Meet the 2021 Glossier Grantees: the next class of game-changing entrepreneurs in beauty!
Learn about the ten founders + brands in our 2021 Grant Program for Black-Owned Beauty Businesses. We're providing each grantee with $50K in funding, plus six months of mentorship and business programming. We’re thrilled to share their stories with you!
Ceylon offers simple, effective, science-backed skincare to help men with pigmented skin achieve their best possible skin. Founder and CEO Patrick Boateng II was inspired to create his line of products after struggling with daily breakouts and finding nothing that specifically catered to men from different ethnic backgrounds with melanin in their skin.
The Established is a line of plant-powered, multifunctional body care products for the minimalist beauty enthusiast. After struggling to find relief from a long-standing battle with keratosis pilaris, founder Essence Iman launched her product line (including hero product Elixa, a luxurious body oil serum) centered around simple yet efficacious formulas that help solve some of the most nagging skincare issues.
Fourth Phase is a social impact maternal wellness brand that creates luxury afterbirth care gift boxes to help mothers during their Fourth Trimester. Founded by two friends, Marcia A. Cole and Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo, to address the lack of postnatal attention paid to new mothers across the world, the brand currently offers two boxes (a Vaginal Birth Box and a Belly Birth Box) that cater to delivery method. Both are filled with products a new mother needs, from perineal and lactation support to mental wellness and body care essentials.
Nuekie is an innovative health and beauty company founded by Eunice Cofie-Obeng that combines traditional African medicine and modern science to develop products to meet the needs of those with skin of color. Formulated with a dedicated scientific approach, Nuekie’s products (like Moisture Therapy Crème and Pre-Cleanser Deep Cleansing Oil) cater to people of color to help solve their distinct skin-related problems.
RadSwan is a line of premium synthetic lace wigs designed by black women, for black women. Founded by Freddie Harrel in 2019, RadSwan provides an overdue upgrade for the Black hair experience, with a socially conscious aim: they use 0% human hair, which can be an unregulated and ethically exploitative market.
Range Beauty is a makeup brand that uses clean ingredients (like botanicals) created by Alicia Scott, who began her career in the fashion industry. After working at runway shows and noticing the lack of makeup available for Black models, Scott was inspired to create her own line of cosmetics for the “forgotten shades” and specifically formulated for eczema and acne-prone skin.
Rebundle is a plant-based hair extensions company with an emphasis on comfort and less waste. Founder Ciara Imani May’s passion for sustainability and experience as a Black woman wearing braids led her to create a non-toxic, biodegradable hair extension alternative that’s better for scalps and the environment.
SKIMDO is a minimal haircare brand for textured hair types with a single hero product: Original Cream, a thick, nourishing, non-toxic styling gel-cream that holds curls for up to a week without washing. Founded by Kimberley Cowans, SKIMDO’s mission is to reprepresent curly hair as effortless, luxurious, and polished.
SKNMUSE, founded by Ezinne Iroanya-Adeoye, is a luxury beauty brand with a mission to elevate the beauty experience for the modern black woman. She was inspired by the clean beauty practices of West-African women to create body creams and oils packed with nutrients that protect, heal and maintain the skin to give everyone (especially Black women) their highest form of self care.
Young King Hair Care
Young King Hair Care is a multicultural beauty brand for young men founded by Cora and Stefan Miller in 2019. The pair were inspired by their son Kade to create plant-based products (like their bestselling Kids Leave-In Conditioner and Curling Cream) that promote textured hair health and growth, all with the goal of redefining male grooming by encouraging young men of color to take pride in their self-care.