BIPOC businesses to support this holiday season

By:
Shivani Jeet (shivaniidevikaa)

COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on many businesses, with small businesses bearing the brunt.

With the holiday season just around the corner, there are many ways to be intentional about how you spend your dollars, and what better way than to support small businesses that are owned by BIPOC during these times?

Here’s  a list of Canadian owned BIPOC small businesses you can show some extra love to when buying for those on your list this holiday season.

Health and Wellness

  1. Dana El Masri created a fragrance brand, Jazmin Sarai, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

As mentioned in her website, her perfumes are non-gendered, handcrafted, and made with as many biodegradable ingredients. Masri also sells candles, diffuser oils, and almond oils. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jsparfums/?hl=en

Website: https://www.jazminsarai.com/

  1. Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus are sisters who co-founded Sisters Sage, an Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness by their culture and traditions located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They use traditional Indigenous ingredients to create their products, which consists of bath bombs, and soaps. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sisters_sage/?hl=en

Website: https://sisterssage.com/

  1. Arany is a Tamil woman who founded Thanga Skincare - a skincare line that promises to deliver ethical means. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thangaskincare/

Website: https://thangaskincare.bigcartel.com/

  1. Rose Company is a sister-owned company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Mady and Becka. They use natural, organic ingredients to make their products. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therose.company/

Website: https://shoptherosecompany.com/

  1. Decolonizing Daughters is owned by Danialle and Rae-Anne, who both reside in the unceded Coast Salish Territory. Their business uses traditional urban wellness to make massage bars, medicine kits, bath teas, and much more. 

Website: https://decolonizingdaughters.ca/

Beauty 

  1. Queenfidence Cosmetics was launched by Francine Bahati. After coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from Uganda, East Africa, Bahati’s dream to bring her love for beauty together finally came true. Her lipsticks are inclusive to all skin tones. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/queenfidencecosmetics/?hl=en

Website: https://www.queenfidencecosmetics.com/

  1. Meens Beauty x Lashes is a Surrey, British Columbia, Canada based makeup brand that sells highlighters, pigments, lipsticks, and much more.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meensbeautyxlashes/?hl=en

Website: https://www.meensbeauty.com/about

  1. Cheekbone Beauty is Indigenous-owned and founded in Ontario. Their goal is to not only create sustainable products, but to also address the educational funding gap towards Indigenous youth. 

Home Decor 

  1. West Coast Candle Company is located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada and owned by independent womxn. They make their candles from sustainable soy blend wax and offer a variety of scents. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westcoastcandlecompany/?hl=en

  1. Land of Daughters is a Metis and female founded company that sells candles, aroma sprays and perfumes. They’re based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and are hand made. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/landofdaughters/

Website: https://www.landofdaughters.com/

  1. Kristen Lim Tung is a Toronto-based ceramicist who hand-makes vases, amongst other items.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kris_lt/

Website: https://kristen-lim-tung.square.site/

  1. Gro For It is Black-owned Business founded by Lucy Ofori, and her love for all things nature. Based in Milton, Ontario, Ofori believes plants uplifts an individual's mood, and evoke happiness. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/groforit/

Website: https://groforit.life/

Bookstores

  1. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Massy Books is Indigenous owned and has an amazing collection of literature. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/massybooks/?hl=en

Website: https://www.massybooks.com

  1. A Different Booklist is an African-Canadian bookstore located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They specialize in having books from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the Global South. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adfrntbooklist/?hl=en

Website: https://www.adifferentbooklist.com/

  1. Tuma’s Books and Things is an online-only bookstore owned by Fatuma Hydara. Hydra has mainstreamed diversity, inclusiveness and representation at her online bookstore. 

Website: https://tumasbooksandthings.com

Accessories/Apparel 

  1. Kokom Scrunchies is Ottawa- based and created by hand by 9 year old Mya. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kokom_scrunchies/?hl=en

Website: https://kokomscrunchies.ca/

  1. Three Sisters by Emma were inspired by traditional Metis crafting techniques by Emma-Love based in Canada. 

Website: https://threesistersbyemma.com/

  1. Caroline Mangosing branded Vinta Gallery, the only accessible Fillipino cultural centre in Toronto. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vintagallery/

Website: https://vintagallery.com/

  1.  Dignitii is an activewear company based in Quebec that produces sportswear. Their brand’s mission is to empower all womxn to live healthy lives and to feel strong. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dignitii/

Website: https://www.dignitii.com/

  1. Uzma is the founder of Mama’s Bustan - a Toronto-based company that creates beautiful mosaics. Uzma sells essentials, such as sweaters, shirts, toques, and stickers. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamasbustan/

Website: https://mamasbustan.com/

Art

  1. Benny Bing is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada based artist who makes portraits and celebrates the power, and beauty of Black womxn. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bennybing/?hl=en

Website: https://www.bennybing.com/

  1. KRT Paints is a Surrey, British Columbia, Canada based artist who has painted for the Surrey Womxn’s Centre. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krtpaints/

  1. RaynatheArtist is a 21 year old Indo-Fijian artist based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada and creates sketches, sneaker drips, animation, and more art all hand drawn. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raynatheartist/?hl=en

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