As a black business owner, I celebrate being black all the time. Whether or not it's Black History Month, I still celebrate. But today, I'm excited to publish this post celebrating some of our black Indie Business members who are killing it and dragging it home.
These entrepreneurs are beautiful and talented, and they make the world a better place in so many ways, not the least of which is the products they make that enhance your life every day. Celebrate with me, and then click their links and go shopping!
9 Black-Owned American Artisan Businesses
Clawfoot & Fire (MD)
Maker: Michelle Blackwell
Amazing handmade candles since 2012. The Clawfoot & Fire brand name is reminiscent of the luxuriously elegant clawfoot bathtubs you see pictured in amazing bathrooms. It also reflects the fire that blazes atop Michelle's candles.
Arbria Creations (CA)
Maker: Ayanna Jackson
Motivated by a love of luxurious body butters and candles, Ayanna named Arbria for her daughters who work with her in the business. Every product is handmade and mixed, and leaves you feeling like the queen you are!
Kreyol Essence (FL)
Maker: YveCar Momperousse
Through Kreyol Essence, YveCar brings the power of Haitian black castor oil to the world. As a social business, they are maniacal about creating sustainable jobs and serving and protecting the island of Haiti.
Gavin Luxe (CA)
Maker: Myisha McCarthy
Need a little YOU time? Gavin Luxe is all about making time for yourself—no matter what. Each candle, fragrance, serum, milk bath and more is meant to quiet the outside world and give you the break you deserve. Immerse yourself in an unbeatably indulgent and tension-taming experience!
Cherish and Swain (MD)
Maker: Markeeta Jones
After a fruitless search to find chemical-free skin care products caring enough for her baby’s sensitive skin, founder Markeeta decided to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by the power of shea butter, she started making clean, all-natural body and skin care products perfect for the entire family.
Scentsational Soap (CA)
Maker: Toushonta Hogan
Transport your mind to a tranquil oasis! Scentsational Soaps offers soothing bath and body care focused on sophisticated fragrances. The sense of smell is most tied to our memories—just one whiff instantaneously transforms your mood. There’s a scent-savvy option for everyone!
Bubbly Moon Naturals (NY)
Maker: Marshalla Ramos-Inde
Handcrafting herbal skin care is an important part of Marshalla’s family lineage. Through her biz, she shares her traditions and passion for natural botanicals learned from her heritage of Puerto Rican herbalists and soap makers. She loves working with plants, and finds a unique power in each one, fusing them into eco-friendly, vegan skin care products perfect for both men and women.
Dirty Beauty (GA)
Maker: Samantha Dickey
Science-based and farm-fresh, Samantha puts her Electrical Engineering Technology degree to good use innovating and developing over 100 beauty formulas…and counting! Now, she supports other growing luxury beauty brands with the tools they need to succeed. Plus, you can shop STEM kits to provide curious teen scientists with 1-2-3 steps for formulating their own makeup.
Lovinah Skincare (TX)
Maker: Joy Ekhator
For products that celebrate the sacred beauty and traditions from Africa, look no further than Lovinah Skincare! Every plant-powered, luxury product embraces ancient botanical beauty secrets that have been passed down for generations. Infused with a twist of high-performing modern technology, each product is the perfect combination of old and new beauty rituals!
Check out our member directory listing of black-owned member businesses at this link.
Questions for discussion and sharing
What does being the owner of a black-owned business mean to you? If you are not one, how do you support and acknowledge the contributions of black people to our nation and the world? What do you think of these innovative products? Let us know in the comments!
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