As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly thinking about innovation. But what I’ve learned is that creating something new just to have something to talk about isn’t innovation – it’s cheap and easy marketing. Real innovation may come less often, but it leaves a lasting impression. Indeed, real innovation changes the game. This is what Kari Gran and her business partner, Lisa Strain, have accomplished. Dubbed the Little Black Dress of Eco-Beauty, Kari Gran epitomizes simple sophistication. With only 5 unique products in their skincare range, Kari and Lisa are perhaps the most calculated formulators in Indie Beauty, launching new products not based on marketing cycles, but based on authentic consumer demand.As two of the smartest, most authentic and practical women in beauty, Kari and Lisa assume the customer (that would be us) is as smart as they are, and doesn’t want to be sold or told anything that’s not true and that doesn’t serve them. I loved working with Kari and Lisa on their 2016 launch of a serum sunscreen – Three Sixty-Five SPF 28 – and was so excited to learn that Kari had decided to launch one, very special, new product. Knowing her commitment to minimalist skincare, I immediately asked if we could feature the Essential Balm as a special, holiday discovery.In the following conversation, Kari shares more about staying true to her minimalist skincare philosophy and how Kari Gran Skincare resists the urge to cater to industry demands, and instead listen to what consumers want.
The next chapter to the sun and skin story addresses a very important theme: do essential oils lead to photosensitivity in the skin? As we shared last month, Beauty Heroes believes daily sunscreen use is a non-negotiable. And we recommend a physical non-nano zinc … Continued
As I see the awareness of healthy skincare grow among women of all ages and backgrounds (and how far we have to go), I’m encouraged and enlivened by the women contributing to this conversation who have been personally affected by serious illnesses associated with environmental toxins. These capital-H Heroes have transformed their most challenging life experiences into beauty businesses that reflect their unequivocal dedication to ingredient awareness.
A product that boasts a loyal group of followers who completely believe in the product is a Hero Product. It delivers on a mission. It defines the brand and stands out as the shining example of how well a brand performs. It is the top seller, highly effective and the one that you keep coming back time and again. It’s the product that you believe you can’t live without.