We picked 19 of our favorite Black-owned businesses in 7 love-themed categories
In honor of Black History Month, we’ve created a list of 19 amazing, Black-owned businesses that power love and connection through wares such as chocolates, candles, and more. At OkCupid, we are committed to the future of the Black community — both in dating and beyond — so it is important to us to highlight Black-owned businesses we love. Our rockstar employees helped craft this list of small businesses across the country, and OkCupid is donating $1,000 to each one.
One of the best parts of dating is having a reason to explore. Meeting up with a special someone (or this week’s fling, no judgment here) is the perfect excuse to step out of your comfort zone with a fresh look, a different cocktail spot, or a new signature scent. So pop on your getting ready playlist (we know you have one) and join us in supporting these amazing Black-owned businesses!
For Setting the Mood
These quality crafted candles pay tribute to Black greatness with scents that capture its radiance.
The names of these freelance-inspired candles may even inspire you on date night. Try out Good Night, for example, that’ll get you ready for a cozy night in.
For Your Cravings
Up your hosting game with one of their cool aprons or snag some of their sweet drinking chocolate.
Show off how well you were paying attention in that message thread by picking a flavor combination that speaks to their palette.
Order fun options like “Mint Condition,” and “Foxy Brown” to cool down your hot date-night in.
For Late Nights & Early Mornings
Nothing says “I think this could be a thing,” like ordering some wine and doing an at-home wine tasting.
7. Top 3! Games
This musical themed game is the perfect way to turn a game night for two into the 90s R&B moment you so richly deserve.
These aromatic blends smell as heavenly as they taste. Use one to revamp your energy before that post-work hang or to calm your nerves before that third-date hookup.
For Nature Lovers
9. LYS Beauty
Affirm yourself to be the kissable catch we know you are with their natural Speak Love Glossy Lip Treatment Oil. As an added bonus you can get it via Sephora’s same day delivery app without interrupting your skin care routine.
10. Grounded Plants
If there’s anything more sexy than taking the plunge into plant parenthood, we haven’t found it yet.
Infuse some good vibes into your first date with these carefully copper-wrapped crystals.
For Date Night Looks
Their adorably bold overalls prove what we have always known — style has no gender.
13. The Jules Shop
This site has everything from the perfect lounge set for that midday meetup to that sexy date night dress you’ve been searching for.
14. Love Iguehi
Their cute clutches and dazzling dusters are the perfect way to elevate your look in a dash.
For Your Person
A quality leather trinket is a great way to gift someone you just started seeing. It says “I was thinking about you…but not in a creepy way.”
16. Aya Paper Co
You won’t regret sending one of their astrology-themed cards to your perfect match.
For Looking Your Best
Nothing puts your confidence on ten like knowing your curls are flourishing.
Their oil-based perfumes will keep you smelling like a snack for the hrs & hrs when you finally find the person who makes you stop hating that song.
Everyone deserves to have their chance at love and affection…and smooth, buttery skin.
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