Mermaids And Natural Ingredients Are Much More Than Merely Trends To The Founder Of Captain Blankenship

Like an acrophobe becoming a helicopter pilot, Jana Blankenship overcame fragrance sensitivity to build the beauty brand Captain Blankenship. The trick to surmounting her scent incompatibility was switching from synthetic to natural ingredients. Captain Blankenship aims to...

Scrupulous Sourcing, Careful Store Selection, Spam Email And A Single SKU Spark The Rise Of Vintner’s Daughter

Much of the skincare on the market is the equivalent of boxed wine. Its contents are of questionable origins. It might get the job done in a pinch, but doesn’t inspire loyalty. It’s a disposable buy and looks...

Stem Cell Scientist Hans Keirstead Battles Crow’s Feet And Vies For A Congressional Seat

Hans Keirstead is campaigning for good looks and good government: the first with new skincare brand Root of Skin and the second with a congressional run. An outgrowth of AiVita Biomedical, the brand is launching after four years...

Joséphine Cosmetics’ Sultry Organic Beauty Products Would Make Their Namesake Proud

It’s a bold move to christen a brand after beloved performer and fearless activist Josephine Baker. Sholayide Otugalu, owner of Joséphine Cosmetics, is confident her two-year-old makeup brand can live up to the name. The Brooklyn-based self-taught makeup artist felt...

The Latest IBE Anthology Preserves The Biggest Indie Beauty Expo Yet For Posterity

The New York edition of Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) in August was a watershed moment for two-year-old Indie Beauty Media Group (IBMG), IBE’s producer. It was the company’s biggest trade show ever, attracting 227 brands from more than 20...

This Recovering Alcoholic Is Motivated By Her Personal Struggles To Build A Big Beauty Brand

Some people have success handed to them, and others have to snatch success for themselves. From Molly With Love founder Molly Beane is a prime example of the latter. She overcame disadvantages in her youth and personal demons...