In addition to having meaningful conversations with friends and family and donating to organizations that support Black people in Canada, you can make a conscious effort to purchase items from a Black-owned business. Next time you are shopping for new makeup, shoes or clothes, consider purchasing from the Black-owned beauty, fashion, lifestyle and health companies below.

Beauty

Okoko Cosmetique

This Vancouver-based beauty brand features efficacious plant-based ingredients for all skin types. Okoko supports various non-profit initiatives including Bridge Housing For Women, Beauty Night Society and The Joy Smith Foundation.

Beauté Majestique Gel-to-Milk Cleanser (Sold Out)

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Secret Du Dragon Moisturizing Renewal Lip Serum ($50)

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Sublime Multi-Purpose Beauty Balm With Tomato Seed ($95)

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jELN

Based in Toronto, jELN carries made-to-order, sustainably-sourced products formulated with raw ingredients and essential oils.?

Rich Dark Spots Corrector & Moisturizing Oil ($89)

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Love Butter ($73 for 8oz)

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Cuticle Oil ($20)

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Kinksology

Plant-based, hypoallergenic hair care products safe for coloured hair and sensitive scalps.?

Sateen Conditioning Milk ($27)

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Balance Hair Masque ($69)

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Hydra Deep Leave-In Treatment ($25)

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Skin Drama

Nourishing, antioxidant-rich skincare products ideal for acne-prone and dehydrated skin.?

Camu Camu + Sweet Orange Mist Toner ($50)

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Chocolate Goodness Mask ($30)

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Camu Camu + Sweet Orange Acne Cleanser ($35)

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Bellurelle

These vegan beauty products are packed with skin-and-hair-saving ingredients like turmeric, rose hip, aloe vera and castor seed oil.?

Balance Hydrating Face Oil ($15)

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Butterelle Hair and Body Butter

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Glaze Hyperpigmentation Scrub

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Chic + Savvy Beauty

A Toronto-based beauty supply store carrying everything from hair tools and extensions to face masks, sanitizers and nail care products.?

Camille Rose Naturals Cocoa Nibs & Honey Ultimate Growth Serum ($24)

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1st TouchDown Edge Tamer ($7)

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As I Am Double Butter ($40)

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Bailly

Keep an eye out for restocks on these now-sold-out roll-on perfume oils. Five dollars from every purchase goes to The Girl Power Project.

Brilliance Roll-On Perfume Oil ($30)

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Resilience Roll-On Perfume Oil ($30)

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Excellence Roll-On Perfume Oil ($30)

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Apprenti ?r’ganik

Apprenti ?r’ganik body care products are meticulously hand-made by founder Alexe, who runs the business independently from her Montreal studio.

Blood Orange and Geranium Hand and Body Wash ($26)

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Herbal Soap in “Soft” ($26)

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West Indies Eau de Parfum ($28)

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Queenfidence Cosmetics

This Winnipeg-based brand carries vibrant cosmetics designed to be worn by makeup lovers of all skin tones and genders.

Queenstrobe Lip Gloss in “Glow” ($21)

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Soul Sisterz Eyeshadow Palette ($45)

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Liquid Matte Lipstick in “Melanin” ($22)

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Reliv Organics

This cruelty-free skincare line is made with sensitive skin in mind. All products are created with certified organic ingredients, mainly sourced just north of Toronto.

Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Serum ($48)

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Seaweed Toner ($56)

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Tremella Mushroom Serum ($57)

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Makeup for Melanin Girls

This cosmetics brand is also behind @Makeupformelaningirls, an Instagram community highlighting beauty vloggers and makeup artists of colour.

Single Glitter Pods ($4)

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Rust Liquid Lipstick ($10)

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Gold Plated Highlighter ($10)

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essentials by temi

Locally sourced organic beauty products crafted in chic BPA-free recyclable glass containers.

Mint + Honey Butter Scrub ($42)

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Soothing Elixir Oil (from $28)

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Lemongrass + Thai Whipped Buttercream (from $28)

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Fashion

BoiHér

A gender-neutral apparel company aiming to reform gender norms in fashion.

Vintage Multilayer Necklace – Walk By Faith ($15)

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Retro BoiHér Sweater in grey ($37)

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Equality Tee in white ($25)

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Kwesiya

Ready-to-wear and accessory brand by Fanny Ngantchue, specializing in vibrant West African wax textiles.

Aude Maix Skirt Set ($139)

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Enna Scarf, Headwrap ($25)

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Ofue Mini Skirt with Belt ($59)

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Cherry Gardens?

High-quality loungewear and lingerie line made in Toronto.

Romeo Top in White ($62)

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July Undies in Navy ($55)

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Pony Short in White ($62)

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L’Uomo Strano

Toronto-based, gender-neutral brand founded by Mic. Carter.

Logo Crewneck ($50)

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Cropped Sleeve Knit Cardigan ($50)

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Caped Tuxedo Vest ($100)

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Adidem?

This made-in-Toronto brand is our go-to for casual but refined pieces.

Do It In The Dark T-Shirt ($69.50)

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Radio Logo T-Shirt ($69.50)

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Asterisks Hoodie ($150)

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Atelier New Regime

This Montreal-based streetwear label is known for their signature bright orange colour and multidisciplinary approach to design.

Classical Logo Sweatpants ($115)

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Chrome Logo Crewneck ($75)

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Cyber Cropped Jacket ($108)

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Selfish Swimwear

Designer Naomie Caron’s approach to swimwear is sustainability first. The suits are made using recycled fibres and she offers a repair service so you can keep wearing it year after year.

Cycler Short ($85)

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Florence High-Waist Bikini Bottom ($85)

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Marina Bikini Top ($90)

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Andrea Iyamah

The silhouettes of Dumebi Iyamah’s vibrant swim and resort wear are inspired by different African cultures.

Kari High Waist Bikini ($266)

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Kanem High Waist Bikini ($253)

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Majida High Waist Bikini ($171)

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Kaela Kay

With an emphasis on the vivid prints and colours of African Ankara fabrics, founder Catherine Addai is creating ultra feminine and inclusive styles (the label goes up to size 22).

Eva Skirt ($190)

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Hannah Dress ($340)

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Aria Top ($258)

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Omi Woods

Founder Ashley Alexis McFarlane’s jewellery line is ethically handmade with fair-trade African gold.

The Congo Lion and Turtle Coin Necklace ($128)

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Mini Bamboo Huge Earrings ($118.99)

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The All In Ring Stack ($249)

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Pretty Denim

Stylist Tahnee Lloyd-Smith is making statement denim pieces in small batches using ethically-sourced cotton.

Donna Jean ($290)

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Dotted Betty Top ($185)

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Florence Jean ($290)

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Bain

Pick this Montreal-based accessories label—designed by Linsey Myriam Bain—for genderless and versatile pieces.

Nappa Flat Tote ($425)

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Nappa Waist Pouch ($395)

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Nylon Backpack ($315)

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Batik Boutik

Batik Boutik’s ready-to-wear designs are inspired by West African culture and sustainably made in Ghana.

Ashanti Dress ($150)

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Sleeve Wrap Top ($70)

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Afua Skirt ($80)

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Brother Vellies?

Toronto-native Aurora James founded her New York-based shoe and accessories label to keep traditional African design practices alive while creating sustainable artisan jobs.

Lijadu Billfold ($1,295 USD)

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Bike Shoe ($495 USD)

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Tyla Sandal ($465 USD)

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Wild Moon Jewelry

This Toronto-based fine jewellery brand uses recycled fine silver, recycled glass and repurposed brass to create sustainable pieces.

Kumasi Earring Necklace ($60)

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?Bangkok Necklace ($80)

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Amazonas Earrings ($40)

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Spencer Badu

Designer Spencer Badu’s Toronto-based streetwear label combines masculine and feminine elements for contemporary pieces meant to be worn by all.

Black Tank Top ($140)

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Logo Joggers ($135)

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Minimal Wool Cap ($40)

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Israella Kobla

Toronto-based British-Ghanaian designer Emefa Kuadey launched her luxury made-to-order label in 2019 with a focus on minimal and feminine pieces executed with expert technical construction.

High Waist Midi Skirt ($280)

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Off-Shoulder Crop Top ($280)

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V-Neck Crop Top ($260)

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?fuur?

?fuur? is a Toronto-based African fashion label carrying ready-to-wear and swimwear.?

Fifi African Print Midi Dress ($74.99)

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Daliah African Print Maxi Skirt ($94.99)

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Nyala Cover Up Dress ($97.99)

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Kyso

Kyso, a.k.a. Knock Your Socks Off, is a Toronto-based sock brand designed with bold colours and patterns.

?Alcatraz Dress Socks ($14)

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Big Dots Dress Socks ($14)

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Zigzag Dress Socks ($5)

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dr. Liza Shoes

Inspired by her years of treating celebrities with high heel-related pain, osteopath and posture expert Dr. Liza Egbogah designer her line of ultra-comfy shoes.

Leopard Flat ($175)

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Ankara Pump ($495)

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Dr. Liza Sandal ($495)

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Love & Nudes

Love & Nudes is at the forefront of inclusive fashion – the bras and underwear from founder Chantal Carter Taylor’s lingerie brand come in a wide range of shades and are sourced ethically from Columbian factories, where workers are paid fair wages.

Mike Paul Atelier

This Toronto-based atelier offers bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear garments. Choose from tailored trucker jackets, overshirts and leather goods in collaboration with Jean Rousseau.

Wil Studios

A collection of everyday essentials with a contemporary twist.

Lifestyle

Goodee

A hub for sustainable homeware, decor and lifestyle goods.

Charlie Chair – Vanilla by Ecobirdy ($273)

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Coaster Round 4 pack – Noir by Graf Lantz ($33)

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Multi-colour Tapestry Pillow 14 by VISO ($138)

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A Different Booklist?

A beloved Toronto bookstore stocking a wealth of African-Caribbean novels, Canadian books and international bestsellers.

Bliss Skateboard Shop

Skate shop serving the Windsor, Ont. community.

Real Talk Candles

Vegan and cruelty-free candle company with a variety of unique scents.

Fire & Desire Candle Co.

Musically-inspired scented soy wax candles from Nova Scotia.

Chic Essentials Co.

Subscription-based company featuring a monthly curated box of beauty and wellness products.

Health & Fitness

Wellness by Saran

Saran Vaughan is a holistic practitioner offering a variety of wellness courses and workshops.

The Whole Experience

A health and nutrition company featuring wellness retreats, nutrition coaching and healthy recipes.

I rise yoga + wellness

Rebeckah Price is a yoga teacher, Nike trainer and community builder with a dedicated following.

The Villij

A wellness company that creates inclusive and nurturing spaces for womxn of colour to connect and heal.

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