These Black woman-owned wellness brands will help you level up your vulvar, vaginal, and period care.
With commonplace rituals like “Self-Care Sunday,” the concept of caring for yourself has become all the rage these past few years. What typically comes to mind when you think of self-care? Skincare, bath salts, mindfulness, perhaps a massage… But, do you ever think about your vulva and vagina? I say they deserve some TLC, too. These innovative brands will have you feelin’ fine in no time!
Clean & Cute
Founder: Dr. Tosha Rogers
Invented by Dr. Tosha Rogers, Clean & Cute™ is an all-natural, hypoallergenic panty wash designed to keep your vulva free from irritation, itchiness, redness, and swelling. Dr. Rogers created this panty wash to ward off vaginal infections by replacing the typically harsh detergents many of us use to wash our clothes. Ain’t nobody got time for moldy, bacteria-laden underwear! Keep your panties so fresh and so clean with Clean & Cute™ panty wash.
Founder: Breighl Robbins
Ebi is here for all my plant-based lovers out there. With a background in public health, Founder & CEO Breighl Robbins created Ebi as a holistic solution for self-care after childbirth. Ebi’s products are organic, hand-crafted, and designed to address the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of postpartum. From a nourishing body oil to organic cotton nipple pads, Ebi provides a dreamy online shopping oasis to deliver healthy postpartum experiences for all.
Founder: Davielle Jackson
Armed with a degree in biology, CEO and Founder, Davielle Jackson, set out to create high-quality, chemical-free products for period care, particularly for those of us with a heavier flow. What she came up with was Femi’s signature product, the Pretty Panty – a stylish disposable period-absorbent panty to keep you feeling kewt and protected throughout your period.
Femi also carries organic pads, liners, and wipes, and offers a subscription box so you’re always prepared. Because in the words of Will Smith, “If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.” And to quote Tiffany Haddish, “She reaaaaady!” (aka you, the next time you get your period)
Founder: Arion Long
Founder and CEO, Arion Long, started Femly after being diagnosed with (and recovering from) a cervical tumor linked to chemicals in popular period products. Wow! Talk about a resilient entrepreneur. When it comes to your period, it’s time we all made the switch to toxic-free menstrual products. Since switching to organic products, I’ve honestly noticed a major shift in comfort. Whether you’re interested in 100% organic cotton pads or 100% medical-grade silicone menstrual cups, Femly has OPTIONS. Which will you choose?
Founder: Chelsea VonChaz
#HappyPeriod exists to eliminate period stigma and poverty. The initiative takes an inclusive approach to provide access to menstrual health education and safe products to anyone that is homeless, low-income, and/or living in poverty. Seeing a homeless woman with blood-stained undergarments was the catalyst for Chelsea VonChaz and her mother, Cherryl Warner, to start #HappyPeriod in 2015.
The organization has since evolved into a movement that is eradicating the shame and stigmas associated with periods and democratizing access to menstrual products for those in need. You can shop #HappyPeriod merch, become an ambassador, or make a (tax-deductible) donation to help facilitate menstrual health education and menstrual product distribution.
Founder: Janice Miyoshi Days
Website: HateTheDot Mailing List
Launching this Fall (2020), Hate the Dot provides chemical-free, plant-based period products, self-care treats, and menstrual health education. In response to COVID-19’s impact on menstrual product access, HateTheDot launched 5000tampons.com to distribute 5,000 tampons to menstruators in need. We looooove to see it!
The Honey Pot Company
Founder: Bea Dixon
Honey Pot is the first plant-based care system that cleanses, protects, and balances your vagina. Founder Bea Dixon says that she was inspired to create The Honey Pot Company after suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months without relief and dreaming of an ancestor who encouraged her to heal herself. She went on to found Honey Pot, providing chemical-free menstrual and vulva care products to the masses. Honey Pot is sold online and by a variety of retailers (including Targét!).
Their all-natural pads and tampons are herbal-infused and chemical-free, designed to create a “cooling” effect that is both protective and soothing. The Honey Pot Company also carries a luxurious soothing lavender vulva cream for critical relief and boric acid and herb suppositories to ward off infection and irritation. Oh, and they partner with #HappyPeriod! Double win.
jD Bath Co.
Founder: Jazmine Duke
Turns out, most bath bombs are actually not vagina-friendly. As a self-proclaimed “avid bath lover,” Jazmine Duke set out to change that by sourcing organic, handcrafted ingredients to level up your bath game. Beyond luscious bath soaks, jD Bath Co. also offers organic aromatic soaps and luxurious oils that will calm your spirit and your skin. Go ahead and take some “me time.” You definitely deserve it.
Founder: Dr. Barb, OB/GYN and Kimba Williams, “The Natural Diva”
By now, we can all agree that toxic ingredients have got to go. OBYGN Dr. Barb and former pharmaceutical sales consultant Kimba Williams agreed and joined forces to develop KUSHAE, with a shared mission to “whip up effective, yet gentle, naturally-based feminine care products and pH balanced, created by women, for women.”
Founder: Erica Chidi Cohen
Founded by educator, author, and birth doula Erica Chidi Cohen, LOOM is an online learning platform for sexual and reproductive health. Their mission is to offer empowered education on everything from periods and sex to pregnancy and menopause.
OUI The People
Founder: Karen Young
“OMG I love ingrown hairs!” …said no one ever. OUI the People creates products to take your self-care to the next level. Such as? For starters, meet The Single, OUI’s gorgeous single-blade razor for sensitive skin, available in matte black, matte gold, and rose gold. I mean, hello shower upgrade! This razor will give you a closer shave and make you feel like an absolute boss. Is $75 a lot for a razor? Sure! But, you get what you pay for. And, you can consider it an investment, not only in elevated self-care, but also in the planet (because you won’t need to consistently buy disposable razors).
OUI the People also carries products to smooth and relieve your sensitive skin. Founder Karen Young created OUI to redefine beauty and build an inclusive brand that makes customers feel seen. It’s giving us luxury and it’s giving me life!
Founder: Suzanne Sinatra
Sometimes, you need to cool your vulva down. Other times, you wish you had a heating pad for some much-needed pain relief. Well, Private Packs offers both! Founded by Suzanne Sinatra after an excruciating Brazilian wax gone wrong, Private Packs are heating and cooling pads for all your vulvar care needs. Private Packs soothe pain, soreness, irritation, and discomfort. Put that bag of peas DOWN and unplug from that wall-outlet heating pad.
Private Packs are here to give you ergonomic comfort and convenience to address the range of problems our vulvas will inevitably face at one point or another. I literally use mine all the time (#periodwoes) and my mom loves to use hers on her neck! Hey, we love a versatile solution.
Oooo what’s the tea? In this case… actual tea. Puss Tea is a natural remedy to alleviate cramps and severe PMS. Founder Asia created Puss Tea in response to her own history of period pain. Puss Tea’s herbal blend is designed to eliminate the need for OTC pain medication and provide menstruators with immense relief so they can live their full lives. All I can say is, necessary.
Founder: Crystal Etienne
Are you someone who doesn’t wear tampons? Because I am, and let me tell you, trying to wear a pad with a bikini is not only a fashion faux pas, but you’ll be feeling like you’re wearing a diaper real quick. Enter, Ruby Love, an apparel company that carries period underwear, swimwear, and sleepwear. Yasss!! Founder Crystal Etienne developed a patent-pending technology that protects against leaks and offers maximum absorption. Heck, even if you do wear a tampon or menstrual cup, it never hurts to have backup!
Twistie – On The Go
Founder: Tawana Antoinette
Offered in a range of bright colors (and clear), Twistie Menstrual Cups are designed for menstruators on the go. Twistie’s mission is to provide safe, healthy, and sustainable period care products and that’s just what they do. You can also grab their adorable “Pum Pum Power” carrying pouches. One comes with every order and the colorful ones are available for purchase. But don’t get it twisted, Twistie’s cute and accessible cups aren’t the only thing to rave about. Twistie also works to eliminate period poverty in Caribbean countries. Founder Tawana Antoinette is truly on the go!