Cannot believe that Thanksgiving 2017 is already a thing of the past!
Well, today is Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday is coming up in a couple of days. So we’re officially in holiday shopping season! With each purchase we make, we are also showing who and what we support.
Supporting small and local business is important to me. And being a black woman, I like to support women, black people and other black women in particular.
After Retweeting a list of black owned lingerie brands by She Tweets Truth, Izzie responded asking if there was a similar list for cosmetics. I had already been thinking about possibly blogging a list like this, but our Twitter conversation pushed me to do it.
Izzie mentioned Juvia’s Place and I learned about Faith’s Naturals from my cousin. While searching, I found a few lists from prior years and a post that seeks to correct some of those other lists. There are companies that focus on black beauty products, but are not black owned. Some of these companies are mistakenly listed as having black ownership.
It’s easy for this to happen, because sometimes they may have originally been black owned, but the black founder no longer has a controlling interest or the company was sold outright to another company that is not black owned — like what happened with Carol’s Daughter. Lisa Price founded the company, but in 2014 it was sold to L’Oréal USA.
From what I can tell, these companies listed below are currently black owned in 2017. But who knows how things will change in the future? So if you’re reading this list in 2020, you might want to double check the ownership.
Also, I found that some of the companies in other listings no longer seem to exist. I figured with my new additions and corrections, another list would be helpful to me. Hopefully for you too!
This list is certainly not all inclusive or the end all of lists, but it’s a start. Happy shopping! Oh and there are actually 16 brands, because an additional one was added soon after the post was published.
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