About Us

A Note From Our Founder

Marla Beck

After opening the first ever, free-standing boutique beauty store, Bluemercury, I noticed clients coming in saying, “I love natural products, but I’m not seeing results” and, “I want products that have dermatologist-loved ingredients, like glycolic and peptides, but don’t want all the other added chemicals.” Being an entrepreneur at heart, I eagerly took on the challenge and set out on my next venture: to create the first clean, clinical vegan skincare line.

I poured over scientific journals – any literature on dermatologist-loved ingredients and high performance naturals – and focused on learning as much as I could about the ingredients that went into skincare products and their effects. I realized that many products on the market contain harmful ingredients, which further inspired me to start my own line. I created a benefit-driven, efficacious vegan line formulated with the highest quality ingredients so clients could feel good about what they were putting on their skin, while getting the results they wanted.

After five years of researching and testing thousands of formulas, it was finally ready. I launched M-61 Skincare – the first clean, clinical, powerful, vegan and gluten-free skincare line. M-61 pushes the boundaries of skincare science by combining advanced actives, dermatologist-loved ingredients and high-performance naturals, without toxic ingredients! As we expand the M-61 collection, I continue to test every batch and keep the reason I started the brand at the forefront: to give clients’ maximum results in minimal time with clean, clinical, powerful vegan skincare.

- Marla Beck Co-Founder & CEO of Bluemercury & M-61

Maximum Impact. Minimal Time.

From the beginning, I set out to create a streamlined, benefit-driven skincare collection. It was important to me to have different lines, each solving skincare concerns encountered by any person, at any age. An example of this is the PowerSpot line. I originally began developing an acne line for my teenage daughters, Ariel and Sophie, and as we were testing the products with our beauty experts, we learned that not only did the formulas prevent, treat and calm overactive skin, they also effectively reduced pore size, a skincare concern important to my teens and to me! Since that experience, I approach each and every line as a way to treat a specific skincare concern for every client, always formulating with the cleanest, clinical ingredients that deliver maximum results.

My 3 Skincare Musts

  • A woman using a PowerGlow Peel to exfoliate

    Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate.

    If you do one thing, make sure you exfoliate your skin! The act of exfoliating brings out the new, more youthful-looking skin by sloughing away dull, dead skin cells to reveal a smoother texture and more even skin tone. Resurfaced skin can also allow your products to sink in more effectively (and work better as a result)! I exfoliate every day with my at-home PowerGlow® Peel. I love how soft my skin looks and feels when I wake up: fresh, smooth, bright and glowing — ready for the day.

  • A bottle of Vitablast C Serum 2.0 sits atop a bed of citrus fruit

    Vitamin C. is a must.

    I use vitamin C every day! It’s one of the best ingredients out there for creating glowing complexions and has been proven to help support naturally-recurring collagen production, promote a more even skin tone and diminish the look of dark spots over time.

  • A woman applying Hydraboost Moisturizer SPF 30

    Use SPF Daily, Period.

    Nothing makes skin age faster than a sunburn, sunspots or hyper-pigmentation. I use SPF daily – whether it’s on bare skin, in a moisturizer or over a moisturizer.

One Of A Kind Vegan Skincare

I’ve always loved astronomy – the possibilities, freedoms, truths, and meanings are different for everyone. It’s inclusive, personal and powerful. I wanted my skincare collection to embody that, not just in the formulations, but in the name as well. I read about The Messier Objects, which are some of the most beautiful and most studied fixed astronomical deep-sky sights, and was instantly drawn to Messier 61. This spiral galaxy is in-between classifications with an extremely high rate of transformation. This was it! M-61 Powerful Skincare. The perfect representation of the first highly effective, one-of-a-kind, non-classifiable, vegan skincare line.

Founder Bio

Marla working in her office inspecting product

Marla Beck is the CEO and co-founder of Bluemercury Inc., an iconic high-growth luxury beauty retail chain founded in 1999. Bluemercury is recognized for disrupting the beauty retailing industry with its creative approach to personalized beauty solutions. Its mission was simple: make shopping easy and enjoyable while encouraging discovery and providing friendly, honest, expert advice for each and every client.

Inspired by her clients and realizing the white space in the skincare market, Marla set out to create a streamlined, benefit-driven skincare collection that uses advanced actives, dermatologist-loved ingredients and high-performance naturals. The result: M-61 Skincare, the first clean, clinical, powerful vegan skincare line on the market.

Keeping with her drive to create customer-based solutions that benefit real women’s lives, Marla created the next frontier in beauty, Lune+Aster Cosmetics – a good-for-you cosmetics brand for the time-starved, do-it-all modern woman seeking straightforward makeup solutions.

Prior to founding Bluemercury, Marla 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 from the University of California, Berkeley. Harvard Business School honored her with an Alumni Achievement Award in 2019. In 2014, Marla received an appointment by Harvard Business School as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, was named as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, and was named as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. Marla 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, the Board of Advisors of The Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Board of Trustees at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. and is an independent director on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Place. Marla resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children.