In recognition of their heritage, beauty expert Michaella Montana puts a spotlight on Indigenous-owned beauty brands from all over. From sustainably made soaps to lipsticks crafted with botanical ingredients, read on to discover our five favourite Indigenous-owned beauty brands, plus watch the video clip to shop the hottest Indigenous-owned fashion brands like Em & Nate, K. Frances Beadwork and Indi City.
Indigenous-owned, Cheekbone Beauty is known for its sustainable, high-quality, vegan-made beauty products. This bundle contains nine shades of their multi-purpose complexion pencils and includes a professional-grade pencil sharpener to keep your tips precise. The pencils can be used as foundation, concealer, highlighter or contour. Get that natural, weightless glow with this brand.
SHOP: Full Sustain Complexion Pencil Collection; $179 at Cheekbone Beauty
We love the detox mask from Wildcraft because it balances oil production, exfoliates and calms inflammation to combat breakouts. It can be used to cleanse and clarify, plus it’s suitable for all skin types. The French green clay and lemon balm cleanse the skin, while the papaya powder helps balance oil production.
SHOP: Detox Face Mask; $32 at Wildcraft
Skwalwen is an Indigenous business creating botanical skincare products. They honour the traditional Squamish plant knowledge and incorporate sustainably harvested plants. We love this cranberry rose serum is deeply nourishing and locks in moisture while reducing redness and the appearance of fine lines.
SHOP: Tewin’xw Cranberry Rose Face Serum; $82 at Skwalwen
Ojibway Natural is an Indigenous woman-run business based out of Northern Ontario that specializes in natural homemade home and body products. Their shampoo bars are great for travel and infused with shea butter, tea tree and peppermint essential oils. All of those ingredients are great for a dry scalp, hair growth and shine.
SHOP: Shampoo Bars; $6 at Ojibway Natural
Satya is Canadian-based and Indigenous-owned. The eczema relief stick is steroid-free and can be used on your face or body, even around your eyes and lips. Made with simple ingredients and packaged in sustainable materials including recycled paper.
SHOP: Organic Eczema Relief Refillable Stick; $29 at Satya