5 Black-Owned Bath and Body Brands You Should Know
by Thee Culture
Thanks to a strong black presence on social media apps like Twitter and Tik Tok, Americans have seen a dramatic rise in the visibility of black creators, black entrepreneurship, and black disenfranchisement, especially over the past two years. As Americans increasingly gain access to black cultural knowledge and history, it becomes undeniable that the black community is the veritable backbone of American pop culture and achievement. Now, in 2022, Black History and Future Month has just arrived, full of energy and inspiration- and as standards for allyship rise to firmly reject performative allyship, it’s clearer than ever that Black History and Future month is about celebrating the creativity and ingenuity of the black community, not an opportunity for corporations looking to cash in on communal pride.
In honor of Black History and Future month, I am excited to unveil the first article in an ongoing series about black-owned businesses and black creators- so here are 5 black-owned bath and body brands to show love to this year (kente patterns NOT included)!
1. BUTTAH SKIN
Buttah Skin by Dorion Renaud is a black-owned bath and body company that specializes in skin and body care for those with melanin-rich skin. If you’re looking for affordable and natural products that leave your skin feeling silky and hydrated, then Buttah might be the brand for you!
We recommend the CocoShea Cream. The combination of Cocoa and Shea Butter is growing increasingly popular in the bath and body world, and with good reason. When combined, these butters work together to seal moisture into the skin. The addition of Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid ensures that your skin is left nourished use after use.
2. NAKED BAR SOAP CO.
Naked Bar Soap Company, by co-founders Natasha Byrd-Gaylon and Jennifer Peets, creates natural beauty products that are both sexy and bold. With an extensive and ever-growing variety of soaps, scrubs, oils, moisturizers, and more, they’re sure to have something just right for you. I recommend that you check out their samples!
The founders make the artisanal soaps by hand in small batches. This helps ensure high-quality creation. Their shea butter soap formula is kind to all skin types and comes in a variety of intoxicating fragrances. I really cannot recommend this brand enough for those who prefer bar to liquid soap. Currently (and unashamedly) Naked Bar Soap Co rules my shower caddy.
3. HERBAL CIDDY
Herbal Ciddy was founded by the beautiful Cidney Morrer. She believes in creating products that encourage healthy lifestyle changes. With over 986 glowing reviews from customers across 79 different products, it’s unlikely that you won’t find something to love.
Hello… any Mariah fans out there? We’d recommend this product just for the name alone,but we’re going to tell you why it’s worth the money anyways. This all-natural body oil is formulated with an ultra-moisturizing mixture of Jojoba, Grapeseed, and Avocado oil (aka the holy trinity of healthy oils for your skin).
4. NAV NATURALS
Nav Naturals was founded by Taiya Bradley after she successfully created a skincare formula to help her son with his severe eczema. Today she proudly offers affordable and baby-friendly skincare for those with sensitive skin, including a large selection of vegan products.
Their shea butter goat’s milk bar is perfect for soothing angry and irritated skin. Last year I developed stress-related eczema and it was scarring my skin. Nav Naturals came to the rescue with this creamy and cooling goat’s Milk Bar (and it’s only $6!).
5. BUFF EXPERTS
Buff Expert Sina Zere co-founded this Leaping Bunny Certified (cruelty free) and plant-powered brand with her husband, Brandon O’Neill. They specialize in Vulva Care, Ingrown hairs, Dry Skin, and more!
Winter dryness leaving you craving moisture? This Carrot & Calendula Intimate Salve uses the cooling and medicinal properties of Sea Buckthorn oil, Calendula, and Carrots to help combat ingrown hairs and soothe dry cracked skin. Plus, it smells great!
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