• Sianna M. Simmons

Your Quick list to a Holiday-Inspired Beauty Gift Guide

The winter season is upon us which means we could all use two things: an extra dose of skincare to keep our melanin magic, and holiday presents for our loved ones! Well tribe, consider this an early gift because we've curated your very own holiday, beauty-inspired gift guide. What's more, the features on this list are all black-owned beauty brands, so you can shower your friends and family with self-caring goodies while supporting black-owned businesses. These 7 featured brands are made by and for the whole spectrum of pigmented skin, offer an incredible variety of self-care, AND all have products under $30! Now that is the gift that keeps on giving! So, here’s to a happy, healthy holiday to you and yours!

Look Good Live Well

Their mission is to simplify skincare, remove gender bias, and normalize the use of luxury products within the black and brown community. While Look Good Live Well understands that wellness looks different for everyone, one thing that stays the same is their commitment to clean ingredients. These products are all certified organic, cruelty-free and have no artificial fragrances, colors, parabens, sulfates, added phthalates or any of the other gross stuff.

What you’ll love: Power up any cleansing routine with their new Cleansing Brush. The three cleansing modes and sonic technology create 7,000 vibrations per minute!

If getting super snatched is more of your vibe, try the Super Serum, an all-in-one peptide treatment with ingredients that help to plump, tighten, and smooth skin while reducing sun damage and hyperpigmentation for more even skin tone. Enjoy 20% off your order with code HOLIDAY. Free shipping on orders over $100.

Eve Milan New York This line was founded by Eden Gilliam, an esthetician with almost 10 years of experience in the skincare industry. This luxury line focuses on solutions so that clients can be comfortable in their own skin. Here you'll find nutritious skincare products backed by science you can trust. All products are esthetician formulated, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and have no artificial colors.

What you’ll love: Check out any of their products designed for dry, combination, oily, or acneic skin. Not sure what type of skin your bestie has, go for an easy win with their new brightening Vitamin C and COQ10 bio-cellulose sheet mask that will give you a glow up in as little as 15 minutes. Enjoy 30% off skincare sets and cleansers AND 25% off the rest of the site with code CYBER20.


This brand was created by a mother-daughter duo who wanted a comprehensive, one-stop marketplace to shop design-forward goods from black-owned businesses. Post 21 is named after Tulsa Oklahoma’s Greenwood District. One of America’s most prosperous black business communities until May 31, 1921, when 35 of this city’s blocks were set on fire killing 300 people. Post 21was named and created to honor the successful legacy of black entrepreneurs that came before them. Now, Post 21 is filling the gap in access to curated collections of black-owned goods while inspiring other minority entrepreneurs to do the same.

What you’ll love: Gilded Body Kit, a luxury body care system that takes exfoliation to another level. Complete with a handmade marble dry body brush, brightening body polish, and a hydrating body balm, this is a gift set you cannot miss. Want the extra brownie points? Then pair this kit with their vegan and cruelty-free Still Life Gel polish.

There are so many incredible products and businesses on this site. While we've focused on their beauty-care, check out their other Home, Family, and Lifestyle sections filled with custom ornaments, kids' books, and curated gift boxes.


Established in 2011, Refineful creates hand-made soaps with high-quality organic ingredients like coconut, sunflower, and safflower oil. This soap is sensitive skin approved with non-irritating ingredients that are suitable for all skin types. What’s more, 10% of proceeds go to Flint Kids, a community foundation dedicated to the long-term health and development needs of Flint children.

What you’ll love: Any of the Pure Organic Soap flavors! Who doesn't love Lavender? All soaps are currently 20% off!

Skin Buttr

This skincare line of natural body butters and scrubs will leave your skin luxuriously soft and seriously simplify your beauty regimen with products that will keep your skin covered all day long. Their whipped shea butters are moisturizing, bronzing, and have ingredients that sound good enough to eat! What's better than clean ingredients that you can read and understand? Well almost all of these goods are $10 or less making for perfect stocking stuffers!

What you’ll love:

Get hydrated with this Strawberry Coconut Buttr or scrub away your worries with Roses..no seriously.

Aba Love

Aba Love takes skincare to another level. Transcending beyond simple plant-based ingredients to the use of exotic flowers, precious oils, sacred woods, and resins. Aba Love products are uniquely handcrafted and utilize the power of botanical compounds. These product designs have healing aromatics so you're getting more than just skincare, but complete holistic care.

What you’ll love: Quell your holiday stress with this Divine Me Anointing Oil! Need something for your male companions, try Aba Love's Grooming Oil!

Pholk Beauty

Founder, Niambi combines her identities as a southerner, vegan skincare expert, traveler, and former African Diaspora historian, into a complete, skincare line. As with her life experiences, ingredients for these products come from all over the world and are native to places like the US, Senegal, Chile, Morocco, and Kentucky [no not bourbon]. Pholk Beauty practices skincare in ways that keep up with current dermatological methodologies while honoring the herbalist traditions our ancestors were known for creating.

What you’ll love: Experience the benefits of vitamin-rich Moringa from Ghana and detoxifying Kaolin Clay from Georgia both found in the Superleaf Moringa Teatox Mask. All products are 30% off right now with a free pouch with purchases over $60.

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