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Travel Amenity Kits

We’re thrilled to introduce a skillfully collaborated collection of Bella Lucce’s bestsellers, now offered in TSA-friendly sizes tucked inside chic cotton travel bags. Our new Travel Amenity Kits enable you to take your favorite Bella Lucce luxuries for face and body on the road no matter where your travels may take you. Whether you’re off on an adventure by plane, train or automobile, we wish you happy travels!

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From Morocco With Love

Shop Bella Luccè's nonprofit to discover a treasure trove of handmade Moroccan luxuries and learn how adding beauty to your life can change the lives of indigenous Berber people.
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Latest Obsession
Inspirational Jewlery from LuluBug

My teenage daughter recently left for a summer service trip to Thailand. I was scouring Etsy for a piece of inspirational jewelry to give her when I stumbled upon LuluBug. I’m smitten with her whimsical, original designs in sterling silver. My Chloe scored a locket that said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…” but I’ve got my eye on several other pieces as well. Who could resist the “You are my sunshine” necklace?

Ingredient of the Month
Crushed Freshwater Pearls

Crushed Freshwater Pearls: Celebrated by Asian women and ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia for more than 3,000 years, pearl powder has a rich history and a myriad of legendary tales about its use at the Imperial Palace. Created by pulverizing real freshwater pearls, it is reputed to boost skins brightness and is rich in both amino acids and trace minerals.

Find it in: Shiitake & Green Tea Antioxidant Serum, Detoxifying Giinger-Wasabi Masque, Orchid & Crushed Pearl Body Creme

Food For Thought

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

- Steve Jobs

Home Spa Rituals
Lavender- Honey Milk Bath

3 tbsp. Dried Lavender Flowers*
1 1/2 cups Whole Milk or Buttermilk
1/3 cup Honey

Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk, and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.

*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores. (Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board)


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The Safe Cosmetics Act needs to be more in tune with science

August 25, 2010

Cosmetic Design asked me to write a comment article on the new cosmetic legislation pending in the US House of Representatives. I was honored to do so and my article was published today. If you brush your teeth, take a shower or spritz yourself with perfume on any sort of regular basis, this legislation will impact both your pocketbook and your access to natural personal care products. However well-intentioned it may, HR 5786 will decimate this industry and leave consumers at the mercy of only a scant few multinational corporations who can afford to comply with dozens of new regulations and none of us will be any “safer” for it. Please read the article if you have a moment, and then consider the action steps in the closing paragraph…we need your help!

The Safe Cosmetics Act needs to be more in tune with science

Thanks to e.coli on your lettuce, salmonella contamination in your peanuts and a flood of fraudulent drug imports, the FDA has held a prime spot of scrutiny on the nightly news this past year. New calls for tighter controls have been launched and cosmetic manufacturers have unfortunately been snared in the nets of special interest groups lobbying in DC. The result? The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, also known as H.R. 5786, was presented to the House of Representatives on July 20th.

Championed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CFSC) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG), H.R. 5786 would radically transform the personal care industry by passing massive fees onto manufacturers, restricting ingredient availability, necessitating a taxing amount of burdensome paperwork and requiring expensive pre-market testing of every finished product before it hits the shelves.

Unfortunately, none those new responsibilities nor the billions spent on them would make cosmetics any “safer” for public consumption.

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