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Demee Koch On Inclusivity In Beauty Now

July 2, 2020

Seeing 6 white faces and one brown one isn’t diversity. #BlackLivesMatter 

Don’t settle for an inclusivity ratio that leaves you wondering if you only squint your eyes really hard you’ll be able to see the diversity (attempt). Don’t settle for brands that think diversity means the same skin tone but different hair colours! Sounds about white?!

I started my career in the beauty industry over 2 decades ago. While I am truly aware of the fact that different skins have different needs – Be it from colour, shape or age (yes, diversity and inclusion means elderly people, too) – I absolutely would never understand how you could aim to only serve one privileged group of the world – full stop!

I am blessed with my work in creating grooming concepts (little mini-holidays whilst getting a neat and tidy appearance), and developing cosmetic products with active ingredients with my beauty brand. I truly find joy in making people look good. To touch lives, to make them happy. The gratification of seeing someone happy is the constant prize I get.

We all want to look good, and we want to make use of what’s available in the market, BUT without having to think we need to change our actual selves. The aim should be to fall in love with ourselves, creating self-love to be able to give love unconditionally. We’re all unique, and we need to celebrate that.

Why would you want a brand and their commercials make you feel like you’re not good enough? Anyone in the beauty industry loves to play with colours, so why would you trust a beauty brand that does not implement human colourism? Let’s be harsher on brands who have never contemplated any diversity. Diversity is the true beauty.

The current #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter movements brought brands internationally under continued scrutiny for their (bad) behaviours towards people of colour. Fashion and beauty companies that are making it hard to be a black employee is just one example. And there has always been plenty of insensitivity right there on the surface. BUT black lives are never off-brand!

My beautiful souls out there, let’s use your purchasing power! What makes me crazy and different is that I think everything is possible. And I believe we can lead a change by consciously choosing beauty brands that celebrate every aspect of beauty. Let’s dig deeper to find out who is being true and human, who is compassionate.

About Demee Koch

 

Demee Koch is a serial entrepreneur with a solid experience of 21 years in the health and beauty industry. With DE MOI BY DEMEE KOCH, she launched a Switzerland-based, purpose-driven business for cosmeceutical products. The social and ecologically friendly beauty brand develops high quality and results-driven cosmetic products with active ingredients, made with principles of honesty and fairness. Demee is an advocate for inclusivity and women empowerment and is hands-on involved in charity works. Next to timely events based charities, she supports the Lumad tribe in her home country the Philippines with their scholarship program for education and level up needs, as well as local female business entrepreneurship programs.

The development of honest and cruelty-free products is a given for Demee, who established her love for animals by conceptualizing a new approach towards preventive pet health care for the chain of small animal clinics Vet Station AG. Prior to moving to Switzerland, where the mum of two runs personal grooming concepts to support women’s beauty from all walks of life, she started her career in the beauty & luxury industry in Dubai. International networking and a strong sensitivity for trends are a natural part of Demee’s personality.

Since 2005, Demee shares her knowledge as a business consultant and became a trusted business advisor and director to successful global brands run by social entrepreneurs in fields of fintech, biotech, sports, fashion, and beauty. Amongst others, she is on the Board of Advisors for the no 1 boxing equipment SPARBAR. In 2019, Demee received the award as GLOBAL FWN100 2019 MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA IN THE WORLD at the 16th Global Filipina Leadership Summit in Place Vendôme in Paris. She currently serves as a director of China ACE Organization, an organization of international companies and investors. Demee received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the University of the Philippines, and her MBA in International Marketing from the Swiss Business School in Zurich.

 

From Our Friends At Create Cultivate: 30 black female business owners we love and support

June 5, 2020

Thank you to our friends at Create Cultivate for this list

FACTS: Black women-owned businesses represented the highest rate of growth over the last 5 years? Or that 42% of new businesses were started by black women? *According to the 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

Here are 30 black female business owners we love and support.

@lalahdelia @foodheaven @tonya.rapley @trinitymouzon @golde @shontay_lundy @blackgirlsunscreen @mattebrand @kashmirviii @cakeandcashmere @beautybakeriemakeup @melissarbutler @thelipbar @codieco @blacklove @camillionz @kit @victoriafaziopb @propabeauty @mentedcosmetics @sheneilmonique @basebutter @harperimandolls @treefairfax @sonshinebath @aliyawanek @zouxoushoes @beadsbyaree @heysharonc @uomabeauty @thecupcakecollection @iamlisaprice @carolsdaughter @curlbox @kristennoelcrawley @kncbeauty @klur.co @briogeo @nancytwine @iambeadixon @thehoneypotco @ouithepeople

Thank you to our friends at Create Cultivate for this list and share:

FACTS: Black women-owned businesses represented the highest rate of growth over the last 5 years? Or that 42% of new businesses were started by black women? *According to the 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

Here are 30 black female business owners we love and support.

Over the past year, women started an average of 1,817 new businesses per day in the U.S., and women of color account for 89% (1,625) of those new businesses. In fact, according to the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Black women-owned businesses represented the highest rate of growth of any group in the number of firms between 2014 and 2019 as well as between 2018 and 2019.

When looking at specific minority groups over the last five years, growth in side-entrepreneurship is up 99% among Black women. They started an impressive 42% of net new women-owned businesses, which is three times their share of the female population (14%).

This study calls the women behind these rapidly-launching businesses “necessity entrepreneurs” because, due to higher unemployment rates, long-term unemployment, and vast gender and racial pay gaps, women of color start businesses out of the need to survive. And these Black female entrepreneurs are changing the game but they’re not the first.

In fact, they’re walking in the footsteps of many brave, risk-taking necessity entrepreneurs in history. In the 1850s, Clara Brown established a laundry business during the gold rush and used her money to invest in real estate developing properties that allowed black communities to live safely. Annie Turnbo Malone paved the way for Black female cosmetologists and created jobs for over 75,000 women worldwide with her beauty enterprises. Maggie Lena Walker was the first Black woman to charter a bank and help our people protect our coins. The list goes on and on.

Below we’re shining a spotlight on women whose businesses you can support and celebrate today and every day.

Lalah Delia, Founder of Vibrate Higher Daily

Lalah is an author, spiritual writer, and wellness educator who has been a force in the self-care space, encouraging and empowering us all to mindfully care for ourselves with her Vibrate Higher Daily platform.

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Buy Her Book: Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power

Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones, Co-Founders of Food Heaven

Dietitians Wendy and Jessica are on a mission to make health and wellness more inclusive, diverse, and accessible. To help fill the void for healthy recipes made with ingredients that are both accessible and affordable, Lopez and Jones founded Food Heaven in 2011.

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Buy their book: 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot: Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Feel Great

Tonya Rapley, Founder of My Fab Finance and Muhturnl

Tonya “The Millennial Money Expert” Rapley’s lightbulb moment for launching My Fab Finance was sparked by a personal need. As a millennial living in New York City and working for a non-profit, Rapley wanted to break the cycle of living from paycheck to paycheck but couldn’t find a financial resource tailored to millennials—so she created one.

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Buy her book: The Money Manual

Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Founder of Golde

Trinity was only 23 when she launched her wellness line, Golde and now it’s stocked at Goop and Urban Outfitters and continues to fly off shelves. Her phenomenal success is why we celebrated her achievements as an honoree in the small business section of our CC100 list this year.

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Buy her wellness products.

Shontay Lundy, Founder of Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay is here to remind us that black people need sunscreen too—and we’re here for it. From later diagnoses, black people have lower survival rates for skin cancer. Shontay has designed the solution.

Follow her on Instagram.

Buy her sunscreen.

Briana Shaneè Wilson, Founder of Matte Brand

Started on the ‘gram; now she’s selling out of clothes—to the likes of Kim Kardashian and Karrueche. Now, Briana has grown a huge community online who have rallied around her innovative designs.

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Buy her clothing.

Kashmir Thompson, Founder of KashmirVIII

You might recognize some of Kashmir’s art from the iconic HBO series Insecure. Her products bring life and color to iconic black images.

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Buy her products.

Cashmere Nicole, Founder of Beauty Bakerie Makeup

Cashmere Nicole was a single parent, struggling to make ends meet before she founded the hugely successful, Beauty Bakerie. In 2001, she was a teen mom putting herself through college, and after graduating, she became a nurse to support her daughter, Jasmyn. While raising her daughter and working as a nurse, Nicole would dedicate the second half of her day to developing her makeup business. Now she is inspiring women everywhere with her incredible story and game-changing products.

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Buy her makeup.

Melissa Butler, Founder of The Lip Bar

Her career began in the corporate world, but after she became frustrated with the lack of diversity and excessive chemicals, Melissa Butler decided to launch her own and disrupt modern-day beauty standards in the process. Even after being faced with doubters during her appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank (and ultimately rejected) Butler went onto create The Lip Bar because everyone deserves to have their own perfect nude lipstick—period! Now she is a huge success and her massive community agree.

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Buy her lipstick.

Codie Elaine Oliver, Co-Creator, Black Love

Marriage is a journey. When Codie Elaine Oliver approached the docu-series, Black Love with fellow filmmaker and partner, Tommy she wanted to pull the curtain back on how a relationship blossoms and the daily realities of marriage. This is a warts and all film that shares the ups with the downs and highlights true love stories from some of our favorite black couples.

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Watch Black Love.

Kathryn Finney, Founder, Digital Undivided

Founded in 2012 by tech pioneer, Kathryn Finney, Digital Undivided aims to help high-potential black and Latinx female founders through the startup pipeline, from idea to innovation. They develop innovative programs and initiatives that catalyze economic growth in Black and Latinx communities to create a world where women own their work.

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Learn more about Digital Undivided.

Camille Hearst, Co-Founder, Kit

Camille created Kit to develop a community to discover, discuss, and, deliver interesting products for activities like traveling, DJing, cooking, cycling, and more. In 2018, KIT was acquired by Patreon and Camille now serves as Patreon’s Head of Product and as a General Manager.

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Join the community.

Victoria Fazio, CEO and Founder of Propa Beauty

Victoria took the leap from her corporate career to create Propa Beauty in a bid to energize and encourage women to be confident leaders in their own fields. “Makeup is powerful and it’s about time it’s marketed as an arsenal which goes beyond just getting cute. I want women to look their best on the outside, but also to feel their best on the inside.”

Follow her on Instagram.

Buy her lipstick.


KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson, Co-Founders,
Mented Cosmetics

The idea for Mented Cosmetics happened like most great business ideas: over a glass of pinot! Friends, KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson were sipping and discussing why it was so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick. And the idea for starting their own was born. “We believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone. We know you’ll love being put first because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.”

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Buy their makeup.

 

CEO, Sheneil Monique and Co-Founder, Nicolette Camille, Base Butter

Sheneil and Nicolette’s mission was simple: to create easy skincare for oily and combination skin types while helping women feel comfortable in their skin. And they achieved it. They’re easy-to-use products yield results through simple formulas that safely improve the overall health of the skin for immediate protection and long-term results.

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Buy their moisturizer.

Cynthia Watkins, and Kathryn Burnett, Co-Founders, HarperIman Dolls

HarperIman Dolls was created in 2017 by mother-daughter duo, Cynthia Watkins, and Kathryn Burnett with one mission in mind: “to help reinforce how beautiful and strong our children are by providing them with positive affirmations of themselves that they can identify with,” they told POPSUGAR. “We found that dolls of color are underrepresented. There aren’t many choices, and the ones available do not accurately represent our different skin tones and hair textures. Our children are left playing with and trying to identify with dolls that look nothing like them. We wanted to change that.”

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Buy their dolls.

Tricia Hash, Founder, Tree Fairfax

Tree Fairfax is a handmade minimal leather goods line made by Tricia “Tree” Hash. The self-taught creative based in Roanoke, Virginia wanted to create leather goods that are long-lasting with timeless designs that will “hopefully change how you move about the world.”

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Shop her leather accessories.

Tuanieha Twanna, Founder, Sonshine Bath

After Tuanieha’s son, Tristan James (who she refers to as her “Sonshine”) was born, she started making his soaps and body butter at home so she could guarantee they were safe for his skin. A year later, she launched the brand to not only help secure Tristan’s future but also provide other small businesses like hers by donating a portion of the business profits to other small businesses in the form of microloans through kiva.org.

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Buy her skincare.

Aliya Wanek, Founder, Aliya Wanek

Exploring the connection between one’s identity and style, Aliya Wanek creates comfortable, stylish clothing ethically and sustainably as an extension of the wearer’s individuality. If not sewing the garments herself, Aliya works with a production sewer and other local contractors in the Bay Area to produce and dye her garments, always taking into consideration ways to reduce the brand’s environmental impact.

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Buy her clothing.

Katherine Theobalds, Founder, Zou Xou

Zou Xou was created and founded in New York City by Katherine Theobalds. While she went to fashion school with the intention of becoming a clothing designer, her love for unique shoe designs had her walking a different path. After a trip to Buenos Aires, she was inspired by the artistry of local Argentinian shoe design and went on to launch Zou Xou in 2015.

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Buy her shoes.

Areeayl Goodwin, Founder, Beads Byaree

Designer, Areeayl Goodwin makes her whimsical dreams a reality with her handcrafted jewelry line. Born and raised in Philadelphia PA, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY and has a line of clothing to accompany her jewelry designs.

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Buy her collection.

Sharon Chuter, Founder, UOMA Beauty

UOMA Beauty was founded by Nigerian born, LA, and London-based former beauty executive, Sharon Chuter to redefine the rules of inclusivity and diversity. Listed by WWD one of the 50 most forward-thinking executives shaping the future of the beauty industry, she believes that “beauty starts the moment you decide to be yourself. We exist to re-write the rules of inclusivity and diversity to create a world of beauty that truly is for all of us.”

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Buy her makeup.

Mignon Francois, CEO, and Founder, The Cupcake Collection

Since planting its roots in 2008, Mignon Francois’ business savvy has earned her the titles of “Woman of Legend and Merit” by Tennessee State University, “Emerging Business Leader of the Year” and Black Enterprise Magazine “Family Business of the Year Award”. And it’s easy to see why. Her handmade cupcakes draw lines around the block for their iconic flavor unlike you’ve ever tasted before. She has bakeries in both Nashville and New Orleans but The Cupcake Collection also ships nationwide. Ordering is just a click away! Just shop online and choose shipping as your fulfillment option at checkout.

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Buy her cupcakes.

 


Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter

Lisa Price’s iconic brand started as a hobby in 1993 when she would put her own spin on recipes she found in a DIY book. From essential oil-based perfumes and body products, Price would whip up magical beauty concoctions in her kitchen. Now she has built an empire with Carol’s Daughter, is stocked in a host of major stores like Target and Ulta, and counts celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith (one of the companies’ earliest investors) Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, and Dascha Polanco as fans.

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Shop her collection.

Myleik Teele, Founder, CURLBOX

After she “went natural” more than 15 years ago, Myleik clearly remembers driving 20 miles to buy an expensive product that she read had “worked on everyone.” But after several times of using it, she found it didn’t work for her and it sat under her sink for years. So, she started curlBOX as a means to save you the drive and the money. “curlBOX gives women the opportunity to try several products for the price of one!” Now, that’s a mission we can get behind.

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Buy a subscription.

Kristen Noel Crawley, Founder, KNC Beauty

Inspired by lip masks she discovered on a trip to Tokyo, Kristen Noel Crawley set out to make her own, but this time she swapped artificial ingredients for collagen, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid. Since it’s launch, KNC Beauty has a sparked cult-following of beauty devotees who love the pink stretchy lip-shaped masks with major fans including Kim Kardashian, Luka Sabbat, and Emma Stone. The line has since expanded into star-shaped eye masks and lip balms. Read her interview as an honoree for CC100 in 2018.

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Buy her products.

Lesley Thornton, Founder, Klur Cosmetics

If you’re after clean, ethical, and inclusive beauty, KLUR is your answer. After giving personalized treatments as an esthetician for nearly a decade, Lesley Thornton took her approach to skin health and turned it into a skincare line that prioritized minimalistic regimens to deliver multiple benefits and long-term results.

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Shop her skincare.

Nancy Twine, CEO and Founder, Briogeo

It was while she working as a Goldman Sachs finance executive that Nancy Twine realized she wasn’t living her passion. Inspired by her grandmother’s beauty recipes and a natural chemist team, Twine eventually took the leap to launch her own natural hair care line, Briogeo.

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Buy the products.

 

Bea Dixon, CEO and Founder, The Honey Pot Company

After suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months, an ancestor gave Bea Dixon the ingredients to heal herself in a dream. She created the formula for an effective, clean feminine wash and it worked! She’s now sharing her revelation with the world via The Honey Pot Company—the first complete feminine care system, powered by herbs™.

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Shop her products.

Karen Young, Founder, Oui the People

It seems all good business ideas are Inspired by a need or in Karen’s case a frustration. When she couldn’t find the right shaver, Young created her own by raising the bar and changing the shaving experience for good. In 2014, she designed a product line of three razor styles and accessories, including a lavender-scented shave oil and an ingrown relief serum. Now, she’s inspired a movement.

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Buy the razors.

 

Candace Reels, Founder, Female Collective

At just 26 years old, Candace Reels has created a movement. Born out of her passion for activism and intersectional feminism, the Female Collective is now a thriving digital community empowering women to come together, tell their stories, and bring awareness to the issues that matter to them most. Reels also launched a clothing line that features powerful phrases and messaging from the platform. We look up to Candace because she turned a personal project into an important space for the women who needed it most. It’s also why we honored her on our 2019 CC100 list so be sure to read the interview and support.

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Buy her merch.

 

Karen Okonkwo, Founder, TONL

Representation is at the core of Karen Okonkwo’s work. She launched TONL to provide stock photography that featured images of diverse people and their stories around the world. This powerful combination of photography and storytelling can help humanize and hopefully diminish the stereotypes and prejudice against black and brown people, especially. They are committed to showcasing the ethnic backgrounds of everyday people. And the Nigerian-American social entrepreneur believes anyone can do this. “If you don’t see what you want—anyone who has a skill set, be that change,” she told us in her CC100 interview. “Start your own Facebook group or start your own meetup, or agree to mentor one person, that’s how we create that cascade of people. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, either. That knowledge is there for you to take.”

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Buy her diverse stock photos.

Argaux’s Last Minute Memorial Day Wine Sale That Will Arrive In Time 

May 20, 2020

 Memorial Day is almost here this weekend, so that means breaking out the refreshing rose and we have you covered! Female founded wine Argaux, rose from around the world that will teleport you to the beach you were supposed to be bathing on this Memorial Day weekend. 

Argaux has sourced 12 roses from the founder/sommelier’s go-to summer destinations near and far just in time for the holiday weekend. Argaux’s rose to the rescue, grab your sun-hat, shades, and suit and get the summer started.

 Argaux has you covered and are offering an amazing deal this Memorial Day holiday, if you live in Los Angeles and order soon you will still get it in time for this weekend! 

DEAL: 15% off one time payments (2 cases of Rose over 4 months, starting at $150). Each month you will receive 6 wines (2 bottles of each selection for that month). Between May and August you’ll receive a total of 24 bottles (2 cases of Rose) with fast shipping locally and nationally.

Other offerings that are great for all occasions: 

Quarantine Edition Blind Tasting Kit ($50-$100)

Looking to keep the wine flowing? Argaux’s Blind Tasting Kit makes for the perfect activity to keep the fun going on date night activity, virtual happy hours with friends and family or even that perfect Sunday Funday in your backyard.

About Argaux:  Argaux started as a passion project between two friends who enjoyed throwing dinner parties in college. Arden and Margaux met their Freshman year at the University of Arizona. They bonded over their love of food, cooking and entertaining. Plus, they share the exact same birthday: February 20th, 1992.

Their friendship grew over monthly dinner parties they co-hosted for friends and roommates. Soon they were known as the “dinner party enthusiasts” and their appetite for all things food and cooking fostered their newfound interest and passion for wine. By their senior year in college friends called Arden and Margaux, Argaux.

Various wine bars around Tucson became their “library” where they’d ponder the possibilities and dream up a business plan for what once was a passion project, and now a budding business.

Today, Arden & Margaux are both sommeliers. Their business―Argaux―is 3 years old and based in Costa Mesa, California.

Essential Oils That Won’t Break The Bank (Since there is none now)

May 7, 2020

In love with these affordable oils from Greenerways Organic. Dropping them in tub whenever possible (Now)!

The oils are 100% USDA certified organic, are a necessity for silky and glowing skin without any chemicals, artificial ingredients or oily residue!

The 4 oz essential oils come in 5 offerings and nicely priced at $9.99!

Invigorate
Muscle Relax
Nourish
Tranquility
De-Stress

And the 2 oz kits come in 2 offerings and priced at $14.99

Relaxation
Daily Essentials

Treat yourself to some goodness without going broke!