Featured on CSC’s List of Top Non-Toxic Black Beauty Brands and Non-Toxic Black Beauty Database, we spoke to Meraki Organics Founder & CEO Amber Makupson on her inspiring mission to create safer, non-toxic cosmetics, and how she got to where she is today.
Meraki was founded in 2019 by Amber Makupson, as a labor of self-love, self-empowerment and dedication to wellness. A native of Ohio, Amber moved and settled in Atlanta, Georgia at a young age, and started to focus on a healthy, holistic lifestyle and make her own natural remedies during her pregnancy when she developed skin sensitivities.
Her background as a licensed aesthetician specializing in botanical treatments helped when, after suffering a serious chemical burn from an over-the-counter beauty product, Amber was fed up of the toxic ingredients damaging so many other women and decided to create Meraki Organics, a non-toxic vegan haircare brand infused with gemstones to nourish skin, hair, body and soul.
Amber’s passion is to make a significant contribution toward improving the overall wellness, health and self-confidence of women of all ethnicities across the world through clean, holistic, high performance hair care. She is a member of the Brain Trust Founders Studio, a group of black founders in the beauty and wellness space.
As one of our featured brands on CSC’s List of Top Non-Toxic Black-Owned Beauty Brands, Amber’s products are free of the harmful ingredients on CSC’s Red List of Chemicals of Concern in Cosmetics, which includes chemicals of particular concern for Black women. Her products are also featured in our Black Beauty Database of safer, non-toxic Black-owned beauty products marketed to Black women. This database is a tool that helps Black women shop for beauty products with confidence, knowing that the products are free of ingredients linked to negative health effects, including those of special concern to Black women.
We asked Amber about her work:
What brought you to create beauty products without harmful ingredients?
After suffering a serious chemical burn from an over-the-counter beauty product, I was fed up with the toxic ingredients damaging so many other women. I used my extensive knowledge and skills as a trained aesthetician and accelerated my research on botanical, vegan and ayurvedic ingredients to create my own line of highly effective products. I match crystals with my products based on the holistic benefits and energetic properties of each stone. My products are multicultural and work amazing for all hair types!
Tell us about your line of non-toxic beauty products
Meraki is a non-toxic holistic hair care brand. Our products are formulated with nutrient-rich organic, and fair-trade Ayurvedic ingredients. Each product is intentionally infused with gemstones and crystals inside each bottle, creating a high vibrational, high performing, deeply nourishing elevated experience.
Why should people shop from clean beauty brands like yours?
We believe making the switch to plant-based products as much as possible, is ultimately more environmentally sustainable, better for human health and produces superior beauty results. We believe in a holistic approach to beauty, one that elevates the essence of your pure authentic beauty.
Tell us more about your company’s mission
We believe that loving yourself fully starts from the inside. At Meraki, we are committed to a high level of health and safety in our products that exceeds well beyond the legal standard in the United States. We vow never to use: Parabens, sulfates, formaldehydes, phthalates, DEA, petrochemical, byproducts, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrance. We believe making the switch to plant-based products as much as possible, is ultimately more environmentally sustainable, better for human health and produces superior beauty results. We are committed to a Vegan & Cruelty-Free ingredients and formulas. We never test on animals testing or make use of animal byproduct.
We support fair trade because that ensures fair wages for a day’s work in marginalized and often rural communities in developing countries all over the world. It affords people the chance to send another child to school, to make vital home repairs in the face of adverse weather conditions, or to build or buy infrastructure and supplies.
We contribute to the growth and empowerment of women and marginalized communities. We support organic farmers all over the world. Organic farming restores the topsoil, preserves human and ecological health and minimizes bee colony disruption. All of this is critical to maintaining our food supply in the best possible way. Our product packaging is recyclable and reusable. We have committed to Carbon neutral shipping which reduces our carbon footprint when we ship to you!
We believe in a holistic approach to beauty, one that elevates the essence of your pure authentic beauty.
What’s your mantra?
Self-love and gratitude are key to a happy and fulfilling life.
Anything else to share?
I am the proud mom of a 13-year-old daughter Zaria!