Shai Eisenman, the CEO and Founder of Bubble, is 29 years old. A founder’s age isn’t typically on my list of interview questions, but Bubble, a new skin-care company created “with teens, for teens,” is all about adolescence.
Eisenman treated me to an early cut of the brand’s launch video, which features Jazz Jennings, Laurie Hernandez, Rudy Pankow, Jonathan Daviss, Madison Bailey, Noah Beck, Nia Soux, Colin Ford, and Chase Hudson. The ambassadors span genres — Hernandez is an Olympian, Davis is a Netflix hunk, Hudson is a TikToker — and some of them do crack age 20. “During focus groups, I was like ‘What world am I living in?'” Eisenman tells me. “I just felt so old, and I had no idea who the people they were talking about were.” But she knows them all now, and what they have in common is a reach into Generation Z, which is exactly where Bubble is hoping to land.
Another major draw for teens — and perhaps the reason why the brand already has 31,000 Instagram followers — is the fact that Bubble comes approved by Hyram Yarbro, the face of massively popular @skincarebyhyram and so-called “Gen Z whisperer.” According to Eisenman, Yarbro brought his mantra, “ingredients don’t lie, bitch,” to his decision to partner with the brand. He’s been testing the products since early this year, and Eisenman says he helped guide Bubble’s philosophy and will spearhead their educational content (more on that later.)
The brand, which launches direct-to-consumer on November 19, was created to “balance and clear skin,” says Eisenman. She’s careful to clarify that the products are intended for the teen who has “the occasional breakout,” and not for those with severe acne.
The seven-product lineup instead focuses on natural ingredients that attend to the causes or side effects of acne, like willow bark (a balancing agent, which salicylic acid is derived from) and rosewater (which acts as a toner).
“We knew from the beginning that we wanted it to be made for teens with sensitive skin,” says Eisenman. “First, we defined the herbal extracts and active ingredients that we were interested in formulating with, and then we started working on the efficacy.” After a year-and-a-half and from seven to 12 submissions for each product, the team landed on the final formulas.
The seven products comprise a full skin-care regimen. The roster, which I guarantee you’ll be seeing in skin-care TikToks very soon: Fresh Start Gel Cleanser, Break Even Balancing Toner, Slam Dunk Hydrating Moisturizer, Level Up Balancing Moisturizer, Come Clean Detoxifying Clay Mask, Wipe Out Makeup Remover, and Bounce Back Refreshing Toner.