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Meet Mimi, The VP Who Oversees Rose Inc’s Products & Packaging

For Mimi Lu, working at Rose Inc is both an art and a science. “We don't want to just create another product,” she says. “Our approach is to take a different spin by leveraging our science to create something that's really uniquely different.” But Mimi’s more than just the brand’s Vice President of New Product Development and Marketing; she was the scientist who brought founder Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s vision to life from day one by leading product formulation, packaging innovation, and industry-leading sustainability — all thanks to her unique background. 

“I actually fell into beauty purely by coincidence,” Mimi explains. While studying chemical engineering at Cornell, the Chicago native earned an internship at L’Oreal, landed a job after graduating, and spent five years becoming a formulation chemist across many of its brands. USC Business School came next, then eight years at Juice Beauty (Fun fact: Mimi worked on Goop’s early products) followed by jobs with Biossance and Pipette. Now, she’s right where she wants to be in product development. “I get to merge my background in research and development with the consumer knowledge I focused on in grad school,” she says about the job that straddles technology, science, and efficacy. 

Mimi is a leading pillar of the Rose Inc brand, making her the perfect person to lead our newest series, Day in the Life. Keep scrolling for an insider’s look at how she spends an average day behind the beauty scenes.

Mimi Lu

Emeryville, California
Vice President of New Product Development & Marketing, Rose Inc

06:30 a.m.: Mornings are a bit chaotic. I get up 30 minutes before our two girls to get myself ready and prep our breakfasts. 

06:45 a.m.: My morning beauty routine is fast! Our Heliotrope Blush Divine is my usual go-to, but I also do love Dahlia for that pinch-and-flush of color. I like a neutral lip, so Beam works the best for me.

08:05 a.m.: My husband and I tag team drop-off depending on our meeting schedules. Half the time I take the first call as they are jumping out of the car…they are very used to mommy’s car meetings!

10:15 a.m.: I grab a quick coffee from the Rose Inc kitchen before jumping on a video call. Today I have a meeting with our Ingredient Innovation Team to discuss new ingredient opportunities we would like to explore for the brand in the future so they can develop new proprietary molecules to support us.

11:17 a.m.: I meet with a lot of different ingredient suppliers that we partner with for our raw materials. Any ingredient that we pick must already have clinical data to show that it works! 

“Creating a new product with Rosie and the team starts with a concept, then we identify how we can make it unique…”

12:05 p.m.: A big part of my job is evaluating the samples that we receive for performance, then my colleague Vanessa and I have meetings with Rosie to get her feedback before incorporating feedback from many different team members. The more feedback, the better.

01:15 p.m.: Our days are busy! Normally I'm scrambling to grab lunch while catching up on emails. 

02:00 p.m.: Reviewing customer feedback is crucial. Seeing a product finally launch and reading all the positive reviews is my favorite part. The Concealer and Blush Divine, for example, really resonate with people. It feels great to read about the impact a product has had on their life, but negative ones help us make improvements, too. 

“Reviewing customer feedback is crucial.”

03:17 p.m.: When it comes to packaging, it's exciting for our team to see our work come to life with beauty, form, function and sustainability all rolled together. Sure, we could create an amazing lipstick formula, but if that bullet doesn't fit well into the packaging, you're going to start seeing problems!

04:12 p.m.: Working with refillable, sustainable materials is more expensive and challenging than disposable ones. We use glass and PCR plastic as much as possible, which means it’s made from recycled resins.

“Any ingredient that we pick must already have clinical data to show that it works!”

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