10 Black-Owned Skincare Brands You Need to Know About

Updated 01/11/18
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Skin is the human body's largest organ, and it's important to care for yours with rich and thoughtful ingredients that are deeply nourishing. But being conscious of ingredients is only part of the equation. By supporting special brands that work tirelessly (usually from their own kitchens) to create products with your melanin-rich skin in mind, you can be a part the movement toward change. In 2018, make it your business to buy black.    In an overly saturated world of skincare where some traditional brands are releasing advertisements that shame our beauty, it's time to dig deeper and discover the black-owned skincare brands that need to be pushed to the forefront. If you're unfamiliar, I'm proud to introduce you to below brands that promote the magic of blackness in all of its glory.

SkinBUTTR

Handmade by State Management model Tatiana Price, Skin Buttr is carefully crafted to keep your glow at an all-time high with all-natural moisturizing products like whipped shea body butters and exfoliating scrubs. It's important to know that the ingredients you're putting on your body are of the highest caliber—rest assured knowing that these handmade batches are. They come in scents like strawberry coconut and honey almond that fade scars, cellulite, and stretch marks.

BLK + GRN

The best part about Blk + Grn is that it's a platform to showcase the work of women of color who create nontoxic, ethical product lines. An amazing example is Jacq's Organics. The line features a creamy cleanser infused with amino acids and papaya extract to shed dead skin cells and debris while bringing forth a fresh glow.

Folie Apothecary

Dreamed up by Nikisha Riley, one of my favorite women to follow on Instagram (who feels like a sister in my head), Folie Apothecary is a 100% natural skincare line made of the most thoughtful ingredients. Riley is a health-and-wellness guru, who constantly keeps her social media audience up on the absolute best things we should be doing for our mind, body, and soul. These organic glycerin soaps are so gorgeous that they can double as décor. 

Honey Pot Wax Lounge

Based in Los Angeles, Honey Pot Wax Lounge blends high-grade botanical ingredients, vitamins, and oils to create handmade skincare products. Enjoy one of its many wax, facial, or hair services, and then go home with a product that you love knowing you're in good hands.

Temple Zen

Temple Zen doesn't only have your skin in mind—the brand wants to heal, restore, and rejuvenate you. These products are holistic, in every sense of the word and were created by professional dancer Jashiro Dean, who needed a fix to serve his skincare needs from his profession and calm his nervous system. So he created mixtures of aloe vera, shea butter, essential oils and more, which cultivated into Temple Zen.

Beelux Goods

BeeLux believes in the power of Mother Earth and all the beauty that grows within her. So the company creates simple products made with honey from Georgia bees. "It is our hope that our all-natural goods will lead customers to a more balanced lifestyle by encouraging men and women to embrace natural self-care," the brand states on its website. Sold yet?

Plant Apothecary

Plant Apothecary is a black-owned apothecary based in Brooklyn, created by Holly McWhorter and her husband. Their plant-filled products will encourage you to steer away from harsh chemicals and toxins and focus more on homegrown ingredients. In turn, you'll find that these gentle yet hardworking products will save your skin by doing less harm and more good.

Base Butter

I could say so many beautiful things about Base Butter, a refreshing line of skincare products crafted and curated by founder She'Neil Johnson. You can awaken your skin's inner radiance with Base Butter's Glow Geranium Shimmer Stick or feed your skin with the hydrating nutrients it needs with the line's Tea Tree & Lavender Face Gel. Most importantly, these products were made for and by women of color to have equal access to high-quality natural products they deserve.

Oye Shea Butter

The incredible story behind Oye Shea Butter is enough. When she was younger, founder Tolu Oye's mother would travel to remote parts of Nigeria to collect nuts from shea trees. Then, she'd use pure shea to nourish Oye's skin, which suffered from eczema and burns. She also discovered the magical hair-lengthening powers of natural shea. This inspired the birth of the brand to provide you with the same healing and restorative hair, skin, and body benefits of raw and organic shea butter.

Kaike

Kaike is the fun line of back-owned skincare products the natural-beauty industry needs. These vegan products are handmade in small batches by founder Keli Smith in Chicago. The brand offers everything from an oil-based cleanser that leaves behind a silky-smooth veil on your skin and the brand's hero product, Frosting (my personal favorite). Frosting is a multipurpose product with a faint and delicious smell of cake that's worth calling out. What's even better is that it works to penetrate and deeply moisturize your skin, hair, and lips.

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