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5 BIPOC Canadian Beauty Brands You Need to Know About

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Toronto chapter.

Edited by Tanmaya Ramprasad

The beauty industry is always buzzing. From new products and brands on the rise, it can be hard to keep up. From across the country, Canada’s BIPOC beauty founders are stepping up and inspiring us to feel our best. From makeup, skincare, fragrance, body and hair, here are 5 beauty brands you need to have on your shopping list. 

Cheekbone Beauty

With sustainability at its core, Indigenous beauty founder, Jenn Harper, has pushed boundaries with Cheekbone Beauty. To best describe Cheekbone Beauty, Harper says: “I created Cheekbone Beauty because I felt there needed to be a brand for real people that offered the latest trends and was super easy.  There needed to be a brand that was made in Canada, that was never tested on animals and that gave back to the First Nations community. “ 



Nova Scotian co-founders Ariel Gough and Edwina Govindsamy offer high-quality, clean and affordable scented products for women through Bailly. Their main objective is to make products that will not negatively affect one’s health. Their scents are made from fractionated coconut oil, which helps to create a scent that is not irritating or overpowering. Not to mention, their oils are free of parabens, phthalates and petroleum as well as cruelty-free and vegan. 


Skin Drama

From combating hyperpigmentation and dark spots, Nikola Walker’s Toronto-based skincare tackles these and many more skin problems. This plant-based skincare company uses organic antioxidant-packed ingredients to help brighten your complexion. Their five-product lineup covers all your skincare routine. From cleanser to serum, you can load up on these damage-fighting antioxidants every step of your routine.



From promoting inner self-care, MIFA’s products are created to restore, refresh and reset. From Vancouver, Michelle Lui and Fatemah Hamidi left their corporate careers to create their own brand of clean beauty. They offer a wide variety of goods, from body wash to oil mists. Their products are free from filler, toxins, fragrances and synthetics. MIFA uses ingredients like aloe vera to Bulgarian lavender water to give customers the most effective and luxurious products. 



Beloved Kinks Hair Studio & Spa stands out with its usage of healthy ingredients for healthy hair. From healing serums to masques, Kinksology combats your hair worries. Their products are gentle on the hair and skin, while still using the power of plants and essential oils to fight off extreme damage. Kinksology is free from sulfates, parabens, animal testing and other chemicals.






Maria is currently a third-year student at the University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Political Science and History. You can always find her reading a book or browsing through articles on her free time. Apart from this, she loves binge watching reality shows and exploring new food spots in the city.