Get your summer skin glowing and smooth with these black‐owned skincare brands:
The sugar scrub is my favorite! Founded in 2011 by Rashida in under the name of its parent company (Beauty Assortment for the Sun‐Kissed®) — Bekura™ is the result of the creator’s love for tropical destination travels & serene spa pamperings. The scents are absolutely decadent and the quality of the products is top notch.
So many good products are on this site, and you can even get your beau some goodies for his beard. All of the products are sulfate free and do not contain artificial “filler” ingredients. You can also shop by issue to ensure you order the right type of product for your skin.
BGLH Marketplace (Shameless plug, hah!)
The BGLH Marketplace carries an array of whipped and raw natural butters and african black soap. With scents like orange, cedarwood, peppermint, mint chocolate, and more, there’s certainly something for everyone.
Oyin usually gets shine for their hair products, but the skincare products are delish! The Baltimore‐based cult favorite offers natural deodorant, body creams and butters, lip balm, and more. Bonus: They also sell cool tshirts and books on the site.
Pooka carries shower gels and body mists, which can be hard to find from indie brands. You can also shop by collection to find products that complement one another. Cute fact: The name “Pooka” comes from the nickname Dawn Fitch’s mother has for her children — “Pookalitas.”
BFN is another company usually known for haircare, but the facial lotions, polishes, and buttercreams are impeccable. Their vegan/vegetarian products are free of harmful petro‐chemicals, made from raw vegetable based ingredients, preserved naturally, and follow FDA standards.
Pretty much a one stop shop for everything natural skincare, including ayurvedic powders and oils. The shea butter is fair trade and sourced directly from Africa, as well. If you’re into DIY mixes and treatments, you’ll find some goodies here!
This line was created by one of our favorite poets here at BGLH, Alexandra Elle, and her daughter. The Lunar Oil is great for when you’re on your moon time and the Glow Serum definitely looks intriguing.
If you aren’t into shea butter, try out Butter Me Up. Instead of shea butter, they mainly use mango, avocado, and almond butters with various scents. The motivation & inspiration behind this skin care line began during the owner’s trial & error experience with consistently buying, off‐the‐shelf, beauty & body care products that were stated, to heal, protect & nourish one’s skin while, all at once, claiming to be 100% organic & natural.
Provides you with options for every step of your skincare regimen, from pre‐cleansing to finishing touches. And, just in time for summer, there’s a “Bling Balm” that acts as a body bronzer and will have your skin looking like mirrors.
This company has various lines, and even includes skincare lines for babies and men. I’m curious about the Morning Dew Serum — it’s $64! I know the ingredients are good but I hope it’s absolutely amazing for that much.
Definitely for gourmand scent lovers! All of these lotions and creams have dessert scents, like tiramisu or raspberry and white chocolate. Sounds right up my alley! Oraje also makes gummy bear soaps and cupcake bath bombs.
The company was developed by a licensed medical esthetician with over 30 years of experience, Mildred Bell. The products are specially formulated to work on those with sensitive skin and address a number of ailments. Bell is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists, the Day Spa Association, an associate member of the Society of Dermatology Skincare Specialists, and an associate member of the American Academy of Anti‐Aging Medicine.
VM also carries cosmetics, but the skincare line pretty much offers everything for all combinations of skin. Moore, who formerly acted on television, wanted to develop a line of cosmetics addressing the needs of women of color. She is also very involved in community efforts, speaking at the first Urban Economic Council presented by the White House Business Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls and the US Small Business Administration.
Jacq’s’ Organics was founded after the owner found out she had an ovarian tumor, and realized the need to develop natural, plant‐based products. Bonus: Jacq’s supports non‐profit agencies that help communities in need, including the Haitian Relief Organization and Global Soap Project.
Honestly, the packaging is enough to make me want to buy it ALL. Talk about the gourmand scent jackpot — not only do these butters, creams, and scrubs come in amazing scents, they are also decorated like the dessert they smell like.
I’m always down for a makeup wipe! Lauren Napier created these wipes for being on the go and keeping your face hydrated and clean. You can also use them to prep your skin before applying makeup. The wipes are made with pure ingredients and complex natural compounds deemed safe by the World Health Organization.
This luxury brand was started by actresses Ashley Blaine Featherson and Christina Elmore after they became fed up with expensive brands using artificial ingredients — so true! Founded on the principle that modern luxury can be all natural, Blaine Lorenn launched in 2015 to cater to those who want to both look and feel beautiful, naturally. From bath soaks to body oils, Blaine Lorenn exhibits natural luxury.
Royal Nubian provides private services, coaching, classes, workshops, and events promoting a more holistic lifestyle for a conscious state of beauty. The company also creates personalized and customized skin care products for your unique skin conditions and personal needs. Several selections exist on the site, including enzyme masks and brightening cleansers.
Georgia is founded by Jodie Patterson and focuses on simplistic, organic beauty. Patterson, the mother of a transgender boy, also speaks in support of the LGBT community and is an executive producer on the series, “Girl Crush,” which focuses on the activity of being beautiful, the women who’ve mastered the process, and the journey of self discovery.
If you love facials masks, this site is for you! Theory offers interesting ingredients combinations to develop facial masks that moisturize, soothe, and renew the skin, like jasmine and geranium. These products will help clear dark marks, improve skin tone, hydrate dry skin, and clear acne.
This company offers a multitude of bath, facial, and body products to restore your skin — the perfect products for your summer arsenal. It was created by Jashiro Dean, Founder and Artistic Director of Sessions In Dance.
Many of BeeLux’s formulas are centered around honey, a nourishing moisturizer for skin. The Lust Oil is one of the sparkly body products I’ve ever seen, and the Vitamin Sea toner looks perfect for keeping your pores oil‐free this summer.
This site offers butters, holistic carrier oils, and even tumbled crystals. Secretly OBvious formulas are also made with highly concentrated steam distilled essential oils (as well as some cold pressed oils) from the most healing plants in the world, something I found uncommon and interesting. Richard Gideon Hammond founded the company in 2014 after dabbling in his family’s essential oils recipes for years.
This company even offers natural deodorant and aromatherapy oils you can use as perfume. A San Diego‐based company, Skinfolk focuses on holistic products and avoids irritants and alcohol‐based ingredients — shea butter and african black soap are some of the first ingredients used.
On this site, you can sort products by your skincare concern, making it easy to pick what’s best for you. The Sophia K Essentials story began seven years ago with a focus on head to toe beauty. Their motto has always been “all products made with you in mind” which is why Sophia K has designed a full line of skincare products to address all skin types/conditions, with a full menu of corrective and holistic skin treatments that rejuvenates, revitalizes skin tone and overall healthy beautiful skin.
This line is developed by two sisters and perfect for all ages, even tweens and teens. The face and body products are too adorable, and the girls even have their own catalog with more apparel and sneakers.
One of my faves, Cush offers an array of toners, exfoliants, cleansers, moisturizers, and even bath bombs. There are some interesting ingredients used as well, like watermelon oil or acai. Make sure you check out the hair products as well!
Plant Apothecary is led by a husband‐wife team, who design and/or formulate all PLANT products either together or independently. Their products are made with the help of adults with physical and mental disabilities, who work at the nonprofit BKLYN UNLTD workshop, in Brooklyn, New York. BKLYN UNLTD’s mission is to give disabled adults access to work training and paid work opportunities.
What are your favorite black‐owned skincare lines?