Skincare Companies Founded by Women

Happy International Women’s Day! Over here at Dermaclara, we can honestly say that this is one of our favorite days of the year. We are a women-founded and women-led organization. Although we celebrate women all year long, we appreciate having a day out of the year to acknowledge and uplift all of the amazing women surrounding us. Below are eight of our favorite women-founded brands. We hope you sprinkle them into your daily routine!


Priscilla Tsai, the founder and CEO of skin-care brand Cocokind struggled with her skin and had resorted to antibiotics and harsh topical prescriptions, leading to skin sensitivities. After looking into a more holistic lifestyle, she decided to make her own skincare company. Cocokind was formed around four fundamental values: simple, quality ingredients, consciously and sustainably created, and affordable pricing. ​​

The Beauty Chef

Carla Oates founded the Beauty Chef. Oates suffered from eczema and allergies as a child, but her life changed after seeing a naturopath. Through that experience, Oates learned firsthand the relationship and importance of food as medicine and how what we eat affects our skin and health.



We couldn’t form a list of women-founded companies without including our fearless leader, Ashley King. Ashley’s unique lived experience, industry knowledge, and passion for non-invasive and effective skincare is the backbone behind Dermacalra. Read more about Ashley’s story here.


Founded by Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Golde makes superfood blends for your daily routine. Wofford was inspired by her experience interacting with the wellness space as a customer. She created Golde to make self-care more accessible, approachable, and fun.


Katie Sturino is the founder of Megababe and a Body Acceptance Advocate. Megababe unabashedly tackles thigh chafe, boob sweat, B.O., and more. Sturino created Megababe to help people feel more comfortable and confident in their skin. Their products are award-winning, nontoxic, and vegan.


Orchyd was founded by sisters Courtney and Morgan King. After experiencing disappointment with the period care industry, the sisters took their bond and love of period talk and set out to modernize menstruation, starting with their period tracking app.


Inspired by the movie Mean Girls, Topicals launched October 3, 2020, taking the concept of the Burn Book and flipping it on its head. Claudia Teng and Olamide Olowe founded the skincare company, in 2020 at age 24. The pair met as premed students, and each had an interest in dermatology.


Sasha Plavsic claims she accidentally started Ilia, the global beauty brand. At a time in her life when she wasn’t sure where she wanted to go next, Plavsic took a look at the ingredients in the products she was using and realized she didn’t want to put them on her body. So she started off by recreating a cherry-tinted chapstick, and the rest is history.

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