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Travel Amenity Kits
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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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Inspirational Jewlery from LuluBug
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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?

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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

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“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

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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 Power Of Words: Commentary on “The Safe Cosmetics Act”

July 27, 2011

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You cannot imagine how challenging it is, as the owner of a company that manufacturers SAFE cosmetics, to ask the general public to rally against a bill called “The Safe Cosmetics Act.” Bella Lucce was born from a combination of a breast cancer scare and my dissatisfaction with the limited selection of “natural” products that were available 10-12 years ago. In fact, I’ve built a nice little company by manufacturing safe products and we’ve been plugging away at it for eight solid years. We’ve rallied hard to educate our customer base about various cosmetic ingredients and we are vigilant about properly labeling of our products. So imagine what a conundrum I find myself in when I feel moved to write a blog post against legislation that claims to be the white horse, riding in to slay the dragons of those big, nasty chemical companies who willfully fill their products full of toxins and poison their clients.

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But really- that’s the point. The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group have helped federal legislators craft a new bill (known as the Safe Cosmetic Act of 2011- HR 2359) designed to overhaul the cosmetics industry. Their first attempt came in 2008 with the FDA Globalization Act. And again the next year with the FDA Globalization Act of 2009. When those failed to get traction, they huddled together, redrew their game plan and renamed their efforts The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. Though that legislation ultimately failed, the catchy title made for an outrageous, propaganda-filled PR campaign that resonated with many, so now we’re peering down the barrel of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. I invite you to read my recent blog detailing the history behind the bill and our company’s response right here, as well as the full text of the bill right here.

If I can convey nothing else successfully, please hear me on this point: Bella Lucce is strongly in favor of safe cosmetics. We are not, however, in favor of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Why? Because it won’t really do anything to keep consumers “safe.” Because it will make ingredient labels almost indiscernible, muddying the waters and making it more challenging for you to find and understand natural products. Because it will significantly raise prices on all personal care products across the board, from your shampoo to your toothpaste and your lipstick to your body scrub. Because it will significantly limit what exotic new ingredients I can travel the globe to bring home to you. Because it will give those “big, nasty chemical companies” a leg up in the marketplace. Because it will decimate the natural products industry, preventing new innovators from entering the market and causing the likely closure of THOUSANDS of small businesses (most of them women owned) at a time when many Americans are working doubletime just to put food on the table. I have a few (dozen) more reasons…shall I go on?

CFSC and EWG are positioning this bill as small business friendly and a revolution in consumer safety. They say they’ve gone back to the drawing board and worked with small businesses to minimize its negative impact. I only wish that were true. I’ve spent three years tracking this issue. I’ve been to Washington DC three times as a small business advocate in meetings with the FDA and legislators. I’ve spent hours poring over this latest bill and exchanged hundreds of emails about its implications. It’s not that we’re not reading correctly. Quite simply: this legislation won’t do what its sponsors are telling you it will do (improve safety). And it will do a flurry of things they tell you it won’t (negatively impact natural products and cripple small companies). That’s the long and short of it. It’s a sleek repackage of virtually everything that was wrong with the bill in 2008, 2009 and 2010, with a few concessional crumbs thrown to small business in a public relations effort to appease us.

If you want to see Bella Lucce continue to bring you our range of safe, naturally focused products, please join me. If you want to continue to see new faces crop up at your local farmer’s market selling soaps and balms, please join me. If you want to prevent massive price increases and direct your money to other things of importance to your family, please join me. If you want to send a message to Washington that you are perfectly capable of reading product labels and making your own decisions, please join me. We need your help.

1. Sign the online petition to formally oppose the bill. It takes just moments and you’ll have the eternal gratitude of thousands of others who don’t want this legislation. There is strength in numbers.

2. Call your Congresspeople, specifically those in the House of Representatives, and register your opinion. Click here to easily look up the contact information for your district.

3. Spread the word.
Tell your friends on facebook. Tweet about it. Send an email. Whatever you can do to get the word out that the Safe Cosmetics Act isn’t safe for anyone.

Later this week I plan to highlight a few of the inherent flaws of this bill and how they’ll stack the deck against both natural products and small businesses. I do hope you’ll circle back to this page for details…


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What a powerfully thoughtful post, and one I know your customers appreciate. It’s interesting indeed that the name of the bill is designed specifically to mislead the public about what it will do. Of course everyone favors safe cosmetics, and safe everything — especially the INDIE Beauty Network and all of its members (you included) who work so hard to build businesses that keep their local economies and this nation strong.

I hope people will continue to refuse to be swayed by propaganda and feel good sound bytes designed to get them to “LIKE, SHARE and GO.” Life is not that simple, and some consumer groups cannot seem to see past the big picture, their own vested interests on Capitol Hill and for their own personal gain To really make a difference, we must continue to educate and encourage people to look beneath the surface — or beneath the sheep’s clothing I should say. Thanks for this post, which aids so greatly in that effort.

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Thank you so much for such an excellent, plain language expose of the wolf in sheeps clothing that is the Safe Cosmetics Act. I have retweeted it and will link to it in a day or two when I blog about the SCA.

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