Lesley Hughes is seriously pissed at Lush after her 12-year-old daughter was given a Snow Fairy body wash for Christmas. What’s the problem, you ask? While it didn’t color her entire body pink or cause a horrific allergic reaction, it did, according to Hughes, “encourage” her to have shower sex. HUGE no-no.
Hughes, a 49-year-old mother of three, says that the shower gel instructed her young daughter Jennifer to “find someone you really like and invite them into the shower with you,” despite being marketed in a seemingly innocent light. She also claims that the product could be used by pedophiles to persuade children into providing sexual favors. Because that makes perfect sense.
“I spend a lot of money in Lush – we love their stuff an we love what they are about – and Jennifer got lots of different Lush products for Christmas,” she explained. “She only opened it the other day but as she gets skin problems I asked to have a look at the Snow Fairy label to check the ingredients. As soon as Jennifer saw my face, she said ‘what’s up?’ My exact words were ‘what the hell?'”
She continued, “She read it and asked me why that was on there. It was the look of disbelief on her face – she said ‘why would I invite someone else into my shower with me?’ She didn’t understand.”
Needless to say, Hughes was appalled.
“I was shocked. This product is clearly aimed at young girls, it is pink and glittery. It’s dangerous – people could use it to persuade kids to do things they should not be doing,” she added. “A lot of people have told me to get a life and said it doesn’t mean sex, but for them to even say that it is clearly the first thing that they thought, which shows that’s exactly what it means. Jennifer is not an idiot, she knows what’s going on in the world, and we are not prudes and do not keep things from her, but at her age she knows what she needs to know.”
Luckily, Hughes has one simple request: for Lush to change the labels on all of their Snow Fairy body washes.
A spokesperson for Lush has since responded to the complaint, saying,
While we take our products and their ingredients seriously, we try not to take ourselves too seriously and like to have humor at the heart of everything we do.
Our humor is very traditionally British – sometimes in the style of seaside postcards and Christmas pantomime, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, often self-deprecating.
Our customers tend to have an innate understanding of this style of humor. It is never our intention to offend, but as with all humor not everyone will find the same things funny.
As far as the mixed age of our customers and readers is concerned, we take the same line as UK pantomimes and many children’s films – where a laugh can be inserted that adults will understand but will go unnoticed by the young and innocent.
I mean, come on. It’s a joke! Your kid doesn’t need Lush body wash, just go to Bath and Body Works and save yourself the misery. I see where she’s coming from, but honestly, I think this is a huge overreaction.
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