As we grow into more conscious consumers, we’re starting to pay more attention to not just the environmental impact of our purchases, but also the faces behind the brands we choose to support. With that in mind we’ve selected some of the best Indigenous beauty brands from skincare, to bath products and cosmetics for you to add to your beauty collection.
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Cheekbone is a Canadian favourite for their earth-friendly, fearlessly Indigenous brand led by Jenn Harper. Cheekbone has the best line of long-wear lip colours that you’ll find on the market. We're in love with this lightweight vegan lipgloss in the shade Birch ($24).
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A brand steeped in power drawn from their Indigenous roots, Quw’utsun Made was created when the founder, Arianna Lauren was living in the small tribal village of Swinomish and recognized the need for traditional healing medicines in the form of modern skincare.
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Pronounced skwall-win, this hand-crafted beauty brand has an incredible line up of plant-based, science-backed products from coconut lip balm to a wild rose masque that calms skin and soothes redness. Founder Leigh combines her experience as ethnobotanist, researcher and community activist into a beautifully intentional brand that will look beautiful on your bathroom shelf.
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Ah-Shí Beauty, founded by LaFrance-Chachere, who is diné and Black, offers a huge range of products including skincare — but the brand really shines in its foundation and concealer category, which offers a variety of formulas from mousses and powders to sticks. We love the shade variety (including blush and colour correctors) in this brand's collections.
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Deriving their name from the words for "medicine soaps" in Lakota, Haipazaza Phezuta offers a gorgeous range of hand-pressed soaps and body butters with an emphasis on healing ingredients and minimal packaging. We cannot wait to try this beautiful Prarie in Bloom Soap and Shampoo Bar ($8), which includes ingredients like goat's milk and castor oil for maximum nutrients.
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Mother Earth Essentials
Mother Earth Essentials was founded using Cree knowledge passed down to founder Carrie Armstrong to create beautiful, medicinal and earth-conscious products. Our top pick is the Sweetgrass Candle ($18), that we can’t wait to enjoy in our next bath night.
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Prados Beauty offers a range of products, including some beautiful brushes and lashes. Founder Cece Meadows donates a portion of proceeds to communities in need, showing some real beauty in her operations and products.
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Blended Girl Cosmetics
Blended Girl Cosmetics offers a range of products from brushes and lip colours, but where they really stand out of their eye shadow palettes. E
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Tara-Tekahentakhwa is the Mohawk founder of Niawen, offering gorgeous collections that include soap, scrub, lotion, mist and oil creating the perfect routine for your Sunday night baths.
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Written ByAmanda Baker