After opening Bluemercury almost 20 year ago, Co-Founder & CEO Marla Beck noticed there was a need in the skincare market that wasn’t being met.
Clients were coming into the stores looking for highly technical products, with clean formulas that were free of parabens and other harmful ingredients. They had seen the effects of dermatologist loved ingredients like vitamin C, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids and peptides, but wanted these ingredients in the most concentrated, purist form possible.
Inspired by her clients, and realizing the white space in the market, Marla went into the labs, armed with a list of 100+ ingredients she wouldn’t use, and set out to create a streamlined, benefit-driven skincare collection that combines advanced active, dermatologist-loved ingredients and high-performance naturals. The result was M-61 Powerful Skincare.
Launched in 2012, M-61 is a gluten-free and vegan friendly skincare collection formulated with the highest quality ingredients so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.
All products must pass an extensive ingredient screening and are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes.
M-61 pushes the boundaries of skincare science with revolutionary formulas and delivery systems designed specifically for your on the go lifestyle. Get maximum results in minimal time with clean, clinical, powerful skincare.
Marla Beck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bluemercury Inc., an iconic high-growth luxury beauty retail chain founded in 1999 and acquired in 2015 by Macy’s Inc., and Creator and Co-founder of M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Powerful Skincare, a clean and clinical skincare line. Marla’s leadership and passion for entrepreneurship, innovation and branding has resulted in exponential growth of both Bluemercury and M-61.
Ms. Beck was named as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and is the first woman to be recognized with two cover stories by Inc. magazine focusing on her entrepreneurial achievements.
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 Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. She serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Public Leadership Advisory Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation, and is an independent director on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Place (NASDAQ: PLCE). She resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children.
Barry Beck co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the first highly technical, natural cosmeceutical brand. Mr. Beck is often invited to share his entrepreneurship, branding and innovation expertise, and was a recipient of the 2016 Retail Innovator of the Year Award by Retail TouchPoints Magazine. He has appeared as a guest speaker for the Showcase on Great Consumer Brands at NASDAQ, the Future of Bricks-and-Mortar Retail at the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Mobile Payment and Omnichannel Retailing at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Texas A&M University Retailing Summit. He has also spoken on the subject of entrepreneurship and innovation at Cornell University and 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 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. 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 was acquired by Emcor Group (NYSE:EME), a Fortune 500 Company.
In 1999, Mr. Beck also co-founded Bluemercury, Inc., a high-growth luxury beauty retail chain, e-commerce provider and cosmetics brand developer. Mr. Beck oversees all aspects of Bluemercury’s operations and leads the company's strategic growth initiatives. He developed the original store retail model after his acquisition and development of the first Bluemercury store.