Since the Black Lives Matter protests earlier in the year, we’ve been thinking more and more about what we can do to shine a light on the amazing UK-based black-owned vegan brands that we’ve come across in our vegan community. It was clear that we need to share these amazing brands with you too, so without further ado, here are some of our top picks.
Meaning "Earth" in Sanskrit, Ksoni does natural, vegan bathroom products in plastic-free packaging - check out their shampoo in a can!
For co-founders Joti and Banasa, their individual experiences tackling plastic waste and its impact on the earth inspired them to start the business together. When they first met in 2018, they immediately hit it off and within months had decided that they would launch a natural beauty brand together, setting themselves the challenge of launching a 100% plastic-free product. From there, Ksoni was born.
516 Polish (Five Sixteen)
Founded in July 2019 by Wunmi Ladele, 516 Polish is the UK's first indie nail polish brand championing "swatch diversity". This means actively creating inspiration and more visual representation for people with deeper skin tones through inclusive swatch imagery. The brand has coined the term/hashtag #swatchdiversity to provide more representation for people with darker skin and always swatches their products on multiple skin tones - diversity is front and centre here.
There’s a huge range of over 40 traditional nail polish colours, one-step gel polish colours, as well as nail care and tools available and they specialise in affordable but high quality pigmented creme colours that are opaque in just 1-2 coats. Being PETA certified, vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic, ensures that their customers can have beautifully manicured nails without the chemical nasties.
This Caribbean-inspired, natural, hand-made and vegan friendly artisan soap, bath and bodycare brand pays homage to the founder’s Caribbean heritage.
Founded by Sharron Jenkins, the mission is to create natural, vegan-friendly and organic tropical skincare products in small batches to ensure freshness and quality to enhance your wellness and self-care routine. Kalabash aspires not only to help you get great, healthy skin but also to evoke momentary soothing Caribbean escapism from the stresses of work and daily life, so you feel energised, empowered and ready for whatever life throws at you.
Founded by a sister/sister duo with a love of scents, Torera started with a mindful purpose of trying to be more conscious of actions that contribute towards environmental issues, combined with the benefits of essential oils for your mind and body. Instead of the synthetic fragrances used in traditional scented candles, Torera has three basic, eco-conscious components: cotton wick, soy wax and essential oil blends
This beautiful brand of CBD self-care skin products was created after its founder Jas discovered cannabidiol (also known as CBD) for a medical condition and saw its life changing effects. In 2016 she started making balms infused with CBD by hand in small batches for friends and family and saw word spread fast. She received such an amazing response and decided to develop her first range of 4 products, each one made from natural ingredients and all containing CBD.
Ohana’s products capture everything Jas cares about, using nature to help others whilst protecting the earth. At it’s core, the belief is that what you put on your skin is as important as what you put into your body, and in a time when synthetic chemicals and pollutants are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives, it’s Ohana’s mission to help people understand what they put into their bodies and the importance of natural ingredients.