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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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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
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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?

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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Less than two weeks until Africa!

February 19, 2013

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Famous Zuma Rock in Abuja, Nigeria

Have I ever mentioned how much I adore Africa? As a little girl, I was transfixed by my grandmother’s stack of National Geographic’s and the images of people so different than everything I knew. In high school, I dove into studies in African culture via my sociology classes. And I thought my heart might explode as I stood in the customs line to gain entry to Egypt in 2009. That was my first time on African soil, though it certainly wasn’t my last. Throughout 2010-2011, I traveled to Morocco five times and onto Mali, Ghana and Uganda in some of my most cherished travel adventures. But it’s been eighteen months since I found myself on the continent, which is why I am delighted to share that I’ll be heading to Nigeria in less than two weeks to attend the Global Shea Conference.

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I first attended a shea conference in Mali in 2010 as a featured speaker to tell the story behind my cosmetics company. That conference led to so many great things: an important private label partnership, key contacts for African botanicals I later incorporated into my African Adventures collection and an opportunity to teach cosmetic workshops throughout Northern Ghana. I’ve been eager to get back to another conference and the stars aligned for 2013! This year I’ll be wearing a few different hats:

1. At the request of conference organizers, I’ll be sitting on a panel exploring shea sustainability, as well as serving as a small business development resource for various startups. I’ll have the opportunity to review business plans for African entrepreneurs who are looking to launch their own beauty empires.

2. Funlayo Alibi of Shea Radiance is coordinating an ambitious slate of trainings and she’s graciously invited me to lead a two-hour workshop. My focus will be teaching attendees how to bring their cosmetic products to market…from concept to launch. It’s a lot of ground to cover in 120 minutes but I’m up for the challenge!

3. Donna Maria Coles Johnson, president of the Indie Beauty Network (IBN) has been named the 2013 Global Shea Conference Social Media Liaison. Donna Maria has asked me and fellow IBN member, Stephanie Craig of Embodico, to assist her efforts to empower attendees to use social media to support their conference experience and boost their business networking goals. I’m excited to serve as a set of boots on the ground on IBN’s behalf, to rally the local troops to use Twitter and Facebook at the conference.

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Women sorting shea nuts at a cooperative during my 2010 trip to Mali

I’ve got a great traveling companion, too. The aforementioned Stephanie and I are meeting up on a layover in Frankfurt and heading to Africa together. It’s not our first collaboration- we traveled together to Morocco in 2011 to distribute educational tools to a rural school through my nonprofit. While there, Stephanie led a soapmaking workshop for indigenous Berber women and she’ll be busting out those skills again as she leads a series of soapmaking workshops at the Global Shea event. I’ll be there to cheer her on and I’m eager to watch the controlled chaos of teaching soapmaking in multiple languages to a few hundred women from across the continent!

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Stephanie and I distributing aid at a Moroccan school in 2011

My mister is a bit unsettled by numerous travel warnings for the area, so he’s submitted a specific request for extra good juju as make the journey. Stephanie and I covet your good thoughts and encourage you to join us virtually on the trip. I’ll be posting pictures and updates via my Twitter account and I hope you’ll follow along. On March 7th, we’ll be heading out to visit local shea cooperatives and you won’t want to miss those images. The “field trip” day of the conference is always my favorite!


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