This year’s Black History Month is all about wellness — celebrate by supporting Black-owned self-care businesses. Image by twenty20photos.
Black History Month is a time for everyone to learn and celebrate the Black community in an uplifting way.
The month of February is dedicated to remembering the past while also looking towards the future. It’s important to acknowledge the rich history and the promising future of Black individuals across the country.
According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, this year’s theme celebrates Black health and wellness.
The theme supports contributions made to modern medicine by Black individuals, and acknowledges the importance of previous medical setbacks like misdiagnoses and not taking illnesses seriously. It also supports nontraditional practices, like doulas, midwives, herbalists and more.
Every year, Black History Month comes with a theme to emphasize the cultural experience, history and contributions of Black leaders of the past.
Placing an emphasis on wellness is important because it highlights self-care and other practices that prioritize Black individuals’ well-being.
There’s no better way to support a Black and female-owned cannabis business by purchasing self-care products — especially from Black-owned businesses, no matter the time of year. Stay on theme with Black History Month, practice some self-love and find some new great companies.
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Founder and CEO Malaika Jones suffered spinal nerve damage during the birth of her third child and looked towards holistic medicine to help her heal. The brand focuses on inclusivity, the wellness of women and the community. Additionally, products are plant-based, regulated, and transparent with ingredients. Specials include wellness drops, CBD gelées, fragrances, body butters, facial serums, body oils and more.
Jones also established the Brown Girl Jane Foundation, which supports and advances “the wellness and beauty of women of color through entrepreneurship, advocacy and education,” the organization writes.
The foundation was granted $405,000 in partnership with Shea Moisture and Vaseline. BROWN GIRL Jane also donates sales to the Black Women’s Health Imperative to offer aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Frigg uses plant-based formulas in their well-being products. These target flaky skin and scalps, thinning hair and premature aging. The company name is from the Norse goddess of wisdom and intuition, according to their website.
Founder Kimberly Dillon aims to create a warm, inviting, holistic, playful and bold look to the beauty brand. These products are perfect to tap back into caring for body, hair and mind. For example, take a self-care Sunday using Frigg’s hair and face potions and mango edible gems for healthier hair and skin, while sipping on some of their herbal tea.
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Zula Essentials strives to help women live more harmonious lives through the use of CBD. Furthermore, their seven-step process for high-quality CBD on their website showcases dedication to the quality and transparency of their products. Additionally, the brand emphasizes wellness, self-care and mental health. Zula Essentials features CBD massage oils, vegan CBD gummies and soothing cream to relax and pamper.
Founder Carla Joseph aims to remove the stigma with womens’ mental health and provide resources to make an impact. The company name, Zula, is a mix between Joseph’s daughters’ names (Zuri and Kamila) and aims to embody harmony, education, equilibrium and authenticity. Portions of Zula Essentials’ revenue also go to the Loveland Therapy Foundation, a non-profit that gives therapy access to Black women.
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Budzy Box founder Shatoia Robinson offers a monthly CBD subscription service that delivers products right to customers’ doors. She focuses on beauty and wellness, education and science, culinary items and lifestyle. Additionally, the company aims to reduce the stigma around hemp and CBD products.
Budzy Box also offers a sleep kit with 10 CBD sleep essentials and a mystery box with three to four items. For those in the market for an array of products in a bundle, Budzy Box is a great option. Boxes go for $58.99 per month and come with free USPS shipping.
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Undefined products are clean, conscious and inclusive. For example, the company uses non-toxic, cruelty-free, sustainable, accessible, plant-based and inclusive methods to ensure a “no BS” business. Founder Dorian Morris emphasizes purpose-driven and conscious capitalism. The brand name aims to “undefine” beauty and remove the stigma behind plant-based solutions. She also preaches inclusivity and the democratization of wellness.
Shop through a wide range of CBD-infused products in their Glow Collection, like elixirs, chocolate bars, drops, gelées and a detox bath soak. Each “Plant Magic” ingredient is listed under Undefined product pages, along with an explanation of the purpose, how to enjoy it and more.
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Coral and Tarah Hines, founders of Buena Botanicals, are the twin sisters behind the family-owned business, Buena Botanicals. They specialize in holistic healing, community-building, self-determination, plant medicine, and appreciation for the planet.
The sisters also emphasize chronic pain, drug addiction, anxiety and other issues for creating a CBD alternative-healing business. Their products utilize organic, USDA-certified CBD oil that is also eco-responsible.
New to CBD products? Buena Botanicals offers a starter kit with a CBD elixir and face and body cream in a discounted bundle. They also offer bath bombs and bath bars. These products can be purchased in a spa bundle alongside a candle and the face and body cream. Overall, Buena Botanicals is a great way to add some relaxation into a daily routine.
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Cat Major of Blissful Stoner Body Essentials started her small business to use all-natural plant medicine. As such, Major’s handmade and cruelty-free products have no additives and are free of THC.
Blissful Stoner Body Essentials has three categories to help customers relax and take care of themselves: salves, bath tea’s, and face and body products. For example, the gentle and moisturizing CBD balm is good to massage onto problem areas, with ingredients like jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax and, of course, CBD. Additionally, the bath teas feature scents like lavender and rose, peppermint and eucalyptus and blood orange, lavender and spearmint to give a fully-immersed sense of relaxation. These products are made to give skin a renewed feeling.
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Imania Beauty blends faith, purpose and holistic wellness for textured hair care. The brand also focuses on educating the community on healthy hair and herbal healing. Founder Nia Imani wants to help Black men and women be confident and proud with their locks, despite negative stigmas.
Products are simple and focus on the scalp, featuring oil for itchy and flaky scalps that stimulate hair growth and produce moisture. Imania Beauty also works to democratize cannabis.
Total Peace and Wellness, founded by Rhonda Broadway and Carlos Smith, has a wide array of products on their website for the perfect self-care day. Specifically, the couple aims to provide high-quality hemp-based CBD products to empower consumers to seek out natural health remedies.
The website has different pages for vaporizers, flowers, pets, edibles, skincare and more. For example, the skincare page features balms, massage wax cubes, bath bombs, exfoliating cleansers, lip balms, lotions, lube and body butter. The online store is a great shop for diverse beauty needs.
Brwnbox founders Ty Griffith and Almaz Adeigbola want to make cannabinoids easy to understand. The brand sells hemp and CBD goods in their New Jersey retail store, and they’re in the process of updating their website. They also aim to create a safe space to give back to their community to incorporate CBD into daily wellness lifestyles. Their client-base revolves around autoimmune disorders, issues with mental health, and overall pain management, according to Farrah Blake, social media and community manager. “We love what we do!” Blake said.
Royal Highness sells a wide array of edibles, cartridges, softgels and pet products, but the company also offers a range of self-care products. For example, there’s a body oil, transdermal gel pen, balm, muscle freeze, bath bomb, sugar scrub, patch and more. They also have a cannabis boutique in Palm Desert, California. Founder Kevya King focuses on pleasure and hemp-derived goods. She has many accessories and products that center around pleasure and wellness overall.