15 Black-owned Skincare brands to invest in and SUPPORT
At Beauty and Style Edit, supporting and uplifting women of colour is at the heart of everything we do, it is the reason BASE was created. A space in which women of colour are represented, our needs, wants and concerns addressed. A place where we are centred in the conversation, the main focus and not a one-off feature as is often the case in mainstream media. But we all know we can do more, as a platform we feature products and services that cater to or benefit women of colour but not all of these products are owned by people of colour. And so we will make a concerted effort to support and spotlight brands that are black-owned or owned by POC. Brands who like BASE have created their businesses for the sole purpose of catering to women of colour and help make the decision of supporting these businesses and communities easier and more convenient for our readers.
Over the next few months we will provide you with lists of beauty and wellness companies that are black-owned in our new ‘The Black Beauty Files’ series. These resources will be ongoing and will be updated as and when we come across new brands.
This week in our #TheBlackBeautyFiles series we focus on black-owned skincare brands to support, from body creams to serums, here is our edit from skincare companies that we know you’ll love and want to support.
Created by Ozohu Adoh to address her skincare concerns and those of other women of colour. From dry skin to PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and other skin issues of women of colour, Epara products are developed using organic ingredients from Africa.
Neroli oil, Moringa oil and shea butter all Epara products are made to balance and brighten complexions and tackle hyperpigmentation, one of the number one skincare concerns for women of colour.
A brand that needs no introduction Fenty Skincare launched in July this year, in a press release Rihanna says she created Fenty Skin because she “wanted it to feel approachable, easy, and to take the pressure off choosing a routine, so I created one for everyone.”
Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan are the women behind Liha, a skincare brand of handcrafted African black soap and pure golden shea butter. Founded in 2014, all Liha products are sourced from Africa and handmade at their workshop in Cheltenham.
Hyper Skin was Created by founder Desiree Verdejo after she suffered from hormonal breakouts and hyperpigmentation during the pregnancy of her first child. 2 years later she launched with her first product Hyper Clear, a Vitamin C serum formulated with vitamin e, Kojic acid and turmeric that promises to brighten and ‘drastically treat hyperpigmentation.
Hand made small batches of family beauty secrets, Nyakio is a brand created by Nyakio Kamoche Grieco using beauty secrets that she learned from her grandmother who was a coffee farmer. The botanical-rich formulas of her products are made up of nourishing ingredients like shea butter, Marula oil, quinoa and soothing chamomile.
Ron Robinson started his career in the beauty industry over 20 years ago as a cosmetic chemist developing beauty products for brands like Clinique, L’Oreal and Revlon before deciding to launch his own brand BeautyStat Cosmetics. The star product in his range is the Universal C skin Refiner which was created using a friends innovative technology for stabilising Vitamin C, which is a notoriously difficult ingredient to stabilise. His powerful formula contains 20% pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid, safe to use on sensitive skin, helps to improves skin tone and texture and doesn’t degrade over time.
As an academic turned beauty activist, Niambi Cacchioli infuses Pholk with her love and knowledge of the African healing and herbalist traditions taught to her by her grandmother. She believes her calling is to “welcome women of colour into the natural skincare space by creating products that cater to both their lifestyle and skin needs”.
CO-Founder and CEO Noelly Michoux is closing the skincare-race gap with 4.5.6. A melanin-driven research and development brand that addresses the specific needs of Melanin-rich skin. Green BAE, described as an overachiever cleanser, promises to deep clean your skin and help to rebalance your skin microbiome without leaving your skin dry.
Beneath Your Mask
California based company Beneath Your Mask was founded by Dana Jackson. After being diagnosed with a severe form of Lupus. Dana decided to create clean, natural products that would help repair the damage done to her skin from the excessive weight gain and chemotherapy. Try out her luxurious Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé which is made with shea butter and golden Jojoba oil to hydrate and strengthen skin.
Lauren Napier Beauty
Make-Up artist and skincare enthusiast Laura Napier created her brand when she couldn’t find the things she was looking for in a make-up remover so created her own. Her individually packed facial cleansing wipes are infused with soothing ingredients like aloe, chamomilla, rosewater, and cucumber extracts can help freshen and prep skin before applying make-up or to remove a full face effortlessly.
The first product in the collection was born from founder Karen Cummings-Palmer’s need to treat her dry eczema prone skin. 79 Lux products are formulated with a powerhouse of organic ingredients from shea butter, zinc and hyaluronic acid, she has created a nourishing anti-oxidant rich body balm that would protect, soothe and nourish skin.
After suffering from migraines founder Alisia Ford decided to investigate the ingredients that were in her skin and beauty products and was alarmed by the amount of toxins that were in her products. She decided to switch to clean skincare but found it difficult to find products that were suitable for her skin tone so she decided to create Glory . Glory believe that the future of beauty is personalised, clean skincare, they curate a selection of non-toxic skincare that is suitable for women of all skin tones.
Hanahana Beauty is a consciously clean skincare + wellness brand. Founded by Abena Boamah-Acheampong the products are made with shea butter directly from the Katariga Women’s Shea Cooperative in Ghana and combined with natural oils that will leave your skin feeling smooth and nourished.
Inspired by the lip masks that she saw whilst strolling through Don Quijote in Tokyo Kristen Noel Crawley ‘became obsessed with the idea of perfect, kissable lips. When she discovered there were no natural lip masks on the market, the solution was obvious: she had to create her own. Two years and countless trials later, Kristen created the first all-natural, collagen-infused lip mask’ that have fast become a cult product.
Founded by Beauty Entrepreneur Valerie Obaze in 2010, R&R Luxury is a clean beauty brand that is guided by the core values of ethical sourcing, nature preservation and job creation, employing hundreds of Africans across the value chain. Their products use African ingredients like shea butter, shea oil and baobab oil and also have a range specifically formulated for men. Their Liquid African Black Soap is on our list of products to try.