As I always say, supporting Black-owned businesses should be a year-round thing, but during special times like Black Business Month, I like to bust out a list of brands I've been keeping an eye on that are owned by fabulous Black and Brown entrepreneurs. This BBM in particular, I've got a good amount of luxury beauty brands and products to share from my list that I've recently tried or can't wait to get my hands on. Refreshingly enough, most of these brands are luxury but (in my humble beauty-editor opinion) also extremely accessible. I know the term "accessible" is pretty relative, but I think high-quality skincare, haircare, and makeup are worth a few extra dollars. A good number of the products on this list won't even set you back $100. How's that for luxury? Whether you're in the mood to splurge, just want to support Black-owned businesses, or both, keep scrolling. There's something for everyone!
I love Katini Skin formulas because they're rich in nourishing oils and the culture of the brand's founder, Katini Yamaoka. Yamaoka's heritage inspired the use of ingredients native to Japan, Africa, and Australia. She was raised plant-based from birth, and this played a huge role in forming her line of luxury face oils that address most skin concerns. You can find formulas to boost collagen (my personal favorite), clarify the skin, and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
I've been using the brand's Collagen Facial Oil for a few weeks now, and I've seen a huge improvement in the hydration of my skin and its overall appearance. I've struggled with acne pretty much since I was a teenager, but powerful ingredients in this formula like wheat germ, squalane, and honeybush have reduced a lot of inflammation in my skin and added extra moisture to my slightly damaged skin barrier. I can't wait to see what the long term results are of using it. Next on my list to test out is the brand's Soleil Day Serum, which is incredibly rich in vitamin C.