Best of CH 2018: Cannabis

Eight developments in the world of marijuana and hemp this year

As more states make marijuana legal, the cannabis industry continues to grow and change at a remarkable rate—and 2018 was perhaps the biggest year yet. While the issues surrounding criminal justice reform legislation (and hopefully its revision), government spending and profit, politics and race are undeniable, there seems to be no stopping “cannabusiness.” From inventive new companies to thoughtful products, here are some interesting marijuana-related …

Hawthorne Introduces Skincare Products

The fragrance label’s online quiz will now pair customers with body wash, soap, and deodorant

Most American men aren’t buying fragrances, but women are driving the $327 million market through gift-giving. “There’s a lack of knowledge and even a sense of fear with men when it comes to cologne and self-care products,” Hawthorne co-founder Brian Jeong says from his Tribeca office. Jeong “wanted to get men to buy cologne for themselves.” Since launching the data-driven fragrance label Hawthorne in 2016, Jeong …

MIT-Developed Atolla Personalized Skincare

Monthly tests and a proprietary algorithm result in fully customized products

Founded by Meghan Maupin and Sid Salvi, with Dr Ranella Hirsch, Atolla brings a scientific method to skincare—removing trial and error, and drastically reducing waste. By using machine learning and a proprietary algorithm, the team at Atolla creates serums that are crafted specifically for each user—tracking changes in skin’s moisture, oil and pH levels due to diet, weather, allergies and more. Currently funding on Kickstarter, the fledgling company is offering …