Kevin Olson, a trained chef, traded the culinary arts for skin care after he analyzed beauty product labels and found what he saw unappetizing. So, Olson a serial entrepreneur—he sold his coffee business, Caffe Strada, to Redwing Foods in 1994—set out to create his own line based on the philosophy of Claudius Galen, a physician and herbalist who practiced medicine in the second century, who, Olson says, created the world’s first cold cream. In May 2009, Olson founded Galen Labs and began distributing the range of 42 products across his home state of Minnesota. (He has since expanded to Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Naples, Fla.) Each product is made by hand in small batches in Buffalo, Minn. Shea butter is a key ingredient. Olson uses large Hobart mixers to whip unrefined shea butter into a pliable consistency, then mixes in various organic essential oils. Prices range from $12 to $36. “There are no miracle products,” he says. “These products are about quality ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and moisturize.”
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.