OKLAHOMA CITY -- A 12-year-old girl's age is helping her gain attention for the line of bath and beauty products she created, but so is the name of her signature scent.
Bella Corrente started her own business called The Little Bubble four years ago. It's now become a global brand, with customers buying her items all across the United States and the world.
"I just started little by little until I just made it into a full soap company," Corrente said. "I always wanted to be my own boss."
Corrente makes and sells more than just soap now. Her ever-growing line includes lip balms, facial scrubs, candles, moisturizer, nail polish and even dog wash. All the products come in various scents, too, with personalized names like Happy, Christmas Cider and Mean Girls.
The most popular scent, however, stops customers in their tracks, Corrente said. She claims people cannot get enough of all the products named "unicorn farts."
"I will have people just look at it, not even smell it, but buy it because of the name," she said, laughing.
Corrente came up with the name after creating a rainbow bar of soap. "I found this picture of a unicorn farting out a rainbow, and I was like, 'What if we just call it unicorn farts?'" she said. "Then, we were like, yeah, yeah, that's perfect."
Corrente said the unicorn fart scent smells sweet, almost like candy. "I make unicorn farts in everything, basically," she said. "Lotions, candles, everything."
Corrente's parents encourage her along the way and marvel at their daughter's success at 12.
"It was not anything that we ever expected to take off," Tawnya Corrente, Bella's mother, said. "I thought it would be something she would do for a few months, something fun she could pretend with, and now it's serious business."
Tawnya said she knew it was serious business when a local gallery offered to let her daughter sell her products, and they kept flying off the shelves.
"It hadn't been there for maybe a day and a half, and they were calling me needing more soap," Tawnya said. "I mean, we couldn't keep it stocked. We still can't keep it stocked enough."
Corrente now has her own website for The Little Bubble, where customers from every state and dozens of other countries have bought her products.
"It feels really cool to know that it's going out of the state, out of the country," Corrente said. "Someone all across the world will like a girl's soap in Oklahoma."
Despite how big her business is becoming, school remains Corrente's top priority. The 12 year old is even saving a third of her proceeds to pay for college because she wants to open her own store one day.
"It's overwhelming sometimes, but it's overwhelming in a good way," she said. "It's very exciting."
"It's fun for her right now," her mom added. "I want her to do whatever she wants to do. As long as it's making her happy, then I'll be here to label soap and answer emails."
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