100 Black Businesses to Support This Month (and Every Month)
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Support the Black community all year long—and score some seriously amazing items in the process.
Black people have contributed to American society and culture from the beginning of this country’s founding, and of course, Black History Month is a good time to acknowledge that. After all, you probably never learned about many of the Black inventors who made all of our lives easier or entrepreneurs like Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Malone, who revolutionized the hair industry. But while it’s important to honor and commemorate these contributions that have been a part of the fabric of our economy for generations, it’s also essential to support the Black entrepreneurs who are currently in business—and for more than just a month. That said, August is National Black Business Month, so it’s the perfect time to shine a light on this issue and these brands.
By regularly supporting Black-owned businesses, which have traditionally faced more obstacles and have also been particularly hurt by the pandemic, you’ll be giving the Black community a boost while also scoring some phenomenal finds. The companies on our list offer stellar items and services that you’ll love, from Black-owned beauty products and apparel to top-notch wine and tea. Get ready to find your new favorite things!
Founded in 2014 by Nnenna Stella, this Black-owned business is perfect for women who appreciate a vibrant head wrap. But the brand doesn’t just offer head wraps—you’ll also find incredibly wearable bandies and turbanettes for different looks. Bonus: The website includes incredibly helpful tutorials on different ways to wrap your hair and use these products.
Tennis phenom Serena Williams has always been a woman who lets her actions do the talking, and when it comes to her jewelry line, her character shines through. Williams has partnered with global diamond manufacturer K.P. Sanghvi to make sure that her products feature conflict-free diamonds. When you purchase a necklace from her Unstoppable collection and more, you can rest assured that you are promoting a truly ethical and responsible brand.
Founded by Dana Bly in 2010, Pardon My Fro was inspired by Bly’s natural hair journey and her desire to find beautiful, bold, and expressive imagery featuring Black women. When she found the marketplace lacking, she decided to create her own brand. From cool throw pillows and brightly colored umbrellas to funky shower curtains to wall art, her designs that feature Black women can add a distinct flair to a home or wardrobe.
Mocha Mane creates hair clips specifically with Black culture in mind, and founder Helecia Williams had one overarching goal when designing them: She wanted Black women, and women in general, to embrace their textured hair. Her inspirational and bedazzled clips have words such as kinks, curls, and coils on them, and the brand deliberately showcases women of color of various complexions in its marketing materials.
Get ready to fall in love with this legacy-inspired jewelry. Founder and designer Sasha V comes from a long line of self-taught designers and creatives, and on her website, she writes: “I design jewelry that pays homage to the creative forces that allow me to exist in this space. The stories of these jewels are a snapshot of my heart.” At the core of each piece? History, culture, and family. For example, her Missy Ring was designed to honor the legacy of her aunt. The brand also donates 15 percent of net sales to organizations that work directly for the betterment of the community.
Izzy & Liv is all about culture, confidence, and soul. It includes accessories, clothing, stationery, umbrellas, planners, wall art, and more that highlight images with an important message: Be confident about being Black. Make a statement with this 18-karat-gold-plated “Unapologetic” necklace.
This jewelry line understands the importance of giving back. With its Gems & Jewels program, it gives girls ages 10 to 18 an opportunity to pursue their dreams through a mentorship and arts education program. And, of course, let’s not forget about the jewelry itself. With a modern and chic aesthetic, it’s perfect for millennials and beloved by celebs; in fact, Beyoncé collaborated with the brand to create pieces such as the “Black Parade” nameplate necklace. Choose from personalized necklaces, city-inspired and Africa-inspired jewelry, and other beautiful baubles. Your Kwanzaa shopping is about to get a lot easier!
Looking to add a little sparkle and shine to the closet of a mini-fashionista? You can’t go wrong with this fun kids’ accessories line that’s owned by a six-year-old! Lily Frilly Adeleye (with a little help from her mom) crafts adorable hair bows, hair clips, backpacks, and more, which you can find on the brand’s website and on Amazon. Even better? A major part of this brand’s mission is to empower young girls, helping them embrace their confidence and become a force in the world of business.
Beauty and Cosmetics
Founded in 2003 by Olowo-n’djo Tchala, Alaffia offers a wide variety of personal-care products that are vegan and cruelty-free. You’ll find curl-enhancing shampoos, triple-milled soap, shea-infused bubble bath, and much more. A particular standout is the all-in-one unscented Authentic African Black Soap, which has more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. And you’ll feel extra good about buying Alaffia because the brand gives back to African Togolese communities with its Empowerment Projects that focus on education, maternal health, and environmental sustainability.
Excellence through simplicity is at the heart of the London Grant Co., a body-care brand founded by Tiffany Staten. The products—which include rich creams, polishes, and scrubs—are handcrafted in Atlanta and are non-toxic, 100 percent natural or organic, cruelty-free, plant-based, and eco-conscious. You’ll definitely want to try the best-selling Cocoa & Jojoba Body Soufflé.
One of our favorite Black-owned makeup brands, Beauty Bakerie was founded by Cashmere Nicole in 2011. After overcoming a battle with cancer, Cashmere began to research more health-conscious beauty and makeup brands, and the Beauty Bakerie was born. You’ll fall in love with the variety of beauty and makeup products created with high-quality, well-researched ingredients, like this beloved Flour Setting Powder. You’ll also love that this brand is dedicated to giving back. Cashmere’s initiative Sugar Homes, which she founded in 2016, helps orphaned children all around the world.
Inspired by Christina Tegbe’s Nigerian upbringing, this brand promotes natural beauty by focusing on nourishing the skin. The ingredients that go into these products are grown on African soil and ethically sourced from cooperatives and artisans across the continent. Some stand-outs included the shea butter (with ingredients from Ghana and Uganda), as well as various oils sourced from Morocco, South Africa, and Egypt. These beauty favorites also happen to be among Oprah’s favorite things.
The first Black-owned K-Beauty (Korean beauty) brand, Dr. Gio Cosmetics was made with people of color in mind. The brand is deliberate about creating foundation in rich warm and dark hues, as well as some lighter shades.
According to the Mented website, founders KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson “want all women, from light to tan to dark skin tones, to feel like they have makeup that actually works for their complexions, so we’ve created the shades to help accomplish that.” Like many other Black-owned businesses, this desire was born out of need—and in this case, after a conversation between the two women about why it was so hard for them to find the perfect nude lipstick. They created their own wide range of shades and then expanded into products for the eyes, skin, brows, and more. Browse their products on Mented’s website or on Amazon.
Another pint-size entrepreneur, 9-year-old Lola Marie Taylor, created this kid-friendly, vegan- and cruelty-free polish line in April 2020. You’ll find bold shades of pink, as well as flashy glitter polish—some of the biggest nail polish trends of the season. While Taylor has loved nail polish since she was just a wee toddler, the company was inspired by her personal experience of being born with spina bifida. Proceeds from your purchase will go toward buying a wheelchair-accessible van for her.
This nail polish brand was created with brown skin tones in mind. Showcasing a line of beautiful nudes with rich brown and cream hues, People of Color also offers vibrant pastels that beautifully accentuate melanated complexions. Founder Jacqueline Carrington was inspired to create the line due to her own experience of never seeing nail polish advertisements featuring women of color.
Finding the right products for curly, kinky, and coily hair is not always easy. That’s why YouTube content creator and entrepreneur Keya James launched this line beloved by Black influencers. You’ll want to try the highly praised Everything Butter, which moisturizes dry hair and skin (and reduces the appearance of scars) with its hydrating blend of shea butter, coconut oil, and grape seed oil.
Take your beauty and self-care routine to the next level with this crystal-infused, plant-based wellness brand. You’ll find luxurious, mineral-infused bath salts, candles, sea moss, and skin balms that replenish the body without toxic chemicals.
This Black-women-owned wellness brand, which incorporates CBD into its products, focuses on promoting and anti-stress lifestyle and beauty regimen. You’ll find everything from Instagram-worthy vegan gummies to luminous face serum that will transform you in myriad ways.
Founded in 2016 by Niye Aniekan-Attang, Ace Beautē offers a beautiful selection of bold, vibrant eye shadow, press-on nails, bronzers, and false lashes. Try these fan-favorite Lolo PM lashes and the Quintessential Palette to make a serious statement on a night out.
Wish you could get that perfect glow for a natural makeup look? With this beauty and wellness brand, you can! Nyakio is like that trusted friend in the beauty industry who always knows the best tricks to try, as well as the best products. Transform your skin with the Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm and Baobab Youth Infused Daily Defense Creme, which are both available at Target.
What do plant-based wellness, luxury, and sustainability all have in common? They’re the benchmarks of Olive Berry. Founded by Tai Jenkins, this brand aims to provide simple, non-toxic skin care and wellness products for all skin types. Every item is handcrafted in small batches to ensure superior quality.
What sets Urban Hydration apart from its competitors, aside from its incredibly gentle clean-beauty products? The brand’s track record of giving back to charity, including its partnership with the Giving Well, which contributes water to families in Kibera, Nairobi, and Kenya with every purchase. Not sure what to try first? We suggest the Bright & Balanced Aloe Vera Leaf Spot Cream, winner of a 2020 Beauty Innovator Award. Packed with rosehip, hemp, and olive oils, it fights acne, lightens dark spots, and detoxes the skin.
Scent leaves a lasting memory long after a physical presence has left. Inspired by the “lasting scent” of its founder’s mother, the mission of this Black-owned business is for wearers to make a memorable impression on whoever they encounter. Choose from richly scented fragrances, lotions, creams, and candles for both men and women.
This all-natural, plant-based, handcrafted skin-care line made from ethically sourced shea butter can help with rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Beurre’s lavender-scented body cream is soothing, moisturizing, and great for all skin types, but if you have a mom-to-be in your life, treat her to the belly cream to help ward off stretch marks.
Based in Decatur, Georgia, this neighborhood bookshop offers a carefully curated selection of children’s books online. Its picks focus on diversity and inclusion and encourage empathy—all things we want our little ones to learn. Also check out these 13 books about race to read to your children.
Black Pearl Books was created with equity and cultural awareness in mind. This Texas-based shop is a community space and bookstore that stands on the Biblical principle of John 13:34, which states, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
Brown Sugar & Spice Books specializes in true stories about people of color. For this bookstore and community, Black History is not just celebrated in February—it’s celebrated all year long. Looking to expand your knowledge? Pick up these essential books for understanding race relations in America.
Sister Uptown Bookstore, located in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, is more than a bookstore. It’s a community that is committed to elevating the consciousness of the community. According to founder Janifer Wilson, the shop’s goal is to “nurture their minds, hearts, and souls with present and past works of gifted African American authors and other great authors and intellectuals including masters of spoken word.”
The Lit Bar is the only indie bookstore in the borough of the Bronx in New York. Owned by Noelle Santos, this shop offers hip, cultured, and artistic events throughout the year—and, of course, plenty of must-reads in-store and online.
Matter is an independently Black-owned bookstore in Denver that specializes in resistance, typography, design, and love-centered books. According to its website, this bookstore serves “the book needs of all revolutionaries, designers, and other thinking persons.” While we’re on the subject, check out these powerful quotes that speak volumes in the fight against racism.
Named after Harriett Tubman, this Philadelphia-based bookshop features books by women authors, women artists, and women activists. In addition to its diverse collection of books, it sells other merchandise and hosts cultural events. Don’t miss these other great Black-owned bookstores located throughout the country.
Neon Kisses offers modern, hip clothing for kids, tweens, and adults. It combines a vibrant, fun city vibe with that added hipster appeal, featuring—you guessed it—neon accents! You’ll find flouncy skirts with graphic prints for girls, bold leggings, sports-inspired gear, whimsical accessories, and more.
Founded by Crystal Etienne in 2015, this underwear and swimwear line provides protection from leaking during that time of the month. It includes game-changing swimsuits, underwear, and exercise clothing that all women can feel secure and confident while wearing.
Bring a little high fashion into your daily life with this women’s clothing brand inspired by founder Fe Noel’s Caribbean heritage. Featuring bold colors, vibrant prints, and flattering silhouettes, it was designed with the well-traveled, cultured, and glamorous shopper in mind, and its gorgeous pieces can help you upgrade your wardrobe in an instant.
Founded in 2009 by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, this Black-owned business features eyewear that is both practical and fashionable. Since its inception, it’s been wildly popular in the fashion world and with celebrities, and when you take a look at the site’s fun frames, you’ll see why. Here are more of the best places to buy glasses online.
This women’s ready-to-wear clothing line does not shy away from red carpet-level looks. The pieces are feminine yet bold, and they definitely stand out. Pair this Jade Geo Dress with a pair of high black boots and you’ll be ready to take on the world.
Got a little fashionista in your life? This adorable baby and children’s line, which offers both clothing, essentials like bibs, and nursery decor, merges a beautiful “African aesthetic” with a modern look. Created by Temidayo Adedokun, the brand was inspired by her desire to find African-inspired nursery decor and clothing after she had her first baby.
Inspired by a generational legacy of Black motherhood, Stine & Mae is the brainchild of a former fashion journalist. The company’s first product, the SAFI vegan leather baby changing mat, was created when founder Mishell wanted a better, cleaner, antimicrobial changing mat. On the site, you’ll also find fashion-forward bibs, blankets, and nursing pads that make the perfect gifts for a new mom. You can also feel good about your purchase: The brand donates 2 percent of its yearly revenue to fighting childhood hunger and organizations that help moms in need.
Shoe lovers, this one’s for you! This brand’s flats and heels are a must-have in every wardrobe, but they were inspired by a very specific need: The Brooklyn-based founder could never find a nude shoe that matched her melanated skin tone. Realizing this was an issue so many other women of color faced, she decided to do something about it. Check out her three classic styles: The Skim, a pointed-toe flat; The New Pump, a classic and comfy heel; and The Two Strap, a sophisticated sandal. Which one is at the top of your wish list? Here’s what your favorite shoes say about your personality.
This modern, urban, unisex fashion brand is bold, distinct, and unapologetically hip. If you’re looking for the perfect classic vintage tee, fashionable sweats to rocks with a heel, or that chic sweatshirt that goes well with everything, you’re in the right place. On-trend and fashion-forward, these pieces are the perfect combination of luxe fashion and streetwear.
Surf’s up! This African company, whose name means “Mother Water” or “Mother Ocean,” creates men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, surfboards, prints, and more, and its overarching mission is to strengthen Africa’s surf tourism and economy. This past year, Mami Wata published the book AfroSurf, and all of the proceeds go to two African surf organizations: Waves for Change and Surfers Not Street Children.
Roller skating has its roots in Black culture, and it’s long been a form of creative expression in inner-city communities across the country. When mom and veteran Adrienne Cooper found herself battling depression, she turned to roller skating and eventually founded Moonlight Roller, a mobile skating community and skate rental service. She also designed the wildly popular Moon Boots, highly specialized skating shoes that comes in a variety of styles. According to Vogue, this company is playing a large role in the recent “skate revivals.”
Food and Beverages
BLK & Bold is a Black-owned specialty coffee and tea brand that is distributed nationally—and you’ll find the perfect gifts for coffee lovers here. It was founded by two childhood friends, Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson, who are committed to making a social impact; they donate 5 percent of the company’s profits to causes that help fight youth homelessness. You can also shop BLK & Bold on Amazon.
Founded by mother-daughter duo Sandra and Sanaa, this tea company partners with female farmers in Haiti to create economic opportunities and give back. The products are 100 percent natural, grown in Haiti, and come in a variety of flavors.
As one of the largest Black-owned wine businesses in the United States, the McBride Sisters brand prides itself on being “inclusive, accessible, socially aware, and sustainable.” Check out two of the collection’s newest offerings: Black Girl Magic 2018 Merlot and Black Girl Magic 2018 California Zinfandel. Aside from producing some serious magic, sisters Robin and Andréa are committed to making a larger impact with the She Can Professional Development Fund, which they established in 2019.
This lovely little tea company sells 100 percent organic loose-leaf tea that’s also ethically sourced, as well as pretty tea sets. Choose from flavors like New England Pumpkin Spice, Casablanca Street, and Ginger Tumeric Blend, or try LaRue’s best sellers in the Queen Charlotte’s Court collection, a smartly packaged set inspired by the addictive Netflix series Bridgerton. So, was Queen Charlotte really Britain’s first Black royal? We investigated.
This Oregon-based vineyard was established by Bertony Faustin, who, in 2008, became the first Black winemaker in Oregon. His goal was to make his vineyard feel like a home, which is the same feel you’ll get from the wines’ fun descriptions on the website.
When is a picnic not just a picnic? When Pretty Luxe Picnics is in charge of it. This Atlanta-based events company specializes in intimate dinner parties, wedding proposals, beautiful brunches, and more—and trust us when we say that the results are uniquely picture-perfect, romantic, and gorgeous.
This vegan and gluten-free cotton candy business came directly from a mother’s love. Founder Therese Dozier, mom to two children on the autism spectrum, wanted to show her kids that they could “create their own lane through entrepreneurship in a world where differences are often not celebrated.” Made in small batches by hand, these sumptuous sweets have no artificial flavors or colors and are made from raw organic sugar. Try the Thank You for Being a Friend four-tub bundle, which comes with Raspberry Cheesecake, Sour Apple, Peach Bellini, and Lemoncello flavors. It makes an amazing food gift for the person with a sweet tooth on your holiday list—or for yourself!
This New York City-based company puts a fun, modern spin on the “paint and sip” concept. Cofounded by serial entrepreneur Tinesha Sharpe, Paint ‘N Pour is not just an art-making experience—it’s a cultural hub that allows art instructors and bartenders to infuse their own cultural style and expertise into the pop-culture-infused art sessions. Each session is two hours, and as you paint, classic hip-hop songs float through the colorful and vibrant atmosphere.
If you’re a caffeine fiend, you’ll want this gourmet coffee that’s “strong AF”—their words, not ours! These flavorful (and, yes, strong) coffee blends created by company founder Courtney Adeleye are for those with “impeccable taste.” Try the brand’s popular premium coffee blend or this mango-flavored loose-leaf tea.
In search of the world’s best, tangiest sauce for cooking? You just may have found it. Andy Burton and his brother Nyles have developed one of the most-sought after sauces in the D.C. region: Uncle Dell’s Mambo Sauce. And stayed tuned for Aunt Ree’s Cluck It, a tangy mayo-based sauce that gives chicken the perfect kick of flavor; you can pre-order it now.
Vegans, rejoice! This Los Angeles–based non-dairy cheese company cofounded by chef Ian Martin and Aaron Bullock offers organic vegan cheese that’s been labeled the “Best Dairy-Free Cheese in the Market.” It’s made from a cashew and almond milk base and blended with locally sourced fresh herbs, veggies, and spices.
“Braid better” in every way with the products from this eco-conscious hair-supply company founded by Ciara Imani May. The plant-based braiding hair that Rebundle sells is non-toxic and made with extracted banana fiber, something that’s extra important since plastic synthetic hair often irritates scalps. It’s a great way to make sure you’re not accidentally aging your hair.
Launching a line of products at the start of a worldwide pandemic wasn’t what Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson had in mind, but they ended up helping women everywhere who were suddenly homebound and away from their favorite salons. Their Healthy Hair System, which involves the protective style of a weave and is monitored by stylists, is all about growing beautiful, healthy hair, but you can get your own healthy, luxurious locks at home (for any type of hair) with this starter kit.
After having her first child and experiencing postpartum hair loss, Candera Thompson decided to create a natural beauty brand after researching ways to get her hair to grow back healthy. Her hair-care products are natural, organic, and vegan-friendly, and they focus on providing intense moisture and protection from breakage for multi-textured curly hair, though they work for all hair types.
Bread Beauty Supply aims to make caring for natural hair and curls less complicated. From their beloved wash kits that include all of the essentials to sensitive shampoos and moisturizing hair masks that you can buy separately, this Black-owned business is all about making hair-washing super easy.
Whether you have wavy, curly, coily, kinky, or straight hair, you’ll fall in love with Camille Rose’s natural hair products that feature good-enough-to-eat products like the uber-popular Honey Hydrate leave-in conditioner. And founder Janell Stephens’ story is pretty great, too: The mom of five whipped up her original products in her own kitchen as she was looking for a way to deal with her children’s chronic eczema. Now the brand also offers face products and self-care items. Check out these other mom-invented products that are pure genius.
If you’re a curly girl seeking products that will refine and moisturize your curls, Bounce Curl is the answer. Rejecting the “one size fits all” method when it comes to great hair care, this company caters to different hair textures. Not sure if you’re a 2C, 3A, or 4C? Head on over to their website to take a hair quiz and see a few tutorials. Then try out the well-reviewed Light Hold Creme Gel and Defining Butta, which are designed with your hair texture in mind.
Taliah Waajid has been a trailblazer in the natural hair care industry for more than two decades. And her brand has a long-standing track record in the natural hair community for helping women of color to grow out their naturally textured hair. Choose from the Protective Styles, Pure & Natural, and Green Apple & Aloe collections.
Men need a little TLC, too! That’s where Frederick Benjamin comes in. This shaving and grooming brand turns everyday tasks into an art form. The products also forgo irritants like petrolatum and instead include natural ingredients like: spearmint, hempseed, and clove. The brand’s founder, Michael James, was inspired to create his company after witnessing so many men of color struggle with razor bumps, in-grown hair, and hyperpigmentation, and it now includes a wide range of shaving, beard, and hair products. You can also find it on Amazon.
Founded by registered nurse Courtney Adeleye and her physician husband, The Mane Choice is a hair care company that takes a “beauty, health and science” approach. Its products—which range from hair-thickening shampoos to moisturizing sealing creams to straight-up vitamins for hair growth—are infused with ingredients like biotin, as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.
Founded by beauty connoisseur Regina Holbert, this Maryland-based company “offers a chic space that has the perfect chemistry of speed of service, luxury, and inclusion.” Need a blowout or some natural-curl care? This is where you’ll want to be.
When it comes to extensions and hair pieces, you need seriously good products to make your mane look natural. The founder of Heat Free Hair, Ngozi Opara, didn’t want to leave that to chance, so she moved to China for a year to learn about the entire hair-manufacturing process. A year later, in 2013, she opened this company that focuses exclusively on natural textures. You’ll find wefted hair and closures, clip-ins, ponytails, and wigs that people won’t believe aren’t your own hair.
This hair dryer puts an innovative spin on the blow-drying process. Instead of using high heat and chemicals, it utilizes new technology that dries hair quicker, seals cuticles in their natural direction, and produces longer-lasting results. You can use it on everything from coarse hair and braids to locs and extensions. Here are more hair care products stylists can’t live without.
The founder of Contents Haircare, Cheryl Bergamy, has been a celebrity hairstylist for more than 20 years, and she’s worked with the likes of John Legend, 50 Cent, Demi Lovato, and more. Created with textured hair in mind, this brand uses plant-based ingredients and is 100 percent vegan. Right now, you’ll find three products on the site: the Skin & Scalp Conditioning Cream, Style & Go Leave-In Conditioner, and Earth Silk Glossifyer.
Mental Health and Wellness
Founded by Lestraundra Alfred, this Health podcast and digital platform is designed to empower Black women by connecting them with health experts and experts in the mental, social, and spiritual health space. The business showcases the positive benefits of embracing community and finding strength in numbers in the spirit of unity.
BEAM stands for Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective. Through education, advocacy, training, and the creative arts, BEAM aims to provide Black people with more accessibility to emotional health care and the proper resources for healing, as well as create a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to the overall mental and emotional health of those in Black communities. This tool kit can get you started at home.
Ethel’s Club is a social and wellness club based in Brooklyn, New York. It supports inclusion, offers safe spaces for healing, and embraces community mindsets. Its mission? To welcome those who “believe that centering community is power.” Speaking of which, these charities and organizations that directly help the Black Lives Matter movement need your support, too.
Inner Outer Beauty Market, which features brands and products that are toxicant-free, was birthed as a result of self-care coach Dixie Lincoln Nicols’ popular blog. The company is committed to giving back and has partnered with the reforestation organization One Tree Planted to plant trees in Haiti, Rwanda, Florida, and even the Amazon Rainforest. If you love this idea, don’t miss these other great gifts that give back.
Freedom Apothecary is a Philadelphia-based sanctuary dedicated to holistic wellness and inclusion. Its goal is for all women, but especially women of color, to find community and genuine support and become immersed in an atmosphere that is conducive to self-discovery and growth. Cofounded by Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Horn, the Freedom Apothecary supports and sells women-owned brands such as Honey Belle, Baby Mama, and Moon & Jai.
Founded by author and producer Tonya Lewis Lee, Movita Organics specializes in vitamins for women. Here, you’ll find beauty vitamins, prenatal vitamins, and multivitamins—and they’re all created using whole food, not synthetic ingredients. Shop on Movita’s website or on Amazon.
There’s nothing more relaxing than stepping into a boutique spa that feels like a warm, cozy home. The SPAaaht is located in a beautiful and historic Harlem neighborhood, and its owner, LaJuana Smith-Huebner, is a wellness advocate with more than 20 years of experience in the spa industry. The SPAaaht offers nail care, massages, skincare, waxing, and more—and once you step foot inside, you may never want to leave. If you need some extended relaxing and recharging, book a stay at one of these wellness retreats.
PMS, begone! This brand offers plant- and vitamin-based relief for premenstrual symptoms and has been dubbed “self-care in a bottle.” Cofounded by longtime friends Necole Kane and Fallon Mercedes Brock, My Happy Flo was created to empower other women who have struggles with their cycles, fibroids, and other reproductive issues.
Need a soothing bath after an intense workout? Or maybe a de-stressing cup of tea after a long day of work? LumiBloom’s wellness and hemp CBD products can help. Try the brand’s recovery bath salts, CBD-infused teas, gummy vitamins, and more. You’ll also find hair products on this site, from extensions to clip-ins.
Founder Marc Washington created this company in honor of his late sister, and it focuses on providing science-backed information and healthy resources to vulnerable communities. After researching the gut microbiome, Washington was inspired to create healthy shakes that fuel the body. Choose from prebiotic-resistant starch shakes in chocolate, vanilla, or mocha; vegan options are also available.
With the Black travel industry booming now more than ever, this brand is committed to making sure that jet-setters have the best TSA-friendly products for hair and skin. You’ll find skin-soothing body balm, moisturizing lip balm, and hair balm specially designed for perfect for natural hair that’s worn in a protective style like braids or buns when traveling.
Daybreak Yoga is the only Black-female-owned yoga studio in Ohio. It was founded by Dawn Rivers, a librarian turned yoga coach, as a safe haven for women of color who may not have felt comfortable in other spaces. Rivers also coaches other women of color to become certified and yoga practitioners, offers yoga and wellness retreats, and has a store on Amazon.
Body Complete Rx believes that getting healthy should be as easy as having plant-based supplements delivered directly to your doorstep—which is exactly what they do. Samia Gore, a mom of four, created this brand with a nutritionist to ensure that other parents like herself would commit to living a healthy lifestyle.
This unique foot care line offers products that are non-toxic and made with organic ingredients. You’ll feel like you’re spending a day at the spa with detoxifying foot soaks, balms, polishes, serums, and more. Founded by Chrissy Cabrera, a mom of two and certified aromatherapist, the brand is now expanding to hand care and nail care. Start with the spa pedicure bundle to try some of the brand’s beloved bestsellers and give yourself a DIY pedicure.
Absolute joy comes when you find a skin-care brand that’s a great match for your skin. This clean beauty line, created by physician-researcher Dr. Anne Beal, addresses the needs of people of color who have sensitive skin, dark marks, and hyperpigmentation without using skin bleach, sulfates, parabens, or other harsh chemicals. Check out the mineral-based Daily Hydrating Moisturizing Cream with SPF 40 for a new everyday multitasker.
Reel Paper is “100 percent tree-free paper” made from bamboo trees. You’ll find eco-friendly toilet paper and paper towels that don’t contain ink, dyes, or BPA, and better yet, each purchase helps in sustaining the environment. Don’t miss these other eco-friendly products that you can buy on Amazon.
Genuine mentorship is just as important as getting a good education. With her tutoring company, registered nurse Renee Dyson has facilitated in helping more than 300 students pass nursing school.
What do the “teapads” of the 1920s and ’30s, jazz, and cannabis have in common? They have all, at times, provided relief from the stress and anxiety that many marginalized communities disproportionately feel. Josephine & Billie’s is an L.A.-based cannabis dispensary backed by TPCO, an investment group whose creative director is none other than Jay-Z. This “safe haven” is a communal space where women, particularly women of color, can feel safe in an inclusive environment while discovering and enjoying the benefits of cannabis.
Textiles, Gift Wrap, and Stationery
CrateJoy specializes in creating unique subscription boxes designed specifically for, well, anyone. You can find subscription boxes that focus on pregnancy, jewelry, men’s grooming, sports, kids’ crafts, and so much more. For Black History Month, the brand has curated fun and unique boxes like the Black Girl Magic Box and the Curly Queen Kit. All include products and brands that are Black-owned. Here are more ways to celebrate Black History Month.
Looking for sophisticated planners, journals, notebooks, stickers, and other fun stationery items? Cloth and Paper is the place you’ll want to be. It’s the perfect brand for paper-and-pen lovers who like to keep things simple and chic, and the site also offers subscription boxes.
Founded by Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper is a stationery company that also sells desk items, lifestyle accessories, and a collection called Black Girl Magic. Subscription boxes of curated products are available as well.
This brand was inspired by founder Ariel Young’s and her mother’s thoughtful attention to wrapping gifts. What began as a wrapping paper and gift tag company has become a company that now includes greeting cards, notebooks, accessories, and paper goods, as well. The brand is also deliberate and proud to promote images of Black people that reflect positive representation, especially Black families and Black traditions.
This gift wrap brand is committed to showcasing the Black aesthetic. Using eco-friendly, stone-paper products, Folkus blends together sophistication, innovation, and Black culture—beautifully and unapologetically. Each gift wrapping selection is double-sided and features unique artwork, designs, and prints. This Nana gift wrap, for example, features a bold design on one side and the words thank you on the other. Just consider yourself warned: You’re going to have a hard time deciding between all of the gorgeous offerings.
Black Paper Party was created to provide culturally relevant paper goods and to spread joy to Black families during the holidays. Owned and curated by Black women, its goal is to create products that merge Black imagery in the paper-goods industry (where it is sorely lacking) and their love of Black culture. Stock up now with this multipack—which includes our personal favorites, the “Three Wise Women” and “Naughty? Nice? I Tried!”—and you’ll be all set for next year! Looking for the perfect gift? In addition to the products above, check out this gift guide featuring more of our favorite Black-owned businesses.
If you’re a fan of scrapbooking, colorful DIY projects, and pretty prints, you’ll love Yayday Paper Co. Founded by Amber Kemp-Gerstel, host of Disney Family Sundays on Disney+, this family-friendly brand offers fun stationery, crafting ideas, printable stickers, and more. Shop for one-off goodies and bundles, or sign up for a subscription to receive monthly downloadable projects and products.
This hip, socially conscious subscription service is forging a fresh, new literary path—to “motivate, highlight, reaffirm, and empower cultures who have been [systemically] blacklisted” from classrooms. Each month, you’ll receive a box filled with at least one book by an author of color, three to five products from a Black-owned business, and five writing prompts to create your own work. While you wait for your first box to arrive, pick up a few of these books by Black authors for an equal mix of inspiration and entertainment.
This elegant personal organization brand offers sophisticated planners, notebooks, note pads, and more. For an instant style and organization upgrade, buy the lovely (and vegan) Quilted Black Lisse Matrice Agenda Cover. Bonus: When you purchase any Notiq product, a portion of the profit goes toward the brand’s mission to “empower the livelihood of overlooked individuals in developing countries.”
Many of us can relate to the struggles of getting a strong-willed child ready for school in the mornings. Well, thanks to Marie Green, founder of Inspired Prose Printables, parents of younger children can “gamify” their mornings with fun and engaging routine charts that give families structure, organization, and predictabilty. Choose from editable charts that are tailored to your specific needs—whether you’re looking for help in the mornings or with chores, homeschooling, or general behavior.
Make learning fun with this math and memory card game designed to strengthen kids’ recognition and mathematical skills. Believe it or not, this Black-owned business was created for kids by kids—Lauren and Joshua, who designed both the characters and the gameplay during COVID lockdowns. For more ways to entertain and engage your little ones, try these outdoor games for kids.
Representation matters—for everyone, at every stage of life, but especially for young children. That’s why founder Yelitsa Jean-Charles created this doll line featuring brown-skinned, curly-haired doll and storybooks to go with them: to embrace the “beauty of our diversity” and to empower children to love themselves exactly as they are. The first doll, Zoe, also teaches girls all about their curls. For more inclusive toy options, check out some of the most diverse Barbie dolls ever made.
Not familiar with this company? You should be. It’s the largest Black-owned multicultural doll company—and the home of the Fresh Dolls, the Fresh Squad, Positively Perfect Dolls, Simple Fresh Dolls, and the Vivid Doll Collection. Founded by Dr. Lisa, a mom and former professor, the company is on a mission to inspire and empower young girls and boys, boosting their self-esteem through proper representation.
Born from a place of love by two world-traveling parents who wanted their children to have dolls that looked like them, this company makes multicultural dolls with various skin tones and a wide range of curl patterns. It’s hard not to fall in love with the Fro Puffy Bee Baby Doll and the more grown-up dolls you can dress in all sorts of outfits, including these health care heroes ensembles.