When it comes to spending different, it can be hard to find the time and opportunities to shop black. One of the best things to do is change your habits so that you can incorporate black owned products in your everyday life.
We’ve compiled a short list of essentials for you to do just that. These essentials are things you could slowly begin buying from a black business and replace your current non black owned products.
Coffee: Portrait Coffee
Located in the West End, Portrait Coffee is comprised of coffee enthusiasts and local residents of Southwest Atlanta. Their name comes from a desire to change the picture that comes to mind when folks think of specialty coffee. Coffee, as a product, was first discovered by Africans. In discovering coffee, they had no clue this drink would become the most consumed beverage, other than water, globally. With that being known, Portrait coffee is not just a specialty drink , but an ode to their ancestors. Find their coffee at www.portrait.coffee and @portraitcoffeeal on social media.
House Cleaning Products: Southern Handmade Essentials
S.H.E specializes in handmade soaps and air fresheners. Southern Handmade Essentials (S.H.E) founder created the company after watching her mother go natural and do away with chemical-laced hair products she describes as “creamy crack.”
Their mission at Southern Handmade Essentials is to be accessible by offering high-quality handcrafted products, by providing you with effective products made with natural, plant based ingredients. They’re also children, pet safe and environmentally friendly. Find their products at https://shessentials17.com or @southernhandmadeessentials on social media.
In 2018, Intisar Mahdi and her husband, Rashad, were inspired to improve a better experience for their family. They realized the bandages they were buying did not match the flesh of their family and decided to do something about it. Browndages makes bandaids that reflect brown skin tones and other products as well. You can find these bandages at their site browndages.com and @browndages on social media.
Feminine Products: Honey Pot
The Honey Pot Co was created because the owner was suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months and couldn’t get relief. One night, she says an ancestor visited her in a dream and gifted her with a vision to heal herself. She created the Honey Pot Co to solve for women what other brands wouldn’t, using the power of herbs. You can find these natural feminine products at thehoneypot.co.
Feminine Hygiene: Femly
Many popular hygiene products contain loads of chemicals that could be harmful to your health. Femly manufactures products to be both healthier, and eco-friendly using ingredients you can actually pronounce! The Femly Cup is an amazing alternative to tampons. Not only does it save you hundreds on personal care costs in comparison to spending on disposable products, it’s also environmentally friendly, comfortable, and reusable! You can find Femly cups at femlybox.com.
Playpits is an all natural deodorant for kids started by a wife and working mom of 3, Chantel Powell. She found herself frequently whipping up all-natural body care concoctions for her family. At 6 years-old, her sweet little Kam was now a smelly kid after football practice. One day after picking him up, she made it her mission to create something that would help. Playpits has gotten rave reviews and can be found at playpits.com.
Bamblu’s linen and sleepwear are made from organic bamboo fibers that create an irresistible sleep environment while elevating comfort and quality. They believe that scent and sound play integral roles to the senses and the body’s ability to relax. Bamblu’s bed sheets and other products can be found at bamblu.co.
Toothbrush: Coral Oral Toothbrushes
Coral Oral Toothbrushes is a black owned brand that makes toothbrushes. Not only are these toothbrushes more aesthetically pleasing, each brush is differentiated by its pattern and not by its color. Their company highlights oral health facts including a Black history fact that we all should know! Coral Oral highlights the beauty, essence and boldness in all things black. You can find their toothbrushes & toothpaste at https://coraloral.com/ and @coraloralcare on social media.