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Mark Constantine and Liz Weir go way back. They met in the 1970s and together they formulated some of The Body Shop’s foundational products. The British business partners then launched a mail order company known as Cosmetics To Go, offering cruelty free and vegetarian products. These included products in new formats like solid shampoo bars and massage bars.
Constantine and Weir essentially invented the bath bomb.
Their Lush Cosmetics was born in 1995 and today has nearly 270 shops in North America alone. The newest one is coming to The Shops at Clearfork, the Fort Worth shopping district. The holiday pop-up store will take over the former Shinobi space at 5014 Gage Ave Unit No. 190. It opens this Thursday, October 7 and the pop-up will run through January 15.
“It will be fully stocked with the best of our Halloween and Christmas ranges, as well as some of our best-selling bath, face, hair and shower products,” Rebecca Peters, marketing and communications manager at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics North America, says. “Fort Worth is the only city in Texas that will have one of our holiday pop-ups.
“Offering shoppers the chance to get their hands on sweet-scented goodies for the first time in Fort Worth, the festive store will be decked head to toe in the best Halloween and Christmas products, as well as a selection of year-round favorites, making gift shopping this season easier than ever.
“Soaps, bath bombs, face masks, scrubs and more. There’s something for every elf, good or bad.”
Lush is famous for its commitment to ending animal testing altogether. Everything it makes is 100 percent tested on humans instead. Its packaging is minimal. Its product line seemingly endless. Everything from makeup and skin care to nourishing bath oils, soaps and scrubs. There’s a full line of hair care, including natural henna dyes and scents — from solid perfumes to vegan body sprays.
The new Fort Worth Lush is more than a quick stop. It is going to be a destination all its own. It’s a whole new way to think about cosmetics and Lush is constantly pushing the envelope. The company’s commitment to rethinking the status quo also includes many low-waste and packaging-free products. Those might take a quick tutorial to get you up to speed.
For instance, solid shampoo bars and conditioners come sans plastic bottle, and require little to no water to use. Package free skin conditioning is an interesting take as well. No plastic required. In fact, Lush Cosmetics is an industry leader with 35 percent of its products packaging free. Or what the brand calls “naked”.
“We are so excited to be coming to Fort Worth with a three-month long pop-up,” says Elisa Torres, Lush’s director of retail. “The last 22 months have been challenging for all of us, and we’re looking forward to connecting with more of our customers and offering them the chance to enjoy Lush in person. Our Shops at Clearfork store hopes to spark the festive joy everyone deserves this holiday season.
“We’ve designed the space with the customer experience in mind and can’t wait for the Fort Worth community to enjoy our Halloween and Christmas ranges, whether treating themselves or others.”
In October, the new Fort Worth Lush will be all things Halloween. From ghostly bubble bars to slimy show sudsers. Then, in November the store will transform into a festive haven where Lush’s signature scent, Snow Fairy, will be brought to life throughout the store. Including in an interactive selfie experience.
“Shoppers will be able to get their hands on the full Halloween and holiday ranges, whoever they’re looking to treat this year,” Peters says. “There will also be a selection of our bestselling all-year-round products, from face masks to shower gels and everything in-between.”
Lush Cosmetics already has other permanent stores in Texas, including shops in Southlake, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Now, it is introducing its unique lineup to Cowtown, if only for a short while.