Skincare is a lucrative industry in the beauty world, even more so now than ever. With the idea of self-care being mostly now being related to maintaining superficial beauty with elaborate multistep routines, skincare has definitely become a more serious but enjoyable aspect of many people’s daily routines now. And as with any other purchases we make, some of us want to be just as cautious and deliberate with who we decided to support by giving them our money.
Although there are plenty of popular and established skincare brands on the market already that have secured our trust with their reputations and popularity, it’s important that we branch out and support smaller Black-owned businesses in industries like these where Black-owned brands are far and few in-between, especially at affordable prices.
Nola Skin Essentials
Like most skincare brands that are all-natural and handmade, Nola Skin Essentials is a cruelty-free brand that offers plant-based skincare products for both the face and body. You can take your pick from more powerful and effective products from their line such as their Vitamin C Serum and Glycolic Acid Night Cream, or you can opt for simpler products like their Rose Hydration Mist or Ethereal Cleansing Water for clean, hydrated skin without risking irritation.
If you haven’t heard of this brand yet, you may be living under a rock. Bahi was created by Emma Bahi, an esthetician, when she was just 21 years old. This brand has now been featured in places such as Essence, Forbes, Fader Magazine, Teen Vogue, and much more. Like most Black-owned indie skincare brands, Bahi’s entire skincare like is all-natural, homemade, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. Though Bahi Cosmetics is most known for their Sunflower Sweets serum, a serum made from a blend of natural oils to treat acne and fade dark spots, they also offer a range of cleansers, exfoliants, creams, and astringent toners for all skin types.
Created by artist Kashmir Thompson aka Kashmir VIII whose artwork you can also check out here, Delish Condish is best known for their tropical aesthetic with the use of natural and refreshing ingredients such as berries, citrus fruits, papaya, etc. in products like their Orange Blossom Hydramist and exfoliating face wash. In addition to skincare and body care Delish Condish also offers, surprise, hair care! With hair products like their Fix-It Formula Repairing Mask, Glow Shimmering Gel, and Microdermabrasion-In-A-Jar, Delish Condish is your one-stop shop to have you looking bomb from head to toe.
If the name alone wasn’t even to intrigue and reel you in, their range of skincare products will. Created by Hassan Sayyed, Haus Urban is the brand for you if you need a simple but effective skincare routine with their 3 step skincare system consisting of cream cleanser, orange blossom toner, and a skin clarifying moisturizer. In addition, a range of body butters is offered with scents like peach with jasmine and lemon with orange blossom to have you smelling fresh and fruity for the summer time.
This Chicago-based skincare brand gives you everything you need to have a complete and effective skincare routine with a selection of affordable, plant-based products including cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers, and even serums. For new customers, they offer their Benu Box, which is a curated selection of 3 travel-sized products based on your skin type that’s currently on sale for $30. Get your skincare journey started to start living your best life!
“Erin Dyana is a freelance writer with a focus on pop culture, criticisms, and beauty. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Urban Social TV, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Clementine Zine, and Philadelphia Print Zine. In her free time she likes to create art, watch films, read books, and eat everything in sight."