Black owned businesses
Happy Valentine's Day, LSF community: Je t'aime! With V-Day just around the corner, we want to help you find for the perfect gift for your bae. February is also Black History Month, so this year, we're gonna rally together and show the love by highlighting all the amazing Black-owned businesses in our communities. They need our support!
I know that, just like us, you've seen how our local businesses in general have been struggling to stay open during COVID-19. At LSF, we knew we had to step it up and help. As a small local business ourselves (in Orange County, CA), we are united! And listen, the truth is there are some really important reasons we should be recognizing local Black businesses--for one, there's like a pretty big gap (like, HUGE) in wealth in our country. We are sooo not down with inequality here at LSF. Some experts are saying it's as wide as it was back in the '60s -- and sorry, just Nope. Wrong.
We heart all the Black entrepreneurs out there—they're so badass--and their businesses are super important to our economy! And, OMG, we found some crazy cool gifts at these Black owned businesses that will take you next-level with your boo or BFF. From Home and Beauty to Health and Wellness--these products are so fire, it's a win-win--our list truly has something for everyone! So whether you're on the hunt for the perfect gift for the love of your life—or you're treating your Bestie on Galentine's Day instead (yep, it's a thing)—get ready to shop! Let's go!
Also, if you haven't seen it yet, check out last week's Black History Month resources where we share incredible books, movies, podcasts and so much more to check out!
If your love burns like an eternal flame, then a candle might be the perfect gift for your Valentine. We heart this candle company so much because they, like us, are all about self-love and care. This company reminds us that we are royalty and girl, we need to flaunt our crown! OK, so maybe this once, you can buy one of these gor-juss hand-poured soy candles for the one you love, but make sure to snag one for yourself, too. Love is in the air, and they make it smell so good!
We know your love for each other is effortless, but we had to smile when we saw that one of the products on this wholly unique home gift site was a wooden chain. Umm, perfect gift for your "ball and chain"—am I right? How fun would that be? They have so many clever and beautifully crafted gifts on this site, everything from a "Ciao Felicia" doormat to a pink glass bowl, which will remind them of how you blushed when you first locked eyes. Awe.
OMG so OBSESSED. These pillows are incredibly versatile and truly go with any home decor. Whatever your fave look is, they got you covered, including fur, corduroy velvet, leather and metallic. We think the safari patterns would be a purrrfect Valentine's gift to show them just how wild you still are about them! Grrrr.
Next up of our ah-mazing Black owned businesses is Sonshine Bath! Since we know you are dying to get your hands on them, you might consider giving them a jar of these handmade body butters! It might make things more interesting, or at the very least super soft. The company also offers beard oil, facial oil and candles--some that send saucy messages, like: "Big Dick Energy." But, the best thing is that they donate profits to support families in need.
We Love. Love. Love. the message this company sends: No one is flawless and we need to learn how to feel comfortable in the skin we're in. It's no wonder that they have some of the most ah-mazing TLC skin products out there that offer relief for stubble and ingrown hairs down there and everywhere. From hydrating bikini masks and shaving gels, to high-end blades, glosses and luxurious bath soaks, these products leave you feeling absa-positively skincredible.
High-quality and all-natural makeup? Yes, please. This full line of cosmetics features beautifully rich and yummy colors for every skin tone, like cotton candy, champagne, brownie and milk & honey and coffee & cocoa. The cake pop lippies are the perfect Valentine's gift for any babe, offering endless color palettes to choose from to make her lips even more luscious and kissable! The best thing about this cruelty-free all-inclusive line is that it gives back by helping build "Sugar Homes" for orphaned children worldwide. Now, that's what we call sweet.
Health and Wellness
TBH, this is kinda the perfect gift for your Galentine. Show your gal pals how much you care about their well-being with a gift of herb-powered feminine care. These 100% natural products were developed with ingredients like Boric Acid, Tea Tree Oil and Cocoa Butter to help cleanse, protect and balance our most sensitive region --and ease the discomfort of those annoying monthly periods. Girl, they've got a whole system in place to help us feel all refreshed and rejuvenated! Oh honey!
Additionally, give them peace of mind with luxury CBD-infused gifts! Travel kits, candles bath salts, body salves…gummies and scrubs, who knew that CBD could do all that? Not to be a buzz-kill, but you're not going to get high (there's no THC), just super relaxed! We love the Boss Babe CBD Travel Kit –salt scrub, body salve, face mask, gel cap and tincture--perfect for staycations too, for a little at-home pampering and restoration. If you haven't considered CBD products before, they're the perfect embodiment of health and wellness. And these products are so beautifully packaged, they make the perfect gift!
Overall, we're asking you to shop small this Valentines Day and celebrate these fabulous Black Owned Businesses! There is something for everyone and we seriously LOVE all of these products.