Spending your hard-earned dollars at black-owned businesses is a great way to address racial inequities and show your support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement long after the protests have stopped.
Below we’ve listed some of our favorite Black-owned businesses to support.
The Crayon Case (Founder: Raynell Steward)
Known for its bright colors, creative packaging, and emphasis on being a cosmetic line dedicated to amateur makeup users, Raynell Steward (aka Supa Cent) found her niche in the market and a very loyal fan base. Just this past Cyber Monday alone, the Crayon Case made over $1.3 million in one hour!
Grace Eleyae (Founder: Grace Eleyae)
There’s finally a head cap that black women can wear to bed and run errands! Grace Eleyae has a number of cute headpieces (turbans, beanies, and even fedoras) that are all satin lined to protect our hair while keeping us looking cute. I have personally purchased three and can confirm that they are ah-mazing!
Ase Naturals (Founder: Shannon Cann)
Ase Naturals, founded by 27-year-old Shannon Cann is a high-vibing, cruelty-free skincare and wellness brand that includes body oils, soaks, and teas. The popular oils, which have received international attention, are made by hand under full and new moon phases, are crystal infused and include gentle, yet rich vitamins for glowing skin. The teas are made with the finest ingredients and go down as smoothly as the oils go on! My favs are the lavender + amethyst lunar body oil and Bermy tea!
Jumping Jax Taxes (Founders: Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell)
Dana Chanel and her husband Prince Donnell have founded the first and fastest-growing tax company in the USA to bring the tax professional to you using a mobile app.
Jumping Jack Taxes is a family business dedicated to building generational wealth and keeping money in our communities by providing access to financial literacy.
Curl Bible (Founder: Dana Chanel)
Dana Chanel is clearly making many moves that need to be supported, including her online store Curl Bible, which is the No. 1 black-owned online beauty supply store, powered by over 200 small women-owned businesses. If you’re looking for products for curly or kinky hair, this is your spot. If you own a beauty line and would like it to reach more people, this is also your spot as there is a Curl Bible Directory as well as a vendor’s application and influencer program!
Organigrow Hair Co (Founder: Kay Cola)
Organigrow Hair Co. is a non-toxic, vegan, and hair growth system for all hair porosities that was founded by mom, author, Grammy-nominated songwriter, recording artist, health nut, vegan, philanthropist and entrepreneur Kay Cola.
The founder shared that the product was created after a bad haircut, awful extensions, and dying her hair, leaving it brittle, lacking volume, strength, and length. She realized she was using shampoos with sulphate and parabens, and using styling products with chemicals in them and wanted to provide an alternate solution for others looking to revive their hair.
The BombChel Factory (Founder: Archel Bernard)
Bernard’s Bombchel Factory features bold African fashion with a cause. Prints are purchased in West Africa, the designs are dreamed up by the founder and then created by women working in her factory in Monrovia, Liberia. Archel Bernard’s mission: “To teach an all-women staff of Ebola survivors, rape victims, and the deaf…to improve their lives by helping them to become self-sufficient through skill-training and education.”
The BombChel Factory has been seen on women all over the world, including Kelly Rowland. Bernard is a Liberian-American, with beautiful pieces, doing some dope things. Let’s all support.
Available at: ShopBombchel.com
Black Girl Sunscreen (Founder: Shontay Lundy)
Black Girl Sunscreen was created out of the necessity for a high-quality SPF that didn’t leave white residue on darker skin tones. Shontay Lundy is on a mission to provide blacks with a solution to their sunblock dilemma along with providing them with more natural ingredients and much-needed sun-protection education.
Available at: BlackGirlSunscreen.com
Savvy Esq (Founder: Domonique Price)
If you’re a small business owner and unsure about the steps to take to create a strong legal foundation for your business, Savvy Esq can help. The founder Domonique Price handles all things trademark, copyright, filing, and contracts and is constantly providing tips over on her Instagram page.
Price is an attorney who “went from protecting billion-dollar brands to helping thousands of brands, athletes, influencers, small businesses, and nonprofits to protect themselves.” If you’re looking to protect your brand and coins, check her out!
Mess In A Bottle (Founder: Kalilah Wright)
Mess In a Bottle is a T-shirt company out of Baltimore, founded by Kalilah Wright. All shirts, bodysuits, hoodies, and jackets have been designed with a MESSage on them and come in a cute reusable bottle. According to Wright, “Mess in a Bottle was created as a form of communication to start healthy conversations around important topics. We give a voice to the voiceless and encourage you to wear your MESS. Mess in a Bottle derives from the 310 BC concept of receiving a MESSage in the ocean.”
I’m here for the messages Wright is giving. As is the G.O.A.T. Serena Williams who has been spotted rocking a Mess In A Bottle army jacket which reads “Queen don’t be afraid to rule like a King”
Beneath Your Mask (Founder: Dana Jackson)
Beneath Your Mask strives to create pure, luxurious, all-natural products loaded with tons of healing ingredients that appeal to all your senses. We’ve sourced the world’s most potent, organic, and wild-crafted botanicals from 25 countries, each chosen for its restorative benefits. Our products are highly concentrated and do not contain any water, phosphates, parabens, sulfates, gluten, toxins, GMOs, or synthetic colors and fragrances. As such, we only scent our products with pure, steam-distilled essential oils. Once a formulation is complete, it is hand-crafted with love in small batches and sealed in violet-colored glass packaging that harnesses specific light rays to increase the energy level of each product.
Briogeo (Founder: Nancy Twine)
Nancy Twine, who grew up making homemade hair products with her grandmother, is the founder of Briogeo, a clean, natural hair-care line that caters to all textures. Rio Viera-Newton is a fan of their Don’t Despair Repair Mask because it has “the ability to moisturize my sad hair without creating any heaviness,” and finds it to be a good dupe for the Christophe Robin masks. —Jenna Milliner-Waddell
The Honey Pot (Founder: Bea Dixon)
Bea Dixon started making feminine-care products in her kitchen, and today they are sold at large retailers like Target, Urban Outfitters, and Walgreens. They are 100 percent natural but still clinically tested and gynecologist approved. The line encompasses everything from organic tampons to bath bombs to feminine washes for everyone from the most sensitive to expectant mothers. —J.M.W.
Hope for Flowers (Founder: Tracy Reese)
Through hard work, perseverance and creative vision, Tracy Reese has built a reputation in the fashion industry as not only a leading talent, but a champion for diversity and inclusion. Hope for Flowers is designed for women who are inspired by beauty and also desire to use their power as consumers to be agents for positive change in the world.