After founding Bluemercury, we were inspired to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture: M-61 Labs. At Bluemercury, we had done over one million spa treatments and served 20 million clients. We noticed there was a need that wasn’t being met.
Clients were coming in for natural, paraben-free products but also wanted highly technical, efficacious results. They had seen the effects of dermatologist loved ingredients – vitamin C, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids and peptides – but wanted these ingredients in the most concentrated, purist form possible.
We went into the chemistry lab, armed with a list of 100 ingredients we couldn’t use. 175 formulas later, we launched a highly technical skincare brand which fuses dermatologist loved, potent ingredients and vitamin-packed, effective and researched naturals. The result is M-61.
There are over 100 ingredients that are not allowed in the M-61 line. All products contain anti-inflammatory ingredients to balance the aggressive treatments.
Power Glow 1 minute 1 step peel, Hydraboost Eye, Hydraboost Moisturizer
Many products are gluten free and/or vegan.
Marla Beck co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the first highly technical, natural cosmeceutical brand. Ms. Beck, one of the cosmetics and beauty industry’s most respected leaders, is often invited to share her entrepreneurship, retail, branding, and innovation expertise. She has appeared as a guest on CNBC, CNN and Fox Business News and has also been a guest speaker for WWD’s Beauty Innovation Forum, HBA’s Global Beauty Conference, Harvard University’s Luxury Branding Speaker Series and Columbia University’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship’s Distinguished Speaker Series. In 2014, Ms. Beck received an appointment by Harvard Business School as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. She was also named as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs for 2014 and was Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. Prior to founding Bluemercury, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of California, Berkeley. She sits on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and on the Board of Trustees at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC.
In 1999, Ms. Beck also co-founded Bluemercury, Inc., a high-growth luxury beauty retail chain, e-commerce provider and cosmetics brand developer and spa retail chain, with locations from coast-to-coast. From 1999–2006, she served as Bluemercury Inc.’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ms. Beck resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children, ages 11, 9, and 7.
Barry Beck co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the first highly technical, natural cosmeceutical brand. Mr. Beck, a serial entrepreneur, has been the subject of numerous articles and books, and has been a guest speaker on the subject of entrepreneurship at Cornell University and at Columbia University’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Mr. Beck currently sits on the Trustee Council of Cornell University, the Advisory Council of Cornell University’s ILR School, and on the Advisory Council of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for Business and Consumer Payments. Previously, Mr. Beck participated in the founding of Tower Systems, Inc., now known as U.S. Maintenance, a contract maintenance business serving national retail chains, which grew to more than $500 million in system-wide revenue. Beck pioneered Tower’s franchising concept, which led to the opening of over 1,200 franchised and company managed operations across the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. In 1995, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Tower as the ninth fastest growing franchisor in the world. Mr. Beck received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
In 1999, Mr. Beck also co-founded Bluemercury, Inc., a high-growth luxury beauty retail chain, e-commerce provider and cosmetics brand developer and spa retail chain, with locations from coast-to-coast. Mr. Beck developed all aspects of Bluemercury’s operations including real estate and store expansion, product development, finance, and acquisitions and has served on Bluemercury’s Board of Directors since the company’s inception. Mr. Beck developed the original store retail model after his acquisition and development of the first Bluemercury store located in Washington, DC more than 15 years ago. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and three children, ages 11, 9, and 7.