About Mark Constantine
Mark Constantine co founded Lush with five friends creative confidante in 1995 after the collapse of previous mail order business Cosmetics To Go. Mark has been a key driving force behind the business for 25 years and also works as part of the product development team creating hair, skincare, and body creams as well as decadent Lush spa treatments.
Challenging the business to create fresh, innovative and anarchic cosmetic products, it is some of Mark's beliefs that Lush is based on and that have become the backbone of the company. Lush's stringent and pioneering 'against animal testing policy' is just one example of how his strong beliefs have transformed the cosmetics industry--he introduced a Supplier Specific Boycott Policy, which means that Lush will not buy any ingredient from any suppliers that tests any of its materials on animals for any purpose. This policy is unique in its field and is different and distinct from the Fixed Cut-Off Date policy employed by the Humane Cosmetics Standard.
Mark's plight against over packaging in the cosmetics industry is another. In the Channel 4 documentary "The Insider: Packaging is Rubbish," Mark highlighted just how much waste the average British citizen goes through in a lifetime and exactly where it ends up--in landfills. This is why the majority of Lush products are designed to be solid and can be sold without packaging.
In the 2010 Queen's New Years Honors list Mark and his wife Mo Constantine both received OBE's for their services to the beauty industry. Mark has been named five times since 2010 as one of London's 1000 Most Influential People in the Environment and Business Brains categories by The Evening Standard newspaper. In 2015 Mark was named in BBC Wildlife magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in British wildlife.
Mark's enduring love and enthusiasm for his work, as well as the beauty and retail industries, remain at the heart of his determination to make Lush the company we all want it to be.
Lush was founded in 1995 by six co-founders; Mo Constantine, Mark Constantine, Rowena Bird, Helen Ambrosen, Liz Bennett and Paul Greeves.
Emerging from the demise of a previous mail order business called Cosmetics To Go – a massive success that collapsed through a combination of over-trading and flooding – it was the same team that created and inspired this new venture called Lush.
Lush is 10% Employee Owned and our people are the heart and soul of our business.