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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

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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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What Ten Years in Business Have Taught Me

· September 3, 2013 - Bella Luccè News

Sunday marked ten years since I started my first company. I spent the day enjoying my family, indulging in a long bath, a pot of fresh ginger tea and a long walk down Memory Lane. I realize it’s cliche, but I could not possibly have imagined this journey when we flipped the switch on the first Bella Lucce website on September 1, 2003.


At that time, I was standing at a strange crossroad in my life. I’d just walked away from a fantastically destructive marriage with a toddler on each hip. I’d left my hometown of Memphis, TN and 21 years of friendships and memories behind to move into my parent’s basement on the opposite side of the state. I was broke and scared and defeated. I’d graduated high school with so much promise: near the top of my class, a nationally ranked speech + debate champion with a full-ride scholarship at university.

Many years later, I stood in my mama’s driveway unpacking a car that contained every last thing I owned. I’d gotten pregnant sooner than expected. Was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. Spent a year getting better. My husband had been diagnosed with a small handful of mental illnesses and had run our credit card debt up so high (buying music gear so that he could be a rock star, no less!) that I was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. I was grateful for the warmth of my parent’s home and my mama’s chocolate pie, but I was absolutely petrified.

I started my business after being turned down for a job waiting tables at the local steakhouse. Oh, how I wish that were a joke. But it wasn’t and that was the day that I realized no white knight was on his way to save me. No serious employer was going to take a chance on a broke, newly-single mother without a degree. My mom was the first to suggest that I turn my hobby of making soap and lotion into a company and I started in earnest, just trying to keep us fed until I found a “real” job. Something better. I found something better alright… except that I built it myself.

Ten years! Where did the time go?

Ten years later, we are still plugging away at Bella Lucce. I now employ a staff of amazing souls who love that company as much as I do. We create our products by hand in a 7500 square foot workshop in South Carolina. Those products have traveled the world and I have, too (thirty countries & counting!). We’ve been featured in magazines and on television. I’ve been hosted in the homes of Middle East royalty and taught business skills to women in African mud huts. I’ve walked the halls of DC and met with legislators to advocate for small business protection. I’ve designed products and spa programs for top-tier, international hotel chains and it’s not uncommon for the Bella Lucce team to be working on an order of 30,000 lip balms for a private label client in Colorado or a pallet of product to be shipped to Dubai or Italy. Most days, I’m neck-deep in one task or another, but when I finally step out of it, I’m simply awed by it all. And really, really humbled. I still don’t have that college degree. I’ve turned down more than one seven-figure investor and a reality TV deal. Here’s what I’ve learned in ten years of business.

1. It’s not where you start.
Oh sure, trust funds and supportive husbands and college degrees will provide a nice start. But with enough grit, you can thrive without any of those trappings. Once upon a time, I marveled at those things and lusted after them, but I’ve since learned that passion is the great equalizer.

Don’t let your lack of ANYTHING keep you from starting.

2. You have to put yourself out there.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky

THIS. So much this. You can’t expect success to be delivered to your doorstep neatly wrapped with a beautiful bow. No, you’re going to have to get out there and chase it. Pitch to that account you’re certain will say no, approach your business idol at a networking event, throw your hat in the ring in that small business contest. Take a risk. The worst that can happen is that they say “no,” right? That’s not fatal and I’ve discovered that a glass of wine and a hot bath mitigate 99% of no’s. And that remaining 1%? Well, I’m half-drunk and squeaky clean and there are worse things to be…

3. Tenacity is your greatest weapon.

Meet Christina: Bella Lucce’s Director of Operations

You’re going to stumble. You’re going to make fantastically bad choices. You’re going to be ridiculed. You’re going to be exhausted and confused and phenomenally tired. Those who ultimately enjoy success are the ones who push through any and every obstacle.

(…says the girl who’s been sued for a million dollars in a trademark dispute, torn apart on internet forums, had her biggest client go belly up on a 6-figure deal, gone mostly deaf and endured bone reconstruction surgery on her inner ear and skull, and endured a few employee ordeals that could be parlayed into TV movies…)

4. Let hunger be your fuel.
Entrepreneurial journeys are not for the meek of heart. This journey has been more challenging than that cancer, that divorce and that bankruptcy. But I’ve continually tapped my hunger as fuel to propel me further. Once upon a time, that was a hunger to get off food stamps (did it in 12 months!), other times it’s been to prove my naysayers wrong. On more than one occasion, it’s been to pursue a deal that I have absolutely no business nailing as a pint-sized business. Whatever frustration, anger, obstacle lays in your path- use it to your advantage.

5. You are not an island.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
- African proverb

One of the greatest joys that I’ve known as an entrepreneur is the network of peers and mentors I’ve established through my business. For years, I slogged through this journey alone until I learned that isolation is truly the enemy of success. Build a community of support around yourself. Interact on social media, attend conferences and workshops and fairs, comment on the blogs of the people you admire, join a trade group. Masterminding together energizes my business and these women lend an understanding ear (and a soft shoulder) when I’ve reached my tipping point.

Meet Justin: Bella Lucce’s Production Manager

So that’s the last ten years in a nutshell. Bella Lucce has been nothing if not a fantastic learning experience for me. I look back at that tender 26 year old standing in her mom’s driveway- so broken and scared- and I hardly recognize her. The journey has not always been easy but it has sure as hell been worth it. Every. Single. Step. And I can’t wait to see what my next ten years as an entrepreneur has in store…

P.S. We’re having one hell of a month-long birthday party and you’re officially invited.

Tales from East Africa

· July 16, 2013 - Bella Luccè News


So, just where have I been anyway? My blog has been in MIA as I disappeared into the wilds of east Africa. I’ve set foot on the continent more than a dozen times over the last few years and I’d even spent some time in Uganda in 2010. But this particular journey took on a life of its own- I stayed longer than planned and wept more than I could have imagined and it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get my bearings back together. I touched down in Columbia, SC with a full plate of African projects I hadn’t anticipated, but excited to spend ten days with my daughter Celie before putting her on a boat to glide around the British Virgin Islands for three solid weeks. At 12 years old… seriously, how does a kid get that gig? Never mind, the child is gone now, sending home photos of crystal blue waters and giant island boulders and pretty fish and sunny skies. And I am finally (finally!) back to blogging and working a full schedule and apologizing for getting my head so very deep into Africa that I could scarcely manage anything else. There’s so much that I want to share and I anticipate that this will be the first of several blogs that share my adventure, though I’m not making any promises about precisely when they’ll see daylight. Grab a cup of coffee… this will take a few minutes.


So, why Uganda? Brilliant question. I have long indulged a love affair with Africa and have been fortunate enough to visit a handful of countries in North, West and East Africa (South Africa… you are soooo next!), though none of them managed to get under my skin and into my head the way Uganda has. The people are incredibly warm and welcoming, despite decades of military coups, horrific human rights violations, mass killings, the kidnapping of children to be converted into soldiers, rebel armies and some of the most crushing poverty this earth has ever seen. I am continually astounded by their tenderness, which betrays a steely will to move forward. I was first invited to Uganda by my friend Devin Hibbard, executive director of Bead For Life. She runs the most astounding nonprofit that simultaneously teaches women tangible business skills, guides them as they build a sustainable path out of poverty and boosts their confidence. Running an NGO in Africa is no walk in the park (I know this first-hand as I manage one myself) and Devin and her team are constantly exploring new projects, setting benchmarks, carefully reviewing and strengthening their strategy. It’s amazing to watch and Devin invited me in 2010 to come to Uganda and meet her shea nut gatherers, who were pioneering a new economic development project in the north.

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You see, we use shea butter in many of our products. In fact, I originally met Devin in Mali when I was asked to speak at the Global Shea Alliance annual conference. We hit it off and I found myself in Uganda just a few months later. I was interested in sourcing ethical shea butter and meeting her women. I was willing to lend any shea butter expertise I had to help nurture her project and Devin patiently shared knowledge about a her school fees program, which I was considering duplicating with my Moroccan nonprofit. It was an amazing (if mind-bending) journey that deepened my commitment to the economic empowerment of African women. You’re welcome to read an older blog about that first journey right here.


Soon Devin and I were collaborating in several fashions: I was purchasing her shea butter to use in our cosmetics while also consulting with her team to help them expand distribution. Eventually, my company began manufacturing lip balms, body creams and sugar scrubs to sell under the Bead For Life label. It was a win-win situation: those products were shea-rich, allowing Bead For Life to produce more shea (and, thus, support more women gathering nuts as they rebuild after the atrocities committed by the LRA rebel army) and the large orders for finished goods were certainly welcomed by my small business. Recently, Devin began exploring ways to keep more money in Uganda itself. Around the same time, I was pondering taking my fifteen-year-old daughter on a working trip to Africa. Chloe has inherited my passion for all things African and is hoping to pursue a career as a human rights advocate living and working in Africa. She traveled to Thailand last summer for three weeks of volunteer work that was mildly disastrous (picture: a nasty and dangerous skin infection that necessitated repeat visits to the hospital, a handful of overly privileged teens in her group who were hell-bent on misbehaving in shocking fashion in Bangkok and one panic-stricken mom) and I had sworn that she’d not undertake a multi-week volunteer stint more than 5,000 miles from home until she graduated high school, unless I was by her side. So, I rang Devin and we set the balls in motion for a Ugandan rendezvous.


Devin lives in Colorado but travels to Uganda a few times each year and we timed our arrival to coincide with the tail end of her visit. The next few days were deliciously hectic: quality control meetings, a visit to the shea butter processing facility, returning to visit a few of our friends up North to discover what new projects they had undertaken and… teaching the Kampala staff how to create the sugar scrub I’d been manufacturing for Bead For Life. Smart business move? Not exactly. I essentially paid to fly myself to Africa and teach Devin’s staff how NOT to order from me anymore. Smart karma move? I’d like to think so. While I can’t going around every day working to put myself out of business, I was nevertheless excited to spend time with Robert, the Bead For Life production manager, as I helped strengthen the existing quality control program they have in place (Bead For Life already makes lovely soap in their Ugandan facility!) and added another product to their repertoire. Robert and his team readily picked up the procedure and we cranked out two varieties and three formulas in just two days. Bonus points: I somehow sweet-talked Robert into bungee jumping over the Nile River with me- true story. Oh, pics or it didn’t happen? you say. Fine then, here’s your photo.


Paying it forward lightens the heart and rallies the spirit and I need that sort of jolt from time to time and I’m super-grateful to have been able to share this experience with my daughter. We enjoyed a few days on safari after wrapping at Bead For Life (prepare for an onslaught of adorable animal pictures- coming soon in another post!) and then spent ten days volunteering in an orphanage (prepare, as well, for some gut wrenching tales and plenty of smiling faces in- coming relatively soon in yet another post!). For now, I’m happy to be back in the land of hot water, consistent power, wireless internet and malaria-free mosquitoes. But I’d be lying if I told you that I’ve successfully processed all that Uganda offered. Or that I’m not desperate to return, but that’s a story for another day.


Have you ever been to Africa? I’d love to hear about your journeys or dreams…

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· June 3, 2013 - Bella Luccè News

We are thrilled to announce the newest additions to the Bella Luccè family of stockists. The locations listed below have fresh shipments of Bella Luccè ready and waiting…stop in, ring them up or click on to pick up your favorite bath and body luxuries locally.

Hoboken, New Jersey: Spa Aura
Cenrtal, Hong Kong: The Mandarin Spa
Copiague, New York: Simply Vibrant Wellness
Rolla, Missouri: Bella Rouge inside Tara Day Spa
Houston, Texas: Le Blanc Salon and Spa, LLC
Alberta, Canada: 4 Elements Healing Massage
Leawood, Kansas: Blue Orchid Spa
Singapore: The Nail Room @ OneSix
Moorestown, New Jersey: Moorestown Medical Spa
Ashton, Maryland: Luxuria Salon and Spa
Providence, Rhode Island: Hope Laser Center
Knoxville, Tennessee: Spa Visage
Summerville, South Carolina: Cypress Salon and Spa, LLC
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Life Essentials Day Spa
Bloomington, Indiana: Tranquil Vibe Day Spa
Clearwater, Florida: Red Bamboo Medi Spa
Sylvania, Ohio: Willow Creek Salon
Caldwell, New Jersey: Harmony Day Spa
Baltimore, Maryland: Scrub Nail Boutique
Huntington, West Virginia: Madison Park
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey: East Meets West Massage Therapy
Farmington, New Mexico: Revive

Click here Click here to locate the nearest Bella Luccè stockist in your area… there are now more than 1,000 worldwide. If you’re a spa or salon interested in hearing about our innovative products and treatments, we invite you to give us a ring at 800.485.3079!

We’ve been keeping a secret…

· March 18, 2013 - Bella Luccè News

For the past several months, we’ve been keeping a bit of a secret at Bella Lucce. Thankfully, I can finally share the good news with you!

Universal Companies, one of America’s largest spa distribution companies, has added select Bella Lucce products to their lineup. Universal Companies has been in business for more than 30 years and they now serve 30,000 spas and salons from coast to coast, offering one-stop-shopping, innovative product choices and stellar customer service. We’re proud to partner with such an outstanding distribution company and look forward to reaching new audiences for Bella Lucce!


Stop by Universal Companies to browse their selection of Bella Lucce or order a catalog. Seasonal Bella Lucce products will soon be added to the lineup and we look forward to visiting Virginia in the very near future to offer hands-on training to the Universal team!



The Story of Shea

· March 14, 2013 - Bella Luccè News

I’ve just returned from a trip to Nigeria (my very first, in fact). I have long indulged a love affair with Africa which has landed me in a few varied spots around the continent (Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Mali and Uganda), but Nigeria was a first for me. Setting aside the tales of northern unrest and escalating security concerns, the Nigerian people proved to be a warm and friendly bunch, eager to learn and hungry for information.

I was incountry to attend the 2013 Global Shea Conference, a collection of several hundred stakeholders culled from around the world. From nut gatherers to butter processors and exporters to manufacturers, we chatted all things shea butter for three solid days. My role at the event included leading a workshop on product development, sitting on a panel to discuss the needs of western shea buyers (quality, consistency, etc.) and assisting in a series of soapmaking workshops lead by my friend Stephanie Craig of embodico (in which 120 African women made their very first batches of soap!).

A few friends I made at the 2013 Global Shea Conference in Nigeria

I first attended a Global Shea Conference in 2010 in Mali. In both Nigeria and Mali, the highlight of the event was a trip to visit local shea cooperatives. Though I have marveled at the shea-making process in three separate countries, I am awe-struck each time I have the opportunity to witness it anew. The rhythmic kneading process is a dance of cooperation. The flow of each step well-defined, almost intuitive. This is the story of empowerment. Of African women preserving an indigenous art. A tale of sisterhood in the hot African sun as these women create economic opportunity for their families. It’s a beautiful sight to behold. Since so many of Bella Lucce’s products incorporate shea butter, I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek behind the scenes…

Shea trees grow in seventeen African countries in a wide swatch of the continent. They are beautiful creatures with flowers and fruit in season. They drop ripe fruit to the ground in due time and the collection of those fruits by local women (usually in baskets or gourds) is the first step in a long process from fruit to butter.

A shea tree in the parklands of Nigeria

The fruits (green and round with a unique taste) are promptly depulped by hand or by animals. The large nuts within are then boiled for 20-40 minutes to stop the germination process. Shea butter is made from the natural fats within the nut and those fats are consumed as the nuts germinate. The boiling process halts germination, preserving the fats and boosting butter yield. The boiled nuts are then left to dry naturally in the sun, often on concrete slabs or woven mats.

The large pots in which fresh shea nuts are boiled

After a few days of sunbathing, the nuts are dehusked to remove their thin shell. Each specimen is then sorted and graded according to quality. Throughout the drying process, the nuts are continually inspected by the women, who pluck from the batch any nut that’s not up to snuff. The dried, shelled nuts are then bagged in large sacks (preferably burlap, which allows them to breathe and prevents moisture buildup) and put to sleep to await further processing.

Women sorting though drying shea nuts at a cooperative in Minna, Nigeria

When the time is right for processing, the nuts spill from their bags before being crushed (either by hand or simple machinery) to create a coarse powder which is roasted over a flame. The day that I visited this particular cooperative, the mercury in Abuja topped 108. One hundred and eight. Can you imagine manual labor, open flames and triple digit temperatures? Mercy. Mercy and much respect. The roasting process accomplishes several goals: a) it renders lifeless fungi that might be present, b) it evaporates any remaining moisture, and c) it denatures the cell walls to prepare the nuts for milling.

Tumble roasters and the women to whom I bow in awe

After a quick mechanical milling, the dry, roasted nuts are now in powdered form and the action really heats up. The next step is the emulsification of the butter, a process that involves the addition of fresh water and lots of elbow grease. The nuts contain natural emulsifiers, released via sheer will and friction. The women (who must have the softest hands on the planet) rhythmically knead the butter, adding more water as necessary until the fats are fully formed.

Crushed, roasted nuts in the roaster

Each tub of butter is hand-kneaded, often in unison by a row of women whose rhythmic massaging resembles a dance. It is a beautiful and humbling sight to behold. Sometimes there is singing. Often there are babies strapped to backs. Oh, how I adore women! The kneading process can take up to ninety minutes with poor quality nuts, though a good batch of nuts can yield shea butter in around a third of that time.

Handkneading the shea butter to release the fats and emulsifiers

The butter, now in liquid form, is boiled over an open flame in a large iron pot. This process clarifies the shea, after which it’s left to cool. The result is a solid, creamy butter that is utter magic for the skin. The shea at this stage is considered “unrefined.” The more refined variety involves further processing at a larger, more sophisticated facility (typically located outside of Africa).

The women of shea

I asked my friend, Dr. Peter Lovett (considered by many to be the world’s preeminent shea expert) about the origin of shea. It’s impossible for me not to ponder that question as I stand transfixed by the rhythmic kneading. I mean: who was the first to figure this out? Here was his answer:

“This is an academic discussion. At least 1,500 years of shea parklands are proven with archaeological evidence, but could be much earlier as evidence is appearing demonstrating up to 7,000 years of cultivation in the Sahel-Savannah. There is also growing evidence that the Ancient Egyptians were using shea butter and wood as far back as 5,000 years ago, but as yet, evidence is unconfirmed. Could even be much further back…”

Amen to girl power. Amen to Africa. Amen to Mother Nature. Amen and amen. And that, my friends, is how shea is born.

While several of Bella Lucce’s products incorporate West African shea, the majority of our shea butter originates from East Africa. That region produces a slightly different butter from a slightly different species using a rather different process. I was fortunate to visit our Ugandan shea producer in 2010 and I documented that process in word and pictures. I invite you to read more about that East African shea butter right here.

This is what was waiting for us as we stepped out of the cooperative to leave. This is why shea matters so very much. It feeds, clothes and educates these children. And millions more across Africa.

Less than two weeks until Africa!

· February 19, 2013 - Giving Back

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.


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.

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!

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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· February 8, 2013 - Bella Luccè News

We are thrilled to announce the newest additions to the Bella Luccè family of stockists. The locations listed below have fresh shipments of Bella Luccè ready and waiting…stop in, ring them up or click on to pick up your favorite bath and body luxuries locally.

Albany, NY: Complexions Day Spa
Tryon, NC: Essential Living, LLC
Chino Hills, CA: Ecco Beauty
Chicago, IL: Spa Soak
Peoria, IL: Senara Health & Healing Center & Spa
Tuscon, AZ: Elements Salon and Spa
Princeton, NJ: sydneyalbert salonspa
Chestermere, Alberta (Canada): The Lakeshore, Esthetics & Tanning
Chesterfield, MO: Beauty2Be Salon & Day Spa
Tampa, FL: Renu Tampa

Click here to locate the nearest Bella Luccè stockist in your area… there are now more than 1,000 worldwide. If you’re a spa or salon interested in hearing about our innovative products and treatments, we invite you to give us a ring at 800.485.3079!

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