It may seem hard to believe that there was once a time when the Black woman’s search for the perfect shade of foundation or skincare that met our needs was as hopeless as a penny with a hole in it. Being considered the “other” meant our wide-ranging shades of melanin were never figured into the cosmetic manufacturers’ equations. Thankfully, we’ve come a looong way. With the major success of popular brands like Fenty Beauty, Shea Moisture and the Lip Bar, the future for Black-owned beauty brands has never looked brighter. And our range of options has never been better. We’ve Got 10 Chicago-based Black-Owned Beauty Brands for You To Try This Fall:
Blade and Bloom
Blade and Bloom is a small batch apothecary specializing in 100% natural, plant based products. The line features body balms, bath salts, cleansing bars, fragrance oils, soy candles and more. Blade and Bloom has been highlighted by Elle.com, Brit and Co and Style Chicago. See for yourself at www.bladeandbloom.com
Delali Robinson Cosmetics
Founder Adodo Robinson created Delali Robinson Cosmetics after a long search for the right foundation for her complexion. Lucky for us she did. The licensed cosmetologist and makeup artist has created a cosmetic line with over 40 foundation shades, bronzers and wide array of liquid lipstick colors. There’s truly something for everyone. The line is also paraben and cruelty free. Check out Delali Robinson Cosmetics at www.delalicosmetics.com.
Founded in 2015 by Keli Smith, Kaike is a plant-based beauty and skin care that uses all natural and vegan ingredients. The Kaike Sugar Scrub is a best seller and a Love Black Chicago favorite. Since its’ launch, Kaike has garnered major press including spots in Refinery 29, Forbes, Elle and Self.com. Find out what the fuss is about at www.shopkaike.com.
My Skin Is In, LLC
“Inspiring self confidence through handcrafted skincare products” is the mission of My Skin Is In, LLC. Created by Ivey N. Smith, the luxury line of bath bombs, butters and body scrubs is handcrafted to create the ultimate self-care experience. And can we talk about the packaging? Love. You can find My Skin Is In, LLC online at www.myskinisin.com.
Nzuri Body Essentials
Nzuri Body Essentials is a luxury bath and body care line created by Mother-daughter duo Adrienne Hughes-Jackson and Brittany Hughes. The collection of tripled-whipped soufflés, exfoliating body scrubs and organic shower gels are natural, organic and cruelty free. In just three years, Nzuri Body Essentials has built a devoted following with both a U.S and international customer base. Nzuri Body Essentials has also garnered a coveted spot as a retailer at the exclusive East Bank Club Spa in downtown Chicago. Nzuri Body Essentials is available at www.nzuribodyessentials.com.
Olijé Body Care
If you’ve been on Chicago’s pop-up scene, you’ve probably seen Olijé Founder Jennifer Hicks selling out her popular Body Butters. But Olijé is more than just butters. Olijé Body Care is an extensive organic and natural skincare line specializing in products for eczema, body scrubs and lip balm. Our favorite body butter scent: Lemongrass. Find out more at www.olijebodycare.com.
With shade names like Dianna Boss, Michelle Our Mama and Cleo F*ckin Patra, it’s no wonder,it’s no wonder that Pear Nova has become a go-to for brown girls everywhere. The vegan-friendly nail polish brand has earned both positive press reviews (Essence, XO Nicole among others) and celebrity mentions. (Yep, actress Issa Rae wears Pear Nova.) Founder Rachel James recently opened the Pear Nova Nail Studio and Beauty Lounge in Pilsen where fans of the brand can have the Pear Nova experience in person. Visit www.pearnova.com for more information.
Salubria Holistic Beauty
Salubria owner Arica Jackson-Morgan wants to help men and women not only approve their appearance, but improve their health. Her line of holistic products was created to “detoxify, heal and beautify.” Looking for natural deodorants? Salubria’s got them. Check out what else Salubria Holistic Beauty has to offer at www.salubriacare.com.
“Self-care” is more than just a buzzword to owner Yail’s Garden owner Chiquita Lewis, it’s a mission. While dealing with her own autoimmune disease, Lewis began to research how to make non-harmful daily care products. The result: Yail’s Garden, a handmade body care line that specializes in whipped body butters, soaps, bath salts, and scrubs. And the product scent names (Happiness, Goodness, Joy) are pretty cool too. Get some of each at www.yailsgarden.com.
Dapper and King
We all know that self-care is not just for the ladies right? The men’s personal care market has grown exponentially, and is expected to reach *$166 billion by 2022. One Chicagoland brand that represents for the fellas is Dapper & King- a line of men’s grooming products made with natural, organic and premium butters and oils. Dapper & King’s Grooming Balms and Beard Oils are formulated to moisturize, condition and illuminate the skin. Dapper & King is available at www.balmtheory.com where you can also find products for women and kids.