In honor of Women’s Month in March, us at Her Vision Inc. have decided to give our readers who are looking to support black-owned businesses a way to do so. Here are 10 black women-owned businesses that can be great businesses to choose from to find your gifts for family members, friends, and even for the holidays!
Beneath Your Mask
Beneath Your Mask is a skin, body, and hair rejuvenation brand designed to restore, repair, and reverses the toxic effects of our environment. Founded by Dana Jackson, she created her business after she was diagnosed with Lupus. Beneath Your Mask’s products are all packed with 11 to 18 active ingredients so that you don’t have to combine 5 products to get the desired benefits. Plus, they also use environmentally conscious packaging! You can visit their website here to get these nutrient-filled beauty products for your skin and hair.
2.) Satori Notes Jewelry
Satori Notes Jewelry is a jewelry company with a mission to create pieces that will make anyone who wears them feel confident and reminds them daily that they’re the powerhouse. Chyna Cyrus, the founder of Satori Notes Jewelry, came up with the company name Satori from a Japanese Buddhist term defined as a “sudden inexpressible feeling of inner understanding.” Satori Notes Jewelry has empowering messages on each piece, with bracelets that say “Fuck Your Fears” or “Manifest That Shit”. To check out more of Satori Notes Jewelry you can visit their website.
3.) Mielle Organics
Mielle Organics launched in 2014 with the creation of the first Mielle Organics product, the Advanced Hair Formula, a unique proprietary blend of herbs, amino acids and minerals to support healthy hair, skin and nails, and immune system.
Mielle Organics founder and CEO, Monique Rodriguez , has over nine years of experience as a registered nurse ( RN ). Her background in science and focus on health from the inside out inspired Monique to share her regimen of healthy, tailbone-length hair with the masses. She is passionate about inspiring women in business and entrepreneurship. Monique resides in Indiana with her husband and COO of Mielle Organics, Melvin, and their two beautiful daughters, Mia and Mackenzie.
4.) Ase Naturals
Ase Naturals is a vegan skincare brand on a mission to help people discover healthy, radiant skin through herbal skincare products. They aim to turn ordinary skincare routines into self-care rituals. The founder, Shannon Cann, decided to come out with her own line of natural body oils, soaks, and teas after she contracted a severe illness, which made her rethink what she puts in and on her body. Ase Naturals are handcrafted skincare that prides itself on providing non-toxic and eco-friendly skincare in non-toxic, recyclable glass. To learn more about Ase Naturals, you can find out more about their products on their website.
5.) Grace Eleyae
Grace Eleyae combines hair care and style into one. In 2014 founder Grace took a trip to Kenya which inspired her to come up with her line of silk and satin-lined products. On her trip, all the hair on the back of her head broke off, due to her chemically straightened hair and constant friction against the headrest. Grace created silk and satin-lined products that eliminate hair damaging friction, lock in moisture, and helps distribute your hair’s natural oils throughout your scalp. You can check out all her unique prints of silk headbands, turbans, and many more items on her website or on Amazon.
6. Fenty Skin
Inspired by her global lifestyle, Rihanna brings together ingredients from around the world and pairs them with skincare powerhouses, such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide—for clinically proven results. Driven by a bad encounter with a harsh product, she’s prioritized clean formulas that are also vegan and gluten free. The packaging? Earth-conscious: Think more recyclable materials and smart refillable packs that feel luxurious. Plus, she’s elevated the entire experience with supple, unique textures and warm, delicious scents.
This is skincare that works, that feels incredible, and that makes you feel good for using it.
Get in on the new culture of skincare here.
” Fenty Skin is everything I wish I had back then, I wanted it to feel approachable, easy, and to take the pressure off of choosing a routine, so I created one for everyone. ” – RIHANNA
7. Fenty Beauty
Before she was BadGalRiRi: music, fashion and beauty icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was a little girl in Barbados transfixed by her mother’s lipstick. The first time she experienced makeup for herself, she never looked back. Makeup became her weapon of choice for self-expression—a way to radiate her ever-changing mood—and it powered a fearless take on beauty that helped her become the boundary-breaking icon she is today.
Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty—and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones Fenty Beauty products are designed to feel lightweight, even as they deliver buildable coverage that effortlessly layers, to ultimately “make skin look like skin.” Most importantly, Rihanna creates makeup to inspire:
“Makeup is there for you to have fun with,” she says. “It should never feel like pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different.”
8. Kendall Miles Designs
Kendall Miles Designs is a footwear company designed from the passion with comfort in mind and their shoes will last you a lifetime. They are manufactured in Florence, Italy, using traditional methods of hand craftsmanship. Their designs use a variety of opulent materials, ranging from the finest leather and skins to exotic furs and handsome hardware. Kendall Reynolds created Kendall Miles Design in 2015. She is continuously pushing herself to design outside the box. Check out their website to see their latest sneakers, boots, pumps, and sandals.
Avocurl was created by Jasmine Curtis, who was tired of products that left her hair dry and contained harmful ingredients. The products provided at Avocurl are Jasmine’s handmade creations, using natural ingredients such as avocado, coconut, banana, and aloe vera. Avocurl is handmade in small batches, animal cruelty-free, and contains certified organic ingredients. Avocurl is for all hair textures with their mission being to helping their customers have healthier hair, keeping it moisturized and protected. Find out more about their product line on their website.
10. Alexandra Winbush
Alexandra Winbush is a one-of-a-kind self care kit that delivers “a piece of peace directly to your door”. Picture this: Hand-poured Scented Candle + Loose-leaf tea + Curated Playlist that Matches Your Candle Scent. Simply pour a cup of tea, light your candle, and sit back to listen and relax. This is the perfect gift set for someone who needs a quarantine pick-me-up or for your essential workers that need a little R&R on their day off.
I stumbled upon Alexandra Winbrush’s candles on Instagram and instantly fell in love! These candles are both beautiful to the eye and to the soul, with endearing names and poetic descriptions scrawled on the glass that speak to you like summer love songs. The candles are made out of a soy wax blend cased in beautiful glass to match. Founded in Brooklyn, NY by Brittney Alexandra Winbush, the brand has an incredible story with even more incredible victories. And we are totally here for it.
Supporting black-owned businesses is one way to show support to the black community at this time. However, there are many wants to get involved! Below, I’ve created a short list of additional resources to continue exercising your voice and making a difference. I encourage you to keep showing your support in every way possible, whether that be volunteering your time or money to organizations, or simply making calls and signing petitions! – Rae 💕
- www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/#petition or Text FLOYD to 55156
- Hands Up Act (The Hands Up Act would hold police legally accountable for shooting unarmed citizens)
- http://bit.ly//FundCommunityFind more petitions to sign here.
Text or Call:
- Text ENOUGH to 55156 to demand justice for Breonna Taylor
- Text FLOYD to 55156 to demand justice for George Floyd
- Text JUSTICE to 668366 (you will need to provide your zipcode) Minneapolis Police Department 612-673-3000 Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights 612-348-3550
Donate Time, Money, or Resource to the Following Organizations:
- Fair Fight
- Know Your Rights Camp
- Black Visions Collective
- Reclaim the Block
- The American Civil Liberties Union
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Black Lives Matter
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Campaign Zero
- The Loveland Foundation
- The Marshall Project
- Color of Change
- Black Mental Health Matters Fund
- Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education
- Arab American Action Network
- Assata’s Daughters
- West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
- Somali Woman Ran Child Care Center
And, if you made it this far, find even more resources here, you awesome human.