ULTIMATE 2019 GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Health, Wellness, and Beauty
Kreyol Essence (KE) brings natural hair, skin, and body products from Haiti to the world. Our eco-friendly formulations are made from pure and natural ingredients with a special focus on dry hair and skin. As a social business, we are maniacal about creating sustainable jobs, protecting and conserving the island’s environment and empowering women. We promise that every purchase you make w ill have a positive and global impact.
The Evita Joseph Lip Gloss League Collection comes with all 5 shades. A lightweight, intensely opaque gloss formula with a melted smooth texture that glides on smoothly and moisturizes the lips.
By T. Spruill
By T. Spruill® founder, Tracey Spruill, is among the estimated 31.6 million  people in the U.S. affected by some form of eczema. Her chronic skin condition is isolated around her hairline. After a routine visit to the dermatologist office, Tracey inquired with her physician what shampoo and conditioner was recommended aside from prescription shampoos. Tracey wanted effective products that would gently cleanse, soothe irritation and restore moisture.
The Stork Bag
The Stork Bag® is a curated reusable bag of thoughtful products tailored for expecting women. When you gift yourself or gift an expectant or new mother The Stork Bag, you also support a critical ecosystem of entrepreneurs and inventors who are all hard-working moms themselves.
Marsh + Mane
As one of only three black owned beauty supply stores in Philadelphia, Jenea Robinson took a different approach to creating Marsh + Mane, a beauty supply boutique that carries a curated selection of products for natural hair, skin and lifestyle goods. Jenea wanted to create an experiential shopping experience which is typically not found in black beauty retail spaces.
LivSo offers shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizing scalp lotion created by a black woman dermatologist, Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham, to fight extreme dry and itchy scalp for men and women with textured hair—without ripping the hair of its moisture.
Nubian Heritage creates a line of skin and body products. From the company’s blog, “We got our start as street vendors in Harlem. Fresh out of college and without jobs, we set out to bring the healing traditions of African Black Soap and Shea Butter to the community we loved. Short on experience, but full of passion and determination, we used our knowledge of culturally authentic healing traditions to create our natural skin and body treatments back in 1992, and every day since.”
Joy Lorraine Cosmetics
Joy Lorraine creates a line of highly pigmented, vivid color cosmetics for women of color. The products are also not tested on animals for the ethically conscious.
Good Night Darling Co.
Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a normal, essential human need. Without sleep, we get stressed and sick. We deserve better than that. Women deserve better than that! Good Night Darling Co.’s products include candles, room spray, and comfy sleep clothing for a perfect sleep! (From the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Bulter, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)
BLK + GRN
BLK + GRN curates natural products handcrafted by black artisans & entrepreneurs. We partner with the best black-owned brands that are creating specialized products that support a holistic + healthy lifestyle. The brand uses ingredients that are high-quality, ethically sourced, toxin-free, and cruelty-free. (From the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Bulter, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)
Scotch Porter is a premium-affordable men’s grooming brand, with a focus on delivering efficacious, high-quality products that give men the confidence, courage, and style they need to go out in the world and crush it.
Tropical Isle Living
Tropic Isle Living is a line of natural hair and skin products made with castor oil and other organic ingredients.
“Marjani” means “she who is precious like coral” in Swahili. Marjani Beauty is a beauty and cosmetics company for women of color with product curated from around the world.
Medical esthetician and inventor Lydia Evans created SW&G Essentials, a line of cruelty-free, naturally-derived skin care products.
The Cut Buddy
The Cut Buddy is a beard and hair shaping tool for those wanting to feel that “fresh from the barbershop” confidence in between barber visits or if they can’t afford or get to the barber multiple times per month.
VeganSmart is company that develops and sells plant-based protein powders and shakes, to increase the awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Zuhuri Beauty is an online store offering clean beauty products (natural, non-GMO, cruelty-free and handcrafted) as well as a subscription box service.
Model and beauty entrepreneur Tatiana Elizabeth Price created skinBUTTR out of the comfort of her home. Coming to the conclusion that she wasn’t the only person dealing with skin issues, she leaped into action and turned her passion into a business.
Foxie Bombs Cosmetics
Foxie Bomb Cosmetics include a vegan and handcrafted beauty line that produces bath bombs, soaps, and other products for body, skin, and hair care.
The Afro Hair & Skin Co.
The Afro Hair & Skin Co. is an independent beauty and wellness business founded by Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka. These organic and handmade products were listed at No.3 as one of VOGUE magazines, best skincare products for people of color according to the company’s website.
Luxe Face Oil by Leland Francis
Luxe Face Oil by Leland Francis is a blend of 16 mostly organic lightweight and natural oils that hydrates the skin and helps fade stubborn dark spots. It also includes argan oil, an ancient remedy for acne and scars.
FARSAIL’S THE ONE
The One is a gentle, non-drying, antioxidant-rich cleanser that rapidly dissolves makeup and impurities. It is infused with eight organic plant extracts that combat inflammation, acne, uneven tone, oiliness, and enlarged pores.
Yubi Beauty is a cosmetic tool brand that allows women to quickly and effectively apply makeup. It was listed as one of TIME’s best 50 inventions of 2018.
Alikay Naturals is a beauty and lifestyle natural hair brand.
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Ceylon offers a line of products designed to improve skin for men of color.
Desert Harvest offers nutritional supplements and skin care made with organic aloe vera and natural ingredients.
Black Naps creates products for 4c, 4b, 4a hair types.
Base Butter is “a skincare line born through the grown consciousness, intellect and demand for representation from consumers.”
Bevel is a universal staple when beauty is talked about in Silicon Valley. There aren’t too many people who don’t know Bevel, the first end-to-end shaving system designed to help prevent razor bumps and irritation from shaving. Get clearer, smoother skin within four weeks, the tagline boasts.
The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar offers all-natural, vegan, gluten-free, lipsticks that are not tested on animals.
Established in 1979, Vera Moore has built one of the most progressive and prestigious cosmetic and skincare lines anchored in the mantra that ‘skincare is the true foundation.
Up your #HairGoals with this entrepreneur’s ‘“Quench & Drench Method,” a hair kit crafted to promote healthy, growing hair.
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