Indie Beauty Profile

Monica Watson, Berlin Skin

By Deanna Utroske

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Indie Beauty Profile Monica Watson Berlin Skin
In her Indie Beauty Profile, Monica Watson, founder of Berlin Skin, explains why, that with the right intention and formulation, a small number of skin care products can go a long way. And, she underscores the value that consumer spending can add to the larger world—beyond any individual, beyond any business.

In a time when personal care and cosmetics shoppers’ loyalty to beauty brands is waning, Berlin Skin is invested in branding that is subtle, a mission that is at once serene and powerful, and product that stands on its own merits.

Here the beauty entrepreneur behind the brand, shares a profile of herself and her growing business.  

Name: ​Monica Watson, Founder and CEO

Indie Beauty Company: ​Berlin Skin

Launched:​ August 2016

Headquarters: ​Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California

Cash flow: ​I am forecasting that we will almost triple our sales in 2018 vs 2017, which is an exciting accomplishment. 

Team work: ​2 full-time employees

Distribution: ​Berlin Skin is distributed nationally through our own ecommerce site and at select small shops and spas.

Years in beauty: ​I had no previous professional beauty industry experience prior to launching Berlin Skin.

Years at Berlin Skin: ​2

Entrepreneurial experience:​ This is my first company, and it has been such a rewarding and fun journey. To be able to bring a luxurious, clean beauty experience to people has brought immense joy and fulfillment.

The business: ​Clean. Modern. Minimal. These are the words that we live by in everything we create and in the lifestyle we promote. We aim to bring simplicity and beauty to people’s skin care routines.

The wow-factor: ​Unlike most of the oversaturated beauty industry, we have chosen to encourage our customers to not buy into overconsumption in their lives. We’ve provided a routine of just 4 facial products and one body oil, holding to the belief that with the right ingredients - less can be more when it comes to skin care.

The customer: ​He or she lives a life of intentionality and cares about people, the environment, and animals - recognizing that the brands they buy from can have a direct positive impact on all of these things.

They want a fuss-free skin care routine delivering powerful, plant-based ingredients which promote healthy and renewed skin. They want to use clean products that also look beautiful sitting on their bathroom counter.

Milestone moment: ​We were recently featured in CR Fashion Book which was our biggest press mention to date.

Advice for fellow beauty entrepreneurs: ​If you want to start something new, make sure you have an unwavering passion for what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Be incredibly convicted about your “why” or else nobody else will be.

Just one: ​Asked about her go-to product, Watson says it’s the Berlin Skin Cocoa Eye Butter.



Deanna Utroske, Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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