Amazon Prime Day is upon us! If you’re looking to finally make good on those items you’ve been eyeing for months now, October 13 and 14 are your chance to get them and score a deal too. Whether it’s to help you make the best of quarantine life, to show support to local women-owned small businesses, something to dress up your wall or products for your pets, here are the best things worth putting in your cart.
If you’re looking to feel good inside and out, try this handmade natural vegan shea body butter, while supporting local BIPOC, cruelty-free business. Pickering, Ontario-based owner Amandla Bartholomew started the business with a desire to make cleaner products for skin. Her creations have a West African connection too; “I learned how to make the majority of the products from my paternal grandmother back in 2009 on a trip to Ghana.” We love the idea of invaluable knowledge passed down generation to generation.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Giovanna Minenna got her start in the makeup industry doing film and movies in Toronto. She saw an opportunity to specialize in brows and decided to create a brow bar and permanent makeup business in my hometown of Winnipeg. Over time, Minenna noticed one thing was missing – a high-quality brow pencil she could use in her studios and recommend to her clients. Nothing on the market met her standards for quality and value, so she decided to formulate her own, with the goal to have a brow pencil that will last through anything you throw at it, including work, the gym and everything in between. We’re into products that can keep up with the many tasks and roles women take on, daily.
Stella Benson of Benols Beauty started off in the finance industry in Calgary, Alberta. Looking for an opportunity to run her own business, and set her own schedule, the wife and mother of three pivoted her career decided to offer beauty products that would provide a flawless look, with bold, beautiful eyes and face in minutes (’cause we don’t always have time or need for a full makeup routine).
Tanya Odrach of Windsor, Ontario started off making soy candles as a hobby, and gradually grew it past a side hustle. “Instead of doing the safe thing and finding a traditional job, I took this crazy idea and dove head first into entrepreneurship.” Her candles not only have fun, tongue-in-cheek names and themes, they are hand-poured in small batches and also boast a 60-hour average burn time. Oh, and they are non-toxic and cruelty-free. Fun for your nose and your conscience.
Looking for a fun gift idea to commemorate your BFF from afar? Why not get her (and you) some sweet, customizable wall art? Nadine Chong always loved art. So much so, she could always be found doing crafts, painting or drawing. Fast forward a few years, and she turned her passion into a career path. “I was able to develop my skills in fashion design school and that is where I fell in love with Copic markers and water colours.” Cue De Almeida Illustration, a BIPOC-owned business that includes custom options allowing clients to truly see themselves represented.
Hailing from Three Fathom Harbour, Nova Scotia, Annie Gagne is both a surfer and a designer. Frustrated by the lack of adequate swimwear options that better reflected women’s value in male-dominated water sports, she decided to fill the void herself. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and so Akela Surf was born with a goal to empower women in the water. The line of comfortable, functional and trendy designs uses eco-friendly fabric with water-based ink.
As a huge animal lover, Mindy Tenenbaum of Toronto, Ontario wanted to focus on allowing rescue pet owners discover their dogs true breeds, as many are mixed. As for what makes Tenenbaum’s business unique? “We are the only Canine Breed Testing laboratory in Canada, offering Breed Identification and Canine Allergy Testing. Our services are designed to help pet parents understand the unique nature of their dogs.”