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Founded in late 2003, Bella Lucce was born from its creator's desire for a more natural approach to beauty.  Lela Barker's older sister, Mimi, had discovered tumors in her breast tissue in the year 2000.  Stunned by the discovery, Lela began a mission to unearth why an otherwise healthy woman in her 20's had developed such maladies.  During her research, she stumbled upon a recently released British study which indicated that a common family of cosmetic preservative was mimicking estrogen in women's bodies, leading to the development of breast tumors. After scouring her bathroom for products containing the ingredient, she was horrified to learn that the dreaded "parabens" were in everything from her shampoo to her body lotion.

After emptying her cabinets (and advising Mimi to do the same), Lela made a trek to the local health food store to find more suitable alternatives to the personal care products her family had been using.  What she found was a selection of products which, while certainly healthy, were most uninspired.  Lela wanted to have her cake and eat it, too…she envisioned healthy products like those found in her local organic market fused with the alluring aromas, decadent textures and beautiful packaging of department store brands.  After a period of extensive research, she began mixing up batches of fresh skin care goodies in her tiny kitchen, giving them to her sister to use after surgery and sharing them with family and friends. They clamored for more and Lela developed a simple collection of soaps, bath salts and lotions that blossomed into a wonderfully creative outlet she truly enjoyed.

A few years later, Lela turned that hobby into a full-fledged business after finding herself in the midst of a divorce. Bella Luccè was a welcome opportunity, affording Lela the ability to be home with her two young children at a critical point in their development. With Chloe and Celie helping to screw on jar lids and wash dishes after each batch, the company quickly outgrew its beginnings. Today, Bella Luccè's extensive collection of exotic bath and body luxuries is featured in luxe spas, salons and natural wellness centers in 50 states and more than a four dozen countries…from Los Angeles all the way to Dubai.  True to her vision, Lela's products bridge the gap between the uninspired natural market and the opulent, but synthetic-filled products brimming from department stores.  The Bella Luccè collection is at once both refreshingly natural and utterly luscious.

Through it all, Lela and Bella Luccè have remained true to the ideals upon which the company was founded - to create organic-infused, luxury-kissed products worthy of the world's finest establishments, and to price them at a level which allows every woman the opportunity to feel beautiful. A commitment to responsible sourcing of ingredients and donating back to indigenous communities around the world still guides the company's growth. Lela is proud to report that all of Bella Luccè products are still handmade in the company's bustling production kitchens by an amazing group of inspiring women she's happy to be working alongside.

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