Monday, July 25, 2016

Over 150 Black-Owned Beauty Brands & More


Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware of the racial inequalities going on in America. With the recent deaths of multiple innocent Black men at the hands of Police Officers meant to protect and serve, many have chosen to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement by spending their money with Black-owned businesses. I started fielding questions and messages about which beauty brands were black owned so I decided to make a list. To make this list as comprehensive as possible I included indie brands (big and small) as well since many of them are only known via social media and/or word of mouth. 

Btw these brands may be Black-owned but that doesn't mean their products are only for Black people. If that logic were true, I'd only own products from the brands listed here. So everyone of all skin tones and ethnicities, be sure to check out this list. Your next beauty must have just might be among them.
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Here's the list of Black-owned beauty brands, who's products include makeup, skin, nail and hair care. For many I have included a link to their Instagram page as well since this can be helpful to get a better sense about the brand and their products.

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127|East Cosmetics, @127east (makeup)

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Aboni Cosmetics, @aboni_cosmetics (makeup, They have a collection in collab with MUA Brittanie Evans!)
AJ Crimson Beauty, @ajcrimson (makeup)
Alaffia, @alaffia (skin & hair care)
Alikay Naturals (natural hair & skin care)
Ambrosia Cosmetics, @ambrosiacosmeticsusa (makeup)
Anointed Hands 4U (hair care)
Aroma Stories, @aromastories (skin care & perfume)
As I Am (hair care)
Ashunta Sheriff Beauty (makeup)

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BAABS Beauty, @baabsbeauty (makeup)
Beauty Bakerie, @beautybakeriemakeup (makeup)
Beautie Brownie Cosmetics, @beautiebrownie (makeup)
Beija Flor Naturals (organic skin care & natural hair care)
Bellegant Cosmetics, @bellegantcosmetics (makeup)
Bené Cosmetics, @bene_cosmetics (makeup)
Bernadette Thompson, @bernadettenails (7 free & cruelty free nail polish)
Berry Curly Naturals, @berrycurlynaturals (natural hair & skin care)
Bevel (men's, shaving)
Big Chop Hair Extensions (natural hair extensions)
Big Girl Cosmetics (makeup & skin care)
BLAC Minerals Cosmetics, @blacminerals (makeup)
Black is Beautiful (handmade whipped butters for skin & hair)
Bluffajo Cosmetics (makeup)
BoBeam (natural hair & skin care)
Bovanti Cosmetics & Spa (makeup)
Brei Cosmetics, @breicosmetics (makeup)
Bronner Brothers (hair care, Manufacturer of African Royale and Tropical Roots as well)
Brown Butter Beauty (organic skin & hair care + bath & body)

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Cake Cosmetics (makeup)
Calming Obsession (skin care, bath & body)
Camille Rose Naturals, @camillerosenaturals (natural hair & skin care)
Claro Apothecary, @claroapothecary
Cocotique (monthly hair & beauty subscription box, shop makeup & skin care too)
Color Du Jour (cosmetics & skin care)
Coloured Raine, @colouredraine (makeup)
Curls (natural hair care)
curlBOX (monthly natural hair subscription box)
Curlkit (monthly natural hair subscription box)
Created Coily (hair care & quarterly hair care subscription box)

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Dalynn Cosmetics, @dalynncosmetics (makeup)
Danessa Myricks Beauty (makeup)
Design Essentials (hair care)
Dudley Beauty (hair care & makeup)
Dragonfly Lake Scents  (natural bath & body products)

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Earth's Nectar (skin & hair care)
Ebony's Sun Butters (organic hair & skin care)
Eden Body Works (natural skin & hair care)
Entwine Couture, @entwinecouture (natural hair care)
E'Tae Natural Products (hair care) 

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Fashion Fair (makeup)
Five 11 Cosmetics, @five11_cosmetics (makeup)

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Gold Label Cosmetics (cruelty free & vegan cosmetic options)
Ginger + Liz (vegan friendly & toxic free nail polish)

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Harizon Beauty (skin & hair care)
Honey Cosmetics (makeup & skin care)
Honey Kissed Cosmetics, @h_kissedcosmetics (makeup)
House of Uni, @houseofuni (makeup)
Huetiful (hair products & steamer) 

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IMAN Cosmetics, @imancosmetics (makeup)
Indigofera (organic plant-based hair care)
Inspired Beauty (hair & skin care)
Inyanga Naturals, @inyanganaturals (natural skin care)

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Jane Carter Solution (natural hair care, men's line coming soon)
Joy Lorraine Cosmetics (makeup & skin care)

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Karen's Body Beautiful (natural hair care)
Kim Kimble (hair care) 
Kimo Bentley (natural skin care)

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LaBella Body Care (skin & hair care)
Lakshmi's Cupboard (natural hair care)
Lamik Beauty (makeup & skin care)
Lawrence Ray Concepts (hair care)  
Luster Products (includes several consumer & salon hair care lines) 
LUV Minerals Cosmetics (makeup & nail polish) 

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Makellos Nails (press-on nails)
Mahogany Naturals (organic hair & skin care) 
Maréna Beauté, @marenabeaute (makeup)
MDMFlow (makeup)
Melanin Cosmetics, @melanincosmetics (makeup & bath bombs)
Mim's Essential (natural body & hair care)
Miss Jessie's  (natural hair care)
Mixed Chicks (natural hair care)
Mocca Cosmetics (makeup & skin care) 
My Honey Child (natural hair care)

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NaTaRe Creations (bath & body)
Naturalicious, (natural hair care)
Naturally Smitten  (formerly MILK + HONEY, natural hair care)
Nubian Heritage (skin care)

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Obia Naturals (organic, vegan hair care) 
Onyx Box, (monthly beauty subscription box for doc)
OPV, @opvlashes (makeup)
Oyin Handmade (natural hair & skin care)

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PnkDigger, @pnkdigger (makeup, specializing in vegan lipsticks)
Polish My Life, @polishmylife (5 free nail polish)
Polish & Co, @polishandco (non-toxic nail polish)
Pooka, (skin care & aromatherapy)
Purgasm Shop (hair & skin care)

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Qhemet Biologics, @qhemetbiologics (bath, body & hair care)

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Revel, @revelbyjl (makeup)

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Scented Lizard (aromatherapy)
Sereniti Bath, Body & You, @serenitibathbodyandyou (natural hair & skin care)
SheaMoisture, @sheamoisture4u (makeup, natural hair & skin care)
Sistah Butters (natural hair, skin & body care)
Skinfolk, @skin_folk (organic skin & hair care + bath & body)
Skin Rejoice!, @skinrejoice (bath & body)
Spectrum Cosmetics Lab (hair & skin care, Manufacturer of Natures Natural, Dandruff EEze & Lets Dread)
Soul Purpose (bath & body) 
Southern Beaute@southernbeaute__ (makeup)
SunKiss Organics, @sunkissorganics (organic skin care)

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Tag (natural hair care)
Taliah Waajiid, @taliahwaajiidbrand (natural hair care) 
Taos Cosmetics, @taos_inc (makeup)
The Chandler's Rose (bath & body)
The Lip Bar, @thelipbar (makeup)
TGIN (natural hair care)
The Roots Naturelle (hair care) 
Tru Kream Cosmetics (wigs, makeup & nail polish)
Tyra Beauty, @tyrabeauty (makeup)
Twaa Naturals (organic hair & skin care)

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Virgin Hair Fantasy, @virginhairfantasy (hair extensions)
Vera Moore Cosmetics, @veramorecos (skincare & makeup)
Vibrant Beauty, @vivrantbeautyny (makeup, hair, body & skin care) 

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Wonder Curl, @wondercurl (hair care) 

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Xoxo Sugar Cosmetics (bath & body + hair care)

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Zandra Beauty, @zandrabeauty (hair care + bath & body, founded by a 15 year old teen!)

FYI: You may notice the absence of some brands that many assume are Black-owned like Black Opal and Sacha Cosmetics but all facts currently point to this not being true. And you can read all about that here. She helped me out by already doing all the research. And also Black radiance is owned by Markwins. However, I still saw it listed on many sites as such but this isn't the case. Just because it is a "Black beauty brand" don't assume it's Black-owned. 
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Accessories like head wraps and jewelry go hand in hand with beauty as it can often inspire your makeup look or help put on the finishing touches. So I have included some Black-owned brands for accessories as well:

2 Chic Designs (accessories)
Africanly Fab@evasheadwraps (head wraps)
Afrique La Chic (jewelry & natural hair accessories)
A Holey Moley Lyfe (jewelry)
Arimas Jewelry, @arimasjewelry 
Boutique de Bandeaux (natural hair accessories)
Fanm Djanm @fanmdjanm (head wraps)
Flowers from Fatima (flower hair accessories)
Forever Audacious (jewelry & accessories)
Graphiti Gems (jewelry)
InI Vibez (jewelry)
Influenced by Culture (custom waist beads)
Jewels Adore and More (jewelry)
Johnee Lightning, @johneelightning (men's jewelry)
Karma Soul (jewelry)
LaShell Jewelry (jewelry)
Loc Soc, @locsoc (hair accessories)
Peace Images (jewelry)
Sankofa Free (jewelry)
SilkWire Jewelry (wearable art & gemstone jewelry)
Sorella, @heathersanders_ (clothing & accessories)
Stone Label, @stonethelabel (turbans & jewelry)
Taper Me Bad, @tapermebad (clothing & accessories)
The Unique U (jewelry)
The Wrap Life, @thewraplife (head wraps)
Urban Heirlooms (leather accessories)
Vinti Couture, @vinticouture (jewelry)
WC Artistry Designs (jewelry)

Please note that this list is intended to be informational. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any brands listed. If you've shopped one of these brands before or know of one that's missing, please let us know. For more Black-owned businesses, check out We Buy Black because our dollars shouldn't matter more than our lives.  

Happy hunting!






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