After founding Bluemercury, I was 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.
I 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.
Many products are gluten free and/or vegan.
Marla Beck co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the world’s 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 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 and Retail Goods Speaker Series, and Columbia University’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship’s Distinguished Speakers Series. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA 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. Ms. Beck was named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. Prior to her career as an entrepreneur, Ms. Beck was a consultant at McKinsey and Company. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and is a current member of the Young President’s Organization
In 1999, Ms. Beck also co-founded Bluemercury. Inc. with husband, Barry Jon Beck. Bluemercury is widely recognized as the nation’s largest and fastest growing luxury beauty products 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 10, 8, and 7.
Barry Beck co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the world’s first highly technical, natural cosmeceutical brand. Mr. Beck, a serial entrepreneur, has been the subject of numerous articles and books, and has appeared at Cornell University as a guest lecturer on entrepreneurial businesses and at Columbia University Graduate School of Business Distinguished Speakers Series.
In 1999, Mr. Beck also co-founded Bluemercury, Inc., which is widely recognized as the nation’s largest and fastest growing luxury beauty products 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.
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. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and three children, ages 10, 8, and 6.