It’s always a good time to discover new Black women-owned businesses and support them with our spending power. To help them grow. In 2020, women started around 1,817 new businesses every day in the U.S. Fast Company reports that, according to the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, 89% of them are made up of women of color.
However, the gap that exists between black women-owned businesses’ average revenue and all women-owned businesses is the greatest of any minority. It’s up to us to make a real shift happen. So, if you’ve been wondering what you can do to celebrate and support women during this Black History Month, we have some options for you to consider.
1Health and Wellness Black Women-Owned Brands
Inner Workout: This self-care company might be exactly what you’ve been looking for to help you get through the stress of our new normal. Founded by Taylor Morrison, Inner Workout offers some free resources as well as additional self-care swag and wellness classes. You can also join their free community, sign up for a free digital class and join their mailing lists and “Self-Care Sundays”.
The Honey Pot Co: Bea Dixon created The Honey Pot Co, a full feminine system powered by herbs that’s available all over. Dixon says an ancestor gave her the ingredients for an effective feminine wash in a dream. Their products include wipes, soaps, tampons, menstrual cups and maternity pads, all 100% natural. They have also partnered with Happy Period, an organization providing hygiene kits to those in need.
2Food and Drink
McBride Sisters Collection: Robin and Andréa McBride are two half-sisters who didn’t even know about each other for half their lives. Now, however, they own the McBride Sisters Collection: the largest Black-owned wine company in America. Since 2005, the sisters lead by example and work hard to create a more inclusive and eco-friendly industry. Their Black Girl Magic collection is a nod to their culture and story and can be found in their online shop.
Callaloo Box: Malika and Jamila grew up in Trinidad & Tobago, where food is a big part of culture and family life. Through Callaloo Box, the sisters are able to share their love for their culture and the flavors and spices they grew up with. Their shop has condiments, curries, spices, sauces, snacks, drinks and other classics in Caribbean cuisine. You can also subscribe to their carefully curated monthly boxes.
3 Black Women-Owned Brands for Parents
Brave + Kind Bookshop: This friendly neighborhood bookshop in Decatur, Georgia, is owned by Bunnie Hilliard. The shop has a carefully curated selection of books by Black writers and specializes on little ones. However, YA and adult fiction and nonfiction titles are also available. Their online store ships nationwide and you can get things like special bundles, baby books, apparel, toys, graphic novels and gift certificates.
Goalsetter: This app was founded by Tanya Van Court after her daughter asked for a savings account on her ninth birthday. The app has a savings account for kids, with a debit card you can control, and a learning center. Its aim is to teach kids to save and spend responsibly through goals and quizzes. Besides, 5% of their transaction fees goes to their partner charities.
OUI the People: Karen Young is CEO and founder of this self-aware brand. OUI the People is “committed to changing the language of beauty,” hoping to eliminate the unreal expectations women can find in some self-care products when it comes to body hair and skin care. Their aim is to simply make their clients feel great in the skin they’re in. “No perfecting, flawless, nor anti-aging claims,” just great products to make them feel amazing.
Glory Skincare: Alisia Ford is the founder of Glory Skincare, a line of non-toxic products addressing the unique concerns of all skin tones. These quarterly boxes have hand-selected items chosen for your specific concerns. You’ll have to take a skincare quiz to figure out which products will work best for you, but you can also shop by “skin concern” and build your own wellness box.
5Art and Home Décor by Black Women
Effortless Composition: Brittiny Terry is the founder and chief interior stylist of Effortless Composition. The Los Angeles based company partners with artists who are not only committed to making beautiful things, but in sharing inspiring stories that can uplift talent. Their online catalogue includes pillows, throws, kitchen accessories, drinkware, silverware, plates and assorted home décor.
UNWRP: This is your one-stop-shop for all your gifting needs. You will be able to find wrapping paper, home goods and greeting cards in unique colorful designs by designers and artists. UNWRP combines all of founder Ashley L. Fouyolle’s favorite things: “art, fashion and vibrant colors.” Their products are eco-friendly, and they’ve also included Japanese-style wrapping cloth to offset environmental impact.
What other black women-owned brands would you like to share with the world?