Happy Friday, babes! This weeks Buffalo Boss Babe is Elyse Mazurkiewicz of EXO Supply - a manufacturer/distributor of high-quality skin care and beauty products made with natural, organically derived ingredients. Keep reading to learn more about Elyse and how she got to be best known for organic nail polish removed and her commitment to non-toxic, natural beauty products!
What made you start or brought you where you are today ? Tell us your Story. What makes you a Buffalo Boss Babe?
I have a Master's Degree in Literacy and started my post-college career as an elementary teacher in the City of Buffalo. After several years, I decided to join my father in helping him grow his local manufacturing business where he developed a line of eco-friendly cleaning and personal care products. When I came on-board, I created and re-vamped formulations, leading to the development of our organic nail polish remover. Working with local designers and friends, the EXO brand was created. Our first products were pitched to local retailers including The Lexington Co-op. The Co-op was the first store in town to carry EXO, and from there we continued to grow!
What does being a Buffalo Boss Babe mean to you?
Being a Buffalo Boss Babe means being proud of the city I am from, working hard, and giving back to the community. We try to use local vendors whenever possible, and work with companies of all sizes. Our city is truly filled with good neighbors (and thriving Boss Babes)!
Who are your favorite people to follow ?
Travel pages are fun to follow because they allow me to set goals for the next adventure I want to take with my family. I also follow tons of beauty brands that I find inspiring and have watched grow over the years: @flossgloss, @gridlocklacquer, @glossier, @rmsbeauty, and of course the queen, @beyonce.
What are your favorite things to do in the area ? Buffalo and greater WNY
Eat: The Dapper Goose, Jay's Artisan Pizza, and Lombardo are a few of my local favorites.
Stay fit: Taking yoga classes at Power Yoga Buffalo when I have the time.
Explore: I love taking my son to the zoo, aquarium, art gallery, and to local toy stores/shops.
Tell us about your favorite collaboration or dream collaborations ?
The collaboration with @birchbox has been amazing! It's helped my brand grow, and gain recognition nationwide. Stumbling across an Into The Gloss interview where Emma Watson shared our nail polish remover was also incredible. In the future, a dream collab would be with celebrity nail artist @stephstonenails.
If you could have coffee with anyone in the world who would it be?
My Papa (Grandpa) who passed away 11 years ago. He was a local entrepreneur and owned a small flower shop on Elmwood Ave when I was younger. I'd love to enjoy a Sunday morning of bagels and coffee with him.
What are your hopes, dreams, goals. Big or small?
I hope to be a good mother to my son and raise him to be a happy, respectful young man. We love to travel, so I hope to make more memories exploring the world with my family. As a Boss Babe, I want to continue growing the family business and creating unique products.
Tell us about your family?
Born and raised in Williamsville, my husband Dan and I are high-school sweethearts. He's my best friend and biggest fan. Our son, Luke, just turned 1 and we celebrated with taking him on his first trip to New Orleans! Our golden-doodle Louis is our fur baby and the best office-dog in Buffalo!
Super Power: Teleportation
Season of the Year: Fall
About Buffalo: The food and the people
What an honor to have a Buffalo Boss Babe that’s recognized on such a large scale! Elyse is an inspiration for us all and an advocate for our bodies and the environment!
Follow EXO Supply @exo_supply on Instagram and Twitter, and EXO Supply on Facebook. Photo credit: Deanna Kroll-Haeick.