In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, which has sparked nationwide protests against our country's systemic racial prejudice, we have been re-evaluating how we can actively support the black community. One of the things we have been pledging to do is make a conscious effort to shop black women-owned businesses. Nearly half of all women-owned businesses in the United States are owned by Black women; in fact, women of color accounted for 89% of new businesses from 2018-2019. Despite this impressive feat, black women-owned companies’ revenue has decreased by 3% from 2014 – 2019. This is primarily due to the fact that women of color are more frequently denied loans and often have to pay higher interest rates. How do we combat this disparity? By making a conscious effort to support and buy more products from black women-owned companies. Actions speak louder than words, so #WomenOfMercer, let’s put our money where our mouth is, and shop these black-owned brands:
Honey Pot Co. - A natural and clean feminine care company that makes tampons, pads, wipes, and washes. All of their products are made from natural ingredients, biodegradable, and cruelty-free!
Oui the People - A sustainable, reusable razor company that is designed for people with sensitive skin.
ASE Naturals - A vegan skincare brand that utilizes herbs, crystals, moon cycles, and essential oils to make their products. We love their "Why It's Special" tab that explains the benefits of each ingredient.
Unsun - Clean, 100% mineral sunscreen that is tinted so that it blends seamlessly with any skin tone.
Home, Décor, & Gifts:
HarperIman Dolls - Beautiful handmade dolls made out of linen. The mother-daughter duo make their traditional "Keepsake Dolls" along with baby dolls and clothes!
Clare - This company has reshaped the paint shopping experience with helpful services like their Clare Color Genius and peel and stick color swatches.
Sukie's Candle Co. - Individually hand-poured, vegan soy candles that have an environmentally clean burn. They have been featured in GQ and on Vogue's Most Wanted!
Pur Home - this kick-a** company makes natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners.
Bolé Road Textiles - Bring vibrant colors and patterns into your home with this Brooklyn-based textile brand whose pieces are all hand-woven in Ethiopia.
Food & Drinks
Partake Foods - A cookie company that makes healthy, allergy-free snacks that come in a range of flavors everyone will love like birthday cake and cookie butter!
Yummy Spoonfuls - Delicious and healthy frozen meals made for kids! Made from organic ingredients that contain no preservatives, additives, or fillers.
Sanaia Applesauce - This kid-favorite snack adapted for adults! A dairy-free, plant-based, all-natural snack that comes in flavors like Hibiscus, Ginger, and Blackberry!
Jones Bar-B-Q - Sweet & Tangy BBQ sauce made famous from the Jones sisters' feature on Queer Eye!
Brother Vellies - inspired by traditional African design practices, Brother Vellies creates stunning shoes, belts, and bags, all of which are handmade by artisans from around the world.
Nude Barre - Eco-friendly hosiery and intimates made in 12 shades of nude. They even make their products in children's sizes!
Satori Notes Jewelry - Their delicate bangles are all printed with different notes designed to remind you of your strength and "bad-assery!"
Marcia B. Maxwell - "Elegant and classy but always sexy" bathing suit brand designed with structured silhouettes and sleek lines.
Kendall Miles Designs - These celeb-favorite shoes are designed in LA and sourced & manufactured in Florence, Italy. If you love fun, statement shoes - these are for you!
Brigeo - A clean haircare brand made from naturally derived ingredients. They offer a diverse range of products (including supplements!) designed for all hair types.
The Lip Bar - They make makeup kits that are tailored to different complexions, so you don't have to worry about what will look good on you!
KNC Beauty - This all-natural beauty company has made headlines for their collagen-infused lip masks and retinol-infused eye masks - we can't wait to try them!
Mented Cosmetics - Starting with creating the perfect nude lipstick, Mented is on a mission to create makeup tailored to people's skin tones.