9 phenomenal women-owned businesses that empower + inspire

Discover brands that make helping, educating and supporting women part of their mission.

women-owned businesses that empower + inspire

Each year, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women's Day. It's globally recognized as a day to celebrate women's achievements (you know, besides the whole "birthing everyone" thing), raise awareness about women's equality and rally for change because we're not yet where we need to be. All over the world, women are still fighting for equal pay, access to education, reproductive rights, and to simply live in a safe environment.

This year's International Women's Day theme is #ChoosetoChallenge, calling on us to examine and think critically about our own thoughts and actions. What can each of us do to celebrate the work of women and promote gender equality everyday, no matter what the calendar says?

One thing I can do? Share with you some of the incredible women-owned businesses that make helping, educating and supporting women part of their mission. As a surprise to no one, women are out here doing a bang-up job taking care of other women through building businesses of integrity that truly help to shape the future into one we can be proud of.

As my favorite long-hair swinging, outrageous costume-wearing, singularly named ageless icon Cher so wisely said, "Women are the real architects of society."

Amen.

Here are some of the most thoughtful and inspiring women-owned businesses to support this March (and every other month of the year!)


The Rode 

The Rode

Empowering women is at the heart of LA-based jeweler and apothecary The Rode. Founded by friends Fie and Jess, who both owned businesses in the heart of Downtown for years, they witnessed first-hand the overwhelming issue of homelessness. In 2019, Fie began working with women living on Skid Row and knew there was more she could do. As a team with combined backgrounds in business development, jewelry design and fashion wholesale, they charted a course toward supporting local women by creating opportunities for employment and a chance to overcome their circumstances. All of their gorgeous jewelry, hand soap and candles are handmade by local women at The Rode Workshop in Los Angeles.

Check out: The absolutely gorgeous and delicate handwoven bracelet with sparkly citrine.

The Honey Pot Company

The Honey Pot Company

The first plant-based feminine care system, created by women for women, The Honey Pot was founded by Bea Dixon after an ancestor came to her in a dream. Armed with spirit, knowledge and a desire to heal herself, she set to work creating what other brands couldn't—using the power of herbs. The Honey Pot has also teamed up with Happy Period, an organization that provides menstrual hygiene kits to those who are homeless, low income, or living in poverty to help extend their mission.

Check out: The postpartum herbal pads. Their blend of natural and herbal ingredients (including mint, lavender and aloe) create a "cooling" effect that soothes soreness and calms cramping after delivery.

Cocokind

Cocokind

After years-long struggles with hormonal acne and coming up short while seeking natural alternatives, Priscilla Tsai founded Cocokind in 2014. Her all-natural, mostly coconut oil-based products are created with one mission in mind: To provide research-backed, conscious and accessible skincare that empowers women.

Check out: The all-for-one balm. Not only is it packed with naturally healing ingredients like that work hard to nourish dry, chapped skin in all the places, but 5% of proceeds go to the Loveland Foundation (an organization that works to bring opportunity, empowerment, and healing to communities of color, particularly Black women and girls).

Tribe Tokes

Tribe Tokes

Tribe Tokes tagline is "built by girls, powered by plants." More of that, please. Owned by Degelis + KymB, two women with a passion for clean vaping and clean beauty, Tribe Tokes offers not only trust-worthy CBD products but plenty of education and transparency as well. Their motto? "Never sell a product you wouldn't give your own mother or sister." 🙌

Check out: CBD vape pen starter kit. Smooth, soothing and customizable, this set has everything you need for a well-deserved dose of relaxation. And you can trust Tribe Toke's CBD has only two natural ingredients—full spectrum CBD distillate which is grown and processed in the USA and plant-based terpenes—which are independent third-party lab-tested for potency, heavy metals, residual solvents, pesticides, mycotoxins and microbial.

Jiggy Puzzles

Jiggy Puzzles

For the puzzle-obsessed (or even the puzzle-curious) Jiggy Puzzles are hard to beat. Founded by Kaylin Marcotte after she used puzzling as a way to unwind from start-up life, Jiggy's beautifully illustrated puzzles feature art by emerging female artists that's totally wall-worthy. Each high-quality design comes packaged in a reusable glass jar and includes a tube of puzzle glue, a straight-edge tool to spread the glue and a print of the art to follow.

Check out: Universe, Zulfa Ishak. Illustrated by Ishak (aka The Cosmic Feminist) who is a Yemen-born, Maryland-based illustrator inspired by empowerment, spirituality, and vulnerability. Cosmic Feminism refers to her deep fascination with the galaxies and support for women's rights on a cosmic proportion.

Lola

Lola

From first periods through menopause, Lola is a brand that's made by women, for women. Their high-quality, natural feminine care products like organic cotton tampons, sustainable menstrual cups, and even water-based lube support and pamper cycle after cycle. Additionally, they keep advocacy and access at the heart of their mission donating over 5 million period products through the non-profit I Support the Girls to supply LOLA to women in need.

Check out: Their freshly launched heating patch that seriously soothes those monthly cramp-fests. Just adhere them directly to your high-waisted undies or leggings and carry on about your business (even if that "business" is Netflix and two fistfuls of chocolate chips straight from the bag.)

Earth Baby

Earth Baby

Founded by a grandmother with over 40 years of experience as a health and beauty formulation researcher, chemist and regulatory specialist for leading worldwide brands, Earth Baby uses certified organic fruit and vegetable-based ingredients to create some of the purest baby skincare products on the market. Each of their products is made in the US and 1% of all sales are donated to incredible organizations that foster opportunities for the next generation.

Check out: The bath essential kit which brings together their greatest hits in a highly giftable cotton bag.

Ilia

Ilia Beauty

You can't open Facebook or Instagram these days without stumbling upon Ilia, the clean makeup-cum-skincare line that's designed for Gen Zer's, Millennials and Boomers alike. Unlike brands of the past, Ilia embraces people of all ages, genders, and cultures in their casual social-first marketing which showcases just how user-friendly and beautiful their products truly are. Forget cakey coverage—Ilia is all about making you a fresher version of your gorgeous self.

Check out: Super serum skin tint which comes in 30 shades to achieve the perfect "your skin but better" dewy finish. It's also packed with SPF, to make your multitasking dreams come true.

Green Sprouts

Green Sprouts Baby

Mother-daughter-owned and operated Green Sprouts has been in the game since many of us were babies. For the past 35 years, they've made it their mission to provide parents with healthy and practical products for the well-being and whole development of babies—like dishware sustainably made from plants, ergonomic utensils, silicone teethers and UPF swimwear. What's more, over 60% of Green Sprout's top management positions are filled by women.

Check out: The breathable swim and sun flap hat which is easily a summer wardrobe staple. Designed to keep little ones sun-safe whether they're wet or dry, they offer the highest UPF available while keeping sun out of their eyes. The chin tie isn't Houdini-proof but certainly buys you some time if you've got a hat-reluctant little.

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