If you are in the same boat that I am, you are wondering what to put on your Christmas Wish List. Of course, there are go-to gifts to ask for, but I have specifically been looking for female-owned, sustainable brands to shop from this year. I wanted to include brands that you don’t have to feel guilty for shopping from. Now, I must warn you that the list I’ve compiled consists of primarily feminine beauty and fashion brands – seeing as I’ve picked brands that I have either already used or are asking for myself. I have also included a few books that are written by a few of my favorite female authors – some of them I have read and some I haven’t but either way, I think they are great reads for any Grrl.
Chillhouse was founded by Cyndi Ramirez in 2017, starting as just a café-spa location in NYC. Chillhouse now has a website that coins itself as “a destination for modern self-care” that is home to several brands and products picked out for optimal relaxation. You can find skincare, candles, makeup + nail products, bath + body products, and even some edible products.
Glossier was founded by Emily Weiss in 2010 on the fact “that beauty isn’t a boardroom-it happens when the individual is celebrated,” according to the Glossier website. Glossier has everything from liquid eyeshadow and concealer to jelly cleansers and moisturizers to a perfume. The makeup is catered towards people with unproblematic skin, but there is so many beauty products to choose from that just about everyone is sure to find something they like.
- Miss Jessies
The beauty line founded by Titi and Miko Branch launched in 2004. The brand is black-owned and female-owned and prides itself on providing effective products for natural hair of all different curl types. The co-owner, Titi, did unfortunately pass away in 2014, but the brand lives on to carry out her legacy.
- Birch Box
Birch Box was founded by Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna in 2010. When it was founded, Birch Box was one of the first beauty subscription boxes available. By signing up, you get a monthly box of personalized haircare, skincare, and makeup samples delivered right to your door. You can even go on the website and buy the full sizes of the products that you love from your box.
- Lisa Says Gah
Lisa Says Gah was founded by Lisa Williams in 2015; after buying for Nasty Gal for years, Williams launched her own company after moving to San Francisco. Lisa Says Gah is an e-commerce brand – which just means that it is an online-based commercial company – that focuses on up-and-coming designers as well as established cult favorites. The website is home to several different brands for bags, clothes, shoes, jewelry, other accessories, and even vintage pieces.
Reformation was founded by Yael Aflalo in 2009; Reformation prides itself on provided pieces that are made completely from sustainable materials. The company itself has adorable dresses as well as tops, jumpsuits, coats, skirts, as well as an array of accessories. The brand is on the pricier side, but you are truly getting what you paid for – high quality pieces without the guilt of buying from unethical fast-fashion brands.
- Fenty x Savage
Of course, we all know of Rihanna’s new intimates’ line that launched earlier this year. The brand provides affordable lingerie that are adorable as well as size-inclusive. As well as offering cute, frilly pieces, the brand also offers every-day wearable pieces that are just as cute. Another important selling point to make is that as you go through the website, you see bodies of all shapes and sizes modeling the pieces, also, its Rihanna.
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