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Celebrating Black History Month

As Black History Month comes to an end we wanted to take a moment to celebrate as well as share a few Black-Owned Wellness brands that we truly love and appreciate that are Detroit-Based. All of the brands mentioned aim to create sustainable and quality products while also promoting inclusivity. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

-The Kiwa Team

iLera Apothecary is a skincare company that prides themselves in creating skincare products that are made 100% vegan with no harmful chemicals, while also being made in the USA using globally sourced ingredients. iLera Apothecary makes products that you can use to treat your face as well as your body. One of our favorite products that caught our eye is their Awaken Body Butter, according to their site it’s made to “revive your senses and bring you to a place of bliss.” It’s formulated with nutrient-dense ingredients like Grapefruit, Orange, Yuzu, and Lemon Oils. We also love that it’s 100% organic.

Leaf Me is a place where you can shop lovely plants and services to make taking care of your plants a whole lot easier; this way you can enjoy the benefits of your plants more. Leaf Me believes passionately that everyone should have a healthy relationship with the earth and plants specifically. We love that just like Kiwa, they believe that self care should be a priority “in order for us all to thrive.” Directly on their website you can schedule plant appointments where you can sign up for Care Consultation as well as other services for your plants like repotting.

Located on historical Woodward, in the heart of Detroit, House of Pur Vin is a "signature retail destination for wine lovers and future connoisseurs." It's the perfect place to go to for a wine tasting night. They offer a variety of wines and champagnes that would make for a great gift for any occasion. They've also partnered with Claudia Tyagi, 1 of 3 Master Sommeliers in the state of Michigan to curate their vast wine and champagne selection.

12th and Viv is a handmade, hand poured and freshly crafted candle company. They also specialize in creating body and face care products. 12th and viv prides themselves in creating products that are made with certified organic ingredients that are good for you and good for your skin. They also believe that self care comes first. With products that are made using organic ingredients and clean ingredients you can worry less and focus more on yourself.

Halie & Co is a jewelry brand that stemmed from Halie's love for metal-smithing! They create beautiful handmade pieces that let you express your inner creative self! Though Halie & Co specializes in jewelry, they also recently launched an amazing collection of candles made from coco soy wax! We especially love their permanent bracelets that are welded together especially for you. This makes for such a fun thing to get done with that special someone or maybe even your best friend. You can even host permanent bracelet parties with them!

"Not Sorry Goods is a sustainable lifestyle retailer that features eco-friendly apparel, upcyled + reworked vintage, and lifestyle accessories." Co-founders Dy-Min Johnson and Jess Minnick created the brand when they realized they were "done saying sorry for who we are, so we created a brand to empower us and others to be the most authentic, unapologetic versions of ourselves." With that being said, they've just described why we at Kiwa love their mission so much!

Bath Savvy's mission is to "provide the finest blends of natural handmade products while creating awareness of the benefits of using nature as a source of healing, nourishing and replenishing the skin and body." We can truly appreciate that Bath Savvy, like many of the brands above that we mentioned as well, enforce the symbiotic relationship that humans have with plants and nature. To heal is to learn from nature as well as use it to our benefit. Bath Savvy's shower bombs are one thing that we are so in love with. They're like a bath bomb except you can use it while you shower! These bath bombs contain menthol and essential oil aromatherapy that would be perfect to add into your self-care routine.

Cream Blends is a natural skincare brand that specializes in body products such as all-natural scrubs, soaps, oils, and butters. With their products all being manufactured in Metro Detroit; their main goal is to "create premium skincare products that are made by real people that employ real people." Their philosophy of Simple Skincare is one that we truly love and agree with. Less is more when it comes to skincare.

Founder of Hope for Flowers, Tracy Reece is a trailblazer in the fashion industry! At Hope for Flowers she aims to create sustainable and inclusive pieces for women. Part of their mission is to "create positive social impact by empowering women and young people through arts programming in public schools and collaboration with local artisans in Detroit." Their mission is extremely moving and something that we believe we need in Detroit, now more than ever. Hope for Flowers' story is an inspiring one for sure. "In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a custom Tracy Reese dress to address the DNC. Other notable fans of the brand include Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross and Oprah Winfrey." You can shop Hope for Flowers directly on their site as well as at Saks Fifth Avenue.


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