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As people across the country advocate for racial justice, there are numerous ways you can take action. Apart from donating to organizations, we can also show our support by highlighting and putting money into black-owned businesses, especially smaller black-owned companies since Covid-19 has threatened to close many.
Since this is a skincare blog, I want to highlight a few black-owned skincare brands that sell products that have either:
- Worked for my sensitive, eczema-prone skin, or
- Piqued my interest based on their ingredient list and/or the positive feedback from other skincare bloggers I trust
AbsoluteJOI is an inclusive skincare brand that I’ve been using since February 2019. Every product in their line is fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin. You’ve seen them in a few of my blog posts, including my 2019 Best In Beauty List.
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Angella Irving is a vegan skincare brand that carries face and body products. The two products I’m using now and would recommend for sensitive skin are the Pristine Cleansing Oil and the Deep Satin Body Oil. I’m also interested in their Simply Shea Whipped Body Cream and Satin Sheen Body Oil.
Brown Girl Jane is a CBD line for anxiety and sleep founded by three of my Spelman sisters. I have yet to try the line, but I’m looking forward to using the Whipped CBD Body Butter and the GLOW Luminous Face Serum.
ConditionHER is a skincare line that sells a moisturizing cream for your intimate area. This moisturizing cream is perfect for use after waxing, lasering, or shaving. It balances the pH, fights ingrown hairs and chafing, softens the hair (if present), and soothes irritation.
This review is LONG overdue, so expect to see this on my social media feed very soon.
Hanahana Beauty creates products made with shea butter directly from the Katariga Women’s Shea Cooperative in Ghana combined with natural oils. I’m excited to try their Shea Body Butter and Shea Balm.
Hyper Skin is another skincare line born from the skincare issues of its founder. Their first product, Hyper Clear, is a vitamin C serum. I’m a BIG fan of vitamin C, since it’s known for its protecting antioxidant power and ability to even out the skin’s complexion.
Ilera Apothecary is a Detroit-based, sustainable skincare brand I was introduced to when I moderated a panel at the Posh & Popular Fashion & Beauty Summit in my hometown last October. I fell in love with their Shea Butter with Vitamin E when I purchased a container during the event. Check out their Mellow Moisturizing Body Butter and Revitalizing Night Oil.
Karite is a skincare brand founded by three sisters. And their line consists of two dermatologists-created products:
Hydrating Body Cream – a gorgeously luxe feeling body butter made with raw shea butter from Ghana.
Hand Cream – a decadent, anti-aging hand cream rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E.
Klur is a sustainable skincare brand founded by a black esthetician with a collection that includes serums, face oils, a cleanser, and an exfoliating powder. I’m excited to try this luxury skincare brand’s fragrance-free product, the Immersion Serum Concentrate, which claims to offer immediate moisture balance and long-lasting hydration.
Lana Ogilvie Cosmetics is a beauty brand founded by Lana Ogilvie, the first black model to sign an exclusive contract with Cover Girl Cosmetics. I haven’t tried anything from the brand as of yet, but their Rewind Face Serum and Renew Face Oil sound like ideal options for me to try.
Nuekie is a skincare brand founded by chemist, Eunice Cofie, and focuses on scientifically formulated products using a unique combination of traditional African medicine and cutting edge science.
I’ve personally used the Pre-Cleanser, which I think is excellent for dry skin. Although it does contain fragrance as the last ingredient, I didn’t experience any irritation.
Rose Ingleton MD Skincare was developed by a board-certified dermatologist. Her goal was to create a simple, targeted skincare line that mimics the regimens she curates for her patients. The range currently includes a signature moisturizer and four boosters designed to target skin concerns like hyperpigmentation & dullness, fine lines & wrinkles, breakouts, and irritation. Check out my Instagram post when I met her and learned about her line.
I’m currently trying out her Signature Moisturizer, which melts into the skin. And I’m testing out her Retexturizing Booster, a non-irritating retinol serum, which I included in my Layer Like A Pro post.
** Both of these products contain mild doses of essential oils.
Jamika Martin founded Rosen Skincare while she was in college! It’s a natural skincare line targetted towards millenials and Gen-Z-ers with acne-prone skin. If you are easily irritated by essential oils, I’d recommend their Rose Water Face Dew.
Sknmuse is a body care line that focuses on formulas packed with nutrients that protect and heal the skin. I will be receiving their Cacao Body Butter soon, and I cannot wait to use it. I’m also excited to try their Body Oil too, which launches on June 15th!
The Butterland is a skincare and haircare line founded by twins who also own a fantastic catering business Dos Catering (their cupcakes are AMAZING!). All of their products are designed to promote healthy hair and skin for everyone, including babies.
The Wellness Apothecary was founded by a licensed clinical pharmacist and a wellness expert, Tayiana Reed, who wanted to curate affordable, clean, and natural health & beauty products to cultivate a holistic lifestyle. All of the brand’s products are free of carcinogens, parabens, sulfates, silicone, and talc. I’ve enjoyed their Calming Blend Bath Salts and their Cacao & Shea Shea Butter.
PLEASE SHOP this list and keep coming back to it whenever you are in the mood to try a new skincare product. As a reminder, when you buy from these brands, please be patient with them. As a small and sometimes independent brand, they cannot compete with providing quick service like larger companies like Amazon, Ulta, Sephora. I don’t expect you to compromise on quality or customer service but shop knowing that the brand is probably a one or two-person operation.
I want this blog post to be a resource, so I will continue to add more black-owned skincare brands that have products for sensitive skin as I discover them. So, if you don’t see your favorite black-owned skincare brand on this list and think they have products that work well for sensitive, eczema-prone skin, please include them in the comments below. And if you are a skincare brand and you want to send your products, please email me!
Have you tried any of these brands?