Here are our top vegan beauty brands for black people.
Beauty brands have not always been inclusive of those with black skin, and it was very common in the past, that you could only buy these products from companies who exclusively produced ranges for black people.
Black people are often marginalised, misrepresented and stereotyped by the world of fashion and beauty. It’s good to see an increase recently in black-owned beauty brands, plus ranges which include products for black skin.
Personally, I believe it’s important to source more natural beauty products where you can – as they are much better for the environment. It’s also good to remember that a “cruelty free” label doesn’t always mean a product is vegan, it just means it’s not tested on animals. There are also some sneaky ingredients to watch out for when buying beauty products to ensure they are totally animal-product free.
Here are 5 completely vegan brands who offer beauty products perfect for black people – with high ethics and a basis in ethical, sustainable beauty.
Kitaka of London
Black owned beauty brand, Kitaka, offer a stunning range of vegan, cruelty free, organic lip glosses. Plus, they’re free from palm oil – sounds like a winning combination.
Founder of the brand, Patrice Monique wanted to create something where beauty lovers would know exactly what they were applying to their skin, without confusion. A brand which focused on high performing lip products using natural and organic ingredients alongside recyclable packaging, and a space which empowered and encouraged women to enhance their natural beauty, ethically.
Banasa and Joti formed this vegan beauty brand out of a passion for tackling plastic waste and our impact on the earth. They noticed growing numbers of consumers who wanted to purchase products that made a positive impact on the environment but felt they were lacking in options that actually worked for their diverse bodies or lifestyles.
They offer a range of shampoos, conditioners and body washes in aluminium cans. A fun and refreshing new way of packaging beauty products.
Freya & Bailey
Abbie Oguntande created this new natural skincare brand to make effective skincare available to everyone. A mindful and sustainable business which supports the community, they provide advice on your skincare regime and offer personalised skincare consultations through their website.
INIKA Organic an Australian brand, which is globally recognised and trusted for its organic and natural make-up. All ingredients are vegan, ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or minerals.
Their Baked Mineral Foundation range gives the coverage of loose foundation, and the convenience of a compact. With shades for dark skin with cool, golden and neutral undertones, there is something for everyone, and gives a flawless finish.
Inika also offer liquid foundation to suit many skin tones, as well as eye make-up and lipsticks.
African roots & a quintessentially British attitude, form the brand LIHA – created by Liha and Abi (pictured above), who shared a desire to create a luxe natural and organic skincare brand that blends the rich botanical life of West Africa with traditional English aromatherapy and folk remedies.
These products are aesthetically pleasing as well – they would look absolutely stunning adorning bathroom shelves, and are also contained in reusable or recyclable packaging.
About the Author
Ethical lifestyle website Monsoon of Random was started by Lynsey Clayton to raise awareness of veganism, animal welfare, natural/organic beauty, fair trade practice, equality, and the environment. She is passionate about making change and sharing her experiences with others to help them on their journey to a more conscious way of living.