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18 Black-Owned Women-Owned Brands to Support All Year

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Uoma, Coy Collection
June 7, 2023

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Since our mission is to help you shop smarter, we’d like to shine a special spotlight on Black-owned brands also founded by women. From self-care products to accessories to snacks, here are some of our favorites. Check them out, add them to cart, and keep on supporting all year long.


A short-sleeve tee that’s anything but basic…

One thing about us: We love Sami Miro. Her clothing line is made with recycled and vintage fabrics, so it’s a win for sustainability. Once you snag this baby tee with its asymmetrical hem and bold seaming, you’ll wonder how you ever paired anything else with your favorite jeans. ($200, Revolve)

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A hydrating serum with simple ingredients…

This skincare line (the name stands for Your Fountain Of Youth) was founded by model Nicole Murphy and is hypoallergenic and paraben-free. This serum is made with pure hyaluronic acid and little else, so it’s like a tall glass of water for your skin. Apply it morning and night and see how your natural dewiness and radiance return. ($17, yFoy)

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Saks Fifth Avenue

A midi dress with a playful cut-out…

Let us put you on to the perfect dress for your next vacation or destination wedding. It’s made by the Nigerian-Canadian designer Andrea Iyamah, whose resort wear line is inspired by nature. The details of this dress make it special, from the knotted bust to the tie at the waist to the stomach cut-out. It’s made for tropical locales and being seen. Between the hot pink and the brown, you really can’t go wrong. ($260, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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matte lipstick
Uoma Beauty

A matte lipstick that’s silky, moisturizing, and 100% vegan…

Long-lasting and highly pigmented, this lipstick will go on smoothly in just a couple of swipes. Reviewers love the range of colors and the fact that the lipstick actually lasts. (We’ve tried it ourselves and can confirm.) Choose “Whitney” if you want a sultry pop of red, or go with something more muted like “Maya.” Oh, and to keep your lips hydrated, the formula includes carnauba wax. ($24, Uoma Beauty)

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affirmation cards
Uncommon Goods

A deck of affirmation cards to reinforce positive thinking…

Just shuffle them and pull a card. Each starts with an “I am” statement, so read the words aloud and let them sit in your head. Remember that phrase throughout the day, especially in quiet moments. You are strong, resilient, open, and grateful. Each day will bring a new message and a new way of thinking about yourself. ($15, Uncommon Goods)

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cocktail-scented soaps
Soap Distillery

Cocktail-inspired soaps that’ll make your evening bath much more enjoyable…

From mint mojito to elderflower mimosa, pick your scent and get ready for some sweet relaxation. Lather up, soak a bit, and maybe bring along a real cocktail to sip on. You time starts now. ($8, Soap Distillery)

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postpartum recovery gift set
Uncommon Goods

A postpartum recovery gift set for anyone whose body needs some TLC…

Giving birth is no small feat. The breastfeeding kit includes a soothing nipple balm and organic milk tea. Their (or your) sore nipples will thank you. Everything is vegan, organic, and produced in small batches to ensure all ingredients are both safe for mom and baby. ($45, Uncommon Goods)

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crackers made from climate-friendly ingredients

Climate-friendly crackers that are packed with flavor…

We’re talking tomato basil, sourdough sea salt, and rosemary garlic. Let’s just say these crackers will turn snack time into go-time. So what’s inside? Ingredients are regeneratively grown from healthy soil, organic, non-GMO, and traceable. Stone-milled, heirloom wheat and sunflower oil make them delicious. Plus, you can feel good knowing that everything is packed in recycled cardboard and plastic. Go ahead and create that gorgeous charcuterie board — these crackers are waiting for their big debut. ($36/6 pack, Moonshot)

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satin-lined beanie

A satin-lined beanie that won’t mess up your recent blowout…

After you’ve spent a ton of time on your hair, the last thing you want to do is throw on a hat that’ll create frizz. This satin-lined option won’t cause breakage or damage. It’s gentle on your locks and is great for all hair types. PS: The pompoms are also detachable. ($14.99+, Amazon)

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seamless underwear and matching bralette
Nude Barre

Seamless undies and a matching bralette that’ll have you feeling put together…

Those days when your delicates match? Yep, you’ve got your stuff together. The thong is low-rise, made of stretchy material, and comes in a wide range of nude colors for different skin types. It’ll virtually look invisible on, and the bralette follows suit — it has a V-neck design and bottom band for support. Want to pick a shade close to your skin color? There are 13 to choose from. ($23, Nude Barre)

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gold-dipped mini hoop earrings
Ten Wilde

Mini gold-dipped hoops that can be dressed up or down…

Pair them with jeans and a sweater for a relaxed day look, or add them to your all-black ensemble if you’re heading out to dinner. They’re delicate and just the right size to not get caught on anything you’re wearing. ($32, Ten Wilde)

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Mented Cosmetics

Mascara that’ll give you that wow-worthy length…

Your lashes will be flake-proof and clump-free, and you’ll feel full-level glam as you walk out the door. To keep your look going all night long, the formula includes almond oil and natural waxes like sunflower and rice. These ingredients help to hold your lashes, but prevent them from feeling stiff. Think: lightweight coverage and lots of body. ($18, Mented Cosmetics)

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hydration hair mask for damaged hair

A deep-conditioning mask for dry, damaged hair…

If your strands are feeling a bit straw-like, listen up. This mask is made to restore shine, strengthen your hair, and provide intense hydration. Whether your locks are straight, curly, coiled, or chemically treated, this formula is safe for everyone. Use it weekly after you shampoo and rinse. Apply it to your hair evenly and let it sit for up to 10 minutes before washing out. It’s formulated with rosehip oil, B vitamins, and algae extract. ($39, Amazon)

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cacao turmeric powder

A cacao turmeric latte blend that’ll make your morning treat much tastier…

Let’s break it down: Cacao has lots of antioxidants and minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium. Turmeric is great for skin and gut health, and can help decrease bloating. Coconut is rich in fats, which support your hair, skin, nails, and metabolism. Add this powder to hot or cold drinks, or mix with water, milk, or smoothies. ($29, Golde)

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handmade woven coasters made from recycled cotton

Macrame coasters that’ll brighten up your home…

Handmade from recycled cotton, these coasters are the perfect decor addition. You won’t have to deal with water rings and you’ll actually want to keep these out on the coffee table when they’re not in use. ($26+/2 pack, SweetHomeAlberti on Etsy)

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clay earrings

Clay earrings that are colorful and unique…

TBH, we have trouble picking just one pair. Each is handmade and made to order. If you’ve been searching for a pair of bold statement earrings, the search ends here. Eye-catching look, here you come. ($26, PacheStudio via Etsy)

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Coy Collection

A cup that’ll always cheer you up…

How could you not be happy when drinking out of this cheerful little guy? These cups are handmade in Austin, Texas, and feature smiley faces in all different forms. We seriously can’t get over the yeehaw guy. Take your pick and enjoy your beverage with a smile. ($68, Coy Collection)

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A pair of strappy sandals for your upcoming vacations…

These gorgeous sandals have an of-the-moment square toe, trendy toe loop, and laces that tie up your leg. They come in silver and dress up everything from jeans to dresses. If they’re sold out in your size, may we suggest this lavender version with an eye-catching orb on top? We’re obsessed. ($297, Nordstrom)

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