Help IBN Celebrate 9 Unforgettable Years of Service by Nominating Your Choices for Indie Beauty Business of the Year!
IBN's Indie Beauty Business of the Year Awards challenge newsletter readers, website visitors and other members of the public to help IBN recognize member companies that stand head and shoulders above the rest. Nominate your choice(s) here!
In establishing the Indie Beauty Business of the Year Awards, we will honor member companies headed by a leader or leaders whose devotion to the industry, creativity, energy, vitality, innovation, vision and entrepreneurial spirit have positively impacted his or her business and the Indie Beauty Business community, and made a difference in their community and the world. Our goal is to recognize and share the winners' amazing accomplishments so that others will discover some measure of encouragement and inspiration that will help them strive for success.
Primo Pet Products: an Indie who excels in
catering to our animal friends
Most Innovative: an Indie whose products display an exceptionally outstanding innovative spirit
Greatest and Greenest: an Indie whose products and company activities display a unique commitment to the environment
Savviest Services: an Indie who offers high quality, affordable and useful consulting services to other Indies
Creative Cause Marketing: an Indie whose company creatively combines product promotion with bringing awareness to a worthy cause
Best For Moms & Babies: an Indie whose products display a special commitment to caring for mothers and their young children
Indie Beauty Business of the Year
Lela Barker, Bella Lucce, South Carolina
IBN member since March 2005
Lela (pictured with IBN's founder presenting award) launched Bella Luccè (meaning "beautiful light) in 2003 as a single mother of two toddlers and following a difficult divorce. Faced with the prospect of taking a low paying job which would have left her little time with her girls, Lela seized upon the opportunity to turn her hobby of making sugar scrubs and lotions for her sister and other family members into a worldwide community of devoted fans of her decadent bath and body products. It all started when a friend took a few of her products into a local spa and emerged with an order for $3,000 worth of Bella Luccè goodness.
Lela has been instrumental in fighting the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. She is a passionate advocate for women worldwide and, where possible, sources ingredients, supplies and services in ways that help promote woman-owned enterprises. Bella Luccè products grace the shelves of 500 luxe spas and resorts from Los Angeles to Dubai. Of her IBN experience, Lela says, "Donna Maria has been an incredible mentor who has offered me (and fellow Indies) a seemingly limitless reservoir of guidance, inspiration and knowledge. IBN has helped me network and establish key relationships, provided access to essential market trends, business advice and promotional opportunities and kept me connected regarding critical issues of importance to the industry. Joining IBN was one of the single best business decisions I’ve made.” Lela is proud that each Bella Luccè product is still handmade in the company's bustling production kitchens by an amazing group of inspiring women who reflect Lela's commitment to a more natural approach to beauty.
Handmade Beauty Business of the Year
Janae Chang, Raw Beauty, Arizona
Former IBN member
Raw Beauty started after Janae made a batch of lotion using a hand held mixer and some jojoba and sweet almond oil. She quickly saw that, when combined with her love for pampering herself, the skills she accumulated during a stint in culinary school could create something truly special. Today, lotion is still her number one selling product, but she also sells a variety of other goodies like cleansers, sprays, body scrubs, lip treatments, skincare products and mineral makeup.
Janae, a mother and wife, feels that her business allows her to perfectly balance work and family. "I love going to work every day, but I also love being with my family, and I feel I have created the perfect balance with work and family life, so neither one suffers," she says. "Being named Handmade Beauty Business of the Year is sincerely an honor. It symbolizes all of the hard work, dedication and passion that I put into my company every day."
Handmade Beauty Business of the Year
Dennis and Kayla Fioravanti, Essential Wholesale, Oregon
IBN member since September 2000
Essential Wholesale has been twice honored as one of the Inc.500 fastest growing businesses in the country. A family business co-owed by husband and wife team Dennis and Kayla (pictured) Fioravanti, Essential Wholesale supplies natural and organic cosmetic bases, including lotions, creams, shower gels and body oils, as well as a unique private label program for very small companies.
Launched in 1998, Essential Wholesale began with a small selection of essential oils stored in the family medicine cabinet. Since then, Dennis, Kayla and their three children have grown the business to a multi-million dollar venture that has been instrumental in helping thousands of entrepreneurs experience success as small business owners. Says Dennis, "IBN is the best launching pad for businesses like ours. Through IBN, we have been able to network with other businesses and suppliers and have acquired many new clients that have become the backbone of our business."
To become familiar with the Indie Beauty Business of the Year Award rules and regulations, and to nominate your company or another IBN member company, click here.