Sunday, April 21, 2024
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Gift Guide: Buy Black and give back

Whether you are shopping for your Valentine or for yourself, support Black-owned businesses with these fine products.

BODY

Butter By Keba

Nothing dries out the skin like winter, and it’s important to choose a richer moisturizer for this time of year. Butter By Keba is a clean, natural, top quality line of fresh-smelling moisturizing products blended with the best plant-based ingredients, infused with essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance synergies. It’s time to feel and smell like your best self! With products for men and women identified people, you’ll soon be feeling like a brand new you. Price: $7.00 – $95.00

Heath, founder and creator of Heathmade

Heathmade

Founded and created by Heath, a 10-year-old entrepreneur, this is a game-changer brand within the wellness industry. Heath made and designs his premium, alcohol-free products from hand sanitizer, lip balm, deodorant, and lotion bars to gently cleanse your skin with a combination of soothing aloe vera gel, anti-inflammatory witch hazel, wondrously scented and antimicrobial essential oils, and antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil. Price: $8.00+

So Supple Organics

Simple and natural is better when it comes to skincare. So Supple Organics offer handmade skincare and hair care products made from all-natural and organic ingredients. Their formulations are inspired by ancient beauty recipes used from time immemorial to maintain beautiful and healthy skin and hair. All products are handmade of the highest quality natural and organic butters, oils, and herbs sourced from Ghana, India, and Australia. You can be sure that each ingredient is carefully chosen for a beneficial purpose. Price: $15.00-$89.00

HAIR

Kazmaleje

Designed for women and men with textured hair, this female, black-owned business empowers women and men to rock their natural curls and celebrate unique style with these durable de-tanglers and combs made specifically for people with textured hair. The combs don’t break and lose their teeth like other ones! Price: $14-$42.40 (set) 

Ecoslay

Made from natural ingredients, Ecoslay’s hair care products give your crowning glory the boost and nutrients it needs to maintain its natural beauty. Choose Orange Marmalade Curl Definer to help get those summer waves, Matcha Boost to strengthen brittle, dehydrated hair, and Banana Cream or Rice Pudding to deep condition and add hydration during the cold, dry months. Price: Under $30.00

BAR

The Sip 

As a black women-owned business founded by two best friends Erica Davis and Catherine Carter,The Sip offers an array of sparkling wine and champagne from around the world in a gift-ready box, making it convenient, affordable, and fun to discover new bubbly without breaking the bank. Choose from a variety of selections such the Rosé All Day Box, the classic Deluxe Box, and more. You can even keep the pour flowing bi-monthly with their subscription services where you’ll discover sparkling wines, by the glass to keep your palate fresh and satisfied. Oakland natives, the duo has started a give back initiative that pledges that for every Sip purchase, they will give access to clean water for women and children in need through the East Oakland Community Project (EOCP). Price: Starting at $39.95

Mocktail Club

Get ready to have your taste buds tantalized with the luscious non-alcoholic drinks from Mocktail Club. Made in the US with the highest quality and natural ingredients, Mocktail Club creates healthy, refreshing drinks reminiscent of classic cocktails, but with a modern twist. They taste good, plus they include antioxidants and probiotics for digestive health. Price: $16.95 for 4 -pack

SOULTOX

Soultox is an all-natural, powerful antioxidant mineral water that helps you hydrate, all while helping your mind, body, and soul recover. This 0 sugar, 0 carbs, and 0 calories recovery drink is made with Fulvic & Humic acid, one of the most powerful, natural supplements for maintaining the body’s metabolic and healing functions. It’s a complete source of plant-based nutrients with 77 Trace minerals, 11 natural amino acids in an alkaline balanced state. For body-builders and exercise enthusiasts, Soultox naturally cleanses the body and is perfect for detoxing from the stress of everyday life. Created by Lucky Soul, this Black-owned lifestyle brand has a mission to inspire the mind, body, and soul. Price: $3.39 per bottle or $39.00 (12-pack).  

FASHION

Viva La Silk 

We’re all spending more time than usual at home, but ditch the trackpants for something hi and comfy, such as kimonos and wrap pants. A Black-owned fashion business, the company was founded by artist My-Cherie, who blends her Afro-Caribbean heritage in all of her wearable art designs. All scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made with 100% silk, hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn in small batches in Austin, TX. Their dyes and paints are non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA. Price: $28.00 – $130.00

Journacy 

The Journacy “Dad Bag” is designed for fathers, expecting fathers and father figures who are excited to fill this bag up, go out, and experience the world with their kids. A great idea for same-sex male couples, or male-identified parents, this bag is versatile and allows for a seamless transition from office to outdoors. With its water repellent, roomy interior designed to hold diapers, bottles, and everything you need for a daddy outing, the Journacy bag is the perfect companion for every part of your Journacy. Price: $275.00

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