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Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
If you're looking to show the AAPI community some support, there are some great products that should be on your radar and a part of your regular routine. They're from some of our favorite Asian-owned brands like Health-Ade, Tatcha, Glow Recipe and more.
We're obsessed with Clare Ngai's custom Y2K-inspired, whimsical jewelry and accessories! Made in small batches, BONBONWHIM's jewelry is a must for adding a touch of fun to any outfit. The brand also helps raise money for BIPOC communities in need, including organizations such as GirlTrek, Send Chinatown Love and Stop AAPI Hate.
Pink Moon, an Asian-American-owned beauty brand, just launched their first in-house collection of clean perfume oils that feature a crystal rollerball with energetically charged gemstones. Additionally, the brand offers skincare must-haves, like their Over the Moon Gua Sha Facial Oil, that will seriously take your self-care routine to the next level.
Founded by Charlotte Cho, Soko Glam is the ultimate destination for skincare must-haves! We love shopping their unique curation of bestselling K-Beauty products, plus their Then I Met You Cleansing Balm is one of our favorite skincare products to date. It helps melt away oil-based impurities thanks to a blend of ingredients like fatty acid-rich seaberry oil, olive oil and vitamin E.
Pepper Limitless Wirefree Scoop Bra
Pepper was co-founded by first-generation Chinese American Jaclyn Fu. The bra brand aims to empower small-chested women of all sizes, cups AA, A, B and band sizes 30-40.
Haerfest Mindful T-Shirt
In honor of both Mental Health Awareness Month and AAPI Heritage Month, Haerfest released their MINDFUL collection of tees, sweatshirts, hats and candles. 100% of the proceeds from the first production run of the Mindful t-shirts will be donated to Asian Mental Health Collective, a non-profit that works to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health in the AAPI community.
Co-founded by Vanessa Dew, Health-Ade offers arguably the yummiest, highest-quality kombucha on the market. Packed with probiotics, every glass of Health-Ade helps promote better gut health and offers an immune system boost among its many benefits.
KÚR Collection founder Kasuni Rathnasuriya, born in the Southern coasts of Sri Lanka, created her sustainable, one-of-a-kind apparel brand to fuse the tradition of handmade Beeralu lace with contemporary fashion. Additionally, KÚR Collection empowers an all-women crew of rural artisans.
Priyanka Ganjoo's Kulfi Beauty amplifies and celebrates South Asian voices through an inclusive range of makeup products. Their award-winning kajal eyeliner features nourishing ingredients in addition to being waterproof, smudgeproof and vegan.
MO MI Beauty
Mo Mi founder Diane Reade uses her heritage and time spent living, working and traveling in Europe and Asia as inspiration for her incredible line of haircare products! We love their styling jelly because it tames fly-aways and helps us create the perfect hairdo.
Em Cosmetics Faded Clementine Lip Trio
Michelle Phan's makeup brand has some amazing gift sets like this one. It includes a Lip Cushion Tinted Lip Luminizer, True Gloss, and Infinite Lip Cloud all in the shade Faded Clementine.
Uniqlo Fluffy Yarn Fleece Zip Jacket
Japanese brand Uniqlo has all the clothing essentials you need, like this fluffy fleece zip-up jacket, which is available in 11 colors.
Cle Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder
This product goes on as a powder and it transforms into a long-lasting matte lip color. How unique. You can buy the melting lip powder from K-beauty brand Cle Cosmetics.
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover
Glow Recipe's skincare is fun through and through, with bright colors and fruity ingredients. Although we love nearly every product we've tried from the Asian-owned brand, we particularly love their Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm and Makeup Remover.
Tatcha The Starter Ritual Set
From the packaging to the product, we love Tatcha. Founder Victoria Tsai found inspiration for the company while traveling through Japan. This starter set is a great place to begin. It's an $82 value, but you can get it for $68. There are sets for normal, dry, oily, and sensitive skin types.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Discovery Kit
Speaking of skincare, this gift set includes Korean beauty brand Peach & Lily's Power Calm Hydrating Cleanser, Wild Dew Treatment Essence, and Glass Skin Refining Serum, which is a best seller on its own.
Mono B is a Korean-owned athleisure brand that offers size-inclusive, eco-conscious designs. Additionally, the brand is donating 10% of all sales to the Asian Mental Health Collective throughout the month of May in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
—Originally published Dec. 9, 2020, at 4:05 p.m. PT