Well-Traveled Beauty, a skincare line and travel website, was born out of founder Rebecca Taras-Lee’s lifelong passions for both beauty and globetrotting. A Chicagoland native, Rebecca began her career as an esthetician at the Peninsula Chicago Hotel before launching her own line of bath and body care products with her previous company, Cleansing Queen. Formulated with purposeful, skin-safe ingredients, the products were featured in publications such as Self and Fitness and were available at Chicago outlets such as Nordstrom and Handle With Care. Rebecca also created custom in-room amenities for the Sofitel Hotel Chicago, including items featured in a special presentation for the president of AccorHotels upon his visit from France to Chicago. Her efforts were recognized by the Chicago Fashion Foundation, and she received the Style Maker and Rule Breaker award in the Beauty category.
Ultimately, Rebecca’s initiatives with Cleansing Queen evolved into the co-founding of Terminal Getaway airport spas, now located at the Charlotte Douglas, Orlando International and Chicago O’Hare airports. Though she is no longer involved with Terminal Getaway, her passion for beauty and travel not only persisted over the years, but grew.
As Rebecca continued to refine her skincare knowledge, she spent a considerable amount of time as a journalist covering beauty and other topics at a variety of Chicago media outlets, serving as an editor at such publications as FW: Chicago magazine, Refinery29, Pop Sugar, CS magazine and Today’s Chicago Woman. She also made regular appearances on the Roe Conn Show and Fox and WGN’s morning news shows as a lifestyle expert.
Rebecca’s diverse body of knowledge, experience and passion has culminated in Well-Traveled Beauty, a skincare line and travel website. The company’s initial offering is a line of results-driven, travel-themed facemasks for those with a passion for quality skincare — and an insatiable curiosity for faraway places. The masks, created with a blend of effective on-trend ingredients and herbs, extracts, butters and oils from their countries of thematic origin, are paraben-free and incorporate essential oils to nourish the skin as well as the spirit. Whether they conjure rummaging through the spice market in Morocco or basking on the beach in French Polynesia, the singular combinations of effective ingredients and formulas unique to each locale result in skincare that not only works, but also evokes the essence of the world’s most replenishing destinations.