Get your sum­mer skin glow­ing and smooth with these black-owned skin­care brands:
Beku­ra Beau­ty
The sug­ar scrub is my favorite! Found­ed in 2011 by Rashi­da in under the name of its par­ent com­pa­ny (Beau­ty Assort­ment for the Sun-Kissed®) — Beku­ra™ is the result of the creator’s love for trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tion trav­els & serene spa pam­per­ings. The scents are absolute­ly deca­dent and the qual­i­ty of the prod­ucts is top notch.


LaBel­la Body Care

So many good prod­ucts are on this site, and you can even get your beau some good­ies for his beard. All of the prod­ucts are sul­fate free and do not con­tain arti­fi­cial “filler” ingre­di­ents. You can also shop by issue to ensure you order the right type of prod­uct for your skin.


BGLH Mar­ket­place (Shame­less plug, hah!)

The BGLH Mar­ket­place car­ries an array of whipped and raw nat­ur­al but­ters and african black soap. With scents like orange, cedar­wood, pep­per­mint, mint choco­late, and more, there’s cer­tain­ly some­thing for every­one.


Oyin Hand­made

Oyin usu­al­ly gets shine for their hair prod­ucts, but the skin­care prod­ucts are del­ish! The Bal­ti­more-based cult favorite offers nat­ur­al deodor­ant, body creams and but­ters, lip balm, and more. Bonus: They also sell cool tshirts and books on the site.


Pooka Pure & Sim­ple

Pooka car­ries show­er gels and body mists, which can be hard to find from indie brands. You can also shop by col­lec­tion to find prod­ucts that com­ple­ment one anoth­er. Cute fact: The name “Pooka” comes from the nick­name Dawn Fitch’s moth­er has for her chil­dren — “Pookali­tas.”


Bei­ja Flor Nat­u­rals

BFN is anoth­er com­pa­ny usu­al­ly known for hair­care, but the facial lotions, pol­ish­es, and but­ter­creams are impec­ca­ble. Their vegan/vegetarian prod­ucts are free of harm­ful petro-chem­i­cals, made from raw veg­etable based ingre­di­ents, pre­served nat­u­ral­ly, and fol­low FDA stan­dards.


But­ters N Bars

Pret­ty much a one stop shop for every­thing nat­ur­al skin­care, includ­ing ayurvedic pow­ders and oils. The shea but­ter is fair trade and sourced direct­ly from Africa, as well. If you’re into DIY mix­es and treat­ments, you’ll find some good­ies here!


Balm & Co.

This line was cre­at­ed by one of our favorite poets here at BGLH, Alexan­dra Elle, and her daugh­ter. The Lunar Oil is great for when you’re on your moon time and the Glow Serum def­i­nite­ly looks intrigu­ing.


But­ter Me Up Goods

If you aren’t into shea but­ter, try out But­ter Me Up. Instead of shea but­ter, they main­ly use man­go, avo­ca­do, and almond but­ters with var­i­ous scents. The moti­va­tion & inspi­ra­tion behind this skin care line began dur­ing the owner’s tri­al & error expe­ri­ence with con­sis­tent­ly buy­ing, off-the-shelf, beau­ty & body care prod­ucts that were stat­ed, to heal, pro­tect & nour­ish one’s skin while, all at once, claim­ing to be 100% organ­ic & nat­ur­al.


Dirty Beau­ty

Pro­vides you with options for every step of your skin­care reg­i­men, from pre-cleans­ing to fin­ish­ing touch­es. And, just in time for sum­mer, there’s a “Bling Balm” that acts as a body bronz­er and will have your skin look­ing like mir­rors.



This com­pa­ny has var­i­ous lines, and even includes skin­care lines for babies and men. I’m curi­ous about the Morn­ing Dew Serum — it’s $64! I know the ingre­di­ents are good but I hope it’s absolute­ly amaz­ing for that much.


Sweet Treats by Ora­je

Def­i­nite­ly for gour­mand scent lovers! All of these lotions and creams have dessert scents, like tiramisu or rasp­ber­ry and white choco­late. Sounds right up my alley! Ora­je also makes gum­my bear soaps and cup­cake bath bombs.



The com­pa­ny was devel­oped by a licensed med­ical estheti­cian with over 30 years of expe­ri­ence, Mil­dred Bell. The prod­ucts are spe­cial­ly for­mu­lat­ed to work on those with sen­si­tive skin and address a num­ber of ail­ments. Bell is a mem­ber of the Soci­ety of Plas­tic Sur­gi­cal Skin Care Spe­cial­ists, the Day Spa Asso­ci­a­tion, an asso­ciate mem­ber of the Soci­ety of Der­ma­tol­ogy Skin­care Spe­cial­ists, and an asso­ciate mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Anti-Aging Med­i­cine.


Vera Moore 

VM also car­ries cos­met­ics, but the skin­care line pret­ty much offers every­thing for all com­bi­na­tions of skin. Moore, who for­mer­ly act­ed on tele­vi­sion, want­ed to devel­op a line of cos­met­ics address­ing the needs of women of col­or. She is also very involved in com­mu­ni­ty efforts, speak­ing at the first Urban Eco­nom­ic Coun­cil pre­sent­ed by the White House Busi­ness Coun­cil, the White House Coun­cil on Women and Girls and the US Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion.


Jacq’s Organ­ics

Jacq’s’ Organ­ics was found­ed after the own­er found out she had an ovar­i­an tumor, and real­ized the need to devel­op nat­ur­al, plant-based prod­ucts. Bonus: Jacq’s sup­ports non-prof­it agen­cies that help com­mu­ni­ties in need, includ­ing the Hait­ian Relief Orga­ni­za­tion and Glob­al Soap Project.


Shea Shea Bak­ery

Hon­est­ly, the pack­ag­ing is enough to make me want to buy it ALL. Talk about the gour­mand scent jack­pot — not only do these but­ters, creams, and scrubs come in amaz­ing scents, they are also dec­o­rat­ed like the dessert they smell like.


Lau­ren Napi­er Cleanse 

I’m always down for a make­up wipe! Lau­ren Napi­er cre­at­ed these wipes for being on the go and keep­ing your face hydrat­ed and clean. You can also use them to prep your skin before apply­ing make­up. The wipes are made with pure ingre­di­ents and com­plex nat­ur­al com­pounds deemed safe by the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion.


Blaine Lorenn 

This lux­u­ry brand was start­ed by actress­es Ash­ley Blaine Feath­er­son and Christi­na Elmore after they became fed up with expen­sive brands using arti­fi­cial ingre­di­ents — so true! Found­ed on the prin­ci­ple that mod­ern lux­u­ry can be all nat­ur­al, Blaine Lorenn launched in 2015 to cater to those who want to both look and feel beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral­ly. From bath soaks to body oils, Blaine Lorenn exhibits nat­ur­al lux­u­ry.


Roy­al Nubian Skin Care

Roy­al Nubian pro­vides pri­vate ser­vices, coach­ing, class­es, work­shops, and events pro­mot­ing a more holis­tic lifestyle for a con­scious state of beau­ty. The com­pa­ny also cre­ates per­son­al­ized and cus­tomized skin care prod­ucts for your unique skin con­di­tions and per­son­al needs. Sev­er­al selec­tions exist on the site, includ­ing enzyme masks and bright­en­ing cleansers.



Geor­gia is found­ed by Jodie Pat­ter­son and focus­es on sim­plis­tic, organ­ic beau­ty. Pat­ter­son, the moth­er of a trans­gen­der boy, also speaks in sup­port of the LGBT com­mu­ni­ty and is an exec­u­tive pro­duc­er on the series, “Girl Crush,” which focus­es on the activ­i­ty of being beau­ti­ful, the women who’ve mas­tered the process, and the jour­ney of self dis­cov­ery.


The­o­ry Apothe­cary

If you love facials masks, this site is for you! The­o­ry offers inter­est­ing ingre­di­ents com­bi­na­tions to devel­op facial masks that mois­tur­ize, soothe, and renew the skin, like jas­mine and gera­ni­um. These prod­ucts will help clear dark marks, improve skin tone, hydrate dry skin, and clear acne.


Tem­ple Zen

This com­pa­ny offers a mul­ti­tude of bath, facial, and body prod­ucts to restore your skin — the per­fect prod­ucts for your sum­mer arse­nal. It was cre­at­ed by Jashiro Dean, Founder and Artis­tic Direc­tor of Ses­sions In Dance.


BeeLux Goods 

Many of BeeLux’s for­mu­las are cen­tered around hon­ey, a nour­ish­ing mois­tur­iz­er for skin. The Lust Oil is one of the spark­ly body prod­ucts I’ve ever seen, and the Vit­a­min Sea ton­er looks per­fect for keep­ing your pores oil-free this sum­mer.


Secret­ly Obvi­ous

This site offers but­ters, holis­tic car­ri­er oils, and even tum­bled crys­tals. Secret­ly OBvi­ous for­mu­las are also made with high­ly con­cen­trat­ed steam dis­tilled essen­tial oils (as well as some cold pressed oils) from the most heal­ing plants in the world, some­thing I found uncom­mon and inter­est­ing. Richard Gideon Ham­mond found­ed the com­pa­ny in 2014 after dab­bling in his family’s essen­tial oils recipes for years.



This com­pa­ny even offers nat­ur­al deodor­ant and aro­mather­a­py oils you can use as per­fume. A San Diego-based com­pa­ny, Skin­folk focus­es on holis­tic prod­ucts and avoids irri­tants and alco­hol-based ingre­di­ents — shea but­ter and african black soap are some of the first ingre­di­ents used.


Sophia K Essen­tials

On this site, you can sort prod­ucts by your skin­care con­cern, mak­ing it easy to pick what’s best for you. The Sophia K Essen­tials sto­ry began sev­en years ago with a focus on head to toe beau­ty. Their mot­to has always been “all prod­ucts made with you in mind” which is why Sophia K has designed a full line of skin­care prod­ucts to address all skin types/conditions, with a full menu of cor­rec­tive and holis­tic skin treat­ments that reju­ve­nates, revi­tal­izes skin tone and over­all healthy beau­ti­ful skin.


Sweet Dream Girlz

This line is devel­oped by two sis­ters and per­fect for all ages, even tweens and teens. The face and body prod­ucts are too adorable, and the girls even have their own cat­a­log with more appar­el and sneak­ers.


Cush Cos­met­ics 

One of my faves, Cush offers an array of ton­ers, exfo­liants, cleansers, mois­tur­iz­ers, and even bath bombs. There are some inter­est­ing ingre­di­ents used as well, like water­mel­on oil or acai. Make sure you check out the hair prod­ucts as well!


Plant Apothe­cary

Plant Apothe­cary is led by a hus­band-wife team, who design and/or for­mu­late all PLANT prod­ucts either togeth­er or inde­pen­dent­ly. Their prod­ucts are made with the help of adults with phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, who work at the non­prof­it BKLYN UNLTD work­shop, in Brook­lyn, New York. BKLYN UNLTD’s mis­sion is to give dis­abled adults access to work train­ing and paid work oppor­tu­ni­ties.


What are your favorite black-owned skin­care lines?


Elle is the edi­tor and cre­ative direc­tor of the YouTube chan­nel and blog, Quest for the Per­fect Curl at Her chan­nel focus­es on nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, and fit­ness. She loves prod­ucts that smell like dessert, yoga, and glit­ter. Fol­low her @qftpc.

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13 Comments on "28 Black-Owned Skincare Brands To Try This Summer"

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Can any­one refer me to African-Amer­i­can or African dis­trib­u­tors of unre­fined raw shea but­ter.


There’s also Der­mHa!!

Alicia Robinson

Thank you so much for post­ing this. Incred­i­bly help­ful!

Sabrina black

This is Anaz­ing. I appre­ci­ate the work and time they put into it. Some­one should invest in a busi­ness where all these items are avail­able in a black owned store.

Seven Ships

that’s a great idea


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Cream and coco…the best!


They all look good but Im gonna guess that every sin­gle one of them are only avail­able online.

scribe drizz

Late­ly, I’m into Uhu­ru Nat­u­rals skin and hair care. I’d give Dirty Beau­ty a shot. I’m a suck­er for a beau­ti­ful bot­tle.


Wow! I.did know there was many.

Folarin Latinwo

Not a girl but I dis­cov­ered cocosheanut.. And my wife and I love the body and hair but­ters from them…

Disa Chantel

+Folie Apothe­cary. Found­ed by Nik­isha of Urban­Bush­Babes