Thrive Causemetics, More Than Skin Deep

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Karissa Bodnar’s Thrive Causemetics ($16 to $36) include color sticks in a wide variety of shades

Karissa Bodnar, a former product developer for Sephora and L’Oréal and a Washington native, was moved to create Thrive Causemetics (thrivecausemetics.com), her paraben-, sulfate-, cruelty-free and vegan makeup line, after losing her close friend, Kristy, to cancer at the age of 24. Hearing Good Morning America anchor and cancer survivor Robin Roberts talk about her personal motto—“Don’t just survive, thrive”—Bodnar found the name for her line of “cause”-metics. “Creating formulas is my passion, but it’s not about me, it’s about connecting and empowering all women,” she says.

Each Thrive product is named for a woman who has battled the disease or fought other personal struggles (e.g., the Jackie faux lash set, $26, is named after Bodnar’s grandmother, who passed away from lung cancer). For every product purchased, the Queen Anne–based brand donates one of the same items to causes supporting cancer “thrivers” and organizations supporting other women’s issues, including domestic abuse. Since its launch in February 2015, Thrive has donated more than $5 million in products, ranging from lipstick to eyeliner.

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.