If BlackLivesMatter then Black businesses matter too. Take your time out and look into these five hand-picked beauty and wellness brands that deserve your support.
1. Shark Week Survival Kit (Beauty & Wellness)
For the most treacherous week of the month, for some women weeks. This business has created personalized packages for women of all ages who want to save time, money, and treat themselves when it’s that time of the month.
Founder Imani Cooper-William understands the hassle that comes with menstruation cycles especially the kind that leaves you bedridden for days. This is why she sought to produce a service/product that will calm the nerves that tense when your cycle arrives.
Subscriptions start as low as $7 a month and include organic, sustainable, body-safe pads and tampons but there’s more than just the essentials. Subscribers can choose package deals based on their flows like the baby shark, angel shark, or little shark deals.
Packages come with snacks based on your preference and always include skin/body care products from face masks and hemp oil to non-slip socks and panties curated by small female-owned businesses nationwide.
One product that stands out is the ‘Period pen’ which is a vape pen infused with hemp and CBD to treat and relieve you from cramps and sores.
Shark Week Survival Kit ensures that our shark week is calm waters and not crashing waves.
2. Juvia’s Place (Makeup)
If you want your eyes to pop with vibrancy and life then Juvia’s Place is your best friend. Their goal is to “celebrate the rebels, rulers, and queens of the African kingdoms of long ago, who emulated and honored beauty through their soulful and innovative techniques that the top beauty gurus still use today.”
The founder Chichi Eburu recognized the lack of representation for dark skin women and found it difficult to access makeup that didn’t make her lighter, gray, or simply was in her color. This inspired her to create Juvia’s Place named after her son and daughter “Juwa” and “Olivia”. Her debut product “The Nubian” eyeshadow palette visually inspired by the queen of beauty Nefrititi would soon mark the beginning of this company’s sensational reviews and influence in the black community.
Known for their predatory pigments which prey on your face, this is achieved through cruelty-free and vegan practices however some products require different techniques.
If you’re tired of never finding your shade and always using too much shadow for too little pigment then Juvia’s Place is right up your alley.
3. Blaxology (Haircare)
We love a black-owned hair care company that denounces harmful chemicals and focuses on the quality of their craft rather than the quantity of their capital.
“It’s one thing to sell hair products to gain profit but it’s another when you create hair products to bring out someone’s worth in their own unique crown.”
Blaxology prides itself on strictly vegan products that do not include preservatives, sulfates, and parabens in them, all made in the home of the owner Courtney Brown.
Brown relates the cultivation of her company to that of a flower and expresses it’s something she watered from day one to get it to where it is now but it’s still growing and she’s still learning every day.
Blaxology products all have an African spiritual foundation to them being priced at angel/divine numbers such as $8.88 for their ritual oil and $11.11 for their Nefrititi butter. This theme coincides with their message of delivering a product that is made with care.
If you’re natural or plan on becoming natural then Blaxology is a company to explore. Their Nefrititi butter is thick and richly immersed with Raw Ivory African shea butter that moisturizes low or high porosity hair and works great for my 4c sisters out there.
Being natural should be fun and natural, stay away from the harmful chemicals and get in touch with the pure ones.
4. Emprezz Tings (Reproductive care)
Summer’s eve is one bad apple away from screwing your PH balance, that’s why Emprezz Tings values itself in vegan & organic skin, beauty, feminine & masculine care products while also promoting self-love and self-awareness. You will not find mineral oil, parabens, GMO’s, propylene glycol, sulfates, or phthalate in these products.
Products range from Yoni pearls and steam to male enhancement/performance supplements.
An area of our bodies most might claim don’t get enough care deserves the most so when we’re having fun in the bedroom we can feel our most confident.
Emprezz Tings strives in making its customers feel royal especially on those royal nights. If an organic boost is what you need to get in the mood then give this company a try.
5. Sun meets Moon Beauty (Skincare)
This skincare company has one special ingredient that makes it stand out from the rest. No, it’s not vibranium, but cannabis. In a world where persons of color are hit with limitations and double standards in regards to cannabis use and solicitation, it is beautiful to see two Black women profiting off of it in such a genuine way.
Danielle Hawk and Sina Hilbert are both co-founders for the modern aged skincare company Sun Meets Moon. They believe in “providing the very best in CBD skincare for women of all shades.” Also that our “own personal beauty is the best kind of beauty, and should be celebrated every day.”
Products range from Ocean Tide facial toner geared to hydrate and tighten pores with aloe leaf extract while also focusing on consumers with acne and eczema. To Earth Mud, dead sea mud mask fit to clean clogged pores and reduce inflammation with dead sea salt.
Your body is your temple and should be treated as such that includes the layer that protects it – your skin. If you’re always running into dead ends with these overpriced harmful skincare companies than experiment with something natural and made for “melanin-rich tones.”
Self-love and care is the best care and that starts by paying attention to what we put into and use for our bodies. All products mentioned practice safe and organic practices for their products have fun and survey your options.