You may have seen my hands, lips, legs and other parts posing around town. I’m known as a parts model since my various body parts are frequently featured in advertising.


I work a lot in New York City, and live primarily in Malibu, California.

Adele Uddo in New York, NY
Adele Uddo in Malibu, California
Mother Uddo

My Mother

I grew up on a (manic) organic commune in California, where I was introduced to natural skincare many years before it was popular. If a product wasn’t biodynamic or freshly sourced from the fields of France, we couldn’t use it. Back then, the ‘cool’ kids were using commercial brands like Bonne Bell, and I was the dork showing up to slumber parties with homemade goldenseal salve. My mom was especially into essential oils, which I’ve used daily for decades.

The "Original" Adele Uddo

My 93-year-old gorgeous grandmother, Adele Uddo (The Original), also taught me much about beauty. Throughout my life, she’s inspired me to be an innovator with stories about my great grandfather, a poor immigrant from Italy, who founded Progresso Foods.

Adele Uddo and Grandmother
Adele Uddo making lotion in the kitchen

In the Kitchen

I first conceived my lotion love child in my kitchen. I wanted to create an ideal moisturizer made with exceptional ingredients that would nourish my skin and keep it healthy from head to toe.

In the Lab

When friends began asking for more of my homemade moisturizer, I teamed up with a top formulator to take the lotion to the next level. After much obsessing, testing and perfecting, the product became something I truly fell in love with and was excited to share.

Essentiel by Adele | Adele Uddo in the Lab


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