As a certified beauty product junkie, I get so much joy when I find a new brand that I like. But do you know what makes me even happier? When I can buy local! Here are some Detroit beauty brands that you should buy.
The Lip Bar has been featured on Shark Tank and Bethenny Frankel's Show. The owner, Melissa Butler, has built an empire off of vegan — and mostly organic — lipsticks. After experiencing many frustrations with the lack of diversity in beauty standards and limited shades of lipstick, Melissa began to make lipstick out of her kitchen. I’m glad she was compelled to challenge status quo because I, and many others, can support a brand that aims for inclusion. Also, The Lip Bar had an extended pop up shop in West Village, so I got to try lippies before I purchased them. Though the shop is no longer open, you can still find The Lip Bar at your local Target .
If you suffer from dry skin, or simply want your skin to feel like velvet, check out Brooklyn Body Butter! Jasmine Matheney created Brooklyn Body Butter as a desperate attempt to find a solution to help heal her daughter Brooklyn’s eczema. Like Melissa, Jasmine wanted to solve a problem and potioned up a remedy inside of her kitchen. She has been featured on WDIV and in the Detroit News for making small business out of a mother’s concern. When she’s not doing a pop up shop, you can find her products in other local businesses such as The Pnk Elephant and The Restaurant Fashion Bistro. I also love that there are scents for men. If you love bae and smooth skin, do them a favor and get them moisturized.
As I’ve become older, I made it a priority to learn more about what chemicals beauty companies use to keep us looking good. I was disappointed at my findings because the ingredients many companies use to make us love their product are not always the best for us. The women at Ilera Apothecary made it their duty to sell natural products. Founded in 2015 by Chinonye and Nneji Akunne, these sisters were inspired to begin their company after their brother decided to limit his use of non-organic personal care products. Also, they wanted incorporate their Nigerian roots into their products, so they went Nigeria to get their ingredients. Their products can be used by everyone in the family, including babies!
Hair is known to be a person’s crown of glory, right? Jess created her haircare line after receiving a bad perm that made her hair fall out. She made a few products based off of her research on healthy hair and used them on herself for a year. She uploaded her journey on social media and people began asking her what did she use. After receiving positive feedback, Jess created her business to help people achieve healthy hair. She has a variety of products and bundle deals, such as the Watch Me Grow bundle. If you want to grow healthy hair or try a new product, you can find Crown of Glory at Kelly Beauty Supply in Detroit on the corner of Houston-Whittier and Hayes.
Check out these local companies if you want to add a new product to your beauty arsenal. It’s always great to shop local and support communities that are near you. Imagine if we could support a local brand so much that it grew into a major beauty company. It’s very possible. If you have tried any of these brands, comment below and tell me what you think!