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4 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

4 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands

Updated March 20, 2019

Our cultural backgrounds come with different health issues and skincare needs. We need brands that nourish us differently, not one brand that kinda solves every problem.

I am sharing Asian-owned brands filled with passion and heart fighting for better ingredients, better products, and a bigger impact.

Here are the 4 beautiful brands:

1. Sabbatical Beauty by Adeline Koh

Sabbatical Beauty is founded with a political, intersectional feminist vision. We don't see beauty as a frivolous form of self-care, but a way of caring for ourselves, which allows us to better care for the people around us. We practice that in our Sabbatical Beauty Facebook Group, one of the most supportive online communities we have ever experienced. Everyone who works for Sabbatical Beauty is paid a minimum of a living wage. When you shop from Sabbatical Beauty, you support the vision of this feminist mission of self-care and community support.

  • Cruelty-free

  • Small-batch

  • You can take their skin care quiz to find out what beauty regimen is right for you! You do have to give Sabbatical your email as a trade for this personalized information.

  • Their Pay It Forward Program gives people who are struggling financially the opportunity to use Sabbatical Beauty products.

    • You can apply to be a recipient or donate to the program. Sabbatical Beauty will match every dollar that is donated to the Pay It Forward Program.

Sabbatical Beauty sells customizable routine sets!!!! You can choose which product to use for each step. The minimal set includes steps using micellar water, a serum, and a moisturizer. The full set includes the following steps:

  1. Oil Cleansing

  2. Low pH "Foaming" Cleanse

  3. Toner/Micellar Water/Essence/First Serum

  4. Serum

  5. Masks

  6. Eyes

  7. Spot Treatments

  8. Facial Oil

  9. Creams

  10. Sleeping Creams

You can build your own minimal routine set here and a full set here.

EP's Picks:

Anti-Aging Eye Gel-Oil

Ingredients: Argan oil (35% of gel), carrot seed oil, borage oil, baobab oil, cholesterol, marula oil, Cera Bellina, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, vitamin E, & fragrance

The reviews for this product are passionate and positive! The oils minimize the appearance of fine lines, the coenzyme Q10 reduces UV damage, stimulates healthy collagen, is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The Cera Bellina is used to thicken the oil into a gel.

Vacuum Cleansing Oil

I called this the "vacuum" because we couldn't believe how much oily gunk it pulled out of my skin! Formulated with oils suited for oily and acne-prone skin, the goal of this cleansing oil is to deeply penetrate and remove oil-based impurities.

- Adeline

Ingredients: rice bran oil, Polysorbate 80, castor oil, & hazelnut oil

unfragranced. vegan.

2. HAN Cosmetics by Susan Wong

  • HAN stands for healthy and natural

  • Made in the USA

  • Their red hues are derived from a combination of pigments including cherry, pink carrot, beetroots, red quinoa, & rose flower

  • Certified cruelty-free by PETA

  • Vegan products except for their lip gloss and cheek & lip tint (contain beeswax)

  • Free of parabens, talc, bismuth oxychloride, synthetic fragrance, artificial dyes & colorants, gluten, nanoparticles, toxic chemicals, & carmine

  • You can read their ingredients list here

EP's Picks:


Ingredients: coconut oil*, myrica pubescens fruit wax, jojoba oil*, cocoa butter, silica, vitamin E, rice bran wax, & olive fruit oil*

May contain: iron oxides, mica

*certified organic

These are the shades:

  • Champagne – Light gold champagne

  • Aphrodite – Peach with soft gold shimmer

  • Ballerina – Ethereal baby pink

  • Moonlight – White iridescence

Cheek & Lip Tint

Ingredients: shea butter*, cupuacu butter, argan oil*, acai oil, coconut crème, beeswax*, candelilla wax, extract blend (acai, pomegranate, blueberry, cranberry, green tea, black tea), sea kelp extract, vitamin C, vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, beetroot, cherry powder, rose flower powder, quinoa extract, carrot root extract, titanium dioxide, & natural vanilla

May contain: mica

*certified organic

These are the shades:

  • Rose Berry – Rose mauve

  • Coral Hibiscus – Coral pink

  • Pink Peony – Cool pink

  • Cherry Cosmos – Natural flush of red

Shop HAN's Instagram

You can purchase samples here.

3. Cocokind by Priscilla Tsai

  • Made in San Francisco, California

  • Cruelty-free

  • All products without beeswax are certified Vegan by Vegan Action through the Vegan Awareness Foundation

  • Products named organic are USDA certified organic by CCOF

  • Organic virgin coconut oil is Fair Trade Certified

  • Certified organic

  • Cocokind Impact Foundation provides financial grants between $2,500 to $10,000 to female entrepreneurs in the health, wellness, and sustainability industries who are focused on creating social impact through business

Stick Collection

These sticks have RAVE reviews! You can click on the individual sticks below or the trio above.

TURMERIC Spot Treatment

This is a spot treatment to brighten and soothe your skin, reduce inflammation, and acne.

Ingredients: organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic turmeric, organic ginger root, organic tea tree oil

MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick

This stick helps rejuvenate dry spots, protect skin from free radical damage, & provides all-day moisture.

It can be used as an everyday lip balm, under eye balm, dark circle corrector, facial highlighter, and a dry area treatment.

Ingredients: Organic virgin coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic matcha tea powder

MACABEET Tinted Moisture Stick

  • This stick revitalizes dull skin and dry lips

  • Pop of color from organic beets

  • Uses: moisturizing blush or a tinted lip balm

  • Made with organic maca and beetroot rich in immune-strengthening fatty acids & vitamins to promote healthier, firmer skin

Ingredients: Organic virgin olive oil, organic beeswax, organic beetroot, organic maca root

Highlighter Set

You can click on the individual sticks below or the trio above.

Chagaglo Chaga Broze Highlighter

MAI-LIGHT Maitake Rosé Highlighter

SUNREI Reishi Gold Highlight

Ingredients for All: castor seed oil*, jojoba seed oil*, sunflower seed wax, mango seed butter*, Chaga mushroom powder*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary leaf extract*, calendula extract*, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide

*certified organic ingredients


Organic Full Brow Balm

Ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil, organic yellow beeswax, organic castor oil, organic jojoba oil, & organic cacao powder

4. Veque [vey-quay] by Audrey Siu

VEQUE is a cultural identity in the making that begins during the era of a French-Indochine Vietnam, reaches its climactic tragedy with the Fall of Saigon, and finds rebirth in the open ocean with Vietnamese refugees who will go on to change the landscape of American nail care.

  • Gel-like formula that’s 9-free

  • Vegan

  • Cruelty-free

  • Made in the USA

What qualities do you look for in a beauty brand? What highlighter do you use?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of supported minority-owned businesses 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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