5 Black-Owned Body & Skincare Brands

In honor of Black History Month, check out these body and skincare brands that were created by black people for black people!

In honor of Black History Month, check out these body and skincare brands that were created by black people for black people!

1: Nyakio (Neh-kay-oh)

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco founded Nyakio, which is a skin and bodycare line she created by using her Kenyan family heritage’s beauty secrets and travel experiences. Her products are made by hand with “cold-pressed oils in small batches,” and include everything from a Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub, Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil, and an African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask. Click here to check out her products exclusively available at Ulta!


2: skinBUTTR

America’s Next Top Model first runner-up, Tatiana Price, was inspired to create skinBUTTR after developing products to treat her skin problems. The mission of skinBUTTR is to “simplify, educate, build confidence, and promote healthy skin.” Price’s products include body butters, moisturizers, cleansers, exfoliators, masks, and toners. Click here to shop skinBUTTR!

3: The Honey Pot Company

The Honey Pot is “the first complete feminine care system that cleanses, protects, and balances your vagina.” The company was founded by Bea Feliu-Espada after a dream she had where an ancestor gave her a vision of how to heal herself from vaginal issues she was experiencing. The Honey Pot’s products are 100% natural and include everything from cleanses, menstrual care, refreshing spray, and lubricants. Click here to check out her products!

4: Unsun 

Unsun is an all-natural skin protectant line specifically formulated for people of “beige to dark chocolate tones.” Katonya Breaux was inspired to create Unsun after growing tired of “white film” that sunscreen left on her face. Her products include Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, hand cream with SPF 15, lip tint with SPF 18, and so much more. Click here to check out Unsun Cosmetics!

5: Limegreen

Talima Davis and Allison created the personal care brand, Limegreen, after Talima’s best friend was diagnosed with cancer. Limegreen aims to “provide a safe and nontoxic alternative in a personal care industry littered with unsafe chemicals.” Their products include multi-oils, multi-washes, multi-sprays, and multi-candles. Click here to shop Limegreen!


10 Things Every Black Person Should Know, Read, Or Learn About

“I have heard some people say that it is time for a revolution, and I don’t disagree. However, I think the type of revolution needed isn’t one of physical force but of mental thinking.” – Shon Fleming Bruce

Take the time to think about the labels and/or beliefs that you have unwittingly accepted or believed as true for yourself. Then ask yourself if those labels or beliefs empower you, categorize you, devalue you and/or limit you? After you have “honestly” thought about it and are able to identify those negative, disempowering labels or beliefs for yourself, make a decision to denounce those labels or beliefs, recondition your mind to think, and learn to embrace yourself at a minimum as a “whole human.”

Being a “whole human” means that you are complete from within—nothing missing. It is recognizing the total power of your physical existence. To fully understand the depth of being a whole human, do this simple exercise: take a moment to step back from yourself and be aware that you are aware of yourself. The easiest way to do this is no matter where you are standing or sitting right now, picture yourself standing or sitting right where you are. Pretend as if you are looking down upon your body from a distance. Be aware of you there. Then, notice that the place where you are standing or sitting is located on a circular sphere called Earth. Mentally visualize this circular sphere called Earth in space and notice that the Earth is spinning while you are on it. Then, ask yourself, why haven’t you fallen into space? Why haven’t your neighbor next door who is standing fallen into space? No matter your skin tone, whether you identify with the label black or white or other, you are a physical body, sitting or standing on a circular sphere of dirt called Earth, in space, spinning—just like every other human.

This exercise should prove at least two truths to you: (1) no matter the variation of your skin tone, you are a physical being just like every other human on Earth and (2) you must be a powerful physical being because you innately utilize the power that is labeled gravity to stay securely standing on this circular sphere called Earth spinning in open space, and you haven’t fallen. Visualize this daily and you will begin to appreciate the greatness of your own inherent power.

Once you are aware and are willing to use this great power, you can then become the architect of your best life design. Your mere existence is your greatest canvas of possibility—create your best DREAM for yourself with it!

Then you will start to live by the law of “reciprocal respect.” The law of reciprocal respect is the inherent obligation of each human to respect the right of existence and creative authority of another human being. Embracing your full authority “to be” or “to become” shatters the control others have had over your thinking and your believing. It allows you to design your life in the blank spaces—your way.

You have to become discriminating in your beliefs. Learn to say, “you get the benefit of my doubt, but you have to earn my belief.” Stop giving away your unwavering belief just because someone said you should believe. You must think about it. Then and only then can you begin to dismantle racism, classism, and elitism. By renouncing the labels and/or beliefs and the characteristics associated with them, you destroy the vertical relationships of control and begin to create horizontal relationships of mutual respect.

Believe in the power of you, then you will see a revolution, not of physical force, but a revolution of possibility, a revolution of new ideas, a revolution of innovation, a revolution of respect, and a revolution of love. With this kind of revolution, whole humans are free to create, are free to think, and are free to become.

Your mind has to be free to think to embrace the full possibility of you.

With that being said, there are 10 things every black person should know, read, or learn about to spark a “mental thinking revolution”:

1. Egypt is in Africa. Prior to the Greek invasion, Egypt was called Kemet.

2. When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 blacks owned about 0.50% of American wealth, NOW blacks only own about 1% (give or take) of American wealth. That is an amazing statistic that means something is still wrong.

3. The Founding Organizers of America “believed” and “described” enslaved Africans as either “property” or “beasts” but not “Humans;” therefore, African Americans should never view them as “founding fathers.” The Founding Organizers of America labeled themselves “white” and bestowed upon themselves legislative privileges for being what they labeled “white” with the sole intent of devaluing an entire group of people they labeled “non-white” because they had an African heritage.

4. Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid are not the three major human races. They are terms (labels) created by people to divide humans. There is only one race— The Human Race.

5. Black people were lynched after government slavery ended, and white people and their children unfeelingly jeered. Legislation can’t stop what someone believes about you. What the proverbial “they” believe about you doesn’t matter, what matters the most is what do you believe about yourself?

6. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law. President Lincoln also signed laws that were to “give” newly freed African slaves 40 acres and a mule to start a new life, but in 1865 President Andrew Johnson vetoed it because he believed it would “unconstitutionally” “discriminate” against Southern white people. However, the American government just one year before enacted the Homestead Act of 1862, “to give” millions of acres of LAND to “white Americans” for free. The government never took this land back from them.

7. The Washington Monument is based on a Kemetic (African) architectural structure known as a tekhenu, but European Americans chose to adopt the Greek term obelisks for this structure and failed to mention its Kemetic (African) origin. It was called a tekhenu long before the Greeks started calling it an obelisks.

8. African people were not primitive. They perfected the science of astronomy, science and mathematics. The Ancient African pyramids to this day cannot be replicated.

9. Every black person should read about the Kemetic creation story of Ausar, Aset and Heru.

10. Listen to or read Martin Luther King’s “Birth of a New Nation” speech, dated April 7, 1957, after Martin Luther King’s visit to Ghana after Kwame Nkrumah helped this country win its independence from colonial rule. Check it out below!