Celebrating Black-Owned Beauty Brands: Meet the Founders of 6 Top-Notch Beauty Companies by Belinda Lichty Clarke
February is Black History Month! Join us in celebrating inclusive beauty this month as we spotlight these Black-owned beauty brands.
1. Flora & Noor
Flora & Noor founder and owner Jordan Karim struggled to find products that were halal due to the long list of ingredients she couldn’t use along with the other requirements to be considered halal such as no alcohol, being cruelty-free and environmentally conscious. She noticed the halal products she found did not meet the needs of her community or melanin-rich skin like melasma and hyperpigmentation, which led her to DIY her skin-care products in her kitchen.
Photo: Flora & Noor founder and owner Jordan Karim
2. Afore by Dr. Julius Few
Dr. Julius Few is a Chicago-based, board-certified plastic surgeon and the founder of the Few Initiative for Children, a non-profit that provides Chicago’s youth with life-changing opportunities for growth and success. His skin-care line, Aforé Beauty, condenses the best in clinically-validated, proven formulas into simple skin-care regimens.
Try: The CBD Effusive hydrating mist
Photo: Afore founder Dr. Julius Few
3. UnSun Cosmetics
Founded by Katonya Breaux in 2016 after much frustration by the lack of options within the world of clean sunscreen products for women of color. Unsun Cosmetics was created to provide clean, no-residue options that were kind to the person using it as well as the environment it's being used in.
Photo: Katonya Breaux, founder of UnSun Cosmetics
4. Natural Radiant Life
Rhonda Daniels, LaKesha Gage-Woodard and Sherry D. Fields founded Chicago-based skin-care company Natural Radiant Life to bring clean, organic, effective skin-care products to market that help proudly show your outer and inner radiance.
Try: Lavender Body Serum
Photo: Natural Radiant Life's Rhonda Daniels, LaKesha Gage-Woodard and Sherry D. Fields
5. Sabreen Cosmetics
In honor of the life and legacy of their beloved aunt, Nabeehah Sabreen, who fought a resilient battle against breast cancer until 2009, Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah Mustafa created Sabreen Cosmetics, a beauty brand committed to providing non-toxic makeup for black women.
Try: Nura Gloss
Photo: Saliah, Najiyyah and Kareemah Mustafa, founders of Sabreen Cosmetics
6. EVE MILAN
EVE MILAN New York is a skin-care company founded by Eden Gilliam an Esthetician with 11 years of experience in the skin-care industry. After working hands on with thousands of people she gained first-hand insight on the day-to-day struggles people have with their skin.
Try: Reset Serum No. 422
Photo: Eden Gilliam, founder of EVE MILAN New York
Photo (main): Rhonda Daniels, LaKesha Gage-Woodard and Sherry D. Fields of Natural Radiant Life.
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