Q&A with Melanie Mayron, Emmy Winner and Founder of Mayron’s Goods

Ask Melanie Mayron what she does for a living, and you’ll get a lengthy response: mother, actress, director, writer, business owner, product developer. The Emmy winner (who played Melissa on thirtysomething), balances her time between filmmaking and operating Mayron’s Goods with her father David, a chemist. Together they focus on ethically sourced and organic ingredients, making skin-soothing products like Chapstuff, Lip Stuff, and Ouch Stuff. We chatted with Melanie to discuss how she balances her film career, her business, and being a mom.

BB Man: Has being a mother informed your approach to your business?

Mayron: Well, being responsible for your child, being responsible for the products you create, those are their own things. But being passionate about raising a good soul, and being passionate about what you put into your products so that like-minded people can share in the thinking of what we do…that’s how being a parent spills over into Mayron’s Goods products.

BB Man: Your sister runs the skincare manufacturer Jao Ltd. Did your dad—a chemist—ever think he would have such an effect on his daughters?

Mayron: I am pretty sure he never thought he’d have two daughters with two different skincare lines that would have him behind the wheel, so to speak. But he is a rock star in his field. Without him we certainly would not have had the level of quality skincare that we both have in our lines. My father always played by the rules and taught us to do the same. We get nothing but the most natural, botanically derived, organic ingredients we can find, and thus are going back to how products were once made: from nature.

BB Man: How do you balance your two very different careers? Do they ever cross over?

Mayron: As far as managing the careers they do overlap in amazing ways. As an actor you create a character, as a writer and director you write the story, and visualize it and put the people and pieces together, as well as designing shots in order for that story to come to fruition. With Mayron’s Goods, I had a concept in mind specifically for a look and time period of the line. We wanted a natural- and organic-based line of products that people could feel good using and that also heal and can be multi-purposeful.

BB Man: You won an Emmy for thirtysomething. Any moments in the history of running Mayron's Goods that compare?

Mayron: I recently received an inquiry for the BABY line from J. Crew for their Crewcuts division. I got the email right before the holidays when I was on the set of the ABC Family show, “The Fosters,” directing an episode. One of the Executive Producers and the writer and I had been admiring each other’s clothes the last three days on the set and ironically it turned out we were all wearing J. Crew. And then I checked my email and there was a message from J.Crew. I got tears in my eyes. It flipped me out and I was stunned and thrilled.

BB Man: You used to test cough syrups for your father back in the fifties. Your packaging now reads: "Not tested on animals. Tested on Actors." Are you still the tester for your and your father's products?

Mayron: I certainly am still the tester, as are my two teenagers, continuing the family tradition. My actor friends are testers as well.

BB Man: What is the best advice you have for new and aspiring business owners?

Mayron: Be excited by what you are doing and believe in it. Stand behind it. That is the most exciting thing I feel about our skincare. I love our products. I use them. I helped them get here so I have something I want to use on myself. I believe in what we are doing and that keeps me loving what we are creating.

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