Bella Vida. Beautiful Life.
Bella Vida Santa Barbara is a Sustainable Luxury Skincare company inspired by the ocean and beauty that surrounds us in California. We are sustainable, natural and Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free. It’s our passion to help everyone feel beautiful and love themselves. Beautiful skin is just the beginning of that.
Bella Vida Santa Barbara was founded in 2019 in a small Santa Barbara bungalow kitchen by Erin Schmidt. Erin suffered for many years from cystic acne and, as a natural redhead, also has very sensitive skin. After her mother died of cancer and she became a mom to a girl with Autism, Erin wanted to have cleaner products throughout her home. She realized she needed to make a big change after the years of many doctors and treatments that she felt harmed her skin, body, and the Earth. She channeled her passion for the environment, animals and helping others by creating a sustainable, natural and luxurious skincare line that was effective while upholding high standards of ethics, quality and sustainability.
At Bella Vida SB, we care deeply about our company’s impact on our customers, animals, and the environment, especially the ocean. We are passionate about being a botanical-based, natural, cruelty-free and sustainable brand.
Most of our formulas are vegan, natural and many are certified clean by Think Dirty and the Good Face Project. Our company also advocates for zero-waste, offering refills, and is striving to be as close to plastic-free as possible. We believe beauty brands must do better in helping to protect our oceans from plastics.
Most of all- we want to be a company you love and are proud to support!
So, thank you for being here!
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Please send us before and after pictures of your amazing results, as we love seeing those and they really help others! Thank you, bella!
Erin Schmidt, Founder & CEO
* Certified Woman-Owned Small Business
About our Founder:
Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and worked with children with disabilities for over 25 years
Mother of a girl with Moderate Autism
Getting Certified as an Organic Skincare Formulator
Member of the Female Founder Collective, 2020 to present
Featured in Foundr Magazine in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Featured in interviews in: LA Fashion Magazine, Dieline Magazine, Think Dirty's Female Founders to Watch for Women's Day in 2020
Sustainability & Effectiveness
We started creating the products we wanted to see in the world and we did this with an uncompromising approach to sustainability. Sustainably sourced, produced with Solar and Wind Energy in the USA, and packaged with Glass and Recycled papers. We also offer Zero Waste-Refills on our bestsellers.
Our story begins in an apartment kitchen in Santa Barbara, California in 2019 overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Certified Organic Skincare Formulator, Erin Schmidt, who suffered for many years with cystic acne, had a passion to help others. She set out to create the most Sustainable Luxury Skincare brand out there with a small inheritance from her father who died tragically two months before launch.