SPOTLIGHT: Four local, black-owned beauty businesses you need to shop now
For our blog post this week, we’ve decided to focus on four local, black-owned beauty brands to spotlight to our community. Some of these brands we’ve used for a while, others we’ve made purchases from last week, and are patiently waiting for our products to be delivered! We’ll highlight any products that are new to our regimen in the self-care product highlight we include in our Thursday newsletter over the coming weeks. If you aren’t on our newsletter distribution list, you can join here!
Skin Drama’s motto is to create skincare products that make you proud of the skin you’re in. The line prioritizes natural and organic ingredients that target pigmentation, dark spots, and acne and spans many of the staple products you’d typically include in your facecare routine.
What we ordered: We ordered the Camu Camu + Sweet Orange Acne Cleanser ($35). We’re not sure if it’s the lack of fresh air due to quarantine or stress, but we’ve really been struggling with breakouts lately and we’re hoping this cleanser can help us clear our skin up! What first drew us to this product was the sweet orange (it’s a favourite scent of ours) but we also love that it contains grapefruit, which is rich in vitamins and aids in fighting signs of aging. Skin Drama indicates that this product is suitable for all skin types but particularly effective (per the name) for acne-prone skin.
Bellurelle is a 100% natural, vegan, and animal cruelty-free line of hair, body, and facecare products. The line spans three face oils (including one for beards!) as well as a hyperpigmentation scrub and a hair and body butter.
What we ordered: We ordered the Butterelle, which is the hair and body butter mentioned above ($25). The product contains shea butter to soothe dry and itchy scalps as well as mango, which can ease eczema, soothe sunburns, minimize scars and stretch marks, and more. We love that this product has a dual-use for both hair and body and, of course, we’re big proponents for shopping eco-friendly!
We absolutely love the Armure Beauty line and have been using it since last summer when we picked up the Body Decadence Oil at a small booth the company had set-up in cottage country. The company is run by a mother-daughter duo, Katherine and Keanne, and also spans jewelry (we have the Gypsy Crescent Satellite Necklace) as well as bags!
Our favourite product: We love the Body Decadence Oil ($35). We’ve to this day not found another body oil with such a beautiful combination of Bergamot and Neroli – it’s not overpowering but stays with us all day long. We apply a little to our arms and neck after a shower as an alternative to perfume that helps to hydrate at the same time!
We first saw this brand on Flare’s website and were super excited to shop it. Owned by make-up artist Temi Shobowale, essentials by temi’s line is focused on creating “skin-soothing, preservative-free blends with high-quality vegan ingredients”. One of the things that really stood out to us was that the company has a recycling policy – if you return four empty bottles, you’ll receive a 10% discount and gift with a future purchase!
What we ordered: We grabbed the Radiance Complexion Mist ($20) because we love being stocked up on mists throughout the summer months, as they’re a really easy way to refresh your skin and cool down as the temperatures climb. The key ingredient in this product is listed as lemongrass, known for its radiance-boosting properties that tones the skin and reduces puffiness. The product is listed as being tailored to combination or oily skin, which is well suited for us combo girls!
Do you have a black-owned beauty business you think should be added to this list? If so, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure they are included!
All images sourced from respective company Instagram profiles. Special shoutout to Instagram account @blackowned.to for bringing Skin Drama and Bellurelle to our attention!