6 Black-Owned Perfume Brands for Every Fragrance Lover's Collection

Chances are, when you think of perfume brands, you think of big-name fragrance houses like Chanel, Byredo, Diptyque, or Le Labo. While these perfumes will always have a place on our vanities, Black-owned perfume brands have long deserved the spotlight, and many of them are still mostly unknown.

The Black-owned fragrance brands that are catching our attention are making truly exciting scents—picture the smell of drinking a mojito by the beach, a refreshing dip in the pool, or the electricity you feel after a long kiss. They’re a breath of fresh air in the fragrance industry, which has long been a bit stuffy. 

Below, I’ve rounded up some of the most exciting Black-owned fragrance brands that need to be on your radar. The scents range from sweet and fruity to deep and woodsy, so there’s truly something here for everyone, regardless of your typical scent profile. Keep reading to find your next signature scent.

1. Mair

Created by Mair Emenogu, these fragrances are meant to "express your emotions in the absence of words." She wanted to create scents that make you feel confident, and that's exactly what these perfumes do. 

2. Pink MahogHany

Founded by Chavalia, a self-taught niche perfumer in Texas, Pink MahogHany creates truly exciting and different scents. Chavalia uses top-notch ingredients to create beautiful and intriguing skin scents. 

3. Chris Collins

Chris Collins's fragrances stem from his love of luxury and travel. Each of his perfumes tells a story, whether it's going back in time to the Harlem Renaissance or grounding you in modern romance. 

4. Maya Njie

Maya Njie was born in Sweden and has a background in design and photography. She started dipping her toe into the world of fragrance after discovering an old family photo album. She wanted to re-create the moments through scent. 

5. Kimberly New York

Kimberly New York is a niche sustainable fragrance brand that makes undeniably exciting and creative scents. Founded by Kimberly Walker, the fragrance house is a celebration of art, culture, and love. 

6. Travertine

Travertine's fragrances are all hand-bottled and hand-blended. They're all unisex and inspired by traveling. 

Can't decide? Try a discovery set: 

Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.