Since cleaning out my beauty arsenal of cosmetics with crazy and harmful ingredients, I have spent the last few months trying out and buying products from eco-beauty brands. It seems the eco-beauty industry is dominated by those of the caucasian persuasion (LOL I had to laugh at that one myself), which isn’t an issue for me because I have clearly been buying these products. However, I do love when I discover eco-beauty brands that are black-owned, and of course, I feel obligated to support them because… sisterhood.
Anyway, I thought I should compile a list of all of the black-owned beauty brands that are much safer alternatives to some old faithfuls. When I say safer I mean they are free of parabens, talc, lead, and other harmful chemicals, are vegan, and cruelty-free. Let’s check out the list shall we?
BLAC Minerals Cosmetics was created by Merced Saint Boyce to provide safe and quality makeup for brown girls of all shades. The line of foundations, blushes, concealers, lip glosses, and more are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum, and bismuth oxychloride. There is even a glossary of the ingredients in the products on the site!
As of now I have purchased a couple of the blushes, and they are SUPER pigmented, which is everything to me. A little definitely goes a long way!
Founded in 2012, LUV Minerals is a faith-based cosmetics company that offers products free of harmful and irritating ingredients. Their mission is to give voice to beautiful women who historically have not felt ‘luv’ from the cosmetics industry. The brand include products for the face, lips, eyes, and nails.
I’ve heard amazing things about their foundation, and when the time comes, I will be giving it a try for myself.
3. PNK DIGGER
PNK Digger is an Atlanta-based company offering homemade vegan lip pigments made with safe, simple ingredients. There are about 34 different pigments available. I’ve been stalking this brand for a while, and will definitely be making a purchase soon!
4. The Lip Bar
Founded by Melissa Butler, The Lip Bar believes beauty doesn’t have to compromise health. Their lipsticks are made from a blend of natural ingredients, such as shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, and jojoba oil in order to moisturize and soften lips. Their selection of pigments are complete with SUPER bold colors.
I really need to restock on Purple Rain, which is a great color for the spring!
5. Lamik Beauty
Lamik Beauty is a cosmetic line that gives makeup a new purpose, women a new zeal for applying it, and a healthy platform for its existence. They pride themselves on what’s not included in their products including artificial fragrances, talc, lead, parabens, and poly(iso)butene.
I’ve never tried this brand, and I believe it may not be as natural as the others listed, but I still think it’s a much better alternative to some of the other more popular cosmetic brands that aren’t the safest.
Launching Spring 2016, Laws of Nature Cosmetics is a mineral cosmetics line for women of color. It will be gluten-free, talc and bismuth oxychloride free, cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate-free, no synthetic dyes, no synthetic fragrances, no petrochemicals, no phtalates, no GMO’s, no triclosan, and contain mostly natural ingredients.
Founder Jasmine Rose decided to start her business due to discovering the strong link between certain chemicals in cosmetics and food and an increase of developing breast cancer later in life. I’m really looking forward to trying out this brand!
Founded in 2011, Plain Jane Beauty is an eco-beauty cosmetics line blending beauty with sustainability in order to provide the tools to look good and do good without sacrificing your sense of beauty or wellness. This line includes healthy and safe high-performance cosmetics using environmentally conscious vegan-based formulations.
Their transparency about their products and what’s in them alone makes me want to give their cosmetics line a try.
So, these are the seven natural cosmetic brands I know of that are black-owned. That’s definitely a small number compared to the large amount of brands in the eco-beauty industry, but we have to give them props for recognizing the need for companies like theirs, and doing the damn thing.
One thing is for sure, these ladies can definitely count on support from me!