By this point you probably already know several Black-owned skin care brands. Black Girl Sunscreen, Hyper!, Fenty Skin, and more are already top of mind. But, did you know that there are more Black-owned brands in the skin care department?
Not every brand is vocal about their origin story. Some tend to be more passionate about explaining the function of their products and what they can offer the consumer. So, as you scroll online this Black Business Month, check the “About” page of the site you’re on. You might be surprised to find out there are more Black-owned skin care brands than you thought.
Former cosmetic chemist and product developer Ron Robinson is the founder of BeautyStat Cosmetics. It’s a Black-owned brand that focuses on producing skin care that avoids incorporating unnecessary ingredients.
The Microbiome Purifying Clay Mask by is one of the most popular products from the beauty brand. It’s a wash-off mask that removes dirt and debris. This mask also plumps the skin to give it a natural glow.
ROSEN founder Jamika Martin struggled with severe acne that caused her intense pain. After two rounds of accutane, Martin created ROSEN in her dorm room as a way to clear her skin without harsh chemicals from questionable sources.
All of the Black-owned brand’s products are designed with acne-prone skin in mind – including the Skincare Super Smoothie Cleanser for Texture and Scarring. It’s an exfoliating cleanser to prevent dark spots and breakouts. The face wash uses fruit powders to combat acne-causing bacteria.
Mary Louise Cosmetics
Mary Louise Cosmetics is the brainchild of Akilah Releford – a DIY skin care lover turned entrepreneur. Releford began creating her own skin care as a hobby during her pre-med career at Howard University. With positive feedback from her friends the founder established Mary Louise Cosmetics. Fun fact: the name for the brand is the combination of her grandmothers’ first names.
The brand’s Turmeric and Honey Facial Mask is a radiance-enhancing wash-off mask. The vegan formula is made with raw honey, marshmallow root, lavender flower, and turmeric extract. And, there’s no artificial additives, preservatives, or parabens. By design, it fights redness, inflammation, eczema, and acne causing bacteria.
Epara Skincare was founded by life-long skin care lover Ozohu Adoh. The name for the brand stems from the CEO’s native Nigeria. In the dialect Ebira Epara means “to cocoon oneself.” Adoh developed the skin care brand to provide a bespoke beauty brand to women of color that addressed their specific concerns.
This luxurious Hydrating Serum leans on a blend of glycerin, licorice, apricot, and frankincense to nourish and moisturize the skin. While it delivers in the moisture department, this product is lightweight on the skin.
Esthetician and formulator Lesley Thornton is the mastermind behind Klur. Thornton’s years of experience are what led her to create her own skin care line. “
I was able to document the effects of various ingredients and formulations on diverse skin conditions and ethnicities,” Thornton explained on the Klur site.
That information influenced her decision making when it came to formulating her own products.
One of the brand’s most beloved products is the Sculpture + A Overnight Enrichment Cream. It’s a self proclaimed “well-aging” night cream to aid the skin’s regeneration after a long day. The oil-based formula includes one percent of retinol along with peptides and 19 anti-inflammatory botanicals.
Lovinah Skincare was created by native Nigerian Joy Ekhator. The founder developed the brand after experiencing cystic acne once the former full-time programmer had her third child. Lovinah Skincare pulls inspiration from ancient African teachings on plants that had been passed down to Ekhator.
The Dragons Blood Probiotic Exfoliating Mask is the brand’s exfoliating mask. It aims to deeply clean the skin in order to reveal glowing and clear soft skin. It’s a powerful product. So powerful that the brand recommends doing a patch test before committing to applying this all over the face.
Also, have no fear, the only “blood” in this product’s formula is from blood oranges.
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