Saccharina Japonica (Algi Kombu)
Kombu seaweed (also known as kelp) is bought in large, dry sheets, that can be cut in all sorts of shapes and become slippery and jelly-like when soaked in warm water. Full of minerals and vitamins, the seaweed is toning, soothing and cleansing the skin.
Kombu seaweed is well known in Asia, where it’s used for nutritious soups. They can be a few meters long and form an underwater 'kelp forest' in the oceans. These are recognised as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth.
Lush buy kombu sheets cultivated in Hokkaido, Japan. They are grown by hanging kombu buds onto underwater ropes, and it takes about a year to have an appropriate size that can be harvested. As seaweed buds are sourced naturally, they are GMO-free. The growers know the importance of maintaining the environment of both forest and ocean in order to keep their business sustainable, this is why they work on reforestation along the coastline by planting native species and do regular beach and seaweed bed cleaning.