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BSW: Four local women open up new cosmetics retail outlet in downtown Homewood


From still left, Katrina Brown, Kim King, Mia Jennings and Tiara Jackson. Brown, King, Jackson and Latanya Tharpe (not pictured) are proprietors of BSW Cosmetics, which opened July 3 in downtown Homewood. Jackson stated Jennings is a businesswoman-in-schooling. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

4 regional entreprenuers held the grand opening on July 3 of their latest task, BSW Cosmetics, a new cosmetics shop at 2050 Ridge Road in Homewood.

The household-run small business is owned by Katrina Brown, Tiara Jackson, Kim King and Latanya Tharpe. Jackson and Tharpe are Homewood-Flossmoor Superior College graduates. 

BSW stands for Attractiveness Commences In just. Jackson stated the company, open up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as a result of Saturday, is filling a need to have that typically is not sufficiently achieved by mainstream cosmetics companies.

“The vision and the intention for this was developed on a want for a house in the attractiveness field for girl of colour and Black women of all ages,” she reported. “Black gals and women of colour make up a substantial share of individuals in the natural beauty market having said that, lots of organizations form of see us as an afterthought.

“We preferred to make a space that would be inclusive of every person not praised by the mainstream media, which is most people.”

She mentioned the merchandise the shop features are all nontoxic and some are vegan, which are solutions that have no animal-derived ingredients. 

“Individuals treatment a lot about what they are placing in their bodies, as they ought to,” Jackson explained.

The retailer has normal gals-oriented beauty products and solutions for lips, eyes and skincare, together with a few goods for guys, including cleansers, right after shave and moisturizer. 

The store’s signature line is  a CBD-centered skincare selection. Cannabidiol is extracted from cannabis crops and is credited with obtaining anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and discomfort aid qualities. 

Jackson stated the owners’ values emphasize inclusivity, diversity, positivity and philanthropy. The enterprise not long ago partnered with the Chicago Basis for Females on a fundraiser to profit the Englewood Women’s Initiative, which aids one mothers with job placement, education and monetary literacy.

Additional info: 
BSW web site
BSW Facebook webpage


Tiara Jackson, co-owner of BSW Cosmetics, greets buyers for the duration of the store’s grand opening on July 3. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)