We stan a Black-owned business! Especially ones that give back to the community, and work to better the environment and not do damage to it. It’s a triple win: black owned, community focussed and sustainable. For us at Belle Bar, organic and non-toxic products and community are at the core of what we do. Our haircare products are made with the best Ayurvedic ingredients, and are non-toxic, and contain no synthetic ingredients. Our community of dope women of colour are the soul of what we do. We’re here to serve and impact our community in positive ways only!
That’s why up until the end of next month, we’ll be giving away 15% of the profits from our #DEARBLACKGIRL kit along with our Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil if you purchase them together. We’ll be donating the proceeds towards building other black businesses across the country that have been hit hard during this time. For us, putting the black dollar back into our community is essential, and we’re proud to be making the commitment to do so. As individuals, it’s also important that we’re buying black as and when we can. Below are a few of the black-owned lifestyle, beauty and wellness businesses we love, and love to see win!
GOLDE is an independent brand making superfood-boosted essentials for health and beauty. From face masks to superfood lattes, GOLDE is all about making wellness accessible since launching in 2017. All their products are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free. And there’s also no added sugars to any of their daily tonics, so you know you’re only getting what your body needs!
Sincerely, Tommy is a lifestyle concept store based in Brooklyn founded by Kai Avent-deLeon, stocking and selling clothes and accessories by emerging womenswear and lifestyle brands. One of the things that makes Sincerely, Tommy stand out from other concept stores is their willingness to expand and branch out, while staying true to the community they serve. There’s a Sincerely, Tommy in house coffee bar, and they are also soon to launch Bed-stuy’s first boutique hostel, along with a wellness retreat in Grenada. Founder Kai Avent-deLeon has recently launched an initiative called BUilding Black Bed Stuy, dedicated to preserving black culture, along with four other phenomenal women. Find out about it here.
Omi Woods is a contemporary jewelry brand focussed on creating modern heirlooms that celebrate our connections to Africa and the diaspora. Each piece is individually and ethically handmade with fair trade African gold and globally sourced conflict-free fine metals. What stands Omi out is that they believe strongly in paying people fairly for their resources, time and labour, and using fair-trade materials.
An online marketplace that stocks Black-owned brands that sell green products? It doesn’t get any better! We love the ethos behind BLK + GRN – it perfectly caters to people who are interested in wellness, sustainability and eco-friendly living, while also promoting products created for and by black people. From sunscreen for black women, to salt scrubs and other skincare products, BLK+GRN focuses on non-toxic, natural products created by black artisans.
Tactile Matter is the moniker for ceramicist, artist and designer Kenesha Sneed. She creates beautiful tableware and sculptures that speak to the experiences of black women, and present us beautifully. Kenesha is also the designer behind the stunning afro comb pictured above! If you’re looking to add some brilliant pieces to your home or workspace, be it a print, mugs or even rugs, be sure to check out Kenesha’s work and support.
RITUALS + CEREMONY is a homegoods and lifestyle store curated by multi-hyphenate Sarah Williams. The online store is perfect for all your spiritual and wellness needs, and stocks a beautiful range of products from sage and palo santo, to crystals, candles and ancestral cards. We love to see black women starting businesses in this space. If you’re going to be buying this stuff, best to buy it from a black-owned business!