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Five Black-Owned Brands I Love

Interested in supporting some Black-owned brands, but don’t know where to start? I have compiled a list of 5 brands that I have been loving lately, all run by fierce and hard-working black women. Let’s give these small businesses some love! All of them create super high-quality products that are designed to include black customers in ways that a lot of commercial brands do not, but are great for everyone to use!

Let’s get started.

1. Boho Locs

Boho Locs
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Boho Locs
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You know I love me some Boho Locs. I wrote a review about them a couple of weeks ago, and I love the product. The company is run by Lulu Pierre, the founder, designer and CEO of Boho Locs, and is one of the few black, female-owned hair companies around. She believes that hair companies that sell to black women should be owned by black women.

The quality of this product far surpasses any of those beauty shop products and that is reflected in the price. One pack of hair costs around $150, but you only need one pack of hair to get the look you want. The actual locs are beautiful, and hold up so well without tangling that you can de-install them and wear them again (to get your money’s worth). Use my link to get $10 off of your next order. 

2. Posh Candle Co.

Posh Candle Co. Classic Denim Jeans
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Posh Candle Co. Classic Denim Jeans
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Posh Candle Co. Classic Denim Jeans
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Posh Candle Co. Classic Denim Jeans
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This company is run in Los Angeles by a black woman who is passionate about candles. The candles are made with premium soy wax and are presented in beautiful glass jars. Her products have been featured on Essence, 21Ninety, Cosmopolitan, xoNecole and many other media outlets. Because this is a very small business and the demand is so high (because the product is so good!), the inventory tends to run out very quickly. If you can get your hands on one of these candles, you will not be disappointed!

They have scents for every kind of person, including BDay Cake, Black Girl Magic, Boss Lady, Bad and Bougie, and Denim Jeans, just to name a few. Run and get these! These candles are perfect for your home office, bedroom, or as a nice Christmas gift for someone you care about. I bought the Denim Jeans scented candle, and it is so fresh and relaxing! The scent is strong enough to fill a room, but not overpowering. It’s just a 10/10 quality product. Each candle runs about $15.

3. Oyin Handmade 

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
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Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
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Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
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Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
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I have been using this brand for about a year now. I have their Honey Hemp shampoo and conditioner, Greg Juice leave-in, Ginger-Mint co-wash and the Hair Dew daily moisturizer. Jamyla Benu founded Oyin Handmade in 2001, and runs the company with her husband Pierre. They only use natural, organic, food-grade ingredients. All of their products are free of petroleum, silicones, parabens, or sulfates, and they do not do animal testing.

They have other products besides hair care products, including Shea butter, as well as natural deodorant, and men’s beard grooming products. I love the way the shampoo and conditioner make my hair feel. My hair has held on to so much more moisture after wash day with the honey hemp shampoo and conditioner than with some of the other hair products I have used in the past. If you want to try something to help with hair moisture, I would definitely give these a try. The shampoo and conditioner run about $13 each.

4. Karite

Karite Shea Butter Hand Cream
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Karite Shea Butter Hand Cream
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Karite Shea Butter Hand Cream
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Karite Shea Butter Hand Cream
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This brand was featured in Vogue and several other media outlets. I love shea butter, so I was excited to learn more about this brand. Three sisters from Ghana run this company, and one of them is a dermatologist. The products are made with raw, unrefined shea butter, palm oil and coconut oil, and do not contain parabens, silicones, or synthetic dyes. Most importantly, their products are good for sensitive skin. They offer body butter and hand cream, but this is not a budget brand. The hand cream is $36 and the body butter is $46, so I opted for the hand cream.

When I first received the product, the first thing I noticed was the packaging. The packaging is beautiful! You can tell that the company really cares about the details, which you would expect from a luxury brand. The cream smells delightful and is so luxurious, you only need a pea-sized amount to get the job done. This hand cream has been helping me with an eczema flare, and is so soothing. It’s not greasy and absorbs really well. I think it will last me at least 6 months and it is a worthwhile investment.

5. Briogeo

Briogeo Be Gentle. Be Kind.
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Briogeo Be Gentle. Be Kind.
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Briogeo Be Gentle. Be Kind.
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Briogeo Be Gentle. Be Kind.
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Briogeo is a popular hair care company founded by Nancy Twine. The company has products for all types of hair concerns, with plenty of options for women with kinky hair. Best of all, their products are clean. Every product is 6-free, with no sulfates, silicones, parabens, DEA, phthalates, or artificial dyes. I had seen this brand on Sephora all the time, but I never got up the courage to try it, especially since it’s such a monetary investment to purchase their products.

I finally bought the be gentle be kind hair mask, and I can definitely say that it was worth the $36 I paid for it. It smells glorious and just a little bit went a long way. My hair has been so dry since being pregnant, and this product has been so good to me. My hair feels moisturized without feeling weighed down, and I am excited to try some of their other products.

These are the five black female-owned brands that I have been loving and using lately. Please check them out and consider making a purchase from them or from some other black-owned brands. Small businesses need all of the support they can get these days.

Do you have any great black-owned brand recommendations? List them below in the comments! I can’t wait to learn about more companies that I can support and feature here on the blog!

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