush Co-founder and Product Inventor, Helen Ambrosen.

What is your microbiome?

Your microbiome is unique to you, a community of friendly bacteria and microorganisms that care for the skin and offer protection against the microorganisms that can cause disease. When we try to improve the appearance or texture of our skin surface, we can alter its conditions which then disrupts the microbiome. 

Timeless skin care to see you through your lifetime

Skincare has been a lifetime journey for some of the Lush founders who have tried, tested and consistently used the products they created, noticing the effects on their skin over a lifetime. These new self-preserving products have been formulated to support the skin’s natural functions while having minimal interference. 

Just as we’re starting to understand how all the microorganisms in our gut are very important to our health, all the microorganisms on our skin are very important to our health too

Lush Co-founder and Product Inventor, Mark Constantine.

New! Lush Self-Preserving Skincare (Can last for 6months)

Celestial moisturiser (£20.00)

Lush’s number one bestselling moisturiser in a beautiful self-preserving formula to shield your skin from all that life (and you) throw at it. Almond milk and cupuaçu and illipe butters soften and moisturise, offering relief from the outside world.

Vanishing cream moisturiser (£24.00)

For combination, oily and teenage skin, and those who need a gentle touch to help with breakouts. This skin still needs moisture! Lavender water balances, rosewater soothes. Oils of grapeseed and camellia and a lightweight linseed gel soften.

Skin Drink moisturiser (£24.00)

Satisfy skin’s thirst with a soothing and restorative blend of evening primrose and sesame oils, aloe vera, and fresh avocado along with fresh rose petals and a perfume of neroli oil and rose absolute.

Skin’s Shangri La moisturiser (£40.00)

Gives the most luxurious, gloriously softening, moisturising effect. Nourishing, mineral rich ingredients so good that your skin can’t wait for the next time. Calming aloe vera and beautifying fresh rosemary complete the picture.

Enzymion moisturiser (£20.00)

A light touch for skin that needs an easily absorbed moisturiser to leave it softened and dewey. Nutritious wheatgerm and evening primrose oils are balanced by fresh lemon and papaya. Aloe adds calmness.

Ultrabland self-preserving cleanser (£10.00)

Ultra simple and effective. Removes dirt and makeup without stripping away your skin’s natural defences leaves skin feeling soft and calm. The inspiration for this beauty essential is based on a gentle oil, beeswax and rosewater emulsion “cold cream” recipe that was first invented in Ancient Greece nearly 2,000 years ago. 

A product for every need – Lush’s three types of skincare


Made of fruit, vegetables, clays and seaweeds, our fresh masks last for 28 days without preservatives and need to be kept in the fridge. 


Made from butters, oils and essential oils without preservatives the new self preserving face moisturisers and self preserving Ultrabland can last for six months. Others such as Mask of Magnaminty can last for three to four months.


Creams, lotions and products that are made with fruits and vegetables, which last for 14 months and contain minimal preservatives. 


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