Black Women-Owned Beauty Businesses Guide

By Chris Olsen

The need to elevate and support Black women-owned businesses is greater than ever. In 2019, the average annual revenue for all women-owned businesses was $143,000. The average annual revenue for Black women-owned businesses was $24,000. Buy these Black women-owned products. Use these services. Show your support by liking, sharing, following and recommending Black women-owned businesses online.

This list will be updated regularly. If you are a Black-women-owned beauty brand, please drop us a line at and we’ll add your information to this list.

A’ME-KE: Online retail space featuring inclusive makeup, beauty and grooming brands made with melanin in mind and founded by Black entrepreneurs; founded by Emeka L. Anyanwu, Esq.

AMINA ADEM NATURAL SKINCARE: Natural luxury skincare that combines modern science and aromatherapy; founded by Amina Adem.

BASE BUTTER: Aloe Vera moisturizer made for oily and combination skin; founded by She’Neil Johnson.

BELLE BODY: Sugar and salt scrub that exfoliates and nourishes for glowing skin; founded by Megan Carter.

BEAUTY LOUNGE MINNEAPOLIS: A Minneapolis, Minnesota-based multicultural hair destination; founded by Melissa Taylor.

BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN: All-natural vegan sunscreen for women of color; founded by Shontay Lundy.

BLACKTRAVELBOX: Clean beauty essentials on-the-go for travelers of color; founded by Orion Brown.

COCOBUTTERY: A line of 100 percent natural skincare products made from ingredients you can pronounce; founded by Jennifer Jones.

COLOURED RAINE COSMETICS: Brightly colored, high-quality products for everyone, regardless of skin tone, age or gender; founded by Loraine Dowdy.

EPIPHANY ESSENTIALS: All-natural skincare products handcrafted in small batches; founded by Tamera Beard.

FORHERCOSMETICS: An all-natural and inclusive beauty brand committed to empowering women and girls of color; founded by Alyssa Space.

GILDED BODY: Luxury body care and home fragrance products; founded by Blair Armstrong.

GLORY SKINCARE: Personalized skincare made simple through science and technology for every hue; founded by Alisia Ford.

GORJUS WHIPS: Echo-friendly skincare products composed of skin-safe ingredients to feed and nourish the skin and hair; founded by Jacqueline Elliott.

GRN GOODS: Nontoxic essentials that aid in an all-natural approach to wellness, beauty and selfcare; founded by Alexia Armbrister.

HANAHANA BEAUTY: All-natural skincare products on a mission to disrupt the global beauty industry; founded by Abena Boamah-Acheampong.

HYPER SKIN: Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum combines vitamins C and E to clear away hyperpigmentation; founded by Desiree Verdejo.

KNC BEAUTY: Paraben, sulphate, petroleum and animal cruelty free masks, scrubs and balms; founded by Kristen Noel Crawley.

KAEESS NAIL POLISH: Cruelty-free and bold nail color free of toxic chemicals that cause cancer and fertility issues; founded by Tekoa Savage.

KREYÒL ESSENCE: Ethical beauty products formulated especially for dry hair and skin, made with all-natural ingredients; founded by Yve-Car Momperousse.

LIPREVOLT: A cosmetics brand built on the belief that womxn can inspire change and look great doing it; founded by Courtney Stewart.

LUV SCRUB: 100 percent nylon mesh exfoliator used in West African skin care for generations; founded by Caroline Owusu-Ansah.

MELANIN HAIR CARE: Simple, natural, luxurious and toxin-free styling products; founded by Whitney White.

MENTED COSMETICS: Vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic makeup for all skin tones; founded by KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson.

THE NAIL BAR: A Minneapolis, Minnesota-based salon focused on elevating client experience in nail care and diversifying the professional landscape; founded by Kiara Ellis.

PAT MCGRATH LABS: Premium lipsticks, eye shadows and highlighters created by veteran beauty visionary Pat McGrath.

SHEA YELEEN: Shea butter products empowering women in Africa by providing them with living-wage jobs; founded by Rahama Wright.

About the author: Chris Olsen is a radio veteran turned communications consultant, educator and author of “Whyography: Building a Brand Fueled by Purpose”. Through her work as a consultant partnering with startups, Chris realized her WHY—to support womxn-owned businesses in confidently communicating their purpose and impact, setting them up for entrepreneurial success. She created My Founder Story as a platform for doing so.

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