Rodial’s Maria Hatzistefanis Reveals How Snakes, Bees And Dragons Fueled Her Brand’s Success

Maria Hatzistefanis isn’t peddling snake oil. Taking advantage of surprising ingredients, The Rodial Group founder and CEO peddles skincare products with syn-ake dipeptide, bee venom, dragon’s blood, diamond powder and gold. A skilled marketer whose career path had...

Twelve Beauty’s Pedro Catalá Is the Intellectual Soul Of The Clean Beauty Movement

Twelve Beauty hasn’t merely jumped on the clean beauty bandwagon. Long before his 12-product brand materialized, founder Pedro Catalá studied plants to determine their usages for skin and piled up degrees while doing so. “Because I have a...

Cleo&Coco Makes Its Case For A Primo Spot In Natural Deodorant Selections

Almost two decades after weathering the dot-com crash, Cleo&Coco creator Suzannah Raff is at the center of the beauty industry’s great natural deodorant boom. Her odor-busting brand is vying for space at stores as aluminum-free options accelerate across...

Nicole Rechelbacher Keeps Intelligent Nutrients At The Forefront Of Environmental Stewardship

Nicole Rechelbacher has an impressive legacy to live up to. Her father Horst Rechelbacher established Aveda in 1978 and the idea that natural products have a place in professional haircare. Before selling Aveda to Estée Lauder nearly two decades...

Silk Therapeutics Takes Science In A Clean Skincare Direction

Gregory Altman and Rebecca Lacouture, the brainiacs behind Silk Therapeutics, are smarter than Beauty Independent, but we’ll try to summarize their discoveries for simple folks like us. The skincare company founders figured out how to stabilize liquefied silk...

Argan Oil Authority Kahina Giving Beauty Is In It For The Long Haul

Kahina Giving Beauty founder Katharine L’Heureux never set out to be a beauty entrepreneur. Raised on a vineyard in Napa Valley, she received an English degree from UC Berkeley before starting her career in New York publishing and...