Danielle Broadway is an English Literature MA student at California…
As the gift-giving holidays are approaching, there may be some limitations on where many can go or the people that they can visit. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t provide thoughtful gifts for loved ones while supporting some amazing Black-owned and Black-supporting beauty brands.
Whether it’s for someone else or yourself, a little goes a long way when it comes to these products. Best of all, these businesses belong to talented and heartful businesses that are working hard to provide quality products for everyone, with a special emphasis on Black women.
From skincare to haircare, if everyone is going to be home this season, they might as well be feeling radiant with some self-pampering that won’t break the bank. These brands are not only tested and true, they’re also sold for a variety of prices for any budget.
It’s true, most of the spas are closed now, but it’s also true that people can now transform their home into a luxurious pamper session.
We’re going to provide you with some of the top must-try businesses in no particular order, and showcase which items we recommend the most.
This is one Etsy store that has been taking the skincare game to the next level. Ceo and founder, Najja Haynes provides her customers with luxurious skin and hair products for both men and women.
Her products are specially formulated for those with sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Najja has a variety of body butters, shea butters, body oils, sugar scrubs and more.
“When I first experimented with creating body butter, the first thing I realized is how a little bit of product goes a long way and that the product lasts much longer throughout the day compared to name brand products,” Haynes explained in a recent interview with BGN.
Arguably, some of her best products are her Shimmering Body Oils and Body Butters that are undeniably crafted with melanated skin in mind. The oils are available in the shades “Bronzed Babe,” “Sweet as Honey” and “Sunkissed.”
Each of her skin products are also available in an assortment of fragrances, including vanilla, mango, Enchanted (which is like RIRI), Bad Gal (like Rihanna’s scent), cocoa glow, unscented, and more.
Next up is the lovely BeijaFlorNaturals, a skin and hair care business owned by the amazing Stevonne Ratliff. During an interview with Ratliff, BGN learned about the history of her business.
“I started BeijaFlorNaturals back in 2010. So, at the time there weren’t very many green, natural beauty brands, period, but especially those that cater to women of color. I had a lot of skin issues, so I had discoloration and really dry skin. It was just so hard to find products that did not contain petroleum because petroleum is a common ingredient used in skin care,” Ratliff explained.
She understands the struggle to access skin products that are high quality and affordable, especially for those with skin conditions and easily irritated skin types. While living in Brazil, Ratliff began crafting her own skin products to help her skin, as she discovered there were many botanical ingredients available there.
“I wanted to focus on having the best quality ingredients and ingredients that actually work,” she said. “So, they were tested over a number of years. I handcrafted them. I didn’t go to some random lab. I wanted to know a lot about my own products. So every product that I have, I made myself, I touched myself.”
Ratcliff showcases her dedication to providing natural products for all women, but especially Black women. When it comes to hair and skin, there are unique struggles that Black women often encounter, like hyperpigmentation and discoloration.
One of the most beloved BeijaFlorNaurals products is the Amazon Antioxidant Treatment, which, according to Ratcliff, is packed with “a lot of vitamin C, and vitamin C is really good for evening your skin tone.”
This product is a powerhouse for skin discoloration repair made from a Brazilian Butter blend that diminishes cell destruction and provides anti-aging, treats acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
There’s no forgetting the fabulosity that is Aja Naturals created by Aja (pronounced Asia). After having a scare at the age of 17 when she discovered lumps on her breasts (luckily just cysts), Aja had a life-changing realization.
Her surgeon was a smart and talented Black woman who helped Aja discover that her lumps were partially caused by some of the skin products she was using. It was then that Aja decided that it was unacceptable for her or any other person to have products containing harsh chemicals and harmful ingredients hurt their bodies.
That event in her life was a “know better, do better” moment for Aja, and she has been leading the way with her business. She started with natural products for herself, friends, and family. However, she decided to expand her successful products to the world.
Her Creamy Cocoa Sugar Scrub is not only incredibly cute with amazing hints of chocolate and vanilla, but also part of her entire Chocolate line of products that are all handmade with love.
Those of you that aren’t currently nerding out over natural hair YouTuber Whitney White’s (AKA Naptural85) hair product line that just hit the shelves at Ulta Beauty, you’re late to the party.
Melanin Hair Care features products that White has shared with viewers on her channel for years. Known as the number one DIY handmade natural hair guru on YouTube, White has always been about accessibility when it comes to natural hair care.
She decided to take a step beyond her tutorials to launch her product line, and we’re glad she did.
One thing her products have been famous is for how many rich oils and butters she packs into every batch. Natural ingredients include to tea tree oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, Vitamin C oil, olive oil, castor oil, argan oil, shea butter, cocoa seed oil, and more.
Her line includes all of the necessities: oil, shampoo, conditioner, and a styling cream that are perfect for both new and seasoned naturals.
When it comes to healthy curls, CurlCoilyTresses is another business that should definitely be highlighted on the map.
Business owner Angela is known for her impressive data-driven findings that determined most products people use have high allergens or irritating fragrances that cause inflammation and irritation.
She’s determined to create products that improve hair health for both transitioning and natural hair, especially when it comes to moisture, healthy growth and those with sensitive scalps and skin.
We’re doting on CurlCoilyTresses’ Dry to Fly Holiday Collection, which is currently on sale for fifty dollars. It includes hypoallergenic and fragrance-free intensive hair moisturizers. They’re all packed with nourishing oils to make the hair soft and strengthened.
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Danielle Broadway is an English Literature MA student at California State University, Long Beach. She has been published in Black Girl Nerds, LA Weekly and Medium, is a writer for CSULB’s the Daily49er, is a managing editor for Watermark, her school’s academic literary journal and is an assistant editor at Angels Flight • literary west. She’s an activist and educator that is inspired by her family to make social change both in the classroom and beyond.